We have now reached the end of July and schools out for summer. The reserve is currently alive with dragonflies, damselflies, bees, beetles, birds, moths and oh so much more, making it a great time of year to visit.

At this time of year I start to turn my attention to the post breeding movement of birds, especially waders. Once these birds have bred they start to move south and will stop off at wetland sites to fuel up on route. Species on the move will include ringed plovers, black-tailed godwits, little stint, curlew sandpiper, ruff, curlew, whimbrel and many more. Sites such as Fen Drayton Lakes can provide important feeding sites for these species and it will be interesting to see which species drop in this autumn.

Black-tailed godwit - Photo credit: Luke Wake

Although some species are still hard at work rearing young and making the most of the relatively short breeding season, there are some species which are already forming flocks. One such species is the goldfinch. Small flocks of these charming little red faced birds can be seen feeding upon thistle and teasel seeds around the reserve and are a real joy to watch.

Goldfinch on teasel - Photo credit: Luke Wake

So with plenty of trails to walk and wildlife to see, why not head on over to RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes and see what you can spot?