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  • Blog Post: Bittern release

    Took an unexpected call from Caroline at Wildlife Welfare in the week asking if they could release a bittern on site, after it had been hit by a car in Letchworth! The team at Wildlife Welfare based in Stevenage had been in touch with RSPB HQ at the Lodge after the bird was bought in for a bit of advice...
  • Forum Thread: Rye Meads ringing event 03/09/16

    Great day out at Rye Meads on Saturday, and a big thanks to the centre staff and RM Ringing Group for putting it on. It was a little bit like Christmas... in that you never knew what you were going to get next. A real treat to see these little one's close up...sharing my snaps from the day below...
  • Blog Post: Sunday 4 September

    Hi All On Sunday 4 September local artist Steve Kershaw will be spending the day with us at Rye Meads to draw the winning ticket for the raffle of the lovely kingfisher water color he donated. Steve will also be sketching and painting in the visitor center 11...
  • Blog Post: Family fun in the summer sun

    It’s been a busy few weeks here at Rye Meads with lots of family events going on to keep the little ones entertained! Throughout the rest of the school break, you can take part in one of the special activities designed to get kids closer to nature and get a certificate and sticker for taking...
  • Blog Post: Update

    Hi All The third brood of kingfishers have hatched, which means increased activity at the nest bank! So you still have time to pop down for a visit. We are looking for fledging around 5 or 6 September and have arranged another early morning kingfisher event for 10 lucky people www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynatu…...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful warblers 6 August 2016

    Hi All Summer is drawing to a close, the swifts are gone! I had 2 circling over the visitor center Thursday as i locked up, will they be the last of the year? However there are still plenty of warblers about, as we saw this morning from our wonderful warblers event in-conjunction...
  • 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...