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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Seasonal Trail

    Hello All We are opening a seasonal trail tomorrow, the first of April 2015! This will allow you access to an area of site not usually open to the public. The trail follows access usually used in the winter by heavy machinery such as a digger clearing out ditches or the Truxor cutting reedbed...
  • Blog Post: Path update 19 February 2015

    Hello The paths are all open. Clearance of the ditch is complete and the blockage has been removed which means the path is no longer flooded, however it is a bit gloopy in places where the digger has been so no white trainers advised. We will endeavor to clear up the worst of the mud and hopefully...
  • Blog Post: Spring is on its' way!

    Hello all Spring is definitely in the air today, a beautiful frosty morning with blue skies and sunshine! The last few weeks have seen plenty of spring signs emerging with the arrival of the pure and pristine snowdrops, buds bursting on the sallows revealing the pussy willow inside, leaves emerging...
  • Blog Post: Path Closure 16 - 18 February 2015

    Hello Contractors will be on site clearing the blocked ditch that is causing flooding to the path between Ashby and Tern and Gadwall Hides next week. This means there will be no access beyond the Ashby hide from Monday 16 February to Wednesday 18 February 2015. We are sorry for any inconvenience...
  • Blog Post: Path Closure update 6 February 2015

    Hello As many of you will be aware we currently have a blocked ditch that is causing flooding on areas of the path between the Ashby hide and the Tern and Gadwall hides. We are due to have contractors on site in the next 2 weeks to clear the ditch at which time the path will be closed from just beyond...
  • Blog Post: Recent Round up

    Hello All This cold spell has caused our bittern to become a bit more showy and mobile, with sightings on 13 and 18 January and 4 February in the Lee Marsh (seems to be his favored spot) and 17 and 25 January from Tern hide and 31 January flying from Draper hide to Lee Marsh (Ashby hide to kingfisher...
  • Blog Post: Round up of the week.

    Hello All The work parties have been busy this week clearing views into the reedbed near the kingfisher hide and off the boardwalk. Cutting the vegetation in front of the kingfisher hide has opened up a few pools and ditches that have been hidden away for a while and we have cleared the vegetation...
  • Blog Post: Frosty mornings

    Hello All The last few mornings have been glorious with heavy frost , blue sky and sun creating some great conditions. It really feels like winter now. The car park has become a popular area with thrushes as redwing , blackbird , song thrush and fieldfare all enjoy the hawthorn berry crop. The teasels...
  • Blog Post: December is almost here!

    Hello All Only the weekend left and then its December! Then before you know it another year will be over. I popped the moth trap on over night and was rewarded with the aptly named December moth . Once we finished working on the Draper area we started to gradually increase the water level...
  • Blog Post: Searching for the great white

    Hello All A lovely female marsh harrier has been present on site since Thursday. Spending most of her time hunting over the meadow she was sighted again today buy a couple of visitors. A group of 10 lesser redpoll were reported feeding in the silver birches over the weekend and the male pintail continued...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife watch 9 Nov

    Hello Yesterday i spent 2 hours in the Gadwall hide covering one of the regular wildlife watches. It was a lovely morning, some nice wildlife and i got to chat to some visitors. A very obliging grey wagtail kept me company on and off as it kept returning to the stream mouth and shallows in front of...
  • Blog Post: Catch up

    Hello All Haven't we been lucky with some glorious autumn weather, sadly it now seems like the tide is turning and the rain is becoming more of a feature. While working on the Draper clearing the vegetation from the scrape, cutting views into the reedbed and clearing bank side vegetation we...
  • Blog Post: VISMIG - Sunday's results

    Sunday's VISMIG was very rewarding and worth the effort of getting up so early! After a wet start on waking, clear skies and a warm sun were waiting for me when I reached Rye Meads. I was joined by Toby and Jan from the Rye Meads Ringing group and by John, one of our volunteers. Our first spot was...
  • Blog Post: Contacting Rye Meads

    Hello, our computers have been out of action since last Wednesday due to someone cutting through a cable off-site. If you have been trying to contact us by email, please ring the office on 01992 708383 and we will gladly deal with your query. Cheers Caroline
  • Blog Post: Unexpected visitor!

    Hello All A visitor very kindly reported an unexpected visitor of the feathered variety, today in the form of a juvenile cuckoo!! It was sitting on the fence just passed the cattle shed on the meadow, showing very nicely before flying off in to more cover. An very unexpected siting at this time of...