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  • Blog Post: Poster of recent sightings

  • Blog Post: Early May - BTGs, Sedges, Buff-tails, Roe Deer . . .

    2nd May. A fine bright early morning with a cold westerly wind. Rain set in about 1.30pm. There were still Barnacles on the Solway! Several skeins of about 30 each flew west along the saltmarsh about 5.50pm. A Song Thrush's melodious tones could be heard coming from the mature trees edging the...
  • Blog Post: Little Egret fishing the roadside pools - 14th May 2015

    Little Egret. As we drove along the saltmarsh road, we chanced upon a Little Egret fishing the pools below - near the entrance to the Reserve Lonning. These pools had been excavated a few years ago to facilitate breeding Natterjack Toads. Being occasionally inundated by the high tides which makes...
  • Blog Post: Poster of notable birds seen between 1 - 9th May 2015

  • Blog Post: After a night of heavy rain - what a surprise!

    9th May. The rain was slow to clear but by mid afternoon the sun gradually strug gled through. Having already noted a Reed Bunting singing from the hawthorns on the saltmarsh near the hamlet and a Large Red Damselfly shimmering in the weak rays of the sun, we decided to pay a visit to the Lonning...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month V

    May is a great month to take up wildlife watching in Scotland. With summer migrants arriving from overseas and the days (that are supposed to be) heating up there is plenty to look out for along our coasts, in our woodlands, and even in our back gardens! What to see in Scotland this month V ...
  • Blog Post: Highlights - last week in April, 2015

    24th April. Spring sunshine - the Lonning . . . . . . with the track carpeted in dandelions and daisies. Female Blackcap picking insects from the blossom. . . . or is it sipping nectar? Nevertherless, a good pollinator! Female Wheatear in newly ploughed arable field near farm. Logbook...
  • Blog Post: Wanted: Your thoughts on our new Skydancer film

    If you haven’t already seen our new Skydancer film, please a spare 10 minutes and watch it here . Made by Northumberland-based Haltwhistle Film Project , we hope it offers an engaging and inspiring introduction to hen harriers and the challenges they face. Filmed in Yorkshire, Lancashire...
  • Blog Post: Photo diary, 17th -23rd April

    Robin in the Spring sunshine - will join you as you walk along the Lonning. A surprise find today - a Spotted Redshank feeding with two Common Redshank on the floodwater - LHS of the Lonning. Spotted Redshank and Redshank. Swallow over the wetlands in front of the hide. A few Shelduck...
  • Blog Post: Mid April review.

    15th April. Day turned out to be slightly warmer than of late - although the night had been frosty, the early morning rain and sunshine that followed, warmed things up somewhat. A pair of Bullfinch were seen frequenting the hamlet and early afternoon a Chiffchaff was belting out its song from the...
  • Blog Post: Not just rare, ultra rare!

    As I was cycling to Leighton Moss the other day, I noticed lots of excited looking visitors walking along the road to get to the causeway, something must have happened! I stopped and asked what had been seen and was informed that a pied billed grebe had been found the previous evening by our very own...
  • Blog Post: Little things to Make a Big Difference - Climate Change

    Climate change. These days, its two words you hear almost every day. The problem is, although it seems a depressing subject, it's something none of use should ever ignore, especially the younger generation, as it's now up to us to try and fix it! So, what, really, does climate chance do to...
  • Blog Post: Biofuels are capped, but the job isn't done

    The European Parliament has today voted to approve a cap on the use of first generation biofuels, those from land-based crops. This cap places an important restriction on the use of a form of energy that can put wildlife at risk and in some cases be more polluting than the conventional fuels it is designed...
  • Blog Post: Watch out for these birds - seen on the Reserve on Saturday, 25th April

  • 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: Further early April highlights - a photodiary.

    Good to see both female and male Great Spotted Woodpeckers about. 5th April. Early morning mist. Little Grebe and Canada Geese across the Meadow Pools. Linnet on arable field near farm . . . . . . and Meadow Pipit too. Hawthorn coming into leaf. Several pairs of frogs seen...
  • Blog Post: Haverton Hill Highlights

    Spring well and truly is in full swing here at Saltholme. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and more and more we're seeing wildlife in the throws of courtship. The highlights for the reserve this week have really come from the Haverton end of the reserve, if you venture as far as the...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife watching on Lewis

    RSPB Scotland project officer for the Western Isles, Victoria Anderson, has this new blog about wildlife watching on Lewis. Wildlife watching on Lewis Any visit to the Western isles must include a trip to our hidden gem of a reserve at Loch na Muilne near Arnol on the Isle of Lewis. In recent days...
  • Blog Post: Photographic Exhibition by Adam Moan

    The Geltsdale Gallery is currently showing a photographic exhibition by Adam Moan, featuring images from the Geltsdale Reserve and further afield. Visitors can view Adam’s work until Sunday 17 th May from 9am to 5pm 7 days per week. Adam lives near to the reserve at the village of Castle Carrock...
  • Blog Post: For the love of... Dunes

    RSPB Scotland Nature Recovery Officer, James Silvey, has this new blog on climate change and the wildlife that could be lost to it. For the love of... Dunes At school in the 90’s it was called global warming, the planet was heating up and cartoons showed the earth trapped, sweating in a greenhouse...
  • Blog Post: It's all kicking off! - This weeks recent sightings.

    Seems like the summer migrant plug has been pulled this week! Every time I go out on site there has been a new warbler singing from a different corner of the reserve or more hirundines hawking over the wetlands. House martins, sand martins and swallows are all daily occurrences and surely it won’t...
  • Blog Post: Why not try the 'Red Route'- certainly a walk with a difference!

    . . . and so we did. The day had dawned bright and sunny, with virtually no wind - a change from the uncertain weather of the last week or so! A good day to explore the new extension to the existing routes across the farmland. This addition would take us out from the new loop walk (the Yellow Route)...
  • Blog Post: Swallows, Sandmartins and Signs of Spring at Saltholme

    Longer days, milder temperatures and the first of the years bank holidays under our belt, it can only mean that spring is here, and at Saltholme that means two things, lambs and migration. The Easter break has seen us welcoming hordes of families on to the reserve for our lambing live event where...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: child's play

    One of the nicest things about working on a nature reserve is that it really comes to life during the school holidays, particularly from Easter onwards. I love walking across the site here at The Lodge to go to a meeting or get a cup of tea, and hearing the delighted squeals of children enjoying nature...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month IV

    Better late than never as the old saying goes. Here's our blog on the wildlife to look out for across Scotland in April. What to see in Scotland this month IV Personally I don’t think there are many good reasons to get up and out of the house before dawn. If someone mentions it, my first...