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  • Blog Post: A mid-summer walk, 23rd June

    It had dawned a bright sunny day – perfect for a walk around the Red Route. So starting out through the Discovery field which Stephen had recently mown a wide track through. We were amazed at the number of different flowers now coming up in the Wildflower Meadow. Bumblebees and butterflies were...
  • Blog Post: Campfield Bioblitz - 29 to 30th May 2015. A personal perspective.

    As part of the 24 hour BioBlitz which started at 7pm on Friday night, I arrived at the Wetlands Centre to collect a recording form and get the lie of the land. Norman was manning the Bioblittz Hub at the Centre, already set out with a bank of microscopes, computers and heaving with identification books...
  • Blog Post: Recent Great Spotted Woodpecker activity.

  • Blog Post: Recent Wildlife Highlights from Middleton

    The avocet families are growing at pace. The 1 st pair have 3 chicks which are over a month old now, and have moved onto the jubilee wetlands. The adult birds walked their chicks from the North pit, through the fence and onto the Jubilee. This isn’t unheard of for avocets to do this, but it’s...
  • Blog Post: Marine Protection in Scotland

    Allan Whyte, RSPB Scotland Marine Policy Officer, gives us an update on MPAs in Scotland. A Quick Update about Marine Protection in Scotland I’m really glad to say we have some positive news on Scotland’s marine environment. Some of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that were designated...
  • Blog Post: Open Farm Sunday and other visitors to Hope Farm

    One of the real pleasures of working at Hope Farm is showing visitors around. Many of our visitors are specifically invited due to their areas of work, influence or interest such as the visit by Farming Minister George Eustice MP last autumn at a crucial time during negotiations about future agri-environment...
  • Blog Post: A peak inside life on the 'enchanted isles'

    Research team members, Davide, Niall & Laura, have this fascinating new blog giving us an insight into the Shiant Isles Recovery Project so far - as well as their work, life and wildlife watching on the Shiants! A peak inside life on the ‘enchanted isles’ As hail, rain and strong...
  • Blog Post: Borrowed Wings - why do we love birds?

    Watching a House Martin Colony at Staithes, while bewildered coast-goers stare. . . Why am I watching a rock-face?? Although Britain is, in general, a nation of animal lovers, we have one extra quirky twist: we have an obsession with birds. But what’s so special about them? Arguably, they...
  • Blog Post: Sightings towards the end of May.

    17th May Strong north-westerly wind blowing. High tide about midday running at 9.5 m LOGBOOK ENTRIES Whimbrel, Blacktailed Godwit, Lapwing, Heron, Willow Warbler, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Canada Goose. 18th May Much warmer today although the NW wind was brisk with sunshine and some hail...
  • Blog Post: Hidden Gems - Wildlife Species in the UK Often Overlooked

    There are some species in the UK that are completely overlooked, or often, shrugged off as common or even pests. These are the species you never see on posters, or the front cover of nature magazines. The species smeared with the term “common” in the field guides. For some serious naturalists...
  • Blog Post: Scotland's most urban nature reserve

    Jenny Tweedie, from RSPB Scotland, has this great new blog on arguably our most urban nature reserve - Baron's Haugh. Scotland’s most urban nature reserve Baron’s Haugh must be RSPB Scotland’s most urban nature reserve. Sandwiched between Motherwell and the M74, it’s...
  • Blog Post: Spotted Flycatcher sighting - 5th June 2015

    Was wandering about our damson orchard, adjacent to Campfield Marsh Reserve, this evening - trying to track down the source of a squeaky, scratchy call with intermittent clicking notes. As young birds are now fledging had thought that perhaps it was one calling for food. However, eventually the call...
  • Blog Post: What to see in Scotland this month VI

    Do you want to get out and see more of Scotland’s exciting wildlife? Let’s make June the time to do it! Here are some suggestions from us on what to look out for. What to see in Scotland this month VI If you’re a fan of outdoor swimming in Scotland even with our less than toasty...
  • 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: Results of the Big Wildlife Stocktake..

    We had a good day on Saturday doing minibeasting, pond dipping, birdwatching and generally surveying all the wildlife that lives at Rye Meads. A big thank you to all those that participated as we got some really good results and managed to ID a fair few. In the absence of experts in the field of some...
  • Blog Post: For the love of wildlife and cycling

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, has this new blog on what's coming up in the For The Love Of...campaign. For the love of wildlife and cycling If you are a regular reader of this blog you may remember my post about Showing the Love to Nicola Sturgeon on Valentines...
  • Blog Post: Mid May - waders, swallows and damsels . . . amongst others.

    10th MAY At 7.50am on a dull damp morning a group of some 25 Swallows could be seen hawking in front of the hamlet and under the tree at the top of the saltmarsh. Presumably there had been a hatch of insect there and they were taking advantage of the bonus. Link to YouTube video - Swallows Hawking...
  • Blog Post: Radipole's Exotic Species: The Hyposinga heri Spider, last seen in the UK in 1912

    Radipole volunteer, Allan Neilson, discovered this spider, Hyposinga heri on one of his surveys at Radipole . Though this species doesn't have a common name, the female spider in Allan's photos has become known as "Harriet". Below is Allan's account of his discovery : On 28-May...
  • Media: Robin feeding from my hand at Leighton Moss

    My wife and I visited Leighton Moss RSPB on Saturday 23rd May and managed to tempt a few robins to take food from our hands. This is probably the clearest photo we got of one of them, it isn't easy trying to hold the camera in one hand while doing this and still getting it in focus etc.!
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  • Blog Post: The World Needs Durrell

    “The world needs Durrell”. This is what David Attenborough said about Gerald Durrell - the author of dozens of wonderful books and the founder of the Durrell Wildlife Park. Last weekend, I went on a trip with my college to Jersey, to see this amazing place and the wildlife on the island...
  • Blog Post: Working and living in Abernethy forest

    Jill Harden is an archaeologist with RSPB Scotland, and is back with this new blog on the fascinating historical features of Abernethy Forest. Working and living in Abernethy forest Opportunities to go out on reserves with colleagues are always time well spent, but visiting with someone from the...
  • 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...