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  • Blog Post: Gloria Smew, 6 months and counting.

    Today is a special day for Gloria, our female Smew. For today, it is exactly 6 months since she first appeared here. Smew are a tree hole breeding diving duck that breed in Scandinavia and Russia. Less than 200 birds winter here and they generally arrive on inland water bodies in very cold conditions...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings 1st-31st January 2016

    The start of a new year is often viewed as a new start. While we may not be able to wipe all things from the past, here at the reserve we can at least clear the species list and look forward to compiling the new one. By the end of last year we had recorded a total of 118 bird species for the reserve...
  • Blog Post: Brave Goldeneye

    In case you haven't noticed, it's a tad windy. I've just been around the reserve to open hides and feed the birds, water voles and mice this morning in the gator, as there was no way I was going to attempt it on my bike. All the waterfowl are hiding where they can, mainly behind reeds. The...
  • Blog Post: All Frozen Up!

    This weekend’s WeBS count saw a reasonable start time of around 7.00 am, and the Loch practically frozen over! Most of the birds are gathered around a small stretch of open water in the middle, or on the fields and wet areas. Highlights were 8010 pinkfooted geese , 1012 mallards , 1277 teal , 1470...
  • Media: Robin all Puffed Up.

    Red Robin all puffed up trying to keep warm on a cold January day in 2016
  • Blog Post: Take care on the drive

    Look carefully as you come up the main drive to the car park. There is a Short-eared Owl currently hunting along either side of the drive, around the workshop, over the Discovery Zone and in front of the Wildlife Watchpoint Hide. Short-eared Owl by Lockhart Horsburgh These are birds that breed...
  • Blog Post: Wonderful winter

    This weekend, many of us will have woken up to winter’s first snowfall. Though we were graced with just the lightest of dustings here in Bedfordshire (hardly enough for a snowman, let alone enough to crack out the sledge), it was more than enough to fire me up for a bracing morning walk. When...
  • Blog Post: Mellow yellow

    A welcome slash of colour from a yellowhammer at The Lodge on a dull, cold 'proper' winters day.
  • Blog Post: Banners and bramblings

    I took a new volunteer around the reserve today and although it was cold, many birds were in song and lots of plants are flowering, including a rhodedendron and red-hot poker in the gardens, and in the sunshine it felt almost like late March, not mid January.! The entrance banners are now completed;...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: whirling, swirling starlings

    January days may be short, and often damp, but it's still possible to make the most of your weekend. I spent the latter part of Sunday afternoon deep in the flatlands of East Anglia. Marsh harriers floated over the water, upsetting the ducks swimming beneath. Cetti's warblers burst into song...
  • Blog Post: Get those wellies on!

    If you have been keeping an eye on these recent sightings blogs, you will be aware of the amount of water we have had recently. With a further down pour over the last few days we have had to close the path to Tim Jackson and Grisedale hides. The rest of the hides are accessible in wellies , so It’s...
  • Blog Post: Happy Holidays

    The roof is taking shape, with the load-bearing walls and roof trusses fitted, so we’re starting to get a good idea of the space we’ll have – at the moment it looks huge, but I expect we’ll fill it quite quickly. The ongoing process of sorting out the stuff that needs to be moved...
  • Blog Post: Big Garden Birdwatch - and will winter happen this year?

    Aside from the sacking of football managers Jose Mourinho and even more importantly! John Stills from Luton Town FC yesterday, the news has been full of the exceptionally mild weather; with stories of flowering holly, blooming daffodils and snowdrops, birds mating, great-spotted woodpeckers drumming...
  • Media: Wren

    Wren. Taken from hide on Sunday 13 December 2015.
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: a very berry Christmas

    We hope you're having a fun festive season. Whether it's snowy where you are or not, winter's short days make life tough for birds. This mistle thrush looks like it's enjoying these red berries. As you might have guessed, the species got its name from its liking for the white berries...
  • Blog Post: See it now before something eats it

    It's been a while since we had a Water Vole feeding at the Watchpoint Hide on the feeding table, which is protected by a cage. The last one was predated by a Heron in April. Before that, a Weasel managed to get into the cage during the drought in summer 2014. Since then, we've done a lot of work...
  • Blog Post: Brambling arrives and the strange , greener than usual greenie!

    Aside from the very gusty winds, there's been little sign of winter in recent weeks, but over the weekend a brambling under the feeders near the shop added a winter element to the wildlife here. Having had a scan today, the female type bird was around again, at the feeding area to the side of the...
  • Blog Post: How robins cornered the Christmas market

    The poster-bird of countless Christmas cards, December is the robin’s time in the spotlight. But robins aren’t just for Christmas. Because they rarely move far from where they’ve hatched and, generally speaking, don’t migrate , they’re with us all year round – and...
  • Blog Post: A little auk(ward) wind

    What a difference a few days makes. this time last week temperatures were still in double figures, but the strong northerly wind on Saturday saw a marked drop in temperatures, accompanied by a scattering of snow in Suffolk on Sunday morning and the first proper frost of the year yesterday. It's a...
  • 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: Mid winter lantern procession

    the nights may be drawing in, but we will be lighting up the darkness with style on Sunday 6 December. For the second year in a row, there will be a special mid winter lantern procession at Baron's Haugh. There will be the chance during the daytime to construct some wonderful lanterns from willow...
  • 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: How to attract birds to your garden: 10 top tips

    Everyone loves to see birds visiting their garden, patio or balcony. Want to know how to boost your chances of seeing lots of birds through the year? Read on! 1. Feeding the birds is perhaps the quickest and easiest way to invite feathered friends into your garden or onto your balcony. Birds are creatures...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: barnacle geese - stars of the small screen

    Did you catch BBC Autumnwatch last week? The barnacle geese that come to the Solway Firth, all the way from Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean, were the stars of the show. (you might also remember their amazing cliff-jumping from the BBC's Life Story series) Our nature reserve at Mersehead - neighbour...
  • 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...