• Frampton Marsh Wildlife Blog

    Hello all!

    Welcome to the Frampton Marsh wildlife blog, with me Paige, the practical conservation intern. This week we are taking a quick look at some of the changes currently occurring in nature, such as the arrival and departure of some of our birds. 

    Arrivals and Departures

    July is a month that marks the arrival and departure of certain birds on their autumn migration route. You might think it is a bit early, since autumn…

    • 19 Jul 2020
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings - 15 July 2020

    Howdy folks! Welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings. With me, Chris the Visitor Manager.

    There was major excitement down the reserve on Friday 10 July when a Caspian tern popped up, roosting on the reedbed amongst the waders. These are big chunky terns, far larger than the common terns we usually get, as this photo from Ian Bollen shows to good effect.

    Rare for the UK, this was the reserve's first ever Caspian…

    • 15 Jul 2020
  • Frampton Photo Challenge - week 6, the finale!

    Howdy folks!

    Well, this is the sixth and final week of the Frampton Photo Challenge. Your last chance to take some photos of things around the reserve and send them to our Twitter or Facebook. You will then get enterred into the free rpize draw to win a stash of wildlife goodies!

    So, what fiendish things do we have for you to find this week?

    • A duck
    • A purple flower
    • A map of the reserve
    • A RSPB staff member

    Automatic disqualification…

    • 11 Jul 2020
  • (Some) hides reopen at Frampton and Freiston

    We are pleased to announce that we are able to reopen some of the hides at Frampton Marsh and at Freiston Shore.

    At Frampton, the Reedbed Hide will be reopened as from this weekend. The 360 and East Hides remain closed at this time, as the paths to them are too narrow to allow for social distancing.

    The hide overlooking the lagoon at Freiston will also be reopening, as will the viewpoint opposite it, overlooking the…

    • 10 Jul 2020
  • Frampton Marsh Wildlife Blog

    Hello all. Welcome to the Frampton Marsh wildlife blog, with me Paige, the practical conservation intern.

    After a couple of weeks off I am back to bring you with some interesting wildlife knowledge, however instead of focusing on garden wildlife (which I was doing at the beginning of lockdown), I am now broadening the content. I hope you enjoy! 

    Precocial and Altricial

    Ever heard of these words before? They both relate…

    • 5 Jul 2020
  • Frampton Photo Challenge - week 5

    Hello!

    Hmmm, the start of July doesn't appear to have much better weather than the end of June! But things do look to be brightening up later in the week. So, if you are popping down to visit the reserve, what four things are we asking you to find and photograph this week?

    • A small bird
    • A single tree
    • A cow
    • Yourself!

    Post all four pictures either to our Facebook page or our Twitter account. Or both! Do this every…

    • 4 Jul 2020
  • Frampton Marsh Sightings Blog

    Hello all. Welcome to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog, with me Paige, the practical conservation intern.

    After a couple of weeks off I am back to bring you news of what is around the reserve. However, Chris did a great job of reporting everything in last week’s blog, leaving me with little to bring you. That does not mean there is little around, it just means everything that was at Frampton last week is still…

    • 1 Jul 2020
  • Frampton Photo Challenge - week 4

    Hello!

    Well, we've reached the halfway point of the photo challenge. How are you getting on? Not too many entries yet, so if you take part you are in with a good chance of winning some wonderful wildlife goodies.

    Your four things to find and photograph on the reserve this week are:

    * A goose
    * A thistle
    * A padlock
    * A scenic view

    Oh, and if you are visitng this weekend, good news! I shall be opening up one of the toilets…

    • 26 Jun 2020
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings - 23 June 2020

    Howdy folks! And welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings. With me, Chris the Visitor Manager.

    Blimey, feels like an age since I last did one of these. Paige is having a well deserved rest this week, so I will give you a quick run down of what is about. 

    OK, we shall start with our stars of the moment, the family of black-necked grebes that have nested on the reserve. For the second time in two years. They…

    • 23 Jun 2020
  • Frampton Photo Challenge - week 3

    Hello! How is everyone doing? It went a bit wet these past few days, but the weather looks good again. So maybe you are fancying a trip out to the reserve.

    If you are, remember that by taking four photos and posting them to either our Twitter or Facebook pages will enter you into a FREE prize draw to win some wildlife goodies. 

    Your four things to find and photograph this week are:

    • A bird with a long beak
    • Clover (extra…
    • 20 Jun 2020
  • Garden Wildlife Blog #11

    Worm Composting

    Ever thought about going green with your organic waste?

    In today’s garden wildlife blog, we will take a closer look at worm composting. Keeping worms in your garden or having a ‘worm bin’ or ‘wormery as it is also known, is an effective way to dispose of your kitchen and garden waste, turning it into nutrient-rich compost and a concentrated liquid fertiliser. The process is also professionally known…

    • 14 Jun 2020
  • Frampton Photo Challenge - week 2

    Howdy folks!

    After some wetter weather earlier in the week, the sun is coming out to play! An ideal time then to grab your camera or you phone and pop down to the reserve for the second week of our photo challenge. See last week's blog for the rules and the prizes.

    This week your four things to find and photo are:

    • A gull
    • Wild roses
    • Wood chippings
    • Clouds

    Best of luck, we look forward to seeing what you come up with…

    • 13 Jun 2020
  • Frampton Marsh Lockdown Sightings blog #7

    Hello everyone, 

    We are back for another week with the lockdown sightings blog. Although we are slowly starting to ease out of lockdown, obviously the covid-19 situation is still ongoing, so we do recommend that if you are visiting the reserve you adhere to social distancing recommendations. Do keep others in mind, don't crowd together, and please allow others to gain access to the best viewpoints. The visitor centre …

    • 9 Jun 2020
  • Garden Wildlife blog #10

    Small mammals in your garden.

    Hello everyone! This week’s garden wildlife blog will focus on some of the smaller, more elusive species that exist in our gardens. Gardens support a range of native UK mammal species, providing a stable habitat and food supplies. Almost all gardens, even small ones and those that reside in the centre of the city will occasionally be visited by a small mammal. Small mammals are ‘small-bodied…

    • 7 Jun 2020
  • Frampton's Photo Challenge - week 1

    Howdy folks!

    I hope everyone is keeping safe. Following the reopening of the reserve trails we have been enjoying seeing our visitors. Both familiar faces, and those discovering the reserve for the first time. So we thought "How can we make a trip to Frampton Marsh (or Freiston Shore), even more fun.

    Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present.... the Frampton Photo Challenge!

    Each week, for the next six weeks, four…

    • 6 Jun 2020
  • Frampton Marsh Lockdown Sightings blog #6

    Hello everyone, 

    We are back for another week with the lockdown sightings blog. Although we are slowly starting to ease out of lockdown, obviously the covid-19 situation is still ongoing, so we do recommend that if you are visiting the reserve you adhere to social distancing recommendations. Do keep others in mind, don't crowd together, and please allow others to gain access to the best viewpoints. The visitor centre …

    • 2 Jun 2020
  • Garden Wildlife Blog #9

    This week's garden wildlife blog is slightly different. We are looking into some of the nations favourite garden flowers, that also come as a benefit to garden wildlife. Enjoy! 

    Britain’s Favourite Flower!

    By now our gardens are looking bright and colourful. With tree leaves in full spout and flowers in bloom, the landscape is flourishing with a mix of greens, yellows, oranges, pinks, blues and purples.

    We love…

    • 31 May 2020
  • Frampton Marsh Lockdown Sightings blog #5

    Hello everyone, 

    We are back for another week with the lockdown sightings blog and we have some exciting news to bring you. We have opened our trails and car park, but please be mindful that it has limited capacity. Our visitor centre, toilets and hides remain closed. We urge our visitors to please stay local to your nearest reserves and greenspaces. Anyone choosing to visit should observe all current government advice…

    • 26 May 2020
  • A partial reopening!

    NEW! - 29 June 2020

    Further to the blog post below, we are now opening our accessible toilet between 10 am and 4 pm, weekends only.

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    Howdy folks! And welcome back to, well... me. Chris the Visitor Manager. Back out of furlough and straight back into the thick of things.

    What has promoted this? Well, as you might have seen on social media, here at Frampton Marsh and at Freiston…

    • 23 May 2020
  • Garden Wildlife Blog #8

    Hello everyone, 

    In this week's garden wildlife blog we will be looking at gulls. You might be thinking why gulls are featuring in a garden wildlife blog, when they aren’t typically garden birds. However, with the ever-growing global human population and spread of human territory, they are one of many species moving into urban areas. We are aware that developing urban settings can have negative implications on wildlife…

    • 22 May 2020
  • Frampton Marsh Lockdown Sightings Blog #4

    Hello everyone,

    We are back with another week of sightings at Frampton Marsh and we have some exciting news to bring you, including increased numbers of summer migrants and nesting birds and a couple of rarities. As usual, Anthony has made these observations whilst on essential visits to the reserve and as a quick reminder, RSPB paths, hides and visitor centres remain closed for the time being. RSPB staff are working…

    • 19 May 2020
  • Garden Wildlife blog #7

    Bugs, slugs and more!

    Hello everyone,

    For this week’s garden wildlife blog, we are looking at bugs, slugs and more! This week will be dedicated to some of the critters you can find hiding within your garden. First though, let’s have a look at some facts. The critters we are looking at are collectively grouped as invertebrates, which are animals without a backbone and include hard-bodied (exoskeleton) and multi-legged…

    • 17 May 2020
  • Frampton Marsh Lockdown Sightings Blog #3

    Hello everyone,

    We are back for another week with our lockdown sightings blog, with observations recorded by Anthony (Assistant Warden) while out on essential visits to the reserve between 4 May – 8 May. Despite some very slight changes in lockdown restrictions, the reserve remains closed to the public for now. Our priority is to ensure that we only re-open when we have everything in place to keep our members, visitors…

    • 12 May 2020
  • Garden Wildlife Blog #7

    Hello everyone,

    So, for this weeks Garden Wildlife Blog we are talking about something a bit different; instead of looking directly into the wildlife we find in our garden, we are looking at what they sometimes leave behind! That’s right, their POOP! (Beware pictures of poop ahead). 

    Poop, crap, scat, turd, stool, kak, dung, doody, faeces… there are so many words to use when speaking about animal excrement (including…

    • 9 May 2020
  • Frampton Marsh Lockdown Sightings Blog #2

    Hello everyone,

    We are back for a second week with the sightings at Frampton Marsh. Keep in touch with the changes that are occurring in terms of migrating birds, breeding birds and wildlife at Frampton Marsh. Thank you to Anthony (Assistant Warden) who has collected these observations while carrying out essential visits to the reserve. Since our last sightings blog, we have had an increase in migrant summer visitors,…

    • 5 May 2020