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  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 1st August – 31st October by Alan R & Claire M

    After a pretty dismal summer weather-wise, the better weather in August was a welcome relief! It was a great month for raptors, with osprey spotted hunting on both the Barr Loch and Aird Meadow throughout the month, a peregrine over the Aird Meadow on the 14 th , frequent sightings of kestrel , and a...
  • Blog Post: A touch of winter?

    Autumn is finally in full flow today, with the leaves dropping in large golden swathes across The Lodge- and there's even a touch of cold in the wind now, so perhaps winter will arrive after all. Even so, yesterday we watched a couple of red admiral butterflies flitting over the roofs near the shop...
  • Blog Post: Winter's arrived

    I'm back from a superb week watching eagles, otters, dolphins and much more on the beautiful island of Mull, and it sounds like I've missed quite an exciting ten days here at Minsmere too. I always consider that winter arrives with the first sighting of a "wild" swan. For me, that...
  • Blog Post: One warden (and several volunteers) are off to mow....

    ....well in this case it will be fresh marsh islands rather than a meadow. Every autumn we need to get out onto the islands to prepare them for the spring and return of the breeding avocets. It is important that we manage the islands to produce the ideal nesting conditions for the breeding waders...
  • Blog Post: Butcher birds and ghost hunters

    The fantastic autumn migration has continued apace this week with hundreds more goldcrests arriving, as well as the first significant arrival of redwings and fieldfares. With them have come more starlings, helping to boost numbers gathering for the evening murmuration over North Marsh. Finches have...
  • Blog Post: Confusing seasons

    Perhaps it has something to do with the supermoon/blood moon/lunar eclipse that many people enjoyed watching in the early hours of Monday morning, or maybe the recent autumn equinox, but the seasons seem a little confusing at the moment. Talking of the supermoon, I hope you manage to see it if you...
  • Blog Post: Blackberries

    During autumn the wildlife around us is very busy. On the ground hedgehogs are fattening up before hibernation. In the skies swallows are eating as many insects as they can before starting their long journey to South Africa. Whilst in the trees squirrels are gathering and storing as many nuts as they...
  • Blog Post: It's Our World - mass participation arts project

    We are very happy to support our partners, The John Muir Trust, with this amazing mass-participation arts project! It’s Our World is a mass participation arts project that aims to create the UK’s largest online collection of artwork celebrating the environment, as seen through the eyes...
  • Blog Post: Wintery Wildlife Tips

    Winter is a beautiful time of year. With all the fallen leaves, muddy puddles, bare trees and holly berries there is so much natural beauty to draw us outside. So what are you waiting for? Wrap up warm and head out for an explore! Busy exploring! – David Tipling (RSPB-images) Below...
  • Blog Post: 'Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas'... The Final Countdown!

    The Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas! Get ready for our final Christmas countdown blog... ...four holly trees... Holly is a true icon of Christmas. We use it to decorate our homes during winter, but I wonder how many of us actually know why? Well there are loads of superstitious...
  • Blog Post: Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas... continued!

    � Ready for the second installment of Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights? Here we go...! ...eight shrews ashrinking... Shrews can’t hibernate. Their small body size, and the fact they need to eat every 2-3 hours, mean they wouldn’t be able to take on big enough fat reserves. So instead...
  • Blog Post: Winter tree-tastic treats!

    Trees. Where WOULD we be without them? They act like our constant guardians absorbing CO 2 to provide us with the clean air we breathe. They quietly sit and watch as generations go by. They can live for hundreds of years, solving their own problems and adapting to the environment around them. I often...
  • Blog Post: Red planets and stars on the woodland floor!

    Strange and wondrous things grow in our woods. Some more obvious than others. It is so easy to simply walk past without ever really understanding what something is or how it came to be. Some things are just so well camouflaged we just simply don’t see. And some we get so used to seeing we forget...
  • Blog Post: September and October events

    Due to a few technical hitches at Rye Meads HQ, you may not be aware of all the events that are coming up at the reserve over the next few months. All will be corrected and amended on the website asap but in the meantime I thought I'd give you a quick rundown for your diaries! This Saturday...
  • Blog Post: A Bird Feeding Garden

    This is the second of two blogs featuring RSPB Mersehead by Juliet Robertson. A trained primary school teacher and former head teacher, Juliet Robertson is one of Scotland’s leading education consultants in the field of outdoor learning. She is passionate about enabling schools and early years...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife round-up

    It's been another typically autumnal week on the wildlife front at Strumpshaw Fen, possibly with a hint of winter. Bitterns have been showing daily around the reserve, with an impressive 3 together at the fen hide today. Otters and kingfishers have also put in daily appearances. The biggest surprise...
  • Blog Post: Autumn colours with Essex libraries

    The approach and onset of Autumn brings with it great splashes of colour as the leaves change from greens to a blaze of reds, oranges, yellows and so many mixtures of shades in-between. Along with this change of colour come changes in wildlife as it needs to prepare itself for winter. What a rich...
  • Blog Post: Starlings starting to gather!

    Starlings by David Kjaer (rspb-images.com) At this time of year dark clouds begin to form in the sky above fields, woodlands and reedbeds. But these are no ordinary clouds - they're one of the UK's most incredible wildlife spectacles. Throughout the autumn and winter months, hundreds of...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for winter

    The new Wildsquare survey runs until the 31 st December and is called ‘Preparing for winter’. It's an ideal activity to participate in with your children, class or group and y ou can do the survey wherever you like - in a garden, park, playground or out on a walk with your family. ...
  • Blog Post: Winter is coming

    What with the cold, the wind and the hour change this weekend, I reckon we’re all of the same mind: time to get out the winter layers. The wildlife activity on the reserve over the last couple of weeks confirms that we’re drawing into the final stage of the year. Now my fingers have warmed...
  • Forum Reply: Re: MYSTERY FUNGI QUIZ #1

    No, I stay away from anything that looks like a fungus, too dangerous to pick a poisonous one and off you go .. with a gift from a whitch. And the Pink Panther: alone at home he stayed, on his piano he played, suddenly wondered who was that lady knocking at his door, it's been so long he can't...
  • Forum Thread: What's your favourite season?

    We have a bit of split opinion in the office about this, what do you all think and why? Poll below and feel free to illustrate your opinion with pictures and comments! What's your favourite season? Spring (50%) Summer (16.7%) Autumn (33.3%) Winter (0%) Total Votes: 24
  • Blog Post: Can we beat the record this year?

    Well with a bit of careful management here and there we will give it a good go... So what am I talking about I hear you ask? Over the last couple of winters our wildfowl numbers have been on the increase. Since 2009 our peak teal count has risen from just over 900...
  • Blog Post: Euphoria for all

    The unbridled joy of witnessing night after night of national pride, the full frontal exposure to the best of humanity, has left me wanting more. As a confirmed curmudgeon I do not normally indulge my tribal side, but I was lifted-up and carried along on the shoulders of giants as the Olympics and...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings - 14-21 November

    Last week of November starts tomorrow and we can feel the winter drawing nearer and nearer with every day. Mornings and evenings are dark and gloomy, and the rest of the day is not much brighter, especially when low clouds are shrouding the entire area. But if you think it’s not worth to visit...