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  • 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: Recent Sightings 19th December

    It's been a slightly odd week of weather, with a balmy 12 degrees on Wednesday night followed by t shirt weather on Thursday (for working outside at least) and now we are warned of cold air coming to East Anglia over the weekend. This weather could push some more wildfowl south during the weekend...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: Rainbows and rain showers

    We are heading very quickly now towards March and between the rain showers and rainbows it feels like spring is really on the way. Bright snowdrops can still be enjoyed around the reserve and gardens at The Lodge and daffodils are starting to add a splash of welcome colour. Buds are appearing on the...
  • 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: Still flooded, but on the otter hand...

    Volunteers Melvyn and Brenda braved the floods over the weekend and were rewarded with a glimpse of this chap, swimming over what's usually a footpath south-west of Drayton Lagoon. Otter by Melvyn and Brenda Smith We may know they're there, but it has to be a lucky day to actually...
  • Blog Post: Unusual visitor to Saltholme Back Pool

    If only Adam had waited another day or two to write his blog.... This afternoon we've had a green winged teal on back Saltholme pool, and very visible from the Saltholme pools hide. This is a North American variant of the much more commonly seen Eurasian teal and the difference is subtle, so here's...
  • Blog Post: Saltholme Recent Sightings: 12th January- 2nd February 2014

    Hi, Top sighting from this period was a Glossy Ibis first observed from the Phil Stead Hide (20 th January) and still present in the area at the time of writing. The number of Glossy Ibis visiting UK shores from continental Europe has greatly increased over the last few years and like the Little Egret...
  • 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: Weekly wildlife roundup - Where Harriers Dare

    This week I participated in my first Hen Harrier Winter Roost Survey (HHWRS), which after being instigated in the early 1980s, have been running continuously as a national monitoring scheme, jointly organised by The Hawk and Owl Trust and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). With the threats posed...
  • Blog Post: Flooding update

    The flooding has gone down enough that the car park is currently accessible again. However, water levels are still high around the reserve, and more wet weather could bring flooding across the entrance road again. The trails and Busway cyclepath are still under water in places, and the surface...
  • Blog Post: Rare birds, large mammals and clear skies at last

    After such wet and windy weather over the Christmas period, it has been nice to have some clear crisp winter days over the past week. Several bird species have been heard singing at Nagshead due to the mild weather, including Mistle Thrush , Song Thrush and Goldcrest . On Friday 10 th January, Two-barred...