• Wonderful fungi at Dove Stone

    At this time of year it's possible to see many types of fungi at Dove Stone, such as the colourful (but poisonous!) Fly Agaric and the vibrant Amethyst Deciever.

    Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) Image by Ken Gartside

    Separate from the animal and plant kingdoms, fungi serve important functions in the ecosystem. They are well known as decomposers (growing on and helping to rot down organic matter) but some species also…

    • 21 Oct 2019
  • Sightings - 18 October

    Brambling are back at Binn Green. A solitary visitor was spotted amongst a small flock of chaffinch. Other feeders includes goldfinch, nuthatch, robin, great tit, blue tit and coal tit.

    Elsewhere were stonechat, raven and a grey heron.

    • 19 Oct 2019
  • A parliamentary reception

     Every year the RSPB holds a parliamentary reception in Westminster to showcase the organisations work to a number of MPs and peers from around the UK.

    This year was no exception, on Wednesday 4th September members of the RSPB Dove Stone team accompanied by representatives from United Utilities, journeyed down to London to showcase the partnership we have at Dove Stone.

    With more than 40 MPs and peers in attendance the…

    • 7 Oct 2019
  • Sightings - 4 October

    The feeding station at Binn Green is back in business with visitors including a pair of nuthatch, robin, great tit, coal tit, chaffinch, goldfinch and blackbird. Elsewhere on the site were song thrush, dipper, grey wagtail, mallard, black headed gull, house martin, crow, jackdaw and jay.

    The highlight though was an appearance of a stoat near Chew Brook.

    • 4 Oct 2019
  • Award presented to Dove Stone volunteer for outstanding contribution

    One of our volunteers, from Greenfield, who has gone above and beyond for wildlife conservation here at Dove Stone, has been honoured with a prestigious volunteering award by the RSPB.

    James Minchin is 27 and has volunteered for the us here since 2014. He donates hundreds of hours of his time to nature conservation at Dove Stone and so has been presented with the RSPB's ‘President's Award’ which is given to only six out of…

    • 2 Sep 2019
  • International #BogDay

    Today is International #BogDay so it’s a great excuse for us to celebrate our favourite upland habitat: blanket bog.

    Here's our Top 10 facts about this incredible habitat and its importance at Dove Stone, here in the Peak District National Park:

    Blanket Bog Fact 1: Blanket bog is the main peatland habitat found in wet, upland areas of Northern England. The name is derived from the ‘blanket’ layer of peat, f…

    • 28 Jul 2019
  • Sightings - 21 June

    A beautiful day at Dove Stone started for us up at Chew where we saw skylark, meadow pipit, snipe, common sandpiper, golden plover and stonechat.

    Down at Ashway Gap were jackdaw, swallow, willow warbler, kestrel, mistle thrush and peregrine. The added bonus was a relatively close view of a hare.

    • 21 Jun 2019
  • Vital volunteers at Dove Stone

    It's the final day of National #VolunteersWeek so we wanted to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who support us here at Dove Stone. From tasks in the office and social media, to leading walks and engaging with visitors on site, from early fire warning marshals to helping us carry out the vital conservation monitoring and practical work that takes place here. We have a fantastic bunch of volunteers who…

    • 7 Jun 2019
  • Sightings - 31 May

    Today's visitors included pied wagtail, blackbird, great tit, robin, pheasant, mallard, meadow pipit, goldfinch, common sandpiper, chaffinch, grey wagtail, swallow and a flock of 40+ jackdaw.

    Additionally good views of a peregrine at Ashway Gap.

    • 31 May 2019
  • Sightings - 10 May

    A mixed day for weather but still saw wren, blackbird, mallard, canada geese, willow warbler, meadow pipit, goldfinch,blue tit, jackdaw, pied wagtail, great spotted woodpecker and robin.

    • 10 May 2019
  • Help us to reduce fire risk - BBQs are not permitted at Dove Stone!

    With the unseasonably scorching weather over Easter weekend, we've sadly once again had some fire issues at Dove Stone.

    Arnfield Moor here was affected by quite a large fire Sunday night/Monday when around 30 hectares was burnt, all on the moorland edge habitats and stopped on the edge of the blanket bog (a very degraded area of dry bog that hasn't yet been restored).  The bog edge had an hour of helicopter water…

    • 26 Apr 2019
  • Sightings - 26 April

    The good news of the day was a cuckoo calling in the woods near the sailing club. Sadly no sightings of the peregrine today although one was seen at Ashway Gap yesterday.

    Other sightings included goldfinch, chaffinch, jay, nuthatch, wren, blackbird, wood pigeon, pheasant, mistle thrush, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, robin, mallard and jackdaw.

    A curlew and swallow were seen on the tops.

    • 26 Apr 2019
  • Sightings - 29 March

    A brilliant Spring day at Dove Stone saw siskin, nuthatch, wren, goldfinch, coal tit, great tit, blue tit, woodpigeon, chaffinch, pheasant and mallard at Binn Green.

    Down at Ashway Gap there were good prolonged views of one of the peregrine together with a kestrel, meadow pipit and grey wagtail.

    • 29 Mar 2019
  • Sightings - Thursday 28th March 2019..

    A gloriously sunny day started frosty and crisp but soon warmed up in the blazing sun.

    At the feeders in Binn Green still the usual suspects were still  visiting despite the weather: Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, Siskin, Robin, Goldfinch, Blackbird and Pheasants a plenty!

    Elsewhere, we had the first sighting of Ring Ouzels for the year, when 2 Males appeared near Ashway Gap.

    Other species seen included Sparrowhawk…

    • 28 Mar 2019
  • Sightings - 22 March

    A busy day at the Binn Green feeding station saw a remaining brambling, several siskin, nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker, greenfinch, goldfinch, chaffinch, robin, dunnock, coal tit, blue tit and great tit.

    Sadly no peregrine at Ashway Gap today,although a pair were spotted yesterday, but we had a long tailed tit, stonechat, wren, pied wagtail and grey wagtail.

    • 22 Mar 2019
  • Sightings - 15 March

    A very blustery day at Dove Sone blew in 4 crossbills at Binn Green, whilst at the feeding station we had nuthatch, siskin, goldfinch, robin, blackbird, chaffinch, blue tit, coal tit, great tit and pheasant.

    Down at Ashway Gap a peregrine was evident along with a pair of mistle thrush, female kestrel and a dipper.

    • 15 Mar 2019
  • Sightings - 8 March

    A very successful Mountain hare walk gave us views of 11 hares up Chew Valley. other sightings included 2 oystercatchers and a lesser black back gull near the sailing club along with mallard, black headed gull, carrion crow, jackdaw, wood pigeon, mallard and canada geese.

    On the way up to Chew reservoir we were treated to exceptional displays from the pair of peregrine and also saw dippers, stonechat, mistle thrush, red…

    • 8 Mar 2019
  • Sightings - 1 March

    Today's visitors to Binn Green included nuthatch, robin, chaffinch, greenfinch, coal tit, blue tit, robin, mistle thrush, blackbird, pheasant, good numbers of goldfinch and a surprise visit of a pair of mallard.

    At Ashway Gap there was an altercation between a peregrine and raven on the ridge and long views of the peregrine afterwards. Dunnock in Pennyworth Wood.

    • 1 Mar 2019
  • Sightings - 15 February

    An early spring day gave us fewer than normal visitors at Binn Green but including robin, blackbird, treecreeper, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, siskin, nuthatch, great tit, coal tit, blue tit, pheasant and kestrel.

    Down at Ashway Gap there were good views of a peregrine once the haze had cleared and further long views of a kestrel hunting.

    • 15 Feb 2019
  • Sightings - 8 February

    A wild winter day saw a good variety of visitors at the feeding station at Binn Green including, blackbird, robin, coal tit, blue tit, great tit, chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, brambling, siskin, nuthatch, treecreeper and pheasant.

    Down at Ashway Gap were mallard, crow, raven, song thrush, mistle thrush, kestrel and 2 peregrines were evident on the cliff face for quite some time.

    • 8 Feb 2019
  • Endangered Trees find a home at Dove Stone

    An endangered, native UK tree, the Black Poplar, has found a new home at Dove Stone. Seven specimens of the native subspecies "Betulifolia" have been planted, sourced from the Chester Zoo Horticulture and Botany department.

    Most trees of this species in the wild are single individuals on boundaries and are old and fragile, meaning they haven't been regenerating naturally. Since 2002, Chester Zoo has become involved…

    • 7 Feb 2019
  • Text to Donate scheme to help us restore the moor at Dove Stone

    Summer may seem a long way off but for many people here the memory of last year’s devastating moorland fires in Saddleworth is still very fresh.

    At Dove Stone, some of the affected area was on moorland managed by us in partnership with United Utilities who own the land. After the fires, we had a lot of offers of support from you, people who hold this area close to their hearts and wanted to do something to help.…

    • 7 Feb 2019
  • Sightings - 1 February

    A cold icy day at Dove Stone kept numbers of birds down but once the feeders were topped up at Binn Green large numbers of coal tits and blue tits were seen. Other visitors included great tit, blackbird, robin, goldfinch, chaffinch, siskin and jay.

    • 1 Feb 2019
  • Sightings - 4 January

    Large numbers of chaffinch, goldfinch and coal tit were present at the feeding station at Binn Green today. Other visitors included nuthatch, great spotted woodpecker, greenfinch, siskin, brambling, blackbird, robin, blue tit, great tit, mistle thrush and jay. Reports also of a dipper at Ashway Gap.

    • 4 Jan 2019
  • Sightings - 30 November

    Another busy day at Binn Green once the feeders were topped up. Visitors included coal tit, chaffinch, goldfinch, blue tit, great tit, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, brambling, mistle thrush, siskin, wood pigeon, pheasant, robin and jay.

    • 30 Nov 2018