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30 Days Wild ? Day 17 ? Butterflies and More

We have been doing butterfly transects at Blashford Lakes for some years now, I say “We”, what I really mean is that the volunteers have b ...
18-06-2019 16:04

Still going wild

Another week in to 30 days wild, I can’t believe we’re over half way through already! It’s been another busy week, but luckily IR ...
18-06-2019 16:04

Marsh Fritillary

A Marsh Fritillary butterfly found today by Alan Dawson is a first record in recent times for this rare butterfly. I am unable to find any documented ...
17-06-2019 16:04

Week end pics

some good wildlife pics from Cholsey this week end. Thanks to Niall, Cathy and Alan for their photos.Barn Owl (courtesy Niall Hammond)Pyramid Orchid ( ...
17-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 15 ? Half Way Day in the Garden (weather

Another day off today, I would have spent much of it in the garden but the rain had other ideas. However I did get out between the showers and even ha ...
16-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 14 ? It?s Not Just Grass!

A day off catching up with domestic tasks, so wildlife watching was largely restricted to the garden. The mini-meadow is looking very fine at present, ...
16-06-2019 16:04

The one that DIDN?T get away!

Anyone that follows this blog can’t have failed to notice that it is 30 days wild time of year again with Bob going the extra mile to blog his w ...
15-06-2019 16:05

Spotted a Spotted and another Spotted

Sunshine and showers, 16°, breezy SSW. Spotted Flycatcher is almost another lost species to Cholsey. However it appears we may have a breeding pair in ...
15-06-2019 16:05

Summer Wild Days Out

We are now accepting bookings onto our Wild Days Out activity days this summer!  Wild Days Out are outdoor play, exploration, adventure and wildlife d ...
14-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 12 ? Here be Bees

Another mostly dull day, although dry, conditions that may seem not so good for finding insects, which is true, but if you find them they are much les ...
14-06-2019 16:04

The importance of Gardens

Gardens now make up 10 million acres of land in the UK more than all the nature reserves put together, roughly 15% of the UK land mass. With 27 millio ...
12-06-2019 16:04

30 days wild so far

We are now over a week in to the wildlife trusts 30 days wild month, where we try and do one random act of wildness every day of the month of June. I ...
12-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 10 ? Damp(ish)

Most of my “Wildness” involved being indoors looking out, although it was not too bad at the beginning and end of the day. The office wind ...
11-06-2019 16:04

Cholsey's lost birds

Whilst most of our bird species have declined by an average of 50%, some are now noticeably absent from Cholsey. Declines are linked to changing farmi ...
11-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 9 ? Fair Play

I was at Roydon’s Wood Fair for most of the day, so I was working, but it was a very enjoyable day and there were lots of people visiting. As us ...
10-06-2019 16:04

Breezy day

Sunny with a moderate breeze, 16°, fresh SW. A wet day yesterday and overnight but the rain sorely needed. A visit of a Muntjac Deer racing around the ...
09-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 7 ? Blue out of the Grey

Not perhaps the best day to be wild, but after a long dry spell much of our wildlife will be welcoming the rain. Birds like song thrush and blackbird ...
08-06-2019 16:04

An unusual one!

Mainly cloudy, 17°, light SW. An unusual record this morning of a singing Reed Warbler in the Millennium Wood and still singing in roughly the same sp ...
06-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 5 ? A Smashing Time in the Garden

By way of contrast with my wanderings yesterday, today I was mainly in my garden. The highlight of the day was a summer generation small tortoiseshell ...
06-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 4 Far and Wide

A very varied day for me today, I started with a farmland bird survey on the Hampshire chalk, almost on the Wiltshire border, then to Blashford workin ...
05-06-2019 16:04

Slow start to June

Sunny intervals, 18°, light SSW. Relatively quiet out at Lollingdon again. A bonus of the first Curlew of the year heard and seen flying west from Kin ...
04-06-2019 16:04

Where are our Yellow Wagtails"

Overcast, 19°, light SW. Still cannot find any Yellow Wagtail locally. Apart from a few passage records this spring we have one record of a female col ...
01-06-2019 16:06

Monday 21st May

On Monday 20th May I took a walk around Fishlake Meadows after 2 and a half weeks off. I couldn’t believe how much had changed in such a short t ...
30-05-2019 16:04

They came and they saw! Bird Trail 2019

Saturday 11th May, the sun was shining and by 9.15am the main car park and pedestrian area outside Tern Hide was already crowded with volunteers and s ...
30-05-2019 16:04

Cooler

Cloudy with few sunny spells, 17°, light W. Fairly quiet around the hill today and quite breezy, Skylark and Corn Bunting in song with the odd Yellowh ...
28-05-2019 16:06

Alans Wanderings

A few photos from Alan Dawson this week.Yellow Wagtail. Appear rather scarce around Cholsey this year. Please email me if you see any in the area. Ta ...
25-05-2019 16:04

Swift Walk

Wallingford Wildlife Group are carrying out an RSPB Swift survey this summer and to help people to familiarise themselves with Swifts and potential co ...
24-05-2019 16:05

Stay optimistic!

Mostly sunny, 19°, light SW. I always go out with a certain amount of optimism hoping to find something unusual, especially at this time of year. Ther ...
23-05-2019 16:04

3 H's

Another warm and sunny day, 19°, light NW.3 H\'s today, Hairy, Hobby & Hirundines! A couple of photos today from Alan of a Hairy Dragonfly take down ...
22-05-2019 16:05

Osprey!

Just when I thought that migration was almost over we get sent this splendid picture of an osprey flying over Goosander Hide last Sunday, thanks to Jo ...
21-05-2019 16:06

Lollingdon

Sunny spells, 19°, light NNW. Another quiet day out at Lollingdon, a Lesser Whitethroat heard singing on the way out a 3 Raven (2&1) over the hill plu ...
21-05-2019 16:06

Dazed & Confused

Overcast and murky, 13°, light NE. A much cooler day than of late and no butterflies on the wing. Very little noted today, a single Swallow flew north ...
18-05-2019 16:04

Open as usual this weekend?

Last time I blogged it was to warn that the reserve would be closed for the Bird Trail on 11th May and since then although the reserve has been open t ...
18-05-2019 16:04

Cinnabar Moth

Sunny with increasing cloud, 16°, light E. A few hours on the allotment this afternoon with several Swift screaming overhead and the odd House Martin ...
17-05-2019 16:04

Another warm one

Sunny with thin high cloud, 19°, light E. A walk out to Lollingdon hill this morning and birdsong dominated by Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaf ...
16-05-2019 16:04

Moths & Corvids & How we treat Nature

A sunny day, 17°, light E. A few bits and pieces from today, a Yellow Wagtail out on Lollingdon Hill and a Lesser Whitethroat heard singing nearby. Th ...
14-05-2019 16:05

No change

Cloudy with sunny spells, 15°, light NNW. Another couple of hours around the hill today and again very little happening. 2 Raven flew over to the east ...
12-05-2019 16:05

All quiet!

Cloudy with sunny spells, 14°, light SSW. A rather fruitless 2.5 hours spent on the hill today hoping to catch some movement of migration (vizmig) but ...
11-05-2019 16:05

Bird Trail tomorrow ? limited access for visitors

Just a quick reminder that we are hosting the HIWWT/Hampshire Ornithological Society Bird Trail 2019 event tomorrow – there is no visitor parkin ...
11-05-2019 16:05

A bit of a wet one!

Mainly showers with some sunshine, 12°, light WNW. A bit of a damp squib today, although we need the rain! Approx. 20 Swift, 6 Swallow and 4 House Mar ...
10-05-2019 16:05

A little quiet out there

Sunny spells, 13°, light S. A little quiet out there today with very little noted. The only saving grace was a Cuckoo heard to the south of the hill a ...
08-05-2019 16:04

Whinchat

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 11°, light WNW. 4 Swift over Church road today but pales into insignificance with 600+ reported at Farmoor today. Find ...
07-05-2019 16:04

A Constellation of Garlic

A fairly busy day on the reserve today with a steady stream of new visitors, it is always good to encounter people who are still just discovering us a ...
06-05-2019 16:04

Dawn Chorus

A bitterly cold morning with a heavy frost and clear skies, 0°. Eventually clouding up and reaching 8°. Around 30 people made up the group this mornin ...
06-05-2019 16:04

Cholsey Marsh

Overcast with a few rain showers, 13°, light NW. Alan Dawson down at Cholsey Marsh today with the Cuckoo and a flyover Oystercatcher. A Common Tern se ...
04-05-2019 16:04

Blashford Lakes Annual Report 2017/18

The Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve and Centre is a Project managed by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust on behalf of Project Partners and lan ...
04-05-2019 16:04

Starlings fledging

Overcast with a few rain showers, 13°, light NW. A bit of a dreary and cool day and have not been out birding. However keeping eyes out on the garden ...
04-05-2019 16:04

Car park closures & advanced warning of Bird Trail 2019 next

As Bob posted the other day the Centre car park remains closed this weekend to give the newly laid surface time to dry and harden off. All being well ...
04-05-2019 16:04

Nothing moving!

A bright start the cloudy (rain later), 14°, breezy WNW. A disappointing day out at Lollingdon today with very little seen or heard. 4 Raven overhead ...
03-05-2019 16:03

Demise of a Grey Wagtail

Cloudy, 15°. Light WSW. In a tweet from Richard Broughton "@woodlandbirder" today. One of the Church road Grey Wagtail found floating dead in Cholsey ...
02-05-2019 16:05

Rafts, Birds and Bees

It’s that time of year again, the tern rafts are going out and the migrant waders are on the move. On Tuesday the volunteers got two rafts out o ...
02-05-2019 16:05

Quiet again

Mainly cloudy with sunny spells, 13°, light ESE. Fairly quiet on the hill and surrounds today, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler. The usual Bl ...
30-04-2019 16:05

Tufted Ducks

Light cloud and sunny spells, 14°, light NNW. 2 pair of Tufted Duck at Cholsey Meadows. Per Alan Dawson. A scarce bird in Cholsey.A Swallow alarm call ...
29-04-2019 16:04

Birdsong central!

Fishlake Meadows is absolutely spectacular at the moment, there is so much to see and hear that I barely know what to focus on when I’m there! W ...
29-04-2019 16:04

First Swift

Mainly cloudy with a few sunny spells, 13°, fresh W. The first Swift of the year over the village this afternoon and 2 House Martin over Church road. ...
28-04-2019 16:05

Firecrest, Merlin & Cuckoo

Sunny periods, 14°, moderate SSW, rain mid PM. The Firecrest seen again in Whitehead meadow this morning and heard in song. Per Michael Pocock & PC. N ...
27-04-2019 16:04

All gone quiet!

Sunshine and showers, 15°, moderate S. Very quiet out there today with very little birdsong and no influx or movement of migrants detected.A Raven and ...
26-04-2019 16:04

Bonaparte?s Again

A couple of years ago Blashford Lakes was visited by a first year Bonaparte’s gull, a small species between little gull and black-headed gull in ...
26-04-2019 16:05

Warblers

Cloudy with some light rain showers, 13°, light to fresh SSW. An early call from Alan this morning regarding a Grasshopper Warbler on Cholsey Marsh. A ...
25-04-2019 03:21

off inland

The bees started early this year, with a break for the cold snap. My first excursion inland away from Gower found Andrena bicolor working blooms of Tu ...
25-04-2019 03:21

A Butterfly day & Wheatears

Sunny, 12°, light WNW. 3 Wheatear still present on Lollingdon Hill along with 6 Fieldfare and 2 Meadow Pipit. A Raven heard calling nearby and the Lit ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Odd jobs and enjoying the view

On Sunday it was time again for our monthly Young Naturalists session, and we began the day by choosing a few items for our new Welcome Hut. These wou ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Spring has nearly sprung

Sunny, 15°, light S.a beautiful sunny day and expecting more but not quite there yet.A single Wheatear on the hill today and a singing Corn Bunting. T ...
25-04-2019 03:21

All change!

This week the project work has definitely taken a leap forward, with landscaping progressing well outside the front of the Education Centre and new si ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Treecreeper +

an excellent photo of a Treecreeper by Alan Dawson. Seen on Cholsey Marsh yesterday.The "tail-less" Red Kite seen near Cholsey Station yesterday. Per ...
25-04-2019 03:21

More youngsters

A sunny day with high cloud, 14°, light ENE. The first youngster in the garden today. The Robins have fledged one. Also the first Rooks have fledged w ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Dribs & Drabs arriving

Sunny intervals, 21°, light ESE. Still only dribs and drabs arriving out at Lollingdon. An increase in the number of Common Whitethroat and 3 Lesser W ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Tern Hide & Welcome Hut open for business

Yesterday saw two more major milestones in the project funded by public donations and Veolia Environmental Trust (with money from the Landfill Communi ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Tern Hide Access and Other Works

The splendid new Tern Hide will be closed today (Friday 12th April) to allow the approach to be resurfaced. It will be open again tomorrow morning. Th ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Blackcap

Sunny intervals, 12°, light NNW. A visit by a male Blackcap to the garden this morning. I am assuming it is one of the overwintering birds that is sti ...
25-04-2019 03:21

31st March: Pagham Harbour

Sunday 31st March, Sunny spells, 10°, fresh NE. A sunny day with a biting onshore wind at Pagham Harbour West Sussex. Mainly a day of waders, however ...
25-04-2019 03:21

White Stork in Cholsey & Benson or was it Shillingford"

A murky and wet day, 10°, light NE. A very different day today. I got back from Lollingdon this afternoon feeling quite damp after walking back in the ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Odds & Sods

Sunshine, 20°, light E. Another Willow Warbler today singing near the garden and a Raven over Route 1 garden centre. 2 House Martin back along Church ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Game of Crows??????continued.

Over the last 10 years I have been observing a pair of Carrion Crow that held a territory in Whitehead Meadow and the surrounding area (including the ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Bee is for Blashford

Or maybe Blashford is for bees, well of course it is! Blashford is for all wildlife and the people who like to experience it. Everyone knows the honey ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Garden helper and Blackcaps arrive

Sunny, 17°, light W. Some gardening to do today and our little helper appeared.Photos courtesy LorenA Holly Blue and several Brimstone in the garden. ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Summing up?

The past two weeks hasn’t all been about the current improvements at Blashford, we have been in search of reptiles and amphibians on two Wild Da ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Very few migrants in so far

A cloudy day, 10°, moderate SSE. A breezy morning with nothing on the hill today. A single Lesser Blackback Gull flew south and a Little Owl nearby. S ...
25-04-2019 03:21

A little quiet.

Misty and overcast with a few light rain showers, 12°, light NW. Not too much going on today, the hill was fairly quiet. 2 Raven flew south and a sing ...
25-04-2019 03:21

A bit more going on!

Hazy sunshine, high cloud, 21°, light ESE. Firstly a Cuckoo heard late yesterday from Cholsey Marsh area. Per MA. Lollingdon was a little busier today ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Wheatears

Cloudy at first then sunshine, 12°, light NNE. The first Wheatear of the year arrived on Lollingdon Hill today, 2 male and 1 female.Photos courtesy Al ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Some Birds and Some Bees

I had my first proper look out of the new Tern Hide when I arrived to open up this morning and was greeted by something between 600 and 1000 sand mart ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Open Again

The Tern Hide will be open again today, although there are still some access restrictions elsewhere on the reserve, where works continue, please take ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Skylark

A nice photo of a Skylark by Alan Dawson.Their distinctive flight song can be heard frequently at the moment. ...
25-04-2019 03:21

A few migrants

Cloudy at first then rain, 7°, light WNW. An interesting morning out there today. A few things of note on the walk out to Lollingdon, several Chiffcha ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Litter pick

Sunny with variable cloud, 8°, light E. A bright but slightly chilly day. Went down to Cholsey Marsh this morning with Alan to help out on a litter pi ...
25-04-2019 03:21

A good mix!

Sunny, 21°, light NE. A relatively quiet hill today. The first Yellow Wagtail of the year dropped in and a Mistle Thrush present. 3 singing Common Whi ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Slime mould ? A new kingdom

A week or so ago, on a piece of wood, next to the east/west path at Fishlake Meadows, I spotted this wonderful slime mould. Originally considered fung ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Very Different Days

I was at Blashford again today after a couple of days off. I was last in on Thursday, when it rained all day and I left in a thunderstorm with hail an ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Wheatear again

A sunny day with variable cloud, 13°, light SW. Not a lot to shout about today. A single male Wheatear on the hill today and a flurry of Meadow Pipit ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Tufted Duck & Orange Tip

A couple of photos from Alan over the weekendA pair of Tufted Duck, Cholsey Meadows.Orange Tip ...
25-04-2019 03:21

A quiet Saturday

Cloudy, 10°, light NE.A Wheatear on Lollingdon hill today. Per Alan Dawson.A Swallow over the village this afternoon and the "Tail-less" Red Kite over ...
25-04-2019 03:21

Not birding just observing

A sunny, hazy day, 15°, light E.Not birding today but if you are outside you can\'t help noticing stuff. A Willow Warbler in the garden around midday ...
25-04-2019 03:21

A little quiet out there!

Sunshine and showers, 10°, light W. A quiet day out there, Lollingdon hill was quiet, a flock of c200 gulls following a tractor working one of the fie ...
19-03-2019 16:04

Still bittern?

Hard to believe, but it is past mid-March and we still have a bittern and it is still incredibly obliging and, unusually, seemingly very much habituat ...
17-03-2019 16:04

And Wildlife Too

Although the week on the reserve was undeniably hectic with contractors working away all over the place, it was still a week of wonderful wildlife. Th ...
16-03-2019 16:04

A windy week

A week of wind and rain and a week of catching up on others things I need to do so I have not been out birding this week. However the garden has been ...
16-03-2019 16:04

A New Tern Hide Rising

The new Tern Hide is going up, work started on Monday with the footings, Tuesday saw the framework go up. As you can see this is a somewhat different ...
15-03-2019 16:04

Rainy Day

A rainy day, 6°, moderate WSW. A day for not going out, however the garden was quite busy with the usual birds. A male Sparrowhawk dropped in a couple ...
13-03-2019 16:05

Willowing wasps

Last Wednesday a number of home educating families joined willow artist Kim Creswell to create three more sculptures for our ‘Wild Walk’, ...
11-03-2019 16:03

 



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