• Inside Arne: May edition - Hyde's Heath

    A series of monthly blogs by Midnight Sparkle, Inside Arne gives you exclusive insight into some of the work that is vital to help manage and maintain the RSPB’s wonderful Dorset reserves. Each month, this blog series will feature a different member of the team, be they staff or volunteer, sharing personal stories and behind-the-scenes knowledge.


    Hyde’s Heath from a volunteer’s perspective: An interview with A…

    • 27 May 2021
  • Inside Arne: March edition - Garston flowers

    A series of monthly blogs, Inside Arne gives you exclusive insight into some of the work that is vital to help manage and maintain the RSPB’s wonderful Dorset reserves.
    • 26 Mar 2021
  • Inside Arne: February edition - cutting back

    A series of monthly blogs, Inside Arne gives you exclusive insight into some of the work that is vital to help manage and maintain the RSPB’s wonderful Dorset reserves.
    • 26 Feb 2021
  • What is it like to volunteer at RSPB Arne?

    With it being #NationalVolunteersWeek we thought we would catch up with one of ours to see what it's like to be part of the team here at RSPB Arne. We chatted to Samuel, one of our Visitor Experience team members, about his time as a residential volunteer and now a working-from-home volunteer as well as some of his favourite moments at RSPB Arne...

    Quick introductions, tell us about yourself and how long you’ve been…

    • 3 Jun 2020
  • RSPB Arne recent sightings - March 2020

    OUR BLOGS ARE BACK! Whilst searching through the depths of our website we stumbled across blog posts from way back in 2017 and we thought that it was about time that we updated some things!


    So here we are, mid-March 2020, spring is here and we have the sightings to prove it! Chiffchaffs have been calling, brimstone and peacock butterflies have been seen fluttering, Dartford warblers have been nest building (great photo…

    • 17 Mar 2020
  • Recent sightings from #RSPBArne - 12/09/17


    Spoonbills by Simon Kidner

    Shipstall trails

    • 6x Spoonbill
    • Greenshank
    • Redshank
    • Curlew
    • 30x Little Egret
    • Green woodpecker
    • Great Spotted Woodpecker
    • Wheatear
    • Kingfisher
    • Sandwich tern
    • 50x Cormorant


    Coombe trails

    • Meadow pipit
    • c500 Black-tailed Godwit
    • 2x Marsh Harrier
    • 4x Willow warbler
    • Little Egret
    • Greenshank
    • Shellduck
    • c100 Redshank
    • Buzzard
    • Osprey
    • 2x Hobby
    • 27x Spoonbill
    • Peregrine fa…
    • 13 Sep 2017
  • Recent Sightings at RSPB Arne

    For the most up to date information on recent sightings from RSPB Arne nature reserve follow our twitter feed at https://twitter.com/rspbarne .

    News covers all the latest sightings, visitors photographs, events plus other local wildlife information from nearby reserves such as RSPB Lytchett Fields and other parts of Poole Harbour. Please feel free to tweet your sightings to us so that we can spread the word plus we love…

    • 11 Apr 2017
  • New #Blog - #Winterwatch Comes to RSPB West Sedgemoor

    Did you see the film on last night's #Winterwatch about the elusive cranes?! Well our very own Damon Bridge was their guide on the day and here's his brilliant blog about the experience... 5.30am, January 10 th , and a long steady wade on a...
    • 27 Jan 2017
  • New #blog - #Winterwatch Grand Finale!

    Last night saw the final #Winterwatch broadcast live all week from our fog-swathed RSPB Arne. RSPB's Jamie Wyver shares the Top Ten Wild Facts he learnt from episode four - so for the last time...Lights, Camera, Action! The fog which had been...
    • 27 Jan 2017
  • New #blog - Transforming Dorset's Wool into Works of Art

    Carla Taylor is a fibre artist situated in the heart of the Dorset countryside who creates contemporary sustainable wool sculptures inspired by the animals and landscape of the British countryside and coastline using the technique of needle felting, where...
    • 27 Jan 2017
  • New #Winterwatch #blog - Holes Bay Nature Park

    Emma Rance, Marine Conservation Officer for Dorset Wildlife Trust, tells us why Holes Bay Nature Park is a top spot for wintering birds in Poole Harbour You’d be forgiven for overlooking Holes Bay saltmarsh and mud flats as you travel upon Poole’s...
    • 26 Jan 2017
  • New #blog - Wild Stars of #Winterwatch - Beautiful Barn Owls

    Barn Owls are one of the many wildlife stars of BBC Winterwatch, and close neighbors in the BBC studio at RSPB Arne Nature reserve. The RSPB’s Tony Whitehead share’s a few secrets about these well known birds … Seeing a barn owl...
    • 26 Jan 2017
  • New #Winterwatch #blog - The Fog Finally Lifts!

    RSPB's Martin Fowlie, gives us the low-down on last night's jam packed Winterwatch at RSPB Arne... Today was the day the fog finally lifted…. but only after lunch. We had another morning of frost, cold temperatures and minimal visibility...
    • 26 Jan 2017
  • New #Winterwatch #Blog - RSPB Arne's Amazing Heathland Habitat!

    RSPB’s Chris Dieck reveals just how many different species rely on RSPB Arne's heathland habitats as their home ... RSPB Arne covers around 550 hectares, this represents almost 1% of lowland heath in England. It is thought that we have lost...
    • 25 Jan 2017
  • New #Winterwatch #blog - Forests Beneath the Waves in Poole Harbour

    Lin Baldock, Dorset Seasearch Coordinator working with Dorset Wildlife Trust, reveals the incredible, wormy forests that exist just below Poole Harbours waves... Below the placid surface of some of the sheltered channels of Poole Harbour and especially...
    • 25 Jan 2017
  • New #blog - #Winterwatch Day 2 Didn't Fail to Deliver!

    RSPB's Martin Fowlie visits Arne for the very first time this week. Here he shares what he's discovered about the nature reserve from last night's second #Winterwatch... Another cold and foggy day at RSPB Arne today. We haven’t seen...
    • 25 Jan 2017
  • New #Winterwatch #blog - Special Guest at Canford Heath!

    Zoё McMinn, Heathland Mitigation and Grazing Warden for the Borough of Poole, reveals Canford Heath's VIP Visitor! Across the Poole harbour from wildlife-rich RSPB Arne, Canford Heath silently stands watch. Whilst its swathes of reptiles hibernate...
    • 24 Jan 2017
  • New #blog - Wild Stars of #Winterwatch, Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!

    Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud! By RSPB’s Tony Whitehead Poole Harbour is one of the best birdwatching estuaries in the UK, and currently featured on BBC Winterwatch. But what makes it such a special place, and why are there so many birds here in winter...
    • 24 Jan 2017
  • New #blog - Wild Stars of #Winterwatch, Dartford Warblers

    RSPB Arne’s Dartford Warblers by Chris Baker, RSPB It is a truth universally acknowledged that a bird with a liking for gorse must be in want of a folk name beginning with furze. Dartford warbler (1) by Terry Bagley Stonechats and whinchats...
    • 24 Jan 2017
  • New #blog - #Winterwatch Wings its Way Back to RSPB Arne!

    RSPB's Katie Phoenix is at RSPB Arne this week, bringing us the special #Winterwatch magic! Here's her low-down of last night's first show... Last night saw the return of the highly anticipated Winterwatch 2017 with Chris, Michaela and...
    • 24 Jan 2017
  • New #Winterwatch #blog - Dorset Urban Heaths Grazing Partnership (DUHGP)

    Charlotte Rose, Natural England Team Leader for Dorset, shares with us the exciting Urban Heaths Partnership Project, which Natural England are part of. Negotiations between Natural England (NE) and partners began in 2006/2007 to look at how the new...
    • 23 Jan 2017
  • New #Winterwatch #blog - Brownsea Island Lagoon, National Trust

    Rachel Lamb, National Trust Visitor Services and Enterprises Assistant, tells us about Brownsea Island Lagoon and the Impact of Climate Change and Sea Level Rises there. Brownsea Island Lagoon is a quiet, undisturbed haven, yet within a short distance...
    • 23 Jan 2017
  • New #blog - Wild Stars of #Winterwatch : Poole Harbour's Amazing Winter Water birds!

    Winter Water birds at RSPB Arne by Chris Baker, RSPB Wanna cry, wanna croon / Wanna laugh like a loon When songwriter Yip Harburg wanted a lyric that was bewitching, eerie and freighted with topsy-turvy emotions he turned to the loon. His song...
    • 23 Jan 2017
  • Nearly Time to Turn On and Tune In!

    Tomorrow evening, BBC TWO, 8pm, the BBC return to RSPB Arne - this time to broadcast Winterwatch live from our stunning Dorset reserve. RSPB Arne is one of the most wildlife rich reserves in the UK and it proved a big hit with Autumnwatch viewers (hopefully...
    • 23 Jan 2017
  • Recent sightings at Arne

    While the spotlight of the nation has left Arne for the time being, the wildlife here certainly has not. It's increased!

    The coming of winter not only brings a chill to the air but thousands of birds too with Poole Harbour playing host to the largest wintering flock of avocet in the country, brent geese, various grebe's, divers and ducks and even birds of prey such as hen harrier and merlin. All these can and have…

    • 25 Nov 2016