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  • Blog Post: Work parties this week

    Hello All We have work parties on Tuesdays and Thursdays, every week during this time we carry out habitat and estate work on site, occasionally this means we have to close trails or hides, or work in front of a hide as we carry out the management. This is a quick note to update you on what our volunteer...
  • Blog Post: Access up date 22 January 2016

    Hello all Well today (Friday 22/1/16) is the last day for the contractors to be working on site cutting the lagoon banks. But that does not mean the work is over! However it does mean that the paths will be open again ready for the weekend, with just a note of warning that the weather outlook is not...
  • Blog Post: Path closure update - 21 January 2016

    Hello All The work clearing the scrub on the lagoon banks is going really well. We have had a 360 digger with flayel attachment working on the banks from the Ashby hide down to just before the turnstile, since Tuesday. Today however this machine has moved to an area off the visitor trails so we are...
  • Blog Post: Messy bird feeders with the Messy Welly Group, this Wednesday 20th Jan! For Under 5's!

    Messy Welly Club - RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch! Wednesday 20 January 10.30 am - 11.30 am Price: Members £3.50 Non members £4.50 Under 12 months free Booking essential Time for messy outdoor play! This session is all about getting outside into nature and exploring the things we...
  • Blog Post: Temporary Closure

    Hello All Well first to say that the Tern and Gadwall hides are now open again. But also to inform you of some more closures. There will be no access beyond the Ashby Hide from Tuesday 19 January 2016 . This is to allow contractors access to the track in order to cut scrub (predominantly bramble)...
  • Blog Post: Vacancy

    We have a vacancy at Rye Meads Learning Officer We are looking for an experienced person to manage and deliver RSPB programmes to connect school children and young people with nature. This will be achieved through curriculum-linked education programmes to early years, primary schools, secondary...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings to 7 December 2015

    Hi all We have quite a few gold crest on site this autumn/winter with 4 being seen together around the visitor center. A couple of visitors also managed to catch a fire crest near the Draper hide last week, a real treat. Fire crest image by Peter Spanton sighted near the Draper hide It is...
  • Blog Post: Weather update

    Good afternoon The wind has calmed down a bit now so we will open up for the last couple of hours of daylight. Thanks Vicky
  • Blog Post: Weather

    Morning All Due to strong winds Rye Meads is currently closed. We will assess the weather conditions through out the day and let you know when we will re open Sorry for any inconvenience thanks vicky
  • Blog Post: Around today

    Hello All I went out on to the reserve this morning to check out the damage caused by the storm a few days ago, we had a few minor branches down but more importantly the fence leading up to the gadwall hide was blown over, another job to add to the list. So i headed out armed with some apples to feed...
  • Blog Post: November News

    Hello All Despite being very foggy this morning it was well worth a look round the reserve today. There are lots of fallen leaves to kick through, the trees are still looking stunning in there autumn colors, fungi are popping up and cobwebs were sparkling like tiaras with their dew jewels. ...
  • Blog Post: Jack Snipe

    Hi All We have been exceptionally lucky today to have this stunning and very obliging Jack Snipe putting on a display at the Ashby Hide. It arrived yesterday and we all have our fingers crossed that he will hang around for a few days and more of you will get to see the classic bobbing! Thanks to...
  • Blog Post: Goings on down at the reserve: October half term 2015

    Are you looking for something to do over half term ??? We have plenty going on.. fun , affordable and outdoors , and lots of chances to get close to nature ! Please share with friends and family and come along and join in! SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER - SMALL MAMMAL SURVEYING Come along and meet some...
  • Blog Post: Third brood fledged - hurrah!

    Hello All Well finally our third brood of kingfishers have fledged! In a year of trials and tribulations this pair have certainly kept us guessing and this third brood was no different. Fledging was due on Tuesday 22 September, but with the male absent for the last 2 weeks (either predated or died...
  • Blog Post: National Moth Night at Rye Meads

    Hello All After a successful and productive summer of moth trapping using MV (Mercury Vapour) Robinson light trap i decided to try out some new moth recording techniques to support National moth night. National moth night is organised by Atropos and Butterfly Conservation. It runs annually over...
  • Blog Post: Tufted duck with nasal saddle

    Hello For those of you who noticed a female tufted duck on site a few months ago, with an green/blue bit of plastic over its beak with some lettering on. This turned out to be a nasal saddle, a version of ringing, that makes it much easier to identify a bird, when the more usual leg ring is underwater...
  • Blog Post: Friday 14 August

    Hello Just a bit of a heads up for you. If you are planning to visit us on Friday 14 August please be aware that we will have no electricity that day while work is carried out on the line that feeds us. Unfortunately this will mean the CCTV and hot drinks machine in reception will be out of order...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher news, second brood fledges

    Hello All Our second brood of kingfishers have fledged this morning, hurrah. We had calculated fledging should be today but with the antics of the pair this year (all our other dates have been out) it was a case of wait and see. But we have received a report from the hide that 2 were seen fledging...
  • Blog Post: Summer Holiday Fun

    Hello All With the summer holidays already upon us we thought we would tell you about all the fun activities and events we have going on over the 6 weeks of holidays. Starting with WILD WEDNESDAYS! 9.30 am - 3.30pm . Join our summer club each week over the summer holiday to go wild and learn about...
  • Blog Post: Access and road closures

    Hello All We have a couple of notices for you re road closures in the area which may affect your access to the reserve. Firstly due to road works Rye Road will be closed in the vicinity of the bridges over the River Lee and train line on Sunday 19 June for the day. This means there will be no access...
  • Blog Post: First brood fledged for 2015

    Our first brood of kingfishers have fledged, hurrah! As has been the story with this pair in 2015 things did not go as you would expect! The first chick fledged on Tuesday 11 June, followed by another on Wednesday with a third seen at the entrance to the burrow. However at the end of the day the adults...
  • Blog Post: One more day to Vote for Bob!

    With election day nearly here we just wanted to urge you all to consider nature in your decision tomorrow, and encourage our leaders to act on preserving countryside and creating homes for nature throughout the country. You have just today left to Vote for Bob the little red squirrel, so if you haven't...
  • Blog Post: Update May 2015

    Hi All Migrants continue to pass through site with a whimbrel on Draper 24 April (in 2014 we had a whimbrel stop off on the day of our first Fun Day 21 April so only a few days late this year), 2 whinchats on the meadow 25 and 26 April and 1 female on 27 April, again the Draper gave us dunlin , 4...
  • Blog Post: Return of summer migrants 2015

    Hello All Haven't we been enjoying some lovely weather. The early part of April bought us migrating sand martin on 3/4, marsh harrier on 1 and 3/4, willow warbler 3/4, and the first little ringed plover 6/4. Although the highlight for me was a fly over short eared owl . By chance i was out...
  • Blog Post: Kingfisher update 1 April 2015

    HI All Just a quick update on the kingfishers, to say currently we don't know whats going on!! Last week we were sure that incubation had started although the female did seem very reluctant to leave the nest chamber when the male came to do a change over. And we had calculated hatching to be...