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  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: that woodpecker is drumming!

    Reed bunting sightings have exploded this week, there is at least one pair that has been regularly seen at the wildlife garden feeders, and we’ve had some lovely views of them from the office windows! Male reed bunting, Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) Each week we get one or two recorded sightings...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 05.02.2016

    I wouldn't say spring is in the air but there are certainly a few signs of change on the reserve this week. Snowdrops are out along the rail path, although not yet on the car park boardwalk at the Shapwick end where there are large clumps each year. Birdsong seemed quite significant this morning...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings: First Signs of Spring

    Signs of spring are popping up around the reserve, hawthorn has already been spotted coming into flower, and this week we had our first snowdrop sighting in the grass by the visitor centre. Skylarks have been seen on the stacks and around the Lin Dike link a few times, and they have also been heard singing...
  • Blog Post: Mad mild weather and a merry Christmas to you

    I've been speaking to Val and Nick, the gardeners here at The Lodge, and they've been telling me about the unusual happenings the mild conditions are causing in the plant world at the moment. Perhaps most surprisingly, some of the bluebell shoots are emerging- normally this is a late January...
  • Blog Post: Why do hen harriers skydance?

    Watch one of nature's most awe-inspiring spectacles — the hen harrier's skydance — and learn more about their breeding behaviour in this short video. Keep your eyes peeled when visiting the British uplands in the spring and you could be lucky enough to see this for yourself!
  • Blog Post: Spring has Sprung

    The plants are beginning to move and show themselves as the days are getting longer. As I walked through Radipole this morning I came across a patch of Sweet Violets in full flower. This is our only fragrant violet. Next was a hawthorn tree in full leaf. On closer inspection there...
  • Blog Post: Radipole’s Lacey “Brollies”: Part 1

    At this time of year the Radipole hedgerows are starting to come in to their own. One particular family of plants is the Carrot Family or the Umbelliferae (now known as Apiaceae). These plants are easily identified by the umbrella shaped arrangement of their flowers. However, umbelliferae flowers can...
  • 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...