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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

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

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 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

A little quieter

Overcast with rain later, 9°, light to moderate SW. Another Stonechat on the Hill today but way down the track towards the farm, also a couple of Corn ...
09-03-2019 16:05

Expect the Unexpected

Thick cloud and rain showers, 12°, moderate breeze from the south. An interesting day despite the weather and a few unexpected birds. A Chiffchaff in ...
07-03-2019 16:05

Weaving dragonflies

At the end of February our Young Naturalists worked with willow artist Kim Creswell to create three dragonfly sculptures that will form part of our ne ...
06-03-2019 16:04

A Pond (more or less)

One of the parts of the current improvement project on the reserve is the digging of  a new dipping pond behind the Education Centre. You may ask why ...
05-03-2019 16:05

Some Things are Hard to Swallow

A rough day on the reserve today, but despite this there were reports of at least eight sand martin over Ibsley Water, so Spring migrants are still ar ...
04-03-2019 16:04

Great-crested Grebe

A nice series of photos from Alan Dawson of Great-crested Grebe mating display. ...
03-03-2019 16:04

Little & Little

Cloudy with light rain showers, 11°, light to breezy SW. A Little Egret still around on Cholsey Brook and seen a couple of times and a Little Owl even ...
01-03-2019 16:05

Improvement update and birds, birds, birds!

Just a quick reminder to anyone who hasn’t visited us in a while or missed any previous blogs or onsite signage, improvements on the reserve are ...
28-02-2019 16:04

No jacket required

After a frosty start, a sunny day, 17°, light SE.Warm enough to shed my jacket today with possibly record temperatures for the area. The sheep have n ...
27-02-2019 16:04

Short-eared Owl

I was at Tacumschin in south Wexford late this afternoon and below the High Car Park this Short-eared Owl put on a great display. He was hunting in th ...
26-02-2019 16:04

Dunnock

A Dunnock loud and proud (courtesy Alan Dawson) ...
26-02-2019 16:04

A race to the end of February

I’ve had a very busy few weeks trying to get through as much scrub cutting as possible before the end of February. Since the 4th February I̵ ...
23-02-2019 16:04

Buntings are back

Foggy, slowly clearing, 10°, light SSE. The fog cleared and the sun came out after I got back today. Typical! The Buntings are back: after an absence ...
23-02-2019 16:04

Of Bats, Reptiles & More Housing

There is a new application for houses at Old Blackalls farm. P18/S4273/O) The ecological survey with Bats undertaken on the Old Blackall\'s site for t ...
22-02-2019 16:06

Yellow-browed Warbler

I was in Dungarvan early this morning with my colleague Shane Cully. We managed to get into Springfield before too many walkers got out with their dog ...
22-02-2019 16:06

Early Spring weather brings out the birds

A sunny day, 13°, light SW. A Chiffchaff singing near Cholsey Sewage works today. Per Brian Wyatt. The male Blackcap visiting the bird feeders again t ...
22-02-2019 16:06

Things Moving On

The unseasonably warm weather has yet to produce any summer migrant birds at Blashford, although elsewhere in the country there have been multiple sig ...
22-02-2019 16:06

Blackcap, Rook and a nestbox

Mainly cloudy, 9°, light SSW. A male Blackcap visiting the garden again today and feeding on suet balls. Also a visit by a Rook. Even though the Rook ...
21-02-2019 16:05

Sunshine again

A sunny day with variable cloud cover, 11°, light SSW. 2 Stonechat still present around the hill and good numbers of Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit fee ...
20-02-2019 16:05

Saturday bits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garden visitor

Turned up Saturday afternoon and made it up on the roof. ...
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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bathtime

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

 



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