• Recent sightings: Flying and fluttering in the sun

    Butterfly season is now in full swing! The Discovery Trail and the Lin Dike link are great places to spot brightly coloured insects on the wing as they dance above wildflowers in the sunshine. 


     Purple hairstreak, Chris Shields (rspb-images.com)

    We have some very dedicated volunteers who monitor the insect life here at Fairburn, and they have clocked up some impressive sightings this week. Have you spotted many butterflies…

    • 19 Aug 2016
  • We spotted a flycatcher! Recent sightings

    Hi everyone!

    We’ve had an exciting new visitor join us at Fairburn Ings this week. A juvenile spotted fly catcher was spotted flitting around the pond dipping platform this Sunday. Perhaps he was considering hiring his own pond dipping kit... 



    The woodpeckers have been especially active this summer; we’ve had some lovely sightings of green woodpecker over at Lin Dike.


    Never to be outdone by its…

    • 12 Aug 2016
  • A Brilliant Big Wild Sleepout!

    With the summer holidays in full swing, the team at Fairburn Ings have been recovering nicely from last weekend’s Big Wild Sleepout.


     I had a cosy night’s sleep in my one man tent, waking up to voices in deep discussion of whether you could in fact fit a human in such a small space.


    The activity trail was a hit, with visitors mapping out lots of sounds heard throughout the reserve. Even a bear was heard…

    • 5 Aug 2016