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  • Blog Post: What to spot and Christmas opening times

    Merry Christmas everyone! Across the reserves wintering bird numbers are really starting to rise with plenty of waders and wildfowl. Over 1000 each of lapwing and wigeon have been feeding amongst the scrapes and wet grasslands, Bowers Marsh and West Canvey Marshes are the best places to see them....
  • Blog Post: Christmas greetings

    This will be my last post until 2015, as I'm heading away for Christmas and New Year on a birding trip to Kerala in South India. I'm looking forward to seeing plenty of new and colorful birds to add to my life list! My colleagues will add any sightings of note to this page while I'm away...
  • 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: Christmas at Rye Meads

    Hey all! Just a quick reminder of the last few events we have running at Rye Meads this year. We're counting down to Father Christmas visiting the reserve on Saturday and Sunday, and all the other festivities that will be going on all weekend. Make sure you come down and take a break from Christmas...
  • Blog Post: Berry Christmas, Phoenix

    Berry Christmas Robins, reindeer and holly; the classic Christmas trilogy everyone knows and loves. Contrary to common belief, however, their natural habitat is not the front of a Christmas card or indeed dangling from the branches of a tree. These three have secret – and year-round lives –...
  • Blog Post: Winter feeding – let them eat cake (well... bird cake)!

    We should all be busy filling our feeders regularly now, but this year has been unusual and particularly mild for a long time, resulting in plenty of natural food for birds and other animals to feed on. Their instinct is to use this natural food source over the supplementary food we put out for them...
  • Blog Post: Otterly bittern by the Minsmere bug

    Over the last few months we've been treated to some highly enjoyable guest blogs by a few of Minsmere's amazing volunteers. Today I'd like to share another blog by Ally Hoadley, who has recently posted her contribution to an advent calender on the A Focus on Nature website. AFON is a a...
  • Blog Post: Twelve Coombes wildlife highlights of Christmas!

    To celebrate the wintery wonderfulness of Coombes we have wrote a series of Christmassy nature facts to get you in the festive spirit. Nature is amazing and we were hard pressed to condense it down to just 12 facts. But we think we've cracked it and now we’re bringing you the first countdown...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings December 6

    After a slightly dull week the sun has come out today to reveal a beautiful crisp frosty day, a great day to be out and about. The cold weather movements that I have been predicting for the past few weeks have finally arrived. The continent has finally started to freeze up a little, which means that...
  • Blog Post: The trouble with frost

    Until this week, we've had 3,000 Golden Plover on the reserve. They feed on the wet grassland, and roost on the causeway. They provide a real spectacle when in the air together as they fly fast in tight flocks, their golden plumage glinting in the sun as they wheel and turn. But, because they feed...
  • Blog Post: Having a hoot at Leighton Moss

    As many of you may have seen on Autumnwatch, Leighton Moss is home to a wealth of wildlife including some silent hunters, owls. The equipment the BBC provided, let us have a fantastic insight into the numbers and types of owl we have in our area. Because these birds hunt mainly at dusk and at night they...
  • Blog Post: New birds on Sandy Heath

    I've mentioned before the work we are doing to encourage farmland birds, by planting seed crops on Sandy heath, the land we manage across the road from The Lodge. Over the last few months, we've seen up to seven stonechats and then a couple of whinchats arrived during autumn migration. There...
  • 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: In the Doric..."Fit’s fleein’ aboot faar in October?"

    Fit’s fleein’ aboot far in October? Pink-fitted geese, ye say? Foo mony? Forty thoosan’? Awa’! Far fae? Greenland? Michty! Fit else is fleein’ aboot in October? Dukes, ye say? Nae forty thoosan’ ‘n’ a’? Mair than...
  • Blog Post: A small taste of winter

    It's not quite up to the standards of the bad weather recently seen in America, but at least we've had a touch of winter over the last couple of days. It's been lovely to see the sun giving a golden haze over the reserve after a frosty morning- and with some cracking sunsets as well. Numbers...
  • Forum Thread: Suet cakes in winter

    Does anyone else find that the birds go off their store-bought suet cakes,when the weather starts to get colder? During the summer,I can go through 2 or 3 a day,but it tails off to the point where the cake has been there a couple of weeks and I'm wondering whether I should be throwing it out. I don't...
  • 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: The whoopers have arrived!

    New seasons bring new wildlife delights at Baron's Haugh. Many of our winter visitors have now arrived. As the water levels in the wetlands rise after the autumn wader migration season, wildfowl that have spent the summer in the far north are starting to arrive. Compared to Greenland or Iceland,...
  • Blog Post: From Russia, with a honk.

    As the clocks go back and we enter the last week of October, it's great to see that things are picking up in the solent harbours with thousands of birds arriving from their northern breeding grounds. Amongst the current great flocks of waders and wildfowl are Wigeon , Teal , Pintail , Red-breasted...
  • Blog Post: Not long now!

    Winter is my favourite time on a wetland reserve. Wild weather, crisp cold, flocks of finches and whopping numbers of wildfowl on the water. Venturing onto the reserve at first light, the air is full of the party blower whistle of wigeon and the spluttery dabbling of teal. And, if I’m honest, another...
  • Blog Post: Monday's magic moment: time to take off

    Did you see Life Story on BBC1 last week? The cliff-jumping barnacle goslings were unforgettable (if you missed it, you can catch up on iPlayer )! Those geese were filmed on their mountainous breeding grounds in Greenland. Barnacle geese from Greenland migrate to spend winter with us in western Scotland...
  • Media: Aonach Mòr, The Great Ridge

    Taken in February this year (2014). The early sun catching the ridge to the summit.
  • 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...
  • Media: Wild Day on Rannoch Moor

    A wild and beautiful place on a wild and beautiful day
  • Media: Great Tits on a feeder

    Middle of winter, taken from the bedroom window.