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Bugs, Birds and Beasts in the East

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  • The temperature is rising - #SnettsHide update

    This month we have had more fantastic news from the #SnettsHide appeal. An individual has kindly donated £30,000 towards rebuilding the hide at RSPB Snettisham! And, the icing on the cake? We also received a cheque from a community trust for £2,000. This means we are nearly half way to reaching our target.

    We continue to apply for further funding and if you do have any ideas, thoughts, suggestions or contacts you think we should be talking to, please get in touch at snettishamproject@rspb.org.uk

    Thank you, as always, for your support. 

    The Snettisham Crowd.

  • Top 5 wild things to find this autumn

    Spooky spiders 

    Head out into the garden first thing in the morning and witness these eight-legged creatures weave glistening dew-dropping webs.

    Fabulous fungi 

    Look out for mushrooms and toadstools in enchanted forests. If you’re very quiet you might see fairies resting there. Look, don’t touch! Use our fungi-finder bingo sheet to help you spot an amazing array of fungi.

    Bursting berries 

    Admire the colours of berries against autumnal leaves on tremendous trees. If you’re confident forage blackberries and sloes for free and make potions in nature’s kookiest kitchen.

    Creeping critters

    After jumping in and out of squelching puddles, look at the crunchy leaves on the woodland floor. All kinds of creepy crawlies will be setting up an autumn home down on the ground. Learn which critter is which with out guide to ground minibeasts.

    Shore-borne shells

    Following an autumnal storm take a trip to the coast. Look for the shells that marine wild things call home, left behind after high tides. You might even find a crab sheltering under rocks. Learn your whelks from your mussels with this seashell survey guide.

    Not sure where your local #wildthings are? Search for your local nature reserve here

    Share photos with us of the #wildthings you find, and your own little #wildthings using the hashtag on social media. Tag @RSPBintheEast so we can see the #wildthings 

  • Where to let your wild thing roam

    Whenever I stand on the sea wall at RSPB Wallasea Island, with the dust-muddied estuarine water lapping at the sea aster, looking at an egret silhouetted against clouds resting on the tide, mottling the sun, I feel wholly wild.

    Inside all of us is a wild thing. It gnashes, it gnaws and it roars, like an encroaching tide, desperate to be sated, longing to be let out. The beast within that we dampen in our day-to-day living is just craving the wilderness – the very thing that makes it whole.

    It is our reserves like Wallasea, and others across the east that enable us to unleash our wild thing. Whether the sights and sounds shake you, calm you, chill you or fill you – our wild places make you feel. We need to feel. We need time for ourselves. Most importantly, we need to connect.

    Our wild thing needs to connect with the landscape, because it is our wild thing that moves us to care and make a difference. Our wild thing empowers us to take action and speak up with for nature. Ultimately, our wild things and the places that make them enrich our lives.

    If you have been taming your wild thing, make sure you unleash it this autumn. Here's a list of places for the big kids among us to unleash our inner wild thing, and the top #wildthings you can see this autumn:

    Bedfordshire

    RSPB The Lodge

    • Be amazed by the golden autumn colours
    • Explore the prehistoric banks and ditches of the Iron Age hillfort
    • Discover the fantastic fungi around the reserve

    Cambridgeshire

    RSPB Ouse Fen

    • Look for the large flocks of wigeons, teals and lapwings that will spend winter here
    • See how many different ducks, grebes and swans you can spot on the lakes
    • Combine a visit with a riverside walk along the Great Ouse

    RSPB Fen Drayton

    • Watch starlings, rooks and jackdaws roost near car park at dusk
    • Look for migrating wading birds on muddy shores
    • Small birds feeding on ripe hedgerow berries

    Essex

    RSPB Wallasea Island

    • Autumn migration begins with sightings of godwits and other waders
    • Catch sight of roosting waders such as knots, dunlins and oystercatchers at high tide
    • Wander along the sea wall and absorb the tranquil atmosphere

    RSPB Canvey Wick

    Hertfordshire

    RSPB Rye Meads

    • Time to welcome back the autumn migrants - will you be the first to see a redwing or fieldfare?
    • Watch out for well-camouflaged snipe feeding in the cut reeds
    • As the evenings draw in, it's possible to see flocks of starlings and buntings swirling over the reedbeds before going to roost

    Lincolnshire

    RSPB Frampton Marsh

    RSPB Freiston Shore

    • At high tide, see roosting flocks of wading birds as they migrate south from their Arctic breeding grounds
    • Keep an eye out for the first returning wigeons on the lagoon
    • Look out for black-tailed godwits as they return from the short Icelandic breeding season

    Norfolk

    RSPB Strumpshaw Fen

    • Stroll through stunning autumn woodland
    • Look out for bitterns, bearded tits and other shy wetland birds
    • Watch out for otters hunting in the pools and river


    RSPB Titchwell Marsh

    • See hundreds of birds resting on the reserve as they migrate south from the Arctic
    • Look out for v-shaped squadrons of pink-footed geese arriving from Iceland and Greenland
    • As daylight hours shorten, enjoy the browns, golds and oranges of our autumnal landscapes

    Suffolk

    RSPB Minsmere

    • Witness the impressive red deer rut on the heath in October
    • Explore seasonal trails in search of migrants
    • Look and listen for bearded tits 'pinging' in the reedbed


    RSPB Lakenheath Fen

    • Look out for migrant birds such as fieldfares and redwings
    • Listen to bearded tits 'pinging' as they feed on the reed heads
    • Watch out for roe and muntjac deer in the poplar woods