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Sand Martins start moving through
04 Sep 2020

Sand Martins start moving through

Monday morning I was greeted by the spectacle of approximately 400 house and sand martins swirling around a dark, moody sky, a truly fantastic sight. These fabulous aerobats are starting to gather before their epic migration to sub-Saharan Africa for the ...

Emerald damselfly during dormouse survey
26 Jul 2020

Emerald damselfly during dormouse survey

During this month’s dormouse survey, we spotted a brilliant emerald damselfly, which rather obligingly stayed still long enough for a quick photo shoot! We don’t get many of that species, so was really lovely to see. Sadly, no dormice were found...

Butterflies, reptiles and bird surveys
13 Jul 2020

Butterflies, reptiles and bird surveys

The numbers of greenfinch onite has been dropping in recent years but our recent Breeding Bird Survey has good greenfinch news. This April through June we have recorded greenfinches singing from the treetops around the reserve. Now we are seeing juvenile...

Fabulous wildflowers and Marsh Harrier update
07 Jul 2020

Fabulous wildflowers and Marsh Harrier update

Wildflowers Weeks of hot sun followed by a bit of rain here and there has produced a botanical bounty all around the reserve! Our wildlife hides are now open (except for the Sand Martin hide) and the views are spectacular. Oxe-eye daises are just going o...

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...