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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

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 ? 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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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 ? 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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Walks, wildflowers, weather and much more

The last week and a half has been very busy with guided walks at Fishlake Meadows. This has been a great way to spend lots of time seeing the differen ...
25-05-2018 16:04

Ongoing

The car park near the Education Centre will be closed again tomorrow as we continue with improvement works to the track and car park surface, so pleas ...
25-05-2018 16:04

Gerry Sexton Photography

We have some excellent wildlife photographers in Cholsey and I would like to showcase some of their work on the blog. Gerry Sexton is one such photogr ...
25-05-2018 16:04

Ringing the Changes

Perhaps the last of the warm days for a while so I thought I would start with a summery shot of the ox-eye daisies which are just starting to flower n ...
24-05-2018 16:05

One that got away!

Sunny spells, 19°, breezy NNW. A possible female Honey Buzzard seen over Cholsey Marsh on Monday by TW. Tony gave me a brief description and it fits q ...
24-05-2018 16:05

Another short stayer

Sunny, 22°, light NE. A surprise on the hill today with a Woodlark. A small bird flew from the top of a bush approx. 50m from me, I managed to get the ...
22-05-2018 16:04

The Blues

The last few days have seen warm sunshine by day but chilly nights, meaning it has been poor for moths but good for day-flying insects. Today at Blash ...
21-05-2018 16:05

Swifts and House Martins

Where are they" Over the years there has been a steady decline in both species, nationally and locally. I?m no expert on these matters and I do not kn ...
20-05-2018 16:04

Butterfly firsts for the year

A sunny day, 20°, light E. Butterfly information from Tony Rayner: ?a Dingy Skipper and a Green Hairstreak ? both firsts for the year and a good count ...
20-05-2018 16:04

Where are our House Martins"

Hazy sunshine and thin high cloud, 15°, light NNE. A male Peregrine Falcon out at the Little Lollingdon area and a Lesser Whitethroat and Yellow Wagta ...
19-05-2018 16:05

A sunny Marsh

A warm and sunny day, 21°, light NNE. A visit to Cholsey Marsh this morning, have stopped feeding the cattle with hay now as there is plenty of grass ...
16-05-2018 16:04

Dumping and Cutting, a Tale from the Roadside

There seems to be a lot going on at present. At Blashford we are resurfacing a lot of the paths, the entrance track and a few other improvements will ...
16-05-2018 16:04

Insects on the Up"

The progress of the season has been rather erratic this year, with spells of very warm or even hot weather interspersed with much colder days. Overall ...
14-05-2018 16:04

Bunk Line

Sunny spells, 15°, light NNW. Per Alan Dawson. ?A walk along the Bunk Line this morning. Usual Whitethroat etc, best being a couple of Yellow Wagtail ...
14-05-2018 16:04

Fitting it all in?

At the end of April our Young Naturalists were joined by Paul from Strong Island Media, who had come along to take photos and film them during a sessi ...
10-05-2018 16:04

Being a Responsible Consumer

I visited Fishlake Meadows first thing this morning, the sedge and reed warblers were singing as were cuckoo, cetti’s warbler, blackcap and gard ...
10-05-2018 16:04

Cool & Quiet

Sunny spells, 18°, light W. A slightly cooler day than of late and a steady walk out to Lollingdon and back. Most species settling down for the summer ...
10-05-2018 16:04

Small Copper and some Moths

Sunny, 26°, ESE.Another hot and sunny day and thanks to Tony Rayner for the info."Our Small Copper appears to be the earliest record for Oxfordshire t ...
08-05-2018 16:04

Dawn Chorus Walk 2018

Clear and cool then sunny and warm, 4° - 24°, light NW. An early start for the Dawn Chorus walk and thanks to everyone who came. We had 17 early riser ...
07-05-2018 16:03

Dawn Chorus Walk Tomorrow

Join us for a Dawn Chorus Walk on Sunday 6th May 2018 @ 04:30.Woodland walk led by Tony Rayner. Meet at the Forty @ 04:30.Marsh Walk led by Paul Chand ...
06-05-2018 16:03

Green Sandpipers & a Whinchat

2 Green Sandpiper Cholsey Marsh along river bank. Per Alan Dawson.Female Whinchat Lollingdon Hill. Per Tony Williams. ...
03-05-2018 16:03

A Great Day

I arrived at the reserve in heavy rain, always promising at this time of year and looking out form Tern hide I saw 4 bar-tailed godwit, migrants heade ...
03-05-2018 16:03

New proposals for a wilder Britain - critical moment to reve

New proposals for a wilder Britain - critical moment to reverse the decline of natureTuesday 1st May 2018On the 1st May The Wildlife Trusts published ...
03-05-2018 16:03

Colletes Cunicularius at Whiteford Burrows

I spent some time watching a colony of Colletes Cunicularius at Whiteford 2 weeks ago. I was curious to find out why some of the males 2 or 3 at a ...
02-05-2018 16:03

Chilly

Overcast, 8°, breezy NW. A late start today and colder and windier conditions, not a lot seen or heard, felt more like early March rather than the end ...
01-05-2018 16:03

Skies Alive!

Today may have been the last day of April, but it felt more like the last day of January! a bitter north-east wind was blowing hard across Ibsley Wate ...
01-05-2018 16:03

Birds a plenty!

The last week or so has seen many new arrivals to Fishlake Meadows. It seems that the better weather is encouraging lots of activity, although today i ...
01-05-2018 16:03

Is it okay to pick Bluebells"

Today I came across someone picking Bluebells in the Millennium Wood. I informed them that picking Bluebells was illegal. This is incorrect and for th ...
27-04-2018 16:03

Emerging

Looking in the sweep meadow I spotted a yellow rattle seedling just poking up form the surrounding vegetation. These grow very quickly at this time of ...
26-04-2018 16:03

Time on the Marsh

Overcast with light rain, 12°, light SW. My usual visit to the marsh this morning with a few rain showers to dampen the walk. I did not walk the whole ...
25-04-2018 16:03

Moths and a bit More

The thunder on Saturday night heralded a change to more normal spring weather, but the burst of summer has produced a marked change. In a matter of th ...
24-04-2018 16:03

Quietish!

Cloudy, 13°, breezy WSW. Rather quiet out there today and a little chillier than of late! A couple of Common Whitethroat out at Lollingdon with hopefu ...
24-04-2018 16:03

Some light bedtime reading" Last years Annual Report

Every year we present a report to our Blashford Lakes Project partners, Bournemouth Water, New Forest District Council and Wessex Water, covering the ...
24-04-2018 16:03

Oh, to Bee in England?

As though to emphasise the change in season today was one of those rare days when it was possible to see both brambling and swift at Blashford Lakes a ...
23-04-2018 16:03

News from the Marsh

Sunny with light cloud, 20°, light SE. A few folk birding on the Marsh this morning with our first Common Whitethroat for the year being found by Bria ...
22-04-2018 16:03

Continental Cormorants

I grew up on the banks of the River Slaney in Enniscorthy, County Wexford.  As young kids in the early 1970\'s my brother Jim and my cousin Jim, spen ...
20-04-2018 16:04

Woundwort Shieldbug

Found yesterday in the garden by Loren and we were not sure what it was. approx the size of a small ladybird around 6mm and did not realise it was a s ...
20-04-2018 16:04

Volunteer Wardens

This week I have been busy meeting volunteers who are going to be wardens at Fishlake Meadows, and giving them some training on what we would like the ...
20-04-2018 16:04

Still a trickle

Mainly sunny with variable cloud, 20°, breezy SSE.Still a trickle of migrants coming thru, hopefully will pick up.A Cuckoo and 3 Lesser Whitethroat ou ...
19-04-2018 16:03

Spring at Fishlake Meadows

The warmer weather finally seems to be arriving, with even more forecast for the coming weeks. This is leading to lots of changes at Fishlake Meadows, ...
19-04-2018 16:03

Cuckoo plus 2 Warblers

Cloud clearing with some sunny spells, 14°, light S. Ed was down on the marsh way before me this morning and heard our first Cuckoo of the year. I arr ...
18-04-2018 16:03

Slow but Sure

Sunny at first then clouding over, 13°, breezy SSW.Migration still a little slow but is happening.2 Willow Warbler, a Garden Warbler, a Lesser Whiteth ...
17-04-2018 16:03

Back to some birds

I have been off for the week and today was my first day back. In my absence the reserve has turned green! Many of the trees have leaves bursting throu ...
16-04-2018 16:03

More Migrants

Cloudy with light rain showers, 11°, light S. More migrants arriving with a Lesser Whitethroat, a Yellow Wagtail and approx. 12 House Martin at Cholse ...
16-04-2018 16:03

Muntjac, Wheatear & Reeve's

Sunny (at last), 13°, light SSE. A text from Alan Dawson alerting me to 2 Wheatear on Lollingdon Hill today saw Loren and I jump in the car to go and ...
15-04-2018 16:03

Recent Works

There has been lots happening at Fishlake Meadows in the last few weeks. Our contractors have been working hard getting lots of the fencing complete. ...
14-04-2018 16:04

Brilliant Brownsea

It seems like a long time ago now, but mid-March we headed with our Young Naturalists to the Purbecks, to hopefully explore and discover some differen ...
13-04-2018 16:03

Migration hiatus"

Cloudy & misty, 8°, light NW. A claggy day and a bit cooler than of late and migration not really kicking off just yet. 2 Raven today out at Lollingdo ...
12-04-2018 16:03

A word of warning?

We received a report of a break-in to a car on Friday evening, outside of reserve opening hours and not in one of our reserve car parks but in the lay ...
11-04-2018 16:03

Another wet one!

Rain and more rain. 9°, light NW. Worth getting wet for was the first Willow Warbler of the year near the Millennium Wood singing sporadically when co ...
10-04-2018 16:03

Comings & Goings

Hazy sunshine, 14°, breezy SW. 2 Swallow flew thru Lollingdon just prior to midday???my first of the year, 7 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap were all I coul ...
07-04-2018 16:03

Garganey!

When I opened up the Tern hide this morning I was greeted by the sight of a pair of garganey feeding just to the right of the hide. It is always a tre ...
07-04-2018 16:03

New volunteer evening meeting

On the 21st March we held a very successful evening meeting for the new volunteers of Fishlake Meadows at the World of Water café. The volunteers enjo ...
06-04-2018 16:03

Spring almost here

A very spring like day, sunshine, 11° and very little wind. A late and short visit to the hill this afternoon and a few raptors thermalling over the h ...
06-04-2018 16:03

Spring slowly arriving

Wet ?n Windy, frequent rain showers, 10°, Fresh S. Hardly worth going out today with rain and more rain, however the walk did me good! 2 singing Chiff ...
05-04-2018 16:03

Iceland Gull with dark wing edges

This 3CY Iceland Gull has been on Kilkee beach for the last two weeks along side the American Herring Gull.  I see Richard Bonser made comments onli ...
05-04-2018 16:03

April Showers

Or more prolonged outbreaks of rain! Recent days have certainly been making up for the rather dry winter. The lakes which had been unusually low for t ...
05-04-2018 16:03

River in flood

Brighter with a few rain showers, 12°, light SSW. Down on the Marsh this morning???????.fairly quiet with 2 singing Chiffchaff and 3 singing Reed Bunt ...
04-04-2018 16:02

Rainy Days and Mondays

Light rain, 8°, light to breezy SSE. Another wet day and getting very soggy out there with almost twice the average rainfall for March and April getti ...
03-04-2018 16:03

Staggering into Spring

Another rather wintry spring day. I drove across the Forest in heavy sleet, although the pull of spring was still evident, as I passed two displaying ...
01-04-2018 16:03

Quiet & Wet

Light to moderate rain??..again, 7°, light E. Another wet walk out to Lollingdon with little change from last time. This time last year a couple of Sw ...
31-03-2018 16:03

First Swallow of the year

Cloudy with light rain showers, 6°, light WNW. First Swallow of the year hawking over Cholsey Marsh this morning, also a small flock of Siskin present ...
31-03-2018 16:03

A wet one

Light to moderate rain, 8°, breezy NW. A wet morning with persistent rain so decided to drive out rather than walk to Lollingdon. Approx. 500 ?Winter ...
29-03-2018 16:03

Moths Again

A combination of the need to do some repair work on the trap and a lot of very unfavourable weather has meant that it has been a good time since I hav ...
28-03-2018 16:03

Tuesday on the Marsh

Cloudy with some light rain showers, 10°, light SW. A visit to Cholsey Marsh this morning after tending to the Dexters and still relatively quiet. The ...
28-03-2018 16:03

Redshank

Light cloud with the odd sunny spell, 11°, light W. A Redshank found out on the floods today along with 2 Teal, 3 Herring Gull, c80 Lesser Blackback G ...
27-03-2018 16:05

 



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