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18 May 2020

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Lots of duck nests on the reserve which should hatch soon, we have pochard, tufted ducks, shovelers and Shelduck. The avocets are still sitting on the mere and due to hatch soon there are still 23 nests. On woodend marsh there are a pair of Garganey (stoc...

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14 May 2020

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Another sunny week and the cuckoo's have been very active in the reedbed calling lots and flying around, there is at least 1 male and 1 female. We picked up an otter and cub on our trail camera, we have put the video on our Facebook page. The lapwing chic...

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11 May 2020

Latest sightings

The first Shelduck ducklings have hatched infront of Ron Barker hide this weekend. A family of 9 ducklings (stockphoto). A few broods of mallards on the reserve and in the grounds. Lots of Canada and Greylag gosling's. Woodend marsh has lots of mud which ...

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07 May 2020

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Another glorious week of weather, multiple cuckoos onsite including females bubbling calls in the reedbed. We have over 20 swallow nests around the buildings and barns. The black-headed gull nests have started to hatch so there are lots of cute chicks on ...

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04 May 2020

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Its been a nice weekend, the first cuckoo of the year was seen and heard on Sunday calling in the reedbed. 7 singing grasshopper warblers now across the reserve. A few Swifts screaming over the reedbed too. We have 2 pairs of bullfinches on site one on th...

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30 Apr 2020

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The wet weather has arrived and caused an emergence of insects which is being exploited by the sand martins and swallows and hobby. The reed warblers have arrived now and are setting up territories and singing loudly. A few wheatears knocking about sat on...

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27 Apr 2020

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Another lovely sunny weekend, lots of sand martins passing through. A couple of arctic terns and our first common terns have arrived onsite. We still have 4 singing grasshopper warblers reeling in the rushes.The grounds, our captive collection area, with ...

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23 Apr 2020

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The first lapwing chicks hatched today hopefully the first of many. The little ringed plovers have set up territories we have 3 pairs.Whimbrel on site this week and still a few wheatears knocking around. 4 pairs of grasshopper warblers on site Lot is butt...

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20 Apr 2020

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Wall to wall sunshine has made great conditions for our singing migrants, 4 grasshopper warblers have set up territories (and have sculking females nearby), whitethroats are singing from the various hawthorn bushes around the site, lots more willow warble...

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16 Apr 2020

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We have had another glorious week of weather. The flowers are coming out on mass lots of cuckoo's flower in the fields, the bank to Janet Kear hide is awash with forget-me-nots. A few migrants passing through this week including whinchat and wheatears (s...

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13 Apr 2020

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Many more migrants have arrived over the weekend including whitethroats, yellow wagtails and sedge warblers. Lots of butterflies on the reserve, today we saw peacocks, small tortoiseshells, brimstones, orange tips and large whites.There is lots of mud on...

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09 Apr 2020

Latest sightings

Thew weather has been great and the birds are loving it! The warblers are singing setting up territories, more willow warblers have arrived, chiffchaffs are nest building. Corn buntings have come back and are jiggling. There are a few stonechats still ar...

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06 Apr 2020

Latest sightings

We had the first Swallow on the reserve today and a few House martins. The first Willow Warbler was also heard singing. The Chiffchaffs and Skylarks are in full swing enjoying the sunshine. This year we have heard Cetti's warblers singing in new locatio...

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16 Mar 2020

Latest Sightings

Worst things to do currently than getting out for a bit of fresh air and go birding. Signs of spring all over and a reasonable forecast for the week ahead. A compilation of sightings from the past few days. The Tundra Bean Goose (below) showing well today...

Bird News
13 Mar 2020

Bird News

Lots of birds around today, obviously enjoying the sunshine as much as the human visitors! Two European White-fronted Geese joined the bean Goose on the Mere this afternoon, with up to 1,500 Pink-footed Geese on the field behind.Raptors included a Red Kit...