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House Martins Nesting
17 Apr 2019

House Martins Nesting

Some of our returned House Martins have begun renovations of their nesting sites on the Farmhouse Tower. There is plenty of mud for them to utilise as the water levels have now dropped on Folly Pond, great for waders such as Black-tailed Godwit and Redsh...

Golden Plover & Warblers
13 Apr 2019

Golden Plover & Warblers

The Corner Field is full of Golden Plover this morning. Many of them with their breeding plumage black bellies.The Avenues are full of bird song with Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Blackcap the new arrivals.Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit on the Folly Po...

First Willow Warbler
10 Apr 2019

First Willow Warbler

The first Willow Warbler of the year has been heard singing today on the reserve and joins our growing list of returned Spring migrants. The water levels are being dropped on the Folly Pond now that the Whooper Swans have left to create muddy edges that ...

Sand Martins, Swallows & House Martins
09 Apr 2019

Sand Martins, Swallows & House Martins

The Sand Martins are over the Whooper Pond this morning, Swallows and House Martins around the Visitor Centre. No sign of the drake Garganey from Sunday yet but it could still be skulking around the Folly Pond or the borrowpits.High Tide: 15:37, 9.0mOpeni...

Swans depart, Ospreys return
06 Apr 2019

Swans depart, Ospreys return

Numbers of birds are now lessening on the Whooper Pond but we still do have a small number of Whoopers there, mostly juveniles. It does look a bit like a creche! These birds will be moving off over the next week or so. On the returns front, we have an ...

Blackthorn Blossoming
03 Apr 2019

Blackthorn Blossoming

The Blackthorn flowers are looking lovely in full blossom at the moment. Other flowers are also in bloom such as the Primrose, and in the Wildlife Garden Pulmonaria, Daffodils and Aubretia. These plants are a vital early season nectar source for the quee...

Wheatears arrive
30 Mar 2019

Wheatears arrive

Our first Wheatears of the year have arrived on the reserve. Three males and a female were on fencelines in Saltcot field around the Saltcot Merse Observatory.At least three Chiffchaffs are singing in the sunshine this morning.High Tide: 07:46 7.1mOpenin...

Chiffchaff singing
27 Mar 2019

Chiffchaff singing

It definitely feels more like spring now, although there is still a cool breeze at times. Chiffchaffs are now singing in the Peter Scott Trail and Saltcot Loaning, birds are collecting nesting material and we are keeping a keen eye on our Osprey nest came...

Flowers bloom
23 Mar 2019

Flowers bloom

The sun is shining, flowers are beginning to bloom and the birds are singing; it finally feels more like spring is on the way!Whooper Swan numbers have dropped below 100 today, with some feeding off the reserve still. They will only be here for another fe...

Tracks and Signs
20 Mar 2019

Tracks and Signs

Well one good thing about all the recent rains and the accompanying mud, we get to test out our tracks and signs knowledge! The Loaning is very good at the mo for footprints in the mud which is where this one came from. Any guesses? This footprint belon...

Oystercatchers Prospecting
14 Mar 2019

Oystercatchers Prospecting

Our nesting raft on the Folly Pond has drawn some interest from a pair of Oystercatcher, although, as in previous years, they have some competition from the Mallards. The flooded pasture is proving a real draw with mobile flocks of Golden Plover and Lapw...

Water, water everywhere!
12 Mar 2019

Water, water everywhere!

Well Caerlaverock Wetlands are really living up to their name! Recent heavy rains have inundated the site making it perfect for waders, geese, swans and ducks. Please bear in mind that if you are visiting then wellington boots are a requirement for getti...

Waders and wildfowl
09 Mar 2019

Waders and wildfowl

Still wet, especially down the Saltcot Loaning. Please bring wellies if you want to get to all our hides.The Folly Field is full of waders and wildfowl this morning. Hundreds of Lapwing, Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwits and Redshank. The Green-winged T...

Wet wet wet
07 Mar 2019

Wet wet wet

It is very wet around the site today, wellies are recommended for getting down the Saltcot Loaning and to the Folly Pond Hide. The water in the fields is good for the birds though, with plenty of waders still using the site and the ducks are feeding in th...

Waderfest
05 Mar 2019

Waderfest

Waders are everywhere today.Plenty of Lapwing, Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwits, Redshank and Curlew in the flooded fields.The Spotted Redshank is on the Folly Pond and the Green-winged Teal in the Corner Field.Opening times:10am - 5pm every day except...

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