• Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 17 - 30 October 2019

    Howdy folks! Welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog. Not with me, Chris the Visitor Guy, because we now have Poppy to write it for us instead. Hopefully she will soon be able to post direct, but in the meantime I have to put her blogs up for her. Let's see what she has to say in this double-sized bumper edition!

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    Hello again folks! Apologies for the delay in getting…

    • 31 Oct 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog: 11-16 October 2017

    Howdy folks! Time for Poppy to give us the latest reserve news...

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    Hello folks! Welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog. For another week with me, Poppy. Recent highlights have included purple sandpiper, little stint, short-eared owl, spotted redshank, curlew sandpiper and great-white egret. Let’s get down to it, shall we?

    Curlew sandpiper seemed…

    • 18 Oct 2019
  • When Plastic Isn't Fantastic

    Back in 2014, plastic waste along the shore of Frampton Marsh was a big issue. So much so that the Boston Wildlife Explorers group collected a massive 6 Kg of rubbish from just 100 metres of shoreline. And not all of it was small. Take a look at the ‘throwback’ picture. Can you see how much rubbish they collected? From bottles to tyres to… a TV!

    Marine rubbish is seriously dangerous for the wildlife…

    • 14 Oct 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog: 10 October 2019

    Howdy folks!

    Apologies for the lack of sightings blogs over the last month or so. A combination of leave and illness have kept me from doing any. But fear not! Into the breach steps our newest residential volunteer, Poppy....

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    Hello folks! Welcome back to what is now a bit of a catch-up sightings blog. With me, Poppy (alternatively to Chris!). I am the latest addition to the residential team…

    • 10 Oct 2019
  • Turning a new page...

    Howdy folks! Chris the Visitor Guy here. Introducing a new face you may be seeing around the reserve for the next six months. Paige has joined us as our new conservation intern. But I will shut up and let her talk about herself...

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    Hi there! As the new Practical Conservation Intern and new addition to the warden team, I would like to introduce myself and give you some background information, since…

    • 23 Sep 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog 22 - 29 August 2019

    Howdy folks! And welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog. With me, Chris the visitor guy.

    Apologies for the lack of a blog last week. Life was getting so hectic that I just couldn't squeeze the time in. Even over the weekend, when the reserve was heaving with both birds and visitors. Hello to the Leicester RSPB group who graced us with their presence on the Sunday. On the bright side, this does mean a…

    • 30 Aug 2019
  • Last chance for summer fun!

    There are just two weeks left of the summer holidays, doesn't time fly? Has your family been down to us to take part in some of our fun summer activities. if not, there is still time, but places are running out. Here is the remaining availability:

    20 August - raft building - 11 am: FULL, 2 pm: 8 spaces 

    21 August - pond dipping - 10 am: 4 spaces, 11 am: 5 spaces, 1 pm: 4 spaces, 2 pm: 6 spaces

    22 August - bug hunting…

    • 19 Aug 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 2 - 15 August 2019

    Howdy folks! Welcome back to a bit of a catch-up sightings blog. With me, Chris the Visitor Guy. Slight technical issues last week, the system wouldn't let me sign in! But I am back with you now and normal service can be resumed.

    And let's start with the highlight of the week, a first for the reserve! Not one with feathers though. Over the summer holidays we are running bug hunting sessions for children in the visitor…

    • 15 Aug 2019
  • Frampton Marsh (and Freiston Shore) recent sightings: 26 July - 1 August 2019

    Howdy folks, and welcome back to the recent sightings blog. With me, Chris the visitor guy.

    Just to change things up a bit, we will start at Freiston Shore. Not least because the big tides this weekend could well lead there to be a great spectacle there. In face we even have a special walk on Sunday Lots of waders to be found there, including not one but two white-rumped sandpipers. They usually loiter near the reservoir…

    • 2 Aug 2019
  • Toby's Tales - volume 3

    Hi there!

    Toby is back with another of his regular blog posts. Let's find out what he has been up to this week...

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    Reaching 100 species with thanks to the Frampton Yankees

    We said that high tides were heading our way over the course of the 18-21 July and boy they didn’t disappoint.

    News broke midday on Friday that a long-billed dowitcher had been found by the top car park near…

    • 30 Jul 2019
  • Frampton Marsh (and Freiston Shore) recent sightings blog: 19 - 25 July 2019

    Howdy folks, and welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog. With me, Chris the Visitor Guy. And this week, with added extra Freiston Shore goodies. Don't say I never treat you...

    But focusing on Frampton Marsh to start with, this past week saw the return of a crowd favourite, who has entertained the masses at the reserve before. No, I'm not talking about Melvyn Prior from BBC Radio Lincolnshire. Though…

    • 26 Jul 2019
  • Summer Fun Ahead

    This is the first week of the summer holiday, and it looks set to be a bit of a scorcher. But do you have much planned to keep the little ones entertained over the six weeks of the summer holiday? Well, here at Frampton Marsh we can help.

    Every day through the holidays your kids can join a quest with the Summer Knights treasure trail. Join Queen Wrenivere and the knights as they defend the nature reserve against evil…

    • 20 Jul 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog: 12 - 18 July 2019

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

    Well, what do we have for you this week? Well, if spoonbills are your thing, you could well be in luck. There is a fairly regular 5 birds, including one that was colour-ringed in the Netherlands and done quite a journey since, that like to mooch about on the wet grassland between the scrapes and the sea bank. This…

    • 18 Jul 2019
  • Toby's Tales - Volume 2

    Welcome to the second edition of Toby's Tales, our residential volunteer's account of his summer working alongside us.

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    Toby’s Tales - Volume 2

     

    Stunning Sunsets

    Spending every evening after work birding round the reserve with finding the next rarity in the back of my mind does mean I have witnessed some spectacular sunsets this past week, which are made…

    • 16 Jul 2019
  • Our Turtle Doves - a blog by Matt O'Connell

    Matt, our summer conservation intrern here at Frampton Marsh, has been helping with some of the turtle dove tracking work carried out by RSPB scientists. Here he writes about the project

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    Our Turtle Doves

    Europe’s only truly migratory dove and a real attraction during the summer here at Frampton. The turtle dove, however, is one of our fastest declining species, having lost over…

    • 14 Jul 2019
  • Toby's Tales - volume 1

    Each week our residential volunteer Toby will be letting know what he has been up to. Here we have the first of these regular blogs.

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    Starting off with a bang…

    So, here’s my first of what will become a weekly update about my jaunts and what I’ve been up to here on the reserve.

    Hit the ground running…

    This was the day of unpacking and getting settled in, but the…

    • 12 Jul 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog: 5 - 11 July 2019 (in with the new)

    Howdy folks! And welcome back to the new look Frampton Marsh sightings blog. Still with me, Chris the Visitor Guy.

    As I explained last week we have been having a bit of a think about how to get the blogs and also Twitter to work better. Rather than having lots of daily maps that all say the same thing, we will be moving towards a weekly map. Don't worry, anything particularly exciting will of course get tweeted out as…

    • 11 Jul 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 29 June - 5 July 2019 (out with the old)

    Howdy folks, and welcome to the last of this current format of the Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog. With me, Chris the Visitor Guy.

    Wait, what? The last? Are we stopping doing the recent sightings? Well, no. But there a few changes afoot, which will take effect from next week. First of which is the timing of these blogs. Instead of doing them on Fridays (or sometimes Saturdays), I will be trying to get them out on…

    • 5 Jul 2019
  • Hello from Toby

    There is a new face about the reserve, in the form of Toby. Yes, I know our warden is called Toby, but this is another one. What are the chances? Anyway, I'd best let him introduce himself...

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    Hello everyone, as the new Volunteer Visitor Experience Intern I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself plus let you guys know a little bit about me.

    • 4 Jul 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 22 - 28 June 2019

    Howdy folks, and welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog. With me, Chris the Visitor Guy.

    Well, a lot of excitement last week with the black-winged pratincole. Would it stay for the weekend? Let's find out...

    Um, that would be a no then. Alas the good weather that Friday night seems to have prompted it to do a flit. Last we heard, it was in Sweden. Mind you, that is still a pretty good selection of…

    • 29 Jun 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 15 - 21 June 2019

    Howdy folks! And welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog. With me, Chris the visitor guy.

    Well, just a wee bit of an exciting week this week. So cue the maps...

    Where's the excitement? Patience, patience... Though surely black-necked grebes, a spoonbill and bee orchids are quite good going?

    You know patience is a virtue, right? The excitement is coming... And again, still some good stuff there on…

    • 21 Jun 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 8 - 14 June 2019

    Howdy folks, and welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings. With me, Chris the Visitor Guy.

    Right, a bit more time to write the blog this week. So look forward to lots of lovely photos lower down. In  the meanwhile, it is time for some maps.

    The two black-necked grebes hid for the morning, but showed very nicely in front of the visitor centre in the afternoon.

    A full sightings boards for the Sunday. Nice to…

    • 14 Jun 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 1 - 7 June 2019

    Howdy folks! Welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings. With me, Chris the ever-so-slightly busy Visitor Guy.

    Yes, I'm afraid it is another short one this week. The time is almost midnight, I have a full day in the visitor centre tomorrow (come say hello), and a quick run of maps is all I really have time to do. Given a chance I may go back in at a later date and put some nice photos in. Otherwise I will double…

    • 7 Jun 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 25-31 May 2019

    Howdy folks, and welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings. With me, Chris the visitor guy!

    And with no further ado, in time honoured fashion, it is the week's maps...

    Some nice birds (and a couple of nice planes too) there to start this blog. The golden orole may have been the one that was seen earlier in the day at Gibraltar Point. Alas, despite much wishing it never completed the journey to end up at…

    • 31 May 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 18 - 24 May 2019

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

    Well, a bit of a sightings filled week this week. Shall we crack on, and get onto the maps?

    Golden oriole is a great spot for the reserve, indeed for the UK after the breeding population at Lakenheath dwindled away. 

    The board says 103, but another five species were added after that, making a reserve count of 108…

    • 25 May 2019