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  • Blog Post: Update 20 July 2016

    Hello All To start with we have kingfisher news! The kingfishers have fledged their second brood yesterday! Five young were seen leaving the bank and hanging around the pool, while the adults were kept busy bringing fish in, excellent. Over the past few weeks the adults have also been mating and clearing...
  • Blog Post: Kestrel fledging

    Hi All Arriving this morning to an empty kestrel nest box, was quite sad (although we were expecting the 2 chicks to fledge any day) until this little fella peered in the office window. He then proceeded to explore the wildlife garden and compound, where he found lots of bits to climb...
  • Blog Post: Floods and hatchings

    Hi All A couple of updates for you today. Firstly the kingfishers have hatched their second brood, hurrah! The adults have been seen taking fish in to the nest bank today a sure sign that the eggs have hatched. Currently the fish being taken in are very small, but it will not be long before the...
  • Blog Post: National Insect Week 2016

    Hello All Its National Insect Week this week. To celebrate the vast array of insects that live at Rye Meads and #littlethingsthatruntheworld i thought i would share a few insect pictures with you taken here at Rye Meads. For more information on national insect week please visit nationalinsectweek...
  • Blog Post: National Moth Night at Rye Meads 10, 11 and 12 June 2016

    Hello All Hope you all had a great National moth night. Despite the deterioration of the weather we ran the moth trap over 3 nights and 15 visitors joined Erin and i to empty the trap at 9 am. We recorded a total of 77 species over the 3 days and hawk moths put on a good show with 3 poplars on the...
  • Blog Post: Sightings update 3 June 2016

    Hello All Since fledging their first brood on 24 May the kingfishers have been busy courting and mating in preparation for the second brood. They have settled on a new hole for this clutch (middle row of sand right hand end) and fingers crossed incubation will start soon. A number of broods of...
  • Blog Post: Update 12 May 2016

    Hi All The last few days have seen a flurry of migrant activity here at Rye Meads. With the Draper scrape being the most popular spot with 3 common sandpipers (still 2 yesterday) 2 dunlin, little ringed plover, oystercatcher and greenshank. We also had a report of a nightingale singing intermittently...
  • Media: Facebook group

    Hi all, Please check out the new Facebook group "Friends of Rye Meads" just put the name into the Facebook search at the top of the page.
  • Blog Post: Come and join in all the fun on Funday - this Saturday!

  • Blog Post: kingfishers incubating!

    Hi All Our kingfishers are incubating their first clutch, hurrah! We are happy to report a definite change over witnessed today, so the count down can begin. Incubation is likely to last 19-21 days so we are looking around 27-29 April for the first fish to be taken in to the bank to indicate the eggs...
  • Media: blacktailed godwit

    black tailed godwit on draper 21 march 2016
  • Blog Post: A big THANKYOU

    Everyone at RSPB Rye Meads would like to say a big THANKYOU to Weblight Limited www.weblight.co.uk Specialist Lighting, Electrical and Energy Solutions 01920 872 287 or www.weblight.co.uk We contacted this company for a quote to replace the uplighters in the reception area and classroom of...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings to 19/3/2016

    Hello Arriving this morning i was greeted by a singing chiff chaff closely followed by a redwing just in front of the visitor center, so a bit of summer winter over lap. For the first time we have a pair of kestrels in the box at the kingfisher hide and another pair in the box in the car park....
  • Blog Post: Tern and gull preperation

    Hi All With the return of our first common tern on 13 April, i thought i would give you some information about the common tern nesting rafts we provide for them (and the black headed gulls) to use. During March the management volunteers had a few busy weeks getting the rafts ready for the breeding...
  • Blog Post: Would you like to improve your photography?

    It's all gone a bit photography mad down here at the moment with all the spring weather encouraging people to get out and about taking pictures of wildlife ! Our local photographer and all round volunteer Tom Mason ran a session for the wildlife explorer's last month, teaching them basic skills...
  • Media: Swimming Stoat

    Stoat caught swimming across the stream at the Water Vole Viewpoint today.
  • Blog Post: Rye Meads Roundup to 19 February 2016

    Hi All Wildlife and visitors alike have been enjoying the beautiful weather this week with frosty mornings and beautiful blue sky days. Can you spot the female brambling? There is a definite spring feel on site with robin, reed bunting and dunnock singing their claims and black thorn,...
  • 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