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Mostly cloudy, 23°, breezy, WNW. A long loop walk out today via the Lees, Aston Tirrold and Lollingdon. The fields out by the Lees had a good flock of ...
15-08-2018 16:03

Possible Bechstein's Bat

Tony Rayner\'s son Fred has been recording Bats in Cholsey using a sound device and he sent some off for analysing.You might be interested to read thi ...
14-08-2018 16:03

A little more going on!

Mainly cloudy with a little light rain, 23°, breezy NW. A Peregrine seen whilst walking out to Lollingdon this morning perched high on one of the pylo ...
14-08-2018 16:03

Hare Coursing"

Cloudy, rain showers, 18°, light to breezy S.Some apparent hare coursing out at Lollindon today but fortunately the police had a handle on it.photos c ...
13-08-2018 16:03

More Flycatchers

Alan Dawson found 3 Spotted Flycatcher out at Lollingdon today. ...
10-08-2018 16:03

Warning, survey ahead

Just a quick heads-up that tomorrow Wessex Water will be carrying out their annual weed cover survey of Blashford Lakes, during the course of the day ...
10-08-2018 16:04

Unexpected Garden visitor

A Jay this afternoon in the garden. ...
09-08-2018 16:03

Fishlake Flowers

I was working at Fishlake Meadows yesterday morning and it was wonderful to be somewhere so green and full of flowers. Access to water is not a proble ...
08-08-2018 16:04

Still a warm one!

Sunny with increasing cloud, 28°, light SW. Another quiet day out at Lollingdon, a few Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff and a single Blackcap seen. 3 ...
08-08-2018 16:04

Common Darter

Common Darter (courtesy Alan Dawson) ...
06-08-2018 16:05

Spotted Flycatchers

Sunny spells, 28°, light WNW. Another warm one out there! 2 Spotted Flycatcher out at Lollingdon today fly catching in a garden and out of view for lo ...
04-08-2018 16:04

Walter Returned

Jim, reported the sighting of a great white egret on Ivy Lake the other day and speculated that it might be “Walter” our regularly returni ...
02-08-2018 16:05

Arrivals

Although there has not been much sign of migrating birds at Blashford Lakes so far, there have been some insect arrivals. The birds at this time of th ...
01-08-2018 16:04

A Couple of Tanners

Despite continued warm nights the number of moths coming to the trap are actually declining, I suspect it might have got too warm and especially dry f ...
30-07-2018 16:04

Kites eye view.

Friday was another hot day and earlier on the hill I watched a couple of Red Kite and Buzzard rising up on the thermals around the hill, there was lit ...
30-07-2018 16:04

Let there be rain!

Cloudy with sunny intervals, 28°, light SW. Another warm one but it started raining just prior to 16:00 and a few claps of thunder but what little the ...
28-07-2018 16:04

30° and counting!

Another hot day, sunny, 30°, light SSE. A walk out to the Lees again today and far fewer butterflies present than of late and ?whites? dominating the ...
27-07-2018 16:03

Sleepy Roebuck

Sunny spells, 28°, light W. Yet again another warm day. Several Chiffchaff on and around the hill today also up to 5 Common Whitethroat and 2 Blackcap ...
26-07-2018 16:06

A good Butterfly year"

Sunny again, 28°, breezy SW. Another warm one with a warm breeze blowing just enough to keep you relatively cool. Getting bored with this weather now! ...
25-07-2018 16:03

Dots of Green

The prolonged dry conditions have caused the grass to go brown almost everywhere you look at the moment. Grasses are a group of plants that are drough ...
25-07-2018 16:03

A Hot One

Sunny, 29°, light SSW. Another warm day and most birds conspicuous by their absence. The odd Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat and Blackcap seen. ...
24-07-2018 16:05

Hornet Robber Fly

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 22°, light WSW. The Hornet Robber Fly is one of the UK?s largest flies.it looks quite ferocious but is harmless to hum ...
23-07-2018 16:03

No rain yet!

Mainly cloudy with a few sunny spells, 24°, light SSE. Another quiet day out at Lollingdon. According to several weather forecasts there is rain on th ...
21-07-2018 16:04

Sunbathing

Sunny spells, 24°, light S. A Stock Dove sunbathing in the garden today. ...
20-07-2018 16:04

Where can we order some rain from

Sunny periods, 24°, light SSW. Very quiet around the hill at the moment and very parched. A local farmer has started feeding hay to his cattle as the ...
19-07-2018 16:03

Garden Highlights

I seem to have been very busy recently, a couple of days away and evenings spent out surveying nightjar have left no time for blogging. The last few d ...
18-07-2018 16:08

A few from the week end

Sunny spells, 27°, light SSW. A few bits from the weekend.Painted Lady (courtesy Alan Dawson)Banded Demoiselle (female)Marbled White on a Potato plant ...
16-07-2018 16:03

Amorous Hares

Sunny periods, 24°, light SSE. A male Peregrine Falcon seen on the way out to Lollingdon this morning and flew towards Aston Tirrold. Looks as though ...
14-07-2018 16:04

Old faithful"

Reports of our first great white egret of the summer on Ivy Lake today – unfortunately it was wading and therefore no one was able to see colour ...
14-07-2018 16:04

Ruddy Darter

Sunny, 24°, light NE. A steady walk out to the Lees and beyond this afternoon and another warm day. The dyke and several ditches out there have dried ...
13-07-2018 16:04

Rain needed

A sunny day, 26°, light NE. Birdwise rather a quiet day. The usual stuff out around the Hill. Harvest is a little earlier this year due to the weather ...
12-07-2018 16:04

Busy in the Sunshine

Sorry for the lack of posts, we seem to have been very busy and by the end of the day exhaustion has taken over. It is the time of year when there is ...
10-07-2018 16:04

Blashford ?What?s On"? ? Summer/Autumn Events Programme

The latest “What’s On"” is now available from the centre or can be down loaded here: 180601BL WhatsOn July_October JD ii It inc ...
07-07-2018 16:03

Swallows & Crossbills

Have a guess???????.sunny again, 28°, light NNW. 6 Crossbill were a surprise today out at Lollingdon seen and heard flying south west just prior to mi ...
07-07-2018 16:03

Water & Bits

Sunny, 28°, maybe 31°, light NNW.A few bits and pieces today. Don?t forget to put water out for birds and other creatures if safe to do so especially ...
06-07-2018 16:05

Butterfly day

Sunny?.again, 25°, light SE. Another warm one and a trek up to the Hill and plenty of butterflies around. An unusual sighting of a singing Sedge Warbl ...
05-07-2018 16:04

The Heat Continues

After a June and 30 Days Wild which was extremely hot and the met office now tells us was the driest on record we have now hit July and things are not ...
04-07-2018 16:04

Shoreweed

Shoreweed (Littorella uniflora) is an interesting, but rather nondescript amphibious plant. It usually occurs submerged along the shallow margins of r ...
03-07-2018 16:04

Heat still on

Another warm one, 29°, breezy ENE. A warm walk out to Lollingdon today with the prospect of this weather lasting for another couple of weeks. First Ga ...
03-07-2018 16:04

Bats & Moths..........!

Another warm day with some high cloud, 29°, light ENE. A catch up with some gardening today. A Sparrowhawk flew over the garden hotly pursued by 3 Swa ...
02-07-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 30 ? Things Ain?t Always What They Seem

Yet another hot day and another spent mostly at home, I am working tomorrow at Blashford when we have a volunteer task, although what we will do in th ...
01-07-2018 16:03

Last of the Month

A sunny day, 24°, light NNE. A family of Jays seen near Church road today and also reported from the Wallingford road area close to the village. per R ...
01-07-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 29 ? One More Time Out with the Blues

Just two days to go before another 30 Days are over. I spent part of Day 29 in my garden mostly looking at the meadow. What’s in My Meadow Today ...
30-06-2018 16:03

Exploring the downs

On Sunday we too were up on Martin Down with our Young Naturalists group. The reserve is home to a fantastic variety of plants and animals associated ...
30-06-2018 16:03

Flaming June

Sunny, 24°, breezy NE. A walk out to the Lees and beyond today, warm but with a nice breeze blowing. June bows out with some record breaking weather.8 ...
30-06-2018 16:03

Next Generation

A cloudy start and then warming up, 24°, light NE. Another sunny day after the initial cloud cleared. A family of Swallows still around to the south o ...
29-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 28 ? Beyond Nature Reserves

At Blashford Lakes it was volunteer task day and nine volunteers braved the heat to work on the reserve for the morning. We did try to keep out of sun ...
29-06-2018 16:04

Warm days

another hot day, sunny, 27°, light E.A couple of photos from Alan Dawson from yesterday. Banded DemoiselleMarbled White ...
28-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 27 ? On the Marsh

The majority of my day was spent at one of our occasional staff meetings, a chance to catch up with what other members of staff have been doing, learn ...
28-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 26 ? Seeking the Sleepy

A very hot day, which caused me some problems when trying to choose a task for the Tuesday volunteers. We have a lot of mowing to do at this time of y ...
27-06-2018 16:04

Dragons & Butterflies

Sunny, 27°, light ENE. Another warm day out there, plenty of Dragonflies & Butterflies on the wing and the other wildlife tending to stay in the shade ...
27-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? week 3

This week has been very busy strimming paths and pulling ragwort, but I’ve managed to still devote some time to trying out my new sweep net and ...
27-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 25 ? The Heat is On

When I checked the moth trap in my garden I was surprised to find 2 leopard moth! In some years I don’t see any at all and this year we have had ...
27-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 24 ? Up on the Downs and Down by the Sea

We travelled up to Martin Down in the morning, specifically Kitts Grave the part of the reserve that belongs to the Wildlife Trust. This area of the r ...
26-06-2018 16:03

Heatwave!

Sunny, 23°, light NW. Apparently the hottest day this year so far with nearby Benson registering 27.8° today.Young Swallow on the wing with a family g ...
26-06-2018 16:03

White-legged Damselfly

A photo from Cholsey Marsh this week end of a White-legged Damselfly. Courtesy Alan Dawson. ...
25-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 23 ? Skippers

Plans to go out came to nothing and various small tasks took over, still these were interspersed with looks around the garden, so all of today’s ...
24-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 22 ? True Love

It seems we are having a very odd year, after a winter with some wintry weather we now have a summer with summery weather. I was late into Blashford a ...
23-06-2018 16:03

Midsummer

Cloudy with sunny spells, 19°, breezy NNW. A small movement of Swift over the hill today with c120 moving south in just over an hour. Approx. another ...
22-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 21 ? The Longest Day

The longest Thursday in fact and so Blashford volunteers day. We were clearing bramble regrowth to help with grassland restoration around Ellingham La ...
22-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 19 ? Back on the Road

On Tuesday morning I was in Manchester, not a wildlife hotspot compared to the New Forest but like many cities a great place for swifts. Area with lot ...
21-06-2018 16:03

Whinchats mid summer

I made a trip up the middle Shannon today and came across at least six Whinchats along the river. Whinchats males and females on Shannon River John N ...
21-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 20 ? A Leopard

Back at Blashford and checking the moth trap I found it contained a leopard moth, these strange moths have larvae that eat wood. They tunnel into the ...
21-06-2018 16:03

Little Ringed Plover

An overall cloudy day, 18°, fresh W.A good find by Gerry Sexton today of a Little Ringed Plover on the ponds area at Cholsey Meadows.Not sure of the l ...
21-06-2018 16:03

Nest box news!

At our last Young Naturalists session we were lucky enough to join Brenda, who voluntarily monitors the nest boxes on the reserve, so we could see at ...
21-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 18 ? On the Road

I ran the moth trap at home overnight, the catch was modest and as follows: barred red 1, heart and dart 8, heart and club 3, Chrysoteuchia culmella 1 ...
20-06-2018 16:03

Lollingdon & Garden Doves

Sunny and breezy, 21°, breezy SW. 8 singing Yellowhammer between the village and Lollingdon plus 2 Reed Bunting and 3-4 Corn Bunting around the hill. ...
19-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 17 ? Knights In?

Moth of the day at Blashford was (and yes, you have probably already guessed it) a white satin. This is not a rare species, although not common and on ...
18-06-2018 16:03

Rosy Starling

This adult Rosy Starling was at Derrymore National School at Kerry Head from 11th to 13th June. It was in the small playing pitch of to the back of th ...
18-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 16 ? Dealing with Uncertainty

After writing yesterday’s blog I was out at dusk surveying nightjar again. I did find some nightjar, I heard at least four churring males, but t ...
17-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 14 ? Concrete to Orchids

Blashford’s brilliant volunteers were working hard again, this time on a project to produce a grassland on the former concrete block plant entra ...
16-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 15 ? Forest Visitors

I had most of the day off today and everything I have for the blog today comes under the  heading of…… What’s in My Meadow Today&quo ...
16-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Week 2

This week I have enjoyed the warm weather and been able to have a really thorough look in the different meadows of Fishlake Meadows…here’s ...
15-06-2018 16:03

Reed Warblers

As a trainee ringer, I spent summers catching Sedge Warblers at the Shannon Airport Lagoon under the supervision of my trainer Philip Brennan.  Occas ...
15-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 12 ? The Power of a Flower

Tuesday at Blashford is volunteer day, or at least one of them, we also have a regular work party on a Thursday as well, today we were balsam pulling. ...
14-06-2018 16:04

Marsh & Garden

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 16°, breezy NNE. A short visit to the marsh today, the Dexters all looking okay and feeding well. Usual stuff on the m ...
14-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 13 ? A Swarm of Bees

Out early this morning, or fairly early at least, to get in a breeding bird survey at one of our smaller reserves before work. Most of the birds were ...
14-06-2018 16:04

Not a lot going on!

Sunny, 23°, light ENE. Not a lot to shout about today. A Grey Heron and a Jay out at Lollingdon and now 2 singing Reed Bunting around the hill along w ...
12-06-2018 16:06

30 Days Wild ? Day 11 ? Land of Giants

Another great night for moths, as anyone trying to sleep will have noticed, good moth nights tend to be too hot and windless for sleeping.  I caught 3 ...
12-06-2018 16:06

30 days Wild ? Day 10 ?

I had the best moth catches of the year so far both at home, where the pick was a privet hawk-moth and at Blashford where honours were shared between ...
11-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 9 ? A Migrant Arrival

Another day spent largely in the garden doing various odd jobs. Just being outside means you cannot avoid wildlife, it was not particularly sunny, but ...
10-06-2018 16:04

Buffy

Clouding up with a few rain showers, 18°, light NE.A new pair of Ducks visiting the garden today along with the other 16. Most of them are certainly n ...
10-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 8 ? An Early Start

I was out early doing a farmland bird survey up on the Hampshire chalk, it was calm, which is good for surveying. The low cloud got lower and lower as ...
09-06-2018 16:02

Haymaking

Light cloud, 19°, light NE. A lot of hay harvesting out at Lollingdon today and subsequently around 20 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard and several Carrion Crow a ...
09-06-2018 16:02

30 Days Wild ? week 1

Like Bob, I am taking part in 30 days wild, I’m doing a tweet a day on the HIWWT Conservation profile. If you’re a twitter user why not fo ...
08-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 7 ? Go-to-Bed Waking Up

Today I will start with………….. What’s in My Meadow Today" Mainly because I started the day with a quick look around ...
08-06-2018 16:04

Whitethroats rule!

Sunny and breezy, 20°, breezy NE. A pair of Yellow Wagtail and a Lesser Whitethroat on the way out to Lollingdon today. A singing Reed Bunting on the ...
07-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 6 ? Digging no More

On my way to open the Ivy South hide this morning I found a dead mole lying on the path. As sad sight but it did offer the opportunity to take a close ...
07-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 5 ? Saved by the Garden

My Wild Day really wasn’t today as I was wrestling with bandages and First Aid acronyms for the whole day until getting home this evening. On da ...
06-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 4 ? In Training

Not a very Wild Day today as I was mostly inside receiving First Aid training, important but not very wildlife-filled. On the plus side the training w ...
05-06-2018 16:04

Black-browed Albatross

Here are a few shots of the Black-browed Albatross from Skellig Michael on 30th May.Adult Black-browed Albatross on Skellig John N Murphy ...
05-06-2018 16:03

30 Days Wild ? Day 3 ? A Herd of Elephants

I was at Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve today after a couple of days off. We had a volunteer work party in the morning but before we started I checked ...
04-06-2018 16:03

Another school holiday ?survived?!

I’m sure there are a few parents, and not a few grandparents who can relate to that blog title ;- D In this case it does actually refer to the t ...
03-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 2 ? Hawks and Dragons

Once again a day off at home trying to work in the garden, but the sun was a bit much so productivity was rather low! However the day started with a l ...
03-06-2018 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 1

A day off and mostly at home, so a chance to see the garden during the day. As my garden will feature from time to time in the blog over the “30 ...
02-06-2018 16:03

Starlings

A few sunny intervals, 20°, light SSW. Woken this morning at about 06:30 with squawking Starling young. Looked out the window and there were c30 Starl ...
02-06-2018 16:03

May bows out with a wet one

Mainly cloudy with a few sunny spells, 22°, light W.Warm and humid conditions, arrived back earlier than usual but the anticipated thunderstorm did no ...
01-06-2018 16:04

Non native, Invasive plants

This is the time of year that we turn at least some of our attention to checking for and removing any non native, invasive plants. Wetland sites in pa ...
01-06-2018 16:04

Pathwork

We have been having an upgrade to the paths at Blashford over recent days and so if you visit you will see lots of new surfaces. We are also getting t ...
31-05-2018 16:03

Life & Death

Overcast, 15°, light NNW. The day started off when I found a male Bullfinch unfortunately dead on the patio. It looked as though he had flown into a w ...
26-05-2018 16:03

 



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