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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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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