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  • Blog Post: A small taste of winter

    It's not quite up to the standards of the bad weather recently seen in America, but at least we've had a touch of winter over the last couple of days. It's been lovely to see the sun giving a golden haze over the reserve after a frosty morning- and with some cracking sunsets as well. Numbers...
  • Blog Post: Working with hen harriers - the highs and the lows

    I am pleased to present a guest blog from Mick Demain, the RSPB's seasonal assistant warden in Bowland for the last few years, reflecting on his last few years monitoring harriers Being the seasonal warden for the RSPB in Bowland means I am privileged to be working with raptors every day and undoubtedly...
  • Blog Post: A glimmer of hope as hen harriers return to Bowland

    Hen harriers, hope and heartbreak – three things that go hand in hand each year. The simultaneous sense of nervous excitement and intense trepidation kills me every breeding season, and suffice it to say, the emotional rollercoaster that is 2014 has been no different. At one point this year...
  • Blog Post: A helping hand to keep your feeders full

    It's a busy time of year in gardens - plants are bursting into leaf and flower, butterflies are emerging and looking for places to lay their eggs, hedgehogs are waking up after a long winter's slumber, and birds are busy raising their families. We've definitely seen two young blackbirds and...
  • Forum Thread: Through the Year @ Rainham Marshes - Spring

    If you are thinking of visiting RSPB Rainham, take a look at this 10min intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVz6nsTMTVs
  • Blog Post: Nature’s ‘Cathedral In The Woods’

    In another guest blog, Stephen Morse talks about looking at landscapes in a different way, and using one's imagination: Since I retired, five years ago, one of my favourite pastimes has been to get out into the country, especially of course when the weather is favourable, to enjoy the fresh air and...
  • Blog Post: Eyes to the skies

    With spring migration in full swing at the moment, now's one of the best times of year to keep your eyes on the skies. Here's what some of the team here at RSPB HQ have seen this week... Mark It's a really exciting time of year, with plenty of birds on the move. I'm regularly checking...
  • Blog Post: Twice as much for your money !

    Stephen Morse has been one of the earlybirds when it comes to walking our new extended Woodcock trail here at Coombes Valley. In a guest blog, he tells us what he made of the exciting new woodland walk: I had to get away last Saturday afternoon (3 rd May). My team, Fulham, whom (for no logical reason...
  • Blog Post: April 2014

    This past month has seen our species list grow with the summer migrants arriving in the UK. It’s a great time of year to get out and about and listen to these birds singing as they arrive after their long journeys from Africa. Willow warblers were one of the first summer visitors to arrive at the...
  • Blog Post: Migrants galore!

    With spring migration now at its peak , The Lodge is alive with the calls and songs of many warblers. As I walked along the Firs Trail from the shop yesterday, willow warblers, chiffchaff along with garden warblers whitethroats and large numbers of blackcaps,were all loudly announcing their arrival....
  • Blog Post: What's the Point?

    Did you know that the team at Coombes Valley are also responsible for a large part of the Churnet Valley woodlands? To the south of Coombes and literally a minute ‘as the crow flies’, there are woodlands with strange names. Crowgutter, Rough Knipe, Booths and Chase woods. Some of them tell...
  • Blog Post: Dawn Chorus at Baron's Haugh

    Spring is most definitely in full swing at Baron's Haugh now. The blue bells are popping up and there are the first butterflies to be seen flitting about. Many of our summer migrants are now back, with warblers such as chiff chaffs and blackcaps singing away. You can see swarms of sand martins over...
  • Blog Post: Insects on the wing

    With the much more pleasant weather now upon us (though the rain clouds are looming as I write this), I've been enjoying getting out more and more. Recently this week, I spent some time in a small grassy patch along a footpath to capture some images of the blue bells now that they are starting to...
  • Media: A hungry young Dipper

    A noisy young Dipper getting fed to keep him quite
  • Blog Post: Easter in the reedbed

    The chicks are cheeping, the rabbits are roaming – it can only be Easter weekend! To mark the festivities we celebrated with an egg-cellent (ahem) Birdsong for Beginners event. The fabulous Andy Chapman and three enthusiastic volunteers were onsite early to tell people all about the sounds and...
  • Blog Post: Summer migrants arrive

    The settled weather over recent weeks has resulted in a good number of summer migrants turning up a little earlier than usual. The first Pied Flycatcher was found in the Lower Hide area at Nagshead on April 10th, followed by two singing Redstarts in Russell's Inclosure on April 12th. The table below...
  • Forum Thread: Spring!!!

    Hi all, I'm new to this so hello to anyone bored enough to read this. I live in Central Scotland, we have our own weather system here, it usually consists of rain and wind heading in from the west. Today is a lovely spring morning, some cloud a bit of blue sky, the wind has dropped and it feels quite...
  • Blog Post: Cuckoo calling

    Less then half an hour after writing yesterday's blog and mentioning that the first cuckoo of the spring would turn up any day - it did! One was heard calling on the new heath and then along Sandy Ridge- a most welcome sound! Image credit, RSPB images John Bridges.
  • Blog Post: Embrace Spring at Saltholme

    The reserve is building up momentum as a range of birds are returning from further afield for the spring and summer breeding months. These willow catkins were blossoming last week - The migrant birds which stay and also the migrant birds that pass through the reserve as a resting stop are well...
  • Blog Post: Bluebells, birds and butterflies

    We are getting used to waking up to bright sunshine everyday at the moment- it makes a lovely change for the holiday period to be so nice! Migration is well under way and scarce tree pipits have been seen here recently, with one on the old heath on Monday. Blackcaps and willow warblers are here in...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings: The Moth Diaries

    The beautiful splashes of colour butterflies bring to our gardens are definitive of spring and summer, but what about their night-time relatives? Here at Coombes the moth trap is out almost every night so we can see who visits our reserve once darkness falls. It’s really easy to do, you can even...
  • Blog Post: Spring arrives.....

    Spring has definitely arrived at Wallasea Island. Skylarks are singing and peacock butterflies are flying. The warm weather is encouraging hibernating animals to venture out, flowers to appear and insects to fly. The better weather is also meaning that work is now continuing apace with our re-creation...
  • Blog Post: Feed em' up!

    Most people know how important it is to feed their garden birds over the cold winter months when food can be scarce, but what about in the spring? You'd be forgiven for thinking you can cut down on the amount of food you put out as the weather gets warmer, the days get longer and nature seems to...
  • Blog Post: Snow goose? Show off!

    April has arrived and everything is turning out in their numbers just desperate to be noticed. The black-headed gulls are making quite a commotion out on Lilian’s pool. Our large flock just keeps on calling! While you might think they’re just a crowd of rabble-rousers, they stay in large...
  • Blog Post: Springing up the garden path

    Here's the latest blog from Louise, our wildlife garden volunteer The birds are singing, the first flowers are out and you're thinking of putting that winter coat away. Yes spring is here and isn't it marvellous! I've been busy in the wildlife garden planting some new plants that will...