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Windy Sunday
30 Mar 2020

Windy Sunday

Warden Suzi reports strong gusty winds and hail was putting off most of the birds except the gulls! The lapwing were hunkered down, still on nests on wet grasslands. Ramsar/Sand martin hide: around 750+ black-headed gull, 42 common gull, 2 lesser blac...

Pochards pairing up
28 Mar 2020

Pochards pairing up

Warden Suzi Lanaway sent in these sightings from the past few days. Suzi is one of the dedicated team that are still working onsite for wildlife and managing the fragile wetland habitats. In the photo above Reserve Manager Paul Stevens photographed these...

Bee flies & grass snakes
26 Mar 2020

Bee flies & grass snakes

On Wednesday 25 March Warden Suzi Lanaway reports lots of brimstone and red admiral butterflies and a couple of beeflies (pic above) in the sensory (herb) garden.There was also a pair of oystercatchers in the Bewick's Swan enclosure and grass snakes show...

Moorhen chicks a sign of spring
25 Mar 2020

Moorhen chicks a sign of spring

On the wet grassland we now have 5 pairs of lapwing sitting on eggs. Other signs of spring include the newly hatched nest of moorhens on the Lakes & Forest exhibit. A pair of greylag geese have hatched 5 goslings along the channels of the Wetland Discover...

Kingfishers are checking out the nesting bank
23 Mar 2020

Kingfishers are checking out the nesting bank

Lapwings and oystercatchers getting ready to nest and kingfisher have been spotted at the Arun Riverlife nesting bank ...

Spring is in the air
16 Mar 2020

Spring is in the air

The last Harrier count of the winter for our wardens was Sunday evenng with five marsh harriers and one hen harrier spotted from the Reedbed Hide. A vagrant Greenland white-fronted goose has been onsite since late Friday aternoon, hanging out near the gre...

Pochard on every pond
09 Mar 2020

Pochard on every pond

Pochard can be spotted from every hide most days. Lapwings are still displaying and two pairs of oystercatcher are starting to appear at Ramsar hide and on Arun Riverlife lagoon. Large numbers of black-headed gulls onsite but most are juveniles and will m...

Lapwings displaying and nest scraping
03 Mar 2020

Lapwings displaying and nest scraping

Regular sighting of lapwings from the Lapwing hide - likely some of the regular breeding pairs that spend spring and summer at Arundel. ...

Harriers, kestrel and more raptors
18 Feb 2020

Harriers, kestrel and more raptors

A kestrel has been spotted all over the site - he has been perched up on the owl next box near Lapwing Hide sheltering from the rain last weekend. Plenty of birds of prey around now – red kites, peregrines, buzzards, sparrowhawk...

First flowers blooming
11 Feb 2020

First flowers blooming

Large number of lapwing flock in and coltsfoot, primrose and snow drops are flowering...

Brown long-eared bats hibernate in a hide
27 Jan 2020

Brown long-eared bats hibernate in a hide

Survey of wintering bat population on Sunday showed four brown long-eared bats using the Sand Martin hide, along with other wildlife...

Barn owl, kestrels & kingfishers
20 Jan 2020

Barn owl, kestrels & kingfishers

Roger Gilroy photographed this black-headed gull in winter plummage diving for a fish. He are some recent sightings by our wardens...

Abundance of goldcrests and a few firecrest too
13 Jan 2020

Abundance of goldcrests and a few firecrest too

We continue to have big numbers of goldcrests onsite as wintering birds come down from the north to swell the ranks. Birds of prey were showing well over the weekend with a barn owl over Arun Riverlife Lagoon, buzzards on the hangar, with sparrow hawk an...

Eleven Marsh harriers a female hen harrier in the afternoon roost
09 Jan 2020

Eleven Marsh harriers a female hen harrier in the afternoon roost

Recent wildlife sightings at Arundel Wetland Centre...

Wetland Bird Survey
16 Dec 2019

Wetland Bird Survey

Our WeBS count on Mon 16 Dec is a snapshot of all the species at Arundel within a set time frame...