• Recent sightings: well that was swift!

    Snow? At the end of April! There has been every imaginable type of weather at Fairburn this week; rain, hail, sleet, snow, high winds, and a few rays of sunshine. There have also been some pretty nifty sightings, which is why we’re all here!

    Swift, Mike Langman (rspb-images.com)

    First off, because it’s the thing I am absolutely the most excited about, is the return of the swifts. I am yet to see one, but there…

    • 27 Apr 2016
  • Hello to Rachel, our new visitor intern!

    Hello all!

    This is my first blog as the new visitor experience intern at Fairburn Ings. My name is Rachel and I have committed to volunteering here for the next six months. I am looking forward to getting stuck in and sharing my experiences with you over this period. I am originally from Essex and this is my first time visiting Yorkshire. The staff at Fairburn have been extremely friendly and helpful, and I am thrilled…

    • 18 Apr 2016
  • Recent sightings: Ouzel a pretty boy then?

    More migrants have been arriving this week and the air is beginning to fill with a greater variety of song. Up on the Coal Tips trail it is impossible to miss the erratic ascent of skylarks and their high, trilling song.

    Willow warbler, John Bridges (rspb-images.com)

    Across the reserve there are blackcap and willow warblers singing, and chiffchaffs seem to be all over the place. There are smart male Reed buntings all…

    • 9 Apr 2016
  • Recent sightings: what joy an osprey can bring!

    Well, we may as well begin with the big sighting of the week; the osprey!  Our Assistant Warden, John, claims that he has spent the past two years giving every gull over Fairburn a shrewd assessment during the spring and summer. His diligence paid off on Wednesday when he spotted an osprey flying West over the visitor centre up towards the flashes.

    Osprey, Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com)

    Ospreys are beautiful, fish…

    • 1 Apr 2016