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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: One avocet doesn't make a summer

    No sooner had the first avocet returned to the Scrape, signalling the imminent arrival of spring, then the temperature dropped and the snow showers arrived. It's still bitterly cold today, with both the Scrape and Island Mere largely frozen this morning, but at least the sun is shining and the days...
  • Blog Post: Recent sightings by Angus Murray 1-14 Dec

    The proper winter finally arrived with weather to match, snow, hail, wind, rain, thunder and lightning all in the mix. Some good birds were seen though despite this with the yearlist even managing to increase by one, taking the total to 122 species, courtesy of a barnacle goose seen amongst canada geese...
  • 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: 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: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 15th-21st February 2014

    Hi, The arrival of Waxwing has to be this week’s reserve highlight. Initially three birds were sighted in the hedgerow next to the Wildlife Watchpoint Hide early on the 18 th , dropping to one individual by the afternoon. The single Waxwing showed exceptionally well in the same hedgerow for...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 3rd-14th February 2014

    Hi, I’ll begin with some late news of a Red Kite seen flying over the reserve on the 2nd. Red Kite re-introduction schemes have occurred in both Yorkshire and Gateshead however this species still remains an irregular visitor to Cleveland and is therefore certainly worth a special mention. ...
  • Blog Post: Redheads are great

    We're back! Did you miss us? Apologies for the recent closure of the RSPB Community pages. This was due to some of the technical issues that cropped up during the surge in demand for our website over the weekend as everyone tried to input their Big Garden Birdwatch results. I'm told that the...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 18th December 2013-11th January 2014

    Hi, Mild conditions persisted throughout this period. With regards to wading birds this meant that their mud-dwelling invertebrate prey remained accessible resulting in some good counts on the wet grassland including, 200+ Golden Plover (3 rd ), 2000+ Lapwing (19 th ), 6x Redshank and 4x Black-Tailed...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 23rd November- 17th December 2013

    Hi, Westerly winds and associated milder temperatures dominated during this period. Given the time of year it was perhaps not too surprising that the reserve’s species assemblage remained stable throughout. A significant storm surge on the 5 th December produced the highest Teesmouth Tide in...
  • Blog Post: Winter has arrived

    Temperatures have dropped considerably this week, with the first frosts and some icy rain this morning. There was even a brief spell of sleet early this morning, but I don't think we're going to get any snow on the Suffolk coast yet. With the colder weather our bird feeders have become even...
  • Forum Thread: camera opinion.....is this model any good?

    i`m considering the Fujifilm finepix S2000HD camera......is it any good does anyone know? or recommend another?
  • Forum Thread: good spot for raised pond?

    we are going to be using this spot for a raised pond, any tips of things to include in or around it? its at the side garden on the right side of our house, next to the sheds and it gets quite a bit of sun during summer..x thanks xx
  • Forum Thread: trip to old moor rspb revealed these, taken with compact cam xxxx

  • Forum Thread: sparrow-hawk blurry but recognisable :(

    today i went to Old Moor and was barely able to get any decent pictures of anything.....i was sat in Tree Sparrow Garden and the heavens started to open.....the following photos are blurry but recognisable. there were a couple of decent 1s but only of a pheasant, a coot and a bullfinches backside lol...
  • Blog Post: A Blacktoft Winter

    Blacktoft feels like a different place during the winter. Just have a look at the following photos for a taster on what you might experience. The reeds look wonderful in the winter sunlight. This photos is a view from reception taken by Mike Andrews. See and hear many different types of...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings - 28 November - 3 December

    The first snow of this winter has fallen this week and the lochs are now frozen. Our Young Volunteers have decorated the visitor centre with the Christmas tree and colourful garlands, getting us all into a festive mood. On top of this the wildlife is not disappointing us. What else would we need to start...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings - 9-15 January 2013

    It is a beautiful, crisp and frosty day here at Lochwinnoch, one of the days that are perfect for wildlife watching. There has been a lot of movement around the reserve, with diggers working on our new pond and contractors sprucing up the shop. We also had some amazing bird sightings in the past week...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings - 1-8 January 2013

    After an amazing 2012, with 124 bird species recorded, it looks like we are set off for another record breaking year! Between 1 and 8 January 2012 we have recorded 52 species, this year it’s already 63! Barr Loch is still teeming with waterfowl – several hundred of wigeons were seen most...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings - 4-10 December 2012

    What a beautiful, frosty and crisp weather! Sun is shining brightly and all vegetation is covered in a layer of sparkling frost, turning the reserve into a really magical place. There is a lot of action on the lochs and at our feeding stations. Even though the weather was not always that good this week...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings - 6-12 February

    Hello from snow-covered Lochwinnoch! It’s beautiful today – everything is covered in a white layer and there’s a lot of birds on the feeders. Despite the snow, our brave contractors are working hard to finish habitat project on time. The rest of the week was very exciting too, with...