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  • Media: 2151

    Autumn is without a doubt my favourite time of year. It always feels cosier this time of year. Just makes me feel great!
  • Blog Post: First firecrest of the autumn

    It was a pretty quiet weekend on the bird front, but we did have a reported sighting of that little gem of a bird, the firecrest, which was spotted near the hide. Much scarcer than it's little cousin the goldcrest, we do see them on the reserve occasionally, especially in the autumn /winter months...
  • Blog Post: Glorious to gloomy

    After a perfect, sunny, golden autumnal day yesterday, it's foggy, gloomy dank and still at The Lodge today. I had a walk along the trail from HQ and there was a lot of bird activity; tits, finches and goldcrests were foraging through the woodland,while great spotted woodpeckers and nuthatches were...
  • Blog Post: Redwings return.

    The first winter thrushes arrived back on the reserve at the weekend. Around a dozen redwings joined up with the mistle thrushes that were already on the new heath and could be seen from the path along the drive . Redwings leave their breeding grounds in Scandinavia and Russia to spend the winter here...
  • Blog Post: Seasons...

    Well we've had Summer sunshine....we've had a good shower of rain too! We have a few more weeks left of the Summer, and already we are seeing signs of the Autumn creeping in. If you heard me on BBC Berkshire with Hnery Kelly this morning you will know what these signs are!!! As...
  • Blog Post: trumpets, whistles and bells

    With the dark winter nights now upon, I thought it was perhaps time for a musical interlude to while away the hours of darkness. Don't worry, I'm not about to post a link to me singing - you'd all soon leave the Minsmere group if i did. No, instead, the musical theme is inspiried by our...
  • Blog Post: heralds of winter

    Despite the current spell of relatively mild weather, there's plenty of signs of the coming winter. For a start, the rapidly changing colours of our deciduous trees, which always make an autumn visit to the countryside such a special one. Then there's typical autumnal highlights such as jays...
  • Blog Post: Autumn gales and winter frosts

    It's been a week of contrasts, though here in Suffolk we have certainly not experienced the full force of the UK's week of wild weather. The week began with the first real chill in the air, but no sign of the snow afflicting northern counties. By midweek, we caught the tail end of the damaging...
  • Blog Post: A rarity fest

    Firstly, apologies for the lack of an update for the last week - not enough time in the office between meetings and a weekend off are to blame. It's been an excellent few days on the reserve - typically as I've not been out looking for anything. Two groups of birds have stolen the show - raptors...
  • Blog Post: Hibernation & hedgehogs

    Yes that's a frog not a hedgehog, but our hibernation trail doesn't discriminate! We have information and picture cut-outs dotted around the discovery zone - did you know that pond skaters hibernate? This weekend we continue our 'Time for Bed' theme, and in addition to our hibernation...
  • Blog Post: Weekend recap - hogitats and more!

    Ok, I’ll hold my hands up, our simple hogitats weren’t nearly as aesthetically pleasing as the ones available in our shop (above), but they are effective :-) We enjoyed a fantastic weekend making hedgehog habitats; plenty of families turned up to take advantage of our Time For Bed family...
  • Blog Post: Gardens and grenades

    Hi everyone, This blog is definitely about gardens, but not quite grenades. Sorry to disappoint. I was lucky enough to spend part of Monday afternoon having a meeting in the wildlife garden. I was amazed at the variety of wildlife that has moved in. Bumblebees meandered from flower to flower and...
  • Forum Reply: Re: Butterflies - today! 26/10/2010

    Great idea for a thread! I rescued a small tortoiseshell from a hide at the Ouse washes a couple of weeks ago and here at the Lodge there have been a few red admirals on the verbenas and michaelmas daisies in the formal gardens. Please share any pic's of late flying butterflies, and if you...
  • Blog Post: Remember, remember ...?

    In case it has been erased from your memory or you are in desperate denial about the turning of the seasons, there is no escaping that it is bonfire night this weekend! The sky will be adorned with that healthy orange glow of bonfires and fireworks and we will all be testing out our vocal chords...
  • Blog Post: Feisty friend

    Have you ever had that experience when you get up really early in the morning, it’s still dark and no-one else is awake? For a short time, while the sky is magical with wispy waves of star glitter, you could be the only person on the planet. I used to get this feeling when I was younger and I had...
  • Media: Avocet Split

    Avocets (Recurvirostra avocetta) in flight (montage). Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK. From Coombe Heath hide.
  • Media: Avocet Split III

    Avocets (Recurvirostra avocetta) in flight (montage). Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK. From NT hide.
  • Media: Walking the Line

    Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta) feeding on intertidal mudflats. Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK.
  • Media: Avocets Outbound

    Avocets (Recurvirostra avosetta) in flight. Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK. From the Middlebere side of the channel.
  • Media: Avocet Split II

    Avocets (Recurvirostra avocetta) in flight (montage). Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK. From NT hide.
  • Media: Spoonbills Surprised

    Spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia) in flight. Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK. 18/11/11. The appearance of a marsh harrier briefly put these birds to flight before they settled again nearby. (Taken from the Middlebere side of the channel. Also visible from Arne)
  • Media: Avocets Inbound

    Avocets (Recurvirostra avosetta) in flight. Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK. From the Middlebere side of the channel.
  • Media: Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus)

    Taken at Clayhill Copse, Burgefield, Berkshire
  • Forum Thread: What is your favourite time of year to visit RSPB Ynys-hir?

    Spring, summer, autumn or winter, they all have something different to offer at Ynys-hir: Winter is the time when Ynys-hir offers you the only chance in Wales and England of seeing Greenland white fronted geese. Pretty barnacle geese are also here along with large flocks of lapwing, and lots of...
  • Blog Post: Winter birds and volunteer work parties

    Many of our winter birds have already arrived, with two Bramblings , eight Fieldfares and 30 Redwings seen at Nagshead today! The Bramblings were feeding on Beech mast with three Hawfinches and a small flock of Chaffinches along the main forestry track between Campbell Hide and the heath area. Redwings...