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  • Blog Post: Pinkfooted Geese - 30th September 2016

    This is the first skein of Pinkfeet I have seen this season - 55 in total, flying in a NW direction at 10.49 am over the marsh at Scargavel Point. It is good once more to hear their haunting calls echoing across the landscape!
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings: crisp mornings and grey sky afternoons

    It’s been a while since I wrote a blog, the lovely Rachel and Kate have been keeping this page fresh over the last few months and as this is the first summer I’ve spent at Fairburn I’m at a bit of a loss where to begin. Having now seen the reserve through a full cycle of seasons there...
  • Blog Post: Radipole Lake Autumnwatch News

    Autumnwatch 2016 I'm sure many of you have already heard the exciting news that this year's Autumnwatch is being hosted by our colleagues over at Arne. Keep up-to-date with all of RSPB Arne’s latest Autumnwatch news by following and liking RSPB Arne on Twitter, Facebook and the website...
  • Blog Post: Beginners luck!

    Hello! My name is Alice and I am Leighton Moss’ newest Visitor Experience Intern. I am very excited to be following in the footsteps of a long line of amazing interns, and to learn from Leighton Moss' fantastic team of knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Big smiles for all the amazing...
  • Blog Post: Autumn at Fen Drayton Lakes

    Autumn is here! While for some the countdown is on to the start of spring (174 days, if you are interested!), I absolutely love this time of year. My jumpers are unpacked and l can't wait for the colourful and crisp walks that this season brings. Autumn is a great time at the reserve as well....
  • Blog Post: Meeting Mr Toad and his friend the frog

    Most of us have grown up with Kermit the Frog and Kenneth Grahame’s unforgettable Mr Toad – but how much do you actually know about these awesome amphibians in real life? As our own Adrian Thomas points out in his excellent blog on Gardening for wildlife , autumn is a great time to think...
  • Blog Post: Second 2016 hen harrier goes missing

    I’m sorry to have to report that we have lost another of this year’s satellite tagged hen harrier chicks. Brian, named after the very experienced raptor worker Brian Etheridge, was one of our non-public-facing birds. With the permission of the landowner and help of local Scottish Raptor...
  • Blog Post: Dungeness update 23/09/2016

    Migration is in action at the moment! We've had two ospreys pass through us on their way back to Africa. There are also a lot of swallows on the reserve too and sadly they will be leaving us shortly, marking the end of summer (not that it feels like it!) We've had some fabulous sightings on...
  • Blog Post: Reed all about it

    Leighton Moss is home to the largest reedbed in North West England. Now a rare sight, reedbed is a dynamic habitat that requires constant management in order to give the best home to the wildlife that relies on it. Assistant warden Nick Godden explains some of the recent work he has been doing with colleagues...
  • Blog Post: The Advancing Year at Radipole Lake

    A beautiful day at Radipole Lake today with sunshine and blue skies. Though many of us are still walking around with our T-shirts and sandals there is a distinctly autumnal feel to the reserve. The days are getting shorter and cooler in the evenings. The autumnal chill in the air is becoming more noticeable...
  • Blog Post: Guest blog: Satellite tracking and mortality in Montagu's harriers

    Raymond Klaassen is one of the lead researchers at the Dutch Montagu's Harrier Foundation . Here he tells us about his work using satellite tracking to study the migration and mortality of Montagu's harriers on the continent. This nomadic species is a close relative of the hen harrier and...
  • Blog Post: Water vole surveys

    Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend a day out at Ouse Fen with the wardens, helping them with their annual water vole survey. Despite being widespread in the UK, water voles have been identified as one of Britain’s fastest declining mammals. There are an estimated 220,000 water voles in the...
  • Blog Post: Wildfowl and waders returning to the Reserve - Week Ending 16th September 2016.

  • Blog Post: Introducing Katy: inspiring schools and communities about hen harriers

    Guest blog from Katy Saulite, one of our two Community Engagement Officers for the Hen Harrier LIFE Project. Hello everyone. I feel like it is long overdue that I introduce myself as one of two community engagement officers working as part of the Hen Harrier LIFE Project. As part of this introduction...
  • Blog Post: Improving the state of UK nature

    Today, alongside many of our conservation partners here in the East, we are calling for more to be done to help the region’s wildlife. Why? Today, the State of Nature 2016 report is being launched by Sir David Attenborough and UK conservation and research organisations in London. Following on...
  • Blog Post: Poster for week ending 9th September 2016.

  • Blog Post: The parasitic plant that relies on fungus for food

    A particularly unusual plant called yellow bird’s nest has been found growing at RSPB Scotland’s Skinflats reserve, which sits on the edge of the River Forth. This is only the fourth time that it has been seen in Scotland since 2000 and all of the previous records were at sites near Glasgow...
  • Blog Post: State of Nature 2016 – summary of the report

    Guest blog by Dr Mark Eaton , Principal Conservation Scientist, RSPB Centre for Conservation Science and co-author of the State of Nature 2016 report. The State of Nature 2016 report brings together data and expertise from over 50 organisations, providing us with the clearest picture yet of how wildlife...
  • Blog Post: Bashing for butterflies

    Back at the end of June, a group of volunteers went up Warton crag to do some habitat management. Only a little way down the road from Leighton Moss, Warton Crag is a mosaic of limestone grassland, bracken and scrub, with a bit of woodland mixed in. It is home to so many wonderful and exciting species...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings at Dungeness - 5th September 2016

    Over the weekend we've had some unusual reports here at Dungeness. We have had a red-necked phalarope stay with us over the weekend. These small, delicate waders are adapted well to spending a lot of time on water. Unlike other waders, phalaropes have lobed toes which enable them to swim strongly...
  • Blog Post: Guest blog: A view from the hills

    David Hunt is one of two Assistant Investigations Officers employed by RSPB's Hen Harrier LIFE Project to support the conservation and protection of this species. Here he reflects on the 2016 breeding season and shares some of his thoughts and experiences of watching over these beautiful birds. ...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife Explorers

    Do you remember the first time you held a snail in your hand? Or marveled at the detail in a leaf skeleton? For me, I'll always be transported back to my childhood listening to the hypnotic call of a lapwing as it dips and dives through the sky. What ever magical moment introduced you to the natural...
  • Blog Post: Damsel and Dragonflies - Week ending 2nd September 2016

  • Blog Post: What a fantastic August!

    The last weeks of August have been some of my favourite wildlife watching moments on the reserve so far this year! It has meant that we have taken longer to do jobs out on site, as things like spotted redshanks, ospreys and spotted flycatchers are very distracting! Seven species of raptor were on...
  • Blog Post: Meet Jake - Sandwell Valley's youngest volunteer!

    Hello, my name is Jake,I am 7 years old and have been a regular visitor to RSPB Sandwell Valley for about 4 years. Jake in his RSPB uniform - with his binoculars of course! My dad is a volunteer for the RSPB & works with the children’s group Sandwell Swans which I go to with...