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  • Blog Post: Sightings South Essex Marshes w/c 25th May

    With the breeding season well underway the birds a starting to quieten down a little bit, but good performances still being put on at all of the reserves. At Bowers Marsh corn buntings are in full voice and the skylarks are still flying high. Other visitors to Bowers this week have included 2 black winged...
  • Blog Post: Small Blue Bonanza

    Hundreds of the tiny small blue butterflies have been on the wing this spring at RSPB Winterbourne Downs. This is thanks to conservation works funded by the SITA Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund via the Magnificent Meadows project. Scrub has been cleared from two areas of south facing railway embankment...
  • Blog Post: Spring and Artists Fair- getting closer....

    Only six days to go until The Lodge Spring and Artist's Fair begins! We've got a great variety of stallholders and artists coming along and I've listed them all below. Hope you can make it here on Sunday. Catering by Le Café Crepe and ice-creams and snacks, wraps and sandwiches...
  • Blog Post: How's your wildlife-watching spring been?

    Regular readers of Nature's Home might know of my passion to see as many species of UK wildlife as possible. Every issue I set the challenge for nine species to track down each season, ranging from garden wildlife to some tricky rarities and scarcities which will require a bit of travelling (and...
  • Blog Post: What is this life? Chris' bumbling attempts to identify more wildlife

    “What is this life, if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.” These words were committed to paper over 100 years ago by the poet W.H.Davies and are proudly displayed in a quiet and tranquil corner of our reserve. They seem especially apt on a reserve as tranquil and peaceful...
  • Blog Post: Hobby's are back

    I had a lucky few minutes over at the Visitor Centre yesterday. Just as I arrived and looked out over the new heath, a hobby flew across and landed in the large pines on the road side of the heath. Although I saw one at another site at the weekend, it's always good to know they have arrived back...
  • Blog Post: Bluebells are blooming

    One of the sp ring highlights at The Lodge is the wonderful display of bluebells on the path to the gardens. It seems that it's becoming more and more popular to come and enjoy these sweet scented flowers and last week a Canadian lady, who was staying in Cambridge on holiday, called me as she'd...
  • Blog Post: The Return of the Spring

    On the drive to work this morning I saw my first terns of the year; common terns I suspect although they were too far and facing away from us to pin them down to a particular species. But I still got a rush of excitement nonetheless. The last three weeks or so have been a whirlwind of vaguely remembered...
  • Blog Post: Some images of birds and insects at The Lodge this month

    I'm have recently been sent a lot of images that have been taken of birds here at The Lodge this month, so I thought I'd add a selection here to share with you. On the reserve, most of the migrants are here now, with cuckoo, whitethroat and garden warbler the most recent arrivals- and two...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: it's bluebell time!

    If you go down to the woods today... you could see some bluebells. The first purple flowers are bursting open at The Lodge right now. This photo was taken at our Gwenffrwd-Dinas nature reserve in Wales in May last year. Find out where else you could see bluebells soon . Bluebells are renowned...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 17.04.2015

    Things are certainly hotting up on the reserve - in more ways than one. A beautiful week has seen plenty of visitors to the reserve enjoying the sunshine and they have been rewarded with a host of wildlife. Migrants arriving - some staying and some just passing through - but it's a time to keep...
  • Blog Post: April 15th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Red crested pochard - 5 around the reserve Tawny owl - 1 calling in the carpark early morning Wheatear - 2 on grazing meadow Spoonbill - immature on the fresh marsh all day again Mediterranean gull - up to 6 through the reserve today Peregrine - 1 harrying marsh harriers this morning ...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings (from the moth trap)

    After 6 months in a dusty cupboard in the warden's office, the Saltholme moth trap emerged and was set a couple of nights ago for the first time in 2015. It's one of the best things about Spring; the start of the moth trapping season. At Saltholme we have been regularly trapping and recording...
  • Blog Post: April 14th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Ring ouzel - 1 west over the grazing meadow Male ring ouzel by Andy Thompson. A summer migrant heading to northern England and Scotland to breed. Similar to a male blackbird but has the white crescent on the chest and grey scalloping on the sides. Red crested pochard - 9 (5 male) in reedbed...
  • Blog Post: April 13th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Glaucous gull - immature west through the fresh marsh @ 15:40 Spotted redshank - 1 on fresh marsh Red kite - up to 4 birds west this morning House martin - 1 west over the visitor centre Pink footed goose - 2 late birds on fresh marsh Little ringed plover - 2 on fresh marsh Little...
  • Blog Post: Lesser spotted woodpecker and new spring arrivals

    Although it can be a frustrating search for many - the lesser spotted woodpecker is still around and the lucky few ( including me this morning! ) have had views of it working through the birches, mainly in the area to the W of the pylons at the bottom of the Sandy Ridge trail. It seems to be best seen...
  • Blog Post: Let's all build a nest

    The breeding season is really getting underway now, with nests and displaying wildlife appearing throughout the reserve. One of the most popular species at this time of year is always our great crested grebes. If you are lucky you may spot their famous famous weed dance - though usually only snippets...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 10.04.2015

    It's been a wonderful week at Ham Wall - the sun has been shining making it almost feel like summer and the wildlife is very active. It's a special time of year for wildlife enthusiasts as creatures awaken from winter slumbers and migrants are on the move. Ham Wall has had its share with grass...
  • Blog Post: What's that tap-tap-tapping?

    The great spotted woodpecker drumming is a common sound here, it’s loud and resonates around the woods. But at the moment, it isn’t the only woodpecker tapping out there. There is a rapid but weaker drumming sound which seems to stop suddenly rather than peter out. This is the lesser-spotted...
  • Blog Post: April 8th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Little ringed plover - 3 on fresh marsh this afternoon Goosander - female on fresh marsh briefly this morning Sedge warbler - 2 singing males in reedbed Mediteranean gull - 4 adults on fresh marsh throughout the day Bittern - male booming near Fen Hide Greenshank - 1 on tidal pool Swallow...
  • Blog Post: Are You Coming or Going?

    It’s that time of year when many birds are starting to arrive in the UK, from Southern Europe and Africa, to set up home while those wintering here are thinking about heading north to Greenland, Iceland and Northern Europe. For the next few weeks there will be an interesting mix of migrants, with...
  • Blog Post: Springing into the recent sightings!

    It has been a wee while since the last sightings blog! There is the obvious sense of change in the air and I get I get a bit giddy thinking about the approaching spring and migration and waders and butterflies! My first butterfly of the year was a small tortoiseshell. Other people have seen peacock butterflies...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 20.03.2015

    Spring has most definitely sprung and the evidence is all around. Last weekend saw the arrival of 100's of Sand Martins on the reserve and even during this week small groups c20 can be seen most days. They are not always flying low though so familiarising yourself with their call can help you locate...
  • Blog Post: March 17th 2015 - Today at Titchwell

    Firecrest - 1 again in scrub although mobile and elusive but seen well on the guided walk this afternoon Red crested pochard - pair on fresh marsh Spotted redshank - 1 on fresh marsh Water pipit - 1 on Fen Hide pool Woodcock - 1 in scrub near carpark Greenshank - 1 on fresh marsh Marsh...
  • Blog Post: Early spring birds are arriving.

    Just checking on the Bird News forums and there is plenty of activity around the country, with wheatears, garganey, osprey, swallow and sand martins all arriving over the last week. No reports of any early migrants at The Lodge yet, but we should get the first chiffchaff or maybe a wheatear on Sandy...