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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: One day brightened up what turned out to be a dull end to March.

    25th March . . . and this was it. Inspite of the low temperatures overnight, the morning dawned sunny. A walk onto the Reserve saw Stephen with the digger installing a table near the new pond for ponding dipping purposes. Lesser celandine, which like sunny conditions, were flowering now - such a cheerful...
  • Blog Post: My Top 5 Nature Books

    1. Nature's Child - John Lister-Kaye This is my favourite nature book to date, and John Lister-Kaye is my favourite nature author. The best part about this book is that it shows John’s understanding and respect for the importance of a child’s connection with nature, and it essentially...
  • Blog Post: Travel the Trossachs

    Jenny Tweedie, from RSPB Scotland, has this new blog on The Great Trossachs Path opening between Callander and Inversnaid. Travel the Trossachs I’m probably not what you might call massively outdoorsy. I love nature, and I love being out in nature, but I don’t particularly like having...
  • Blog Post: Nuthatch - 4th April

    PS. First seen by Roger and Brian, volunteers, whilst on duty in the Wetlands Centre. Also seen again, in the same place, yesterday (5/4/15).
  • Blog Post: Happy Easter!

    After the wet and stormy weather of the last few days, yesterday dawned calm and sunny. We felt some exploration of the marsh was in order after the recent ravages of the strong winds and high tides. So, setting forth along the marsh road which satisfyingly overlooks the estuary, we were most gratified...
  • Blog Post: John’s ramble round the new loop walk on a sunny Spring afternoon – 19th March 2015

    Broken Willow - pond above the Wetlands Discovery Zone. Starting along the Lonning from the Wetlands Centre, there were lots of colourful Teal in front of the 1 st Meadow Pool screen. At the 2 nd screen on the right, a Teal was being harassed by a very irate Little Grebe, huffing and puffing and throwing...
  • Blog Post: Most people get climate change – are you one of them?

    Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer with RSPB Scotland, is back with another blog on the For The Love Of...campaign that we are part of. Most people get climate change – are you one of them? It's time to start thinking that the vast majority of people do get climate change after...
  • Blog Post: A still, hazy day has its rewards - 17th March 2015

    A still, hazy day on the Solway - Campfield Marsh. After an dull morning and an early high tide, the sun gradually broke through at about 2pm. We took a walk to the hide and were pleasantly surprised at all the activity on the way. Good numbers of Teal were swimming on the floodwater on either side...
  • Blog Post: March news from the Reserve and environs.

    A wintery start to the month with snow showers along the Solway. 2nd March. Fairly strong cold westerly wind producing snow showers of blizzard proportions on occasions. However the snow didn't lay for long. Good numbers of tits, finches and tree sparrows were feeding avidly at the various...
  • Blog Post: Trip out to the Solway in late afternoon sunshine - 11th March 2015

    Thank you Mike Porter for this contribution:- "Nice trip out to Solway in yesterday's late afternoon sunshine. Thousands of Pinkfeet in fields either side of road between Whitrigg and Anthorn - very calm and settled. Stroll out to Campfield hide where it was good to see several Pintails...
  • Blog Post: Introducing James Bray

    This week we hear from the newest member of the Skydancer team who tells us a bit about himself and his new role, as well as giving us an update on our sat-tagged birds, Burt and Highlander. Hello. My name is James Bray and I have just started as the RSPB’s Bowland Project Officer, and my role...
  • Media: Wigeon in flight

    A beautiful Wigeon in flight at North Warren, Aldeburgh.
  • Media: Up up and away.

    After having a meal he's of for something else.