Latest sightings

Fledglings!

Fledglings!

The first brood of kingfishers are fledging – last Sunday Reserve Manager Suzi Lanaway saw one youngster with the tell-tale white tip on its bill out of the nest on perch 3 calling for food from its parents. Since then the male has been seen clearing ne

5 June 2024

Oystercatcher and gull chicks

Oystercatcher and gull chicks

Look out on the islands from the sand martin hide and on Arun Riverlife – black-headed gull chicks began hatching out this week. A pair of oystercatchers opposite the Ramsar hide have been spotted with at least two chicks. A second pair of mute swans we

29 May 2024

Nesting oystercatchers and active kings

Nesting oystercatchers and active kings

One oystercatcher pair looks to be sitting on a nest on an island from the Sand martin hide. The pair or one seem to be mobbing any curious predatory crows. On the Arun Riverlife lagoon the kingfishers are still really active this week – were still wai

21 May 2024

Tawny owlet and sand piper

Tawny owlet and sand piper

A tawny owlet started branching on Mon 13 May from its box on an island in Wetlands Discovery. Tawny owls leave the nest to scramble around branches before they can fly. This is the first time that tawny owls have used one of our nest boxes at this end of

15 May 2024

Curlew onsite

Curlew onsite

A curlew wearing coloured leg rings was spotted by WWT wardens from the Ramsar hide on Wed 8 May in the afternoon. It had been spotted by visitors from the Sand martin hide as well. Some of the nesting black-headed gulls swooped it a few times, in case it

9 May 2024

Goslings, ducklings and chicks

Goslings, ducklings and chicks

There are plenty of opportunities for “cute” wildlife photos across WWT Arundel's site now that spring is underway. There are at least 5 greylag geese pairs with goslings in tow and similar number of Canada geese pairs. The geese frequent the picnic a

30 April 2024

Moth survey & butterfly eggs

Moth survey & butterfly eggs

The first moth survey of the season only attracted 3 moths and a female minotaur beetle, due to the cold temperatures. We did have a lovely emperor moth sitting on the access gate for staff to the Pelican Cove exhibit on Tues 23 on Monday morning. Cuckoo

24 April 2024

Warbler, martins and young ones

Warbler, martins and young ones

Summer migrants are returning, with the songs of sedge and reed warblers filling the reedbeds. Cetti’s warblers are around as well and several black caps and a lesser whitethroat seen over the past few days. The sand martins have return returned and

18 April 2024

Spring birds on the nest

Spring birds on the nest

A female mallard with 6 ducklings in tow was spotted on the Wet Grassland on Monday. Moorhen chicks have also been spotted on a ditch behind our duckery. A pair of pergrines have been spotted on the Offham hangar, likely the pair that annually nest on the

29 March 2024

Bittern, kingfishers, lapwings & oystercatchers

Bittern, kingfishers, lapwings & oystercatchers

Reserve Supervisor Rosie flushed up a bittern about 5m away from the front of the Scrape hide this morning (Thurs 21 March) while working in the area. Kingfishers have been using the nest hole 5 in the Arun Riverlife nest bank again this year. There has b

21 March 2024

White tailed eagles and kingfishers

White tailed eagles and kingfishers

Two white tailed eagles have been back over the Reserve a few times this month. The pair were flying up and down the Offham hangar and over the car park and visitor centre on both March 2 and March 4. A kingfisher male has been very active on the nesting

11 March 2024

Oystercatchers are back and kingfisher nest hunting

Oystercatchers are back and kingfisher nest hunting

A male kingfisher has been inspecting nest holes at the Kingfisher bank. Regular visitor Mike Jerome took these lovely photos. We recently removed some trees near the kingfisher nesting bank. Our Reserve team manage this wet grassland habitat at Arun Rive

28 February 2024

Camouflaged Snipe, Scraping Lapwings and arriving Oystercatchers

Camouflaged Snipe, Scraping Lapwings and arriving Oystercatchers

It has been great to see so many snipe back in the fen cut in front of the Ramsar hide this past week! A male kingfisher has been investigating the nesting holes on Kingfisher bank on Arun Riverlife, a pair were spotted feeding at Scrape hide Tuesday.

21 February 2024

Bittern was back on World Wetlands Day

Bittern was back on World Wetlands Day

A bittern flew across the reedbed channel in front of a boat safari trip on Fri 2 Feb - World Wetlands day - giving some of our visitors a real treat! We had our first oystercatcher of the season, spotted between Ramsar and Sand martin hides on Tues 6

7 February 2024

Lapwing, bitterns and a sea eagle

Lapwing, bitterns and a sea eagle

Our onsite bittern sightings from the Scrape hide peaked on Friday 19 January when a Reserve Warden spotted two bitterns, within just minutes of each other on opposite side of the reedbed there.A sea eagle (also known as a white tailed eagle) was spotted

24 January 2024