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Cloudy, 12°, light SSW. A male Blackcap in the garden this morning bathing with a Robin in one of the water features. A male Sparrowhawk flew through ...
17-02-2019 16:04

False Spring"

Foggy at first then sunshine, 13°, light S. A very spring like day today with several species in song. A Merlin flew from the hill and disappeared int ...
16-02-2019 16:04

Trapped

The night was a little warmer and the result was the best moth catch for some time, not saying a lot perhaps, but it is only mid February. In all ther ...
14-02-2019 16:04

Yellowhammer

A nice Yellowhammer photo from Alan Dawson today. ...
14-02-2019 16:04

Kingfishers & Stonechats

Sunny at first then clouding over, 10°, light SSW. Approx. 200 Lapwing in flooded fields out at Lollingdon and some flew south over the hill towards t ...
13-02-2019 16:04

Substitutes and Declines

It was feeling very spring-like today, I got very warm as I worked with the volunteers felling some grey alder beside the path to Lapwing Hide. These ...
13-02-2019 16:04

Wildlife Watch -working with willow

An unpromising Saturday morning which started with unexpected rain whilst opening up but soon cleared to be a fresh but quite lovely day with lots of ...
12-02-2019 16:04

Newt Enlightenment

When I opened the Education Centre shutters this morning there was a young smooth newt hiding under the door, no doubt waiting to get education and en ...
07-02-2019 16:04

Could you be who we are looking for"

Work continues to progress with our face lift despite some snowy interruption last week! One of the elements of the project that will emerge in the co ...
06-02-2019 16:04

Black Swan

Thick cloud and dull, 7°, light SSE. An unusual visitor to the Thames in Cholsey today in the guise of a Black Swan found and photographed by Alan Daw ...
06-02-2019 16:04

Hare coursing

A text from TV Police a short while ago of 6 males hare coursing in the Aston Tirrold area. If anyone out and about around Cholsey, Lollingdon, Moreto ...
05-02-2019 16:04

All Change

After a cold and snowy end to last week,  Sunday saw me arriving to find almost the whole of Ibsley Water frozen over and Ivy Lake completely so. Thin ...
05-02-2019 16:04

Milder weather

Light rain and cloudy, 7°, light NW.a milder day today with most of the snow gone by dark.Subsequently no Fieldfare or Redwing seen in the garden toda ...
05-02-2019 16:04

Redwings & Fieldfares

Sunny, 2°, light NW. Snow still covering the area but only 3-4cm deep. Hopefully will disappear soon. True to form Fieldfare and Redwing appeared in t ...
03-02-2019 16:03

Snow cometh

Snow, 1°, light NNW. After my reservations about snow falling locally. It did! Woke up this morning to 4-5cm of snow, so out in the garden at first li ...
02-02-2019 16:03

Snow bittern sightings today?

Not that I can blame it, if I was out in a reed bed I reckon I’d be hunkering down too! Not many visitors to look for it today either and many e ...
02-02-2019 16:03

Bittern again!

Further to my last post it would seem that in fact bittern was seen towards the end of the afternoon! In fact someone has recorded 2 in the hide log b ...
02-02-2019 16:03

Two for one

I am behind with our Young Naturalists updates, I think mainly because New Year and time off got in the way after our December session, so here’ ...
02-02-2019 16:03

Dead wood

I have been asked many times why there are so many dead trees at Fishlake Meadows, so I thought a blog to shed some light on this would be a good idea ...
01-02-2019 16:03

Will it or won't it............snow!

Bright at first then clouding over, 3°, light ESE. Apparently snow is on the way.......but don\'t hold your breath!Little change from Wednesday bird w ...
01-02-2019 16:03

Black-necked Grebes

I was back in Dungarvan yesterday on a wet wand windy day. Once my work was completed, I travelled across the bay to the Gold Coast, and on to Ballyna ...
01-02-2019 16:03

Brrrrrrrr

A sunny day clouding up later, 4°, light W. After yesterday?s snow that did not materialise there was quite a hefty frost overnight and stayed cold al ...
31-01-2019 16:02

Before the rain & snow

Cloudy, 3°, light S. 2 Stonechat still present on the hill and 2 Raven flew south and approx. an hour later 2 flew north (possibly same 2). A Yellow-l ...
30-01-2019 16:05

Tern(ed) Down

Well the deed is done, today we took down the Tern Hide, after a bit of a slow start we got into our stride and it came down more or less in sections ...
30-01-2019 16:05

Four Finches and a Hide Away

A fine if chilly day on the reserve and it seemed lots of people were out looking for brambling, although there has been one seen at the Woodland Hide ...
29-01-2019 16:03

Continuing Works and Wildlife

We are still in the grips of various construction projects on the reserve and the pace is going to step up again next week. The levelling of the Centr ...
26-01-2019 16:04

Little Egrets..........again

Cloudy, 11°, light W. A milder day today and somewhat quiet out. 2 Little Egret seen today, with one close to the village and another approx. 1km away ...
26-01-2019 16:03

Grey Wagtail and Little Egret

Overcast with some light rain, 4°, light W. The Little Egret seen again in the Brook Meadow. Seeing at least 1 Egret every day at the moment in Cholse ...
25-01-2019 16:04

Winter Thrushes

Sunny with variable cloud, 2°, light NNW. A pair of Bullfinch feeding on berries in the Millennium Wood and then not much else until Lollingdon. A sin ...
24-01-2019 16:03

Thinning

Not a reference to the effects of advancing age but to today’s volunteer task on the reserve, which was felling some sycamore trees to open up s ...
23-01-2019 16:03

A few from the weekend

A few bits and pieces from the weekend. A couple of Little Grebe photographed on the river at Cholsey by Alan Dawson. 3 Raven seen over Church road on ...
22-01-2019 16:03

Blue Monday Medicine

I heard on the radio yesterday morning that it was “Blue Monday”! Supposedly due to gloomy weather, still being weeks from pay day, the fe ...
22-01-2019 16:03

From all Corners

There were birds from all over the place on the reserve today. All the way from Siberia; the yellow-browed warbler was again near Ivy South hide as I ...
21-01-2019 16:03

Pop Up Cafe TODAY!

Despite the damp weather and the lack of tempting cake and warming hot drinks yesterday a steady stream of visitors continued to arrive in search of b ...
20-01-2019 16:03

No two days the same

Mainly cloudy, 4°, light SSE. A completely different day today with lots of birds around. First off was a roosting Tawny Owl near the Bullshole being ...
19-01-2019 16:04

A Dull Day Brightened

Things are a little chaotic just now on the reserve, with lots of preparation works underway prior to the various construction projects due in the nex ...
17-01-2019 16:03

Blackcap & Little Egret

Cloudy and wet, clearing later. 9°, light SW. A female Blackcap in the garden early morning (ringed on right leg). A walk out to the hill today was a ...
17-01-2019 16:03

Change is in the Air

Actually change is the only thing that seems constant on the reserve just at the present. Levelling the car park near the Centre is well underway, but ...
16-01-2019 16:03

From the office window

Cloudy with drizzly rain later, 8°, light SW. Waited in for a delivery today so did not venture out, however the garden and meadow were quite busy wit ...
16-01-2019 16:03

13th January ? Great White and Yellow-browed

Another busy day on the reserve with the yellow-browed warbler performing pretty well throughout the day and drawing a steady flow of admirers to its ...
14-01-2019 16:03

Fishlake Meadows car park now open!

We are pleased to announce that the car park for Fishlake Meadows nature reserve is now open! The opening times are 8am-6pm year round. There may be t ...
14-01-2019 16:03

Watching Wildlife

First Blashford Wildlife Watch meeting of the year this morning and as such I thought we’d start off with a meeting to reflect the name of the W ...
13-01-2019 16:03

Quiet locally and a nearby Raven

Sunny? ish, 8°, light NW. Another fairly quiet day out at Lollingdon. A flock of 47 Corn Bunting, c50 Meadow Pipit, a mixed flock of 200+ Starling and ...
12-01-2019 16:03

Work parties, waxwings and where?s that otter"

I’ve had a busy week and a half back at work after the Christmas break. I started the year with meeting one of our ecology team to survey some o ...
11-01-2019 16:03

High-brow

I was elsewhere yesterday so was only able to read about the bird of the day, the yellow-browed warbler seen near Ivy South hide. It was not a great s ...
10-01-2019 16:03

Stonechats & Little Egret

Sunny, 8°, breezy NW. Fairly quiet out there today, 2 Stonechat still wintering on the hill and a distant Little Egret in fields to the north. A thin ...
09-01-2019 16:03

Blashford Bird Box Bulletin

Introduction by Jim Day Brenda Cook, British Trust for Ornithology volunteer and bird ringer, has been ringing and recording birds at Blashford Lakes ...
06-01-2019 16:03

Stonechats & Ravens

A frosty start with sunshine, 2°, light WNW. The hill was buzzing this morning, the 2 Stonechat still present along with c100 Fieldfare, 120+ Starling ...
05-01-2019 16:02

Where?s Wally"

A “proper” January wintery day today. Cold, clear and sunny and with it lots of visitors to the nature reserve and a classic mix of Blashf ...
05-01-2019 16:02

Song Thrush & Redwing

Another overcast day, 8°, light NNW. The Song Thrush and several Redwing in the garden today taking the few Hawthorn berries that are left. ...
04-01-2019 16:03

A mix

A mix of photos today from Bill Nicholls taken on some recent walks. A Brown Trout in Cholsey brook Snowdrops in flower in the churchyardA couple of ...
04-01-2019 16:03

2019 off to a reasonable start

Overcast, 5°, light NNW. A Little Egret seen today on the way out to Lollingdon and appeared to drop down near Amwell Spring. The hill hosted around 1 ...
03-01-2019 16:03

Another Year

What a great start to the New Year, a beautiful morning and the reserve was busy with visitors and birds for them to see. So busy in fact that the Pop ...
03-01-2019 16:03

All along the Watchtower

Photographed by Loren on her way to work this morning ...
03-01-2019 16:03

Year?s End

The last day of 2018 and I was out doing my December waterbird count, numbers are generally low this winter, but there was variety. I started with Ibs ...
03-01-2019 16:03

Garden visitor

Turned up Saturday afternoon and made it up on the roof. ...
30-12-2018 16:03

29th Dec ? Sightings

No pictures today as my camera has died on me. Opening the hides first thing there was a water pipit at Tern hide (later I also had singles at both Go ...
30-12-2018 16:03

Merlin, Stonechat & Green Sandpiper

Variable cloud with some sunshine, 9°, light W. 2 Stonechat still present on the hill today but quite elusive. A singing Corn Bunting, c20 Meadow Pipi ...
29-12-2018 16:03

A Fine Day on the Reserve

Thursday dawned calm and slightly misty with a promise of sunshine to come. I am not sure if they were doing the Wildlife Trust’s 7 Days of Wild ...
28-12-2018 16:03

It?s a Small World

Boxing Day was quite busy at Blashford, with a fair few visitors on the reserve, most who were prepared to spend the time waiting saw the bittern at I ...
27-12-2018 16:03

Christmas day with Fungi etc

A walk around Wittenham Wood today produced some interesting Fungi, lichens etc, nothing outstanding but pretty good none the less.Just a few pics of ...
26-12-2018 16:03

Christmas leftovers for birds

Helpful advice on what we can feed birds with Christmas leftovers. Courtesy gardenwildlifedirect.co.uk.We can feed Christmas pudding, fruit cake or mi ...
26-12-2018 16:03

Unseasonal Butterfly

An unseasonal Red Admiral in a garden on the Wallingford road today and 2 Raven flew over. per Tony Rayner.Golden Plover heard on Cholsey Hill today b ...
25-12-2018 16:02

Festive Opening

Just a reminder, Christmas Day is the one day of the year we do not open, so the car parks, Education Centre and bird hides will remain closed tomorro ...
25-12-2018 16:03

It?s Christmas!

This has been a lovely last week at work before finishing for Christmas. There have been some good breaks in the rain to be able to get out and see Fi ...
22-12-2018 16:03

Back From the Brink(s) or Beyond and now at Blashford!

On the shortest day of the year it is perhaps appropriate to consider things turning, from here on the days will lengthen for the next six months and ...
22-12-2018 16:03

Little Egrets & Stonechats

A sunny day. 9°, light SSW. 2 Stonechat feeding on the hill today and several Buntings around with Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting all pre ...
20-12-2018 16:03

Twice Bittern

There was no repeat of yesterday’s eagle excitement at Blashford, although news that it was seen up at Picket Post, just outside Ringwood and le ...
20-12-2018 16:03

Busy Garden

Cloudy then rain, 8°, fresh SSE.A windy and wet day and not particularly fond of birding in those conditions, so a watch kept on the garden and a busy ...
19-12-2018 16:03

An Eagle at Lunchtime

Tuesday is one of our volunteer task days, but the forecast was not promising, however as it turned out the morning was not as bad as predicted. We we ...
19-12-2018 16:03

Dec 17th ? Mist & Missed (again)

The wet ground combined with a cold dawn to give a misty morning with frost in the hollows and ice on the puddles. Opening Tern hide it was good to se ...
18-12-2018 16:03

Members walk 17th December

On Monday I led a walk for members at Fishlake Meadows, with the hope of catching a starling murmuration at the end of the walk. It was quite a grey a ...
18-12-2018 16:03

Game of Crows

Sunny with little cloud, 8°, light SSW. There appears to be some kind of power struggle between 2 pair of Crows in the meadow with the resident pair b ...
18-12-2018 16:03

Bathtime

BathtimeChaffinch, Greenfinch & Linnetcourtesy Alan Dawson ...
17-12-2018 16:03

Mistle Thrush

Mistle Thrush, Cholsey church (courtesy Alan Dawson). ...
16-12-2018 16:03

15th Dec ? Rain

A wet day from start to finish making getting around the reserve unpleasant and seeing wildlife difficult. It was no surprise that there were few visi ...
16-12-2018 16:03

December wildlife

In the last few weeks I have been busy doing a variety of scrub cutting and tree felling at Fishlake Meadows and Blashford Lakes, trying to make the m ...
15-12-2018 16:03

Black-headed Gulls

Mainly cloudy, 3°, light E. There have been a lot of Black-headed Gull in the open areas close to the village recently. Small flocks of between roughl ...
14-12-2018 16:03

Pop-up café this Sunday

Christine and Nigel will be back this Sunday serving hot drinks and delicious home baked cake and savouries in the Education Centre classroom between ...
14-12-2018 16:03

Getting colder

Cloudy and dull, 7°, light SE. Not much change from yesterday but fewer Thrushes around. 2 Lapwing out in the field where yesterday?s Snipe were and j ...
13-12-2018 16:03

Caught on Camera

It has been a busy week at Blashford Lakes with volunteer work parties on four days, despite unpromising weather we actually got a lot done. On Sunday ...
08-12-2018 16:03

Grey Herons

A Grey Heron along the Thames at Cholsey today, courtesy Alan Dawson.unfortunately another found dead along the Wallingford road this afternoon. ...
08-12-2018 16:03

Song Thrush & Little Egret

A wet day with almost continuous light to moderate rain, 13°, light SSW. A day for not going out, however the Song Thrush visited the garden again and ...
06-12-2018 16:04

A trip to the coast

At the end of November we headed to Keyhaven Marshes for some coastal bird watching with our Young Naturalists. We were last here with the group a cou ...
06-12-2018 16:04

Between the Rains

Sunny at first then clouding over, 7°, light SSE. A frosty start to the day with -3° after a wet weekend then more rain due later. Not a lot out there ...
05-12-2018 16:04

A Misty Morning

A fine and frosty morning, perhaps the first that has felt properly wintry. Having scraped the frost from my windscreen I headed to Blashford across a ...
05-12-2018 16:04

Damp Days

The long, hot summer seems an age away now, with most days dominated by drizzle (Friday excepted). It is still very mild, but the combination of damp ...
03-12-2018 16:04

Red Kites feeding

A photo from Alan Dawson of Red Kites feeding on a Rabbit carcass. ...
02-12-2018 16:04

Official Statement on Bread from the Queen?s Swan Marker

As many of you know there has been a lot of debate about feeding swans and other waterfowl bread. We have always maintained that feeding them bread is ...
01-12-2018 16:03

Two from yesterday

A couple of photos by Alan Dawson from yesterday. ...
01-12-2018 16:03

Fencing, banks, paths, scrub & birds!

There has been a lot more happening around Fishlake Meadows recently. Some new chestnut paling fencing has gone in at the southern end of the canal pa ...
30-11-2018 16:03

Wet 'n Windy

Wet ?n windy, 13°, breezy SSE. A somewhat drab day with almost constant light rain being driven by a fresh breeze. Subsequently not a lot seen on the ...
29-11-2018 16:03

The Turn of the Season

As autumn slips into winter and the last of the leaves get blown from the trees we are seeing the wildlife of the reserve taking on a more wintry feel ...
28-11-2018 16:03

Garden & River

I awoke at dawn on Sunday and could hear a Song Thrush in song not too far away. Later in the day it appeared in the garden and hopefully will winter ...
27-11-2018 16:04

Crow takes a Wood Pigeon

Mainly cloudy, 8°, light N. Over the years a pair of Crow that are resident in the area around the garden are often seen chasing the Wood Pigeon from ...
26-11-2018 16:04

Obliging Buzzard

A very obliging Buzzardcourtesy Alan Dawson2 Cormorant flew east over Cholsey Railway Station this morning. ...
23-11-2018 16:03

Blashford Lakes?What?s On"??.

… our events and courses leaflet for the coming months will be available from the Centre soon and is available to view/print from this blog post ...
22-11-2018 16:04

The Best of Blashford

The second Pop-up Cafe of the winter today and, thankfully, the weather was a great deal better than the damp day we had at the start of the month. Th ...
19-11-2018 16:03

"Tail-less" Red Kite

The "Tail-less" Red Kite still around.This bird has been seen around Cholsey since 2016.Courtesy Alan Dawson ...
18-11-2018 16:04

Peregrine bath time

Sunny intervals, 14°, light S. 2 Peregrine Falcon seen today. 1 flew south over the hill towards the downs and then another encountered north of the h ...
15-11-2018 16:06

 



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