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Migrant Hawker

Migrant Hawker dragonfly at Cholsey Marsh.Photo courtesy Alan Dawson.5 Swift feeding over the north of the village yesterday and gradually drifted off ...
19-08-2019 16:05

Not Walter?

…but a non-ringed great white egret has arrived today, the first of the season, spending most of it on the spit midway between Lapwing and Goosa ...
18-08-2019 16:06

Woodsmoked?

Woodsmoked is definitely what I am this week! After a couple of weeks off it was straight back in at the deep end with back to back campfire based act ...
17-08-2019 16:06

Spot Flys

3+ Spotted Flycatcher and a Common Redstart out at Lollingdon today. Per Alan Dawson. ...
16-08-2019 16:04

A couple from yesterday

Rain stopped play today!A couple of photos from yesterday. A Buzzard over the village closely resembles an individual seen out at Lollingdon regularly ...
15-08-2019 16:04

A bit quiet!

Mainly cloudy, 17°, light WNW. 2 Raven briefly on the hill before continuing westwards, the Common Redstart still present and a Willow Warbler, Blackc ...
13-08-2019 16:04

Grasshopper & Butterfly

A few photos from Alan.Meadow Grasshopper and Painted Lady butterflies. ...
13-08-2019 16:04

Great White Egret:

A first for Cholsey: A Great White Egret flew south over Church road at dusk on the 8th Aug. Per Richard Broughton. ...
11-08-2019 16:03

Sun, Wind & Rain

Sunny and blustery with several light rain showers, 22°, fresh SW. 3 (poss 1-2 others) Spotted Flycatcher around the paddocks (1 ad & 2 juv). The Comm ...
10-08-2019 16:04

Reserve Closed!

Due to the high winds the reserve will be closed today (Saturday 10th August), so the hides and car parks will remain closed. Although the winds are n ...
10-08-2019 16:04

Going South

Cloudy with some showers and sunshine, 20°, breezy WSW. Fairly active out at Lollingdon today with birds on the move, the Common Redstart still presen ...
08-08-2019 16:04

Spot Fly & Redstart

Early rain then sunny spells, 22°, breezy WSW. Fairly quiet today, the Common Redstart still present on the hill and 5+ Spotted Flycatcher on the nort ...
06-08-2019 16:03

Woodwork and wandering

The weather last week resulted in two very different Wild Days Out, with Tuesday very wet and soggy and not the best conditions for wildlife watching ...
05-08-2019 16:04

Red-eyed Damselfly

A Red-eyed Damselfly with what looks like the remains of a Banded Demoiselle!Photo courtesy Alan Dawson. ...
05-08-2019 16:04

Jersey Tiger

Yet another new moth for Cholsey, caught last night by Tony Rayner.A Jersey Tiger."One of the most attractive of the Tiger moths, this species was unt ...
02-08-2019 16:05

Bug-ingham Palace

Last Sunday our Young Naturalists made a rather magnificent bug hotel in a sunny spot close to the new dipping pond. The improvement works here on the ...
02-08-2019 16:05

Quiet end to July

Mainly cloudy with a few sunny spells, 21°, breezy SW. A little breezy on the hill today. The Common Redstart still present on the hill and appears to ...
01-08-2019 16:04

Another new Moth

Tony Rayner caught another new Moth for Cholsey recently. The 4th new Moth for Cholsey this year.The Moth in question is a Tree Lichen Beauty.A mostly ...
31-07-2019 16:06

Some movement!

Sunny, 24°, light SSW. The hill was reasonable today, the Common Redstart still present and 3 Kestrel and a Paraglider! A Spotted Flycatcher on the no ...
30-07-2019 16:03

Black & Green

A sunny day with light cloud, 29°, light SW. A quietish day out there today, I think most were seeking shade and not being too active. 2 Raven on the ...
25-07-2019 16:04

Almost there?

…by Lucy Wiltshire (Volunteer Placement) From earlier posts you may already know that over the past few months we have undergone many changes he ...
24-07-2019 16:04

Red-tail

Cloudy with sunny spells, 25°, light SW. 2 Raven on the hill briefly this morning before flying off towards Moulsford. The Common Redstart still prese ...
23-07-2019 16:03

Green Woodpecker

Arrives in the garden for some water. Gets a shower from a bathing Blackbird. Has a bath.Dries off on a tree. ...
23-07-2019 16:03

Ravens take the day

Cloudy with a few sunny periods, 24°, light SW. Arrived on the hill this morning to something resembling and aerial dogfight. 6 Raven, 5 Kestrel, 4 Re ...
18-07-2019 16:04

Med Gull Update

Back during 30 Days Wild, on the 6th June I included a sighting of a first summer plumage Mediterranean gull that I photographed on Ibsley Water. At t ...
18-07-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Honourable mentions

Sometimes during 30 days wild the hardest part is picking just one video or photo to tweet. There were many days where I could have posted multiples, ...
17-07-2019 16:05

Summer Passing

It seems that once the 30 Days Wild are over, the signs of passing summer become increasingly obvious. I heard my last singing cuckoo on 22nd June, we ...
16-07-2019 16:04

Redstart again

Cloudy with sunny intervals, 20°, light NNE. 2 Common Redstart (juvs) on the hill today, 1 in the usual hedge and another in the Hawthorns along the h ...
16-07-2019 16:04

The Lees area

Sunny intervals, 24°, breezy NW. A walk out to the Lees this afternoon found the farmland on the way out quite barren. Some of the so called ?conserva ...
13-07-2019 16:04

Black, Gold & Painted Ladies

Cloudy with a few sunny spells, 23°, light W.2 Raven on and around the hill toady and very vocal, present for around 30 minutes then flew off south we ...
12-07-2019 16:04

Bluebells to Beaulieu

I have been very absent from the blog this last few months, so this is another quick round up of what our Young Naturalists group have been up to sinc ...
11-07-2019 16:04

Final week of 30 days wild

Another 30 days wild has come to an end, it’s been great fun and I’ve managed to see, hear and do some wonderful things in June. I feel li ...
09-07-2019 16:04

Redstart & Whinchat

Mainly cloudy with sunny spells, 21°, light S.Just beginning to think it was another quiet day on the hill when I saw a bird flycatching along the top ...
09-07-2019 16:04

Puffin Season

Seabirds seem to have had a good breeding season this year with young birds departing the nest early than in previous years.  I was back on the Skel ...
06-07-2019 16:04

Sunshiny day

Sunny, 24°, light WNW.Somewhat quiet out there today, however a surprise of a Garden Warbler singing in the Bullshole area also nice to compare with a ...
06-07-2019 16:04

Risso's Dolphins

During the last week a pod of 8 to10 Risso\'s Dolphins have been feeding off shore of Skellig Michael Island. I got a few shots of a mother and calf t ...
06-07-2019 16:04

August events at Blashford

For details of all our events this August click here! 190706 BL August WhatsOn Advertisements ...
06-07-2019 16:04

Summer pics

A nice series of pics from Alan Dawson today. Coal Tit Gatekeeper Marbled White (F) Ringlet (above & below) ...
05-07-2019 16:04

Invertebrates again

Mainly sunny, 21°, light NE. Not a lot going on out there birdwise today. Another day for mainly insects. Yellowhammers still in good voice and small ...
04-07-2019 16:04

Icelandic Nature

Just back after another working week in north west Iceland, a little south of Isajfordur, where I got the chance on this trip to snap off a few shot ...
30-06-2019 16:04

Dragons

A few pics of Dragonflies at Cholsey Meadows yesterday & today.All photos by Alan Dawson. 4-spot Chaser Black-tailed SkimmerEmperor egg laying ...
29-06-2019 16:03

Has Summer arrived"

Sunny, 23°, light ENE. A nice warm day today and reflected by the number of insects around and Painted Lady butterflies just into double figures with ...
28-06-2019 16:04

Where has the summer gone

I\'m not quiet sure is it age or a large work load, but the summer has passed me by so fast this year.  The longest day is only a distant memory now ...
27-06-2019 16:04

3 weeks of wildness

Last week was a bit different to my normal week with 2 evening meetings meaning 2 late starts. I still managed to squeeze in a guided walk, a work par ...
26-06-2019 16:04

Painted Lady

Several Painted Lady butterfly in Cholsey today. There were hundreds of thousands moving north along the eastern Mediterranean earlier this year and t ...
25-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 24

A warm clam night, ideal for moths and so it proved, with the best catches of the year so  far. There was not a lot of great note, just all the usual ...
25-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 23 ? Unexpectedly Clear

They say “You should always expect the unexpected” and it seems I should. Today, at lunchtime I decided to deploy the pheromone lures for ...
24-06-2019 16:04

Fishlake Meadows work party

Last Friday the 14th June, I held a work party at Fishlake Meadows. Lots of different odd jobs had built up, so it was a good time to get one booked i ...
22-06-2019 16:04

Game of Crows and poor info!

Out walking today along the farm track to the Lees I was asked by a dog walker if I was a ?twitcher?. I replied no, not these days and explained what ...
22-06-2019 16:04

The Lees and beyond

Sunny spells, 19°, light W. A walk out to the Lees and beyond today and a little warmer than of late. The ?long ditch? out beyond the Lees was dredged ...
22-06-2019 16:04

30 Days Wild ? Day 20

A slippery sort of a day, blue sky to start then rain, then warm sun and eventually heavy rain, it was hard to know how many layers and of what type t ...
21-06-2019 16:04

More rain!

Overcast then rain, 17°, light SW. Pretty quiet out today. A quick check on the Spotted Flycatchers before making my way out to Lollingdon. A few Swif ...
19-06-2019 16:03

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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