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Recent Sightings - 16th September 2019
16 Sep 2019

Recent Sightings - 16th September 2019

Brent numbers are building rapidly out on the Lough! There's so many that even at low tide, you can still hear in the distance, the mass of geese making their distinctive gronking calls. Yesterday, during our monthly wetland bird survey, c.2500 Brent gees...

Recent Sightings - 9th September 2019
09 Sep 2019

Recent Sightings - 9th September 2019

The Brent are back! Strangford Lough's iconic species the Light-bellied Brent goose has once again returned after their long migration. Around 50 birds were first spotted on Wednesday last week, and since then there numbers have been growing. A couple hun...

Recent Sightings - 2nd September  2019
02 Sep 2019

Recent Sightings - 2nd September 2019

Into September now and more wintering birds are beginning to arrive in the Lough; Greenshank, Redshank, Curlew and Lapwing can all be seen on a daily basis! However this is also a good time of year to spot "Passage Migrants". This is a colloquial term for...

Recent Sightings - 26th August 2019
26 Aug 2019

Recent Sightings - 26th August 2019

Now that we are coming to the end of August many of the wildflowers in the Brickworks are going to seed. Once flowers are pollinated their beautiful petals fade, fall off and seeds begin to form. This is vital for the return of the flowers in the spring o...

Recent Sightings - 19th August 2019
19 Aug 2019

Recent Sightings - 19th August 2019

We are starting to see the first signs of summer coming to a close. Our breeding birds are just about all finishing up. The Swallows have fledged another brood of young from their nest in the roundhouse, there are only a few ducklings on the reserve with ...

Recent Sightings - 12th August 2019
12 Aug 2019

Recent Sightings - 12th August 2019

The following sightings were recorded today from the reserve at Castle Espie at Mid Tide. The Tern on the raft at the Saline Lagoon is still tenaciously defending its young and saw off a Peregrine falcon on the hunt this morning...

Recent Sightings - 5th August 2019
05 Aug 2019

Recent Sightings - 5th August 2019

The following sightings were recorded today from the reserve at Castle Espie at LowTide. There is a nice mix of summer and autumn activity on the reserve with the birds like the tern and swallow still active on the nest while at the same time we are see...

Recent Sightings - 29th July 2019
29 Jul 2019

Recent Sightings - 29th July 2019

Out and about in the woodlands at the minute there is is lots of activity in the undergrowth and small shrubs. One of our smallest, but nosiest residents has had a very successful breeding year, the Wren! There are lots of Wrens frantically gathering food...

Recent Sightings - 22nd June 2019
22 Jul 2019

Recent Sightings - 22nd June 2019

The reserve now seems eerily quiet as the Black-headed Gull colony has broken up, with adult and fledged chicks alike now spreading out around Strangford Lough. But all is not so peaceful and calm! In the Saline lagoon, in the absence of the gulls, a new ...

Recent Sightings - 15th June 2019
15 Jul 2019

Recent Sightings - 15th June 2019

Still singing birds and butterflies aplenty over the bank holiday weekend! All the wonderful weather has been great for all the flying and buzzing insects, which in turn in great for the newly fledged Swallows!Having left the nest in the roundhouse and st...

Recent Sightings - 8th June 2019
08 Jul 2019

Recent Sightings - 8th June 2019

Mid summer now and there is still lots of breeding activity going on; lots of birds are singing again, preparing fro a second brood of young. Lots of ducklings out on the lakes with their mother's. Hundreds of fledgling gull chicks pestering their parents...

Recent Sightings - 1st July 2019
01 Jul 2019

Recent Sightings - 1st July 2019

All the hot weather over the past week has made being out in the reserve a real joy; Butterflies and Burnett moths are becoming abundant and very active in the Brickworks grasslands. The young swallows are getting fattened up on all the insects flying aro...

Recent Sightings - 24th June 2019
24 Jun 2019

Recent Sightings - 24th June 2019

Despite the recent rain summer is on the way! The wildflower meadows are in bloom, with Ox-eye daises and various legumes in flower. Lots of ducklings and gull chicks are beginning to show well now. And the common Terns are being diligent parents over th...

Recent Sightings - 17th June 2019
17 Jun 2019

Recent Sightings - 17th June 2019

Breeding is in full swing on the reserve with Black-headed gull, Tern, Coot, Shelduck, Graylag, and Tufted duck chicks all showing well on the reserve...

Recent Sightings - 10th June 2019
10 Jun 2019

Recent Sightings - 10th June 2019

Unlike in the winter, at this time of year Strangford Lough is mostly devoid of large flocks of waders. Birds are seen stopping off in the Lough to rest and feed whilst on passage to their summer breeding grounds, but most are only here for a day or two. ...