• Frampton Marsh (and Freiston Shore) recent sightings: 4 - 11 January 2019

    Howdy folks! Welcome back to the Frampton Marsh (and sometimes Freiston Shore) recent sightings blog. With me, Chris the Visitor Guy!

    Second blog of the year, so what do we have for you? Let the maps commence...

    The 'big five' are five species of raptor. Well, four and an owl, but that is splitting hairs. With a bit of patience (and possibly a good scope to look out over the saltmarsh) you should be able to get all five…

    • 11 Jan 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 22 December 2018 - 4 January 2019

    Howdy folks! Welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog. With me, Chris the visitor guy. A double-sized bumper blog today, covering the two weeks of the festive period. So let's knuckle down, and get looking at some maps.

    Yes, that dodgy Cape shelduck is still with us.

    Oooh, waxwings! Always a good bird to see

    Oddly, no map for 25 December. Even I don't go to work on Christmas Day! (and hats off to…

    • 4 Jan 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 15 - 21 December 2018

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

    Well, lets start with the traditional look through the week's maps. Though I'm afraid we don't have any for last weekend, so we have to start with Monday.

    Yes, after disappearing for a couple of weeks, Sheldon the long-billed dowitcher is back in his spot. Returning after an even longer absence was a bearded tit…

    • 21 Dec 2018
  • Festive Fun at Frampton Marsh

    At your wits end with the kids this Christmas holiday? Then get down to RSPB Frampton Marsh for some festive fun!

    Running during the school holidays, you can hunt for some winter wildlife.

    Collect an entry sheet from the heated visitor centre before venturing out onto the reserve’s surfaced paths to find the Christmas creatures.

    Once you have found them, take a photo with your camera or phone. Once you have found…

    • 20 Dec 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 8 - 14 December 2018

    Howdy folks! Welcome back to the (more or less) weekly Frampton sightings blog. With me, Chris the visitor guy. Brr, getting a bit chilly out there, and apparently the chance of snow on Saturday. What has that been doing to the wildlife? Well, let's see...

    A female goosander was an unusual sight on the reedbed on the Saturday

    Sunday was the Wetlands Bird Survey (WeBS) day, hence good records of precisely how many…

    • 15 Dec 2018
  • Frampton Marsh (and Freiston Shore) recent sightings: 1 - 7 December 2018

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

    I'm afraid the wild weather at the end of the week meant there weren't that many sightings to be had. I'm sure there is lots out there, just not many people looking and everything hunkering down in cover. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. Let's look at the maps from the start of the week.

    There…

    • 8 Dec 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 24 - 30 November 2018

    Howdy folks! And welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog. With me, Chris the Visitor Guy. Another gap last week as I was off on leave, but back again now with all the latest of what has been happening on the reserve. Cue the maps...

    So a nice short-eared owl to start things off. Hen harriers, merlins, and the starling murmuration has got up to a decent size.

    The Doncaster RSPB members group were in…

    • 30 Nov 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 10 - 16 November 2018

    Howdy folks! And after an enforced week's absence as the tech-team were updating the community pages, welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog. With me, Chris the visitor guy.

    So, with no further ado, how about this week's maps?

    So, the long-billed dowitcher is STILL around! Well over two months now. The smart money may well be on it over-wintering, assuming we don't have too harsh weather. Some…

    • 16 Nov 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 27 October - 2 November

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

    Starting to feel properly autumnal out there now. Colder nights, frosts and the odd bit of rain. What has this done to the wildlife? Well, let's see...

    So, dowitcher still in its spot. 

    And a pretty impressive passage count of passage pomarine skuas at high tide from the river mouth.

    After disappearing for the…

    • 3 Nov 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 20 - 26 October 2018

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

    A definite change in the weather this week. It started off lovely and sunny and warm. It was time to search out those thermals though at the end of the week, as temperatures started to crash. So what difference did it make to the sightings?

    Well, a gannet last Sunday was certainly an unusual record for the main bosy…

    • 28 Oct 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 13 - 19 October 2018

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

    Well, after the warm and dry weather of the past few weeks, the weekend was quite a change, with some significant rain. Just what we were after, as we can now start to get water back onto the scrapes and other parts of the reserve which were looking very dry. Middle scrape is likely to be first, with some land work…

    • 20 Oct 2018
  • Fiendish Fun for Wild Things at Frampton

    There is a week of half-term holiday Halloween hi-jinks with the RSPB at their Frampton Marsh site, and they are dying to see you!

    Starting on Saturday 20 October and running every day through the holiday, you can follow a spooktacular treasure trail around the reserve.

    If you are brave enough, you can pick up an entry sheet from the visitor centre before setting off around the surfaced trails. As you go you will find…

    • 19 Oct 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 6 - 12 October 2018

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

    Well, given the time of year it has been remarkably warm. but have the sightings been as hot as the weather? Only one way to find out, cue the maps!

    A bit of a damp and windy day  on the Saturday, though some good things happening at Freiston. In addition to those things shown on the map, the long-billed dowitcher…

    • 13 Oct 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 29 September - 5 October 2018

    Howdy folks! Welcome back to a slightly abbreviated weekly sightings blog. With me, Chris the Visitor Guy.

    Yes, I'm afraid we are missing a few maps this week, including from last weekend. Still, some good stuff on the maps we do have, so let's crack on with Monday's effort.

    Yes, Monday was Lincolnshire Day! Not heard of it? Well basically it is a celebration of the county, on the anniversary of an uprising…

    • 6 Oct 2018
  • Where has all the water gone?

    Howdy folks! 

    No, this isn't an early edition of the sightings blog. Instead I thought it would be good to answer a question we are getting asked a lot recently. Where has all the water gone?

    Visitors over the past few weeks will undoubtedly have noticed how dry the scrapes are. The pools have shrunk away to nothing. Middle scrape has been deliberately kept dry this year, in order to regenerate it, but now south…

    • 4 Oct 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 22 - 28 September 2018

    Howdy folks, and welcome back to the Frampton Marsh sightings blog. With me, Chris the visitor guy. A changeable week with the weather, starting with grey, windy and some rain (remember that? Used to happen all the time, or so I'm told...). And ended with bright sunshine and rather warm for the time of year. What did that do to the wildlife? Well, let the maps tell the story...

    The long-billed dowitcher has been…

    • 29 Sep 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 15 - 21 September 2018

    Howdy folks! Welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings. With me, Chris the Visitor Guy. Refreshed after a week of leave. So lets get back onto looking at what has been about!

    So, the long-staying long-billed dowitcher is still with us, as you will see holds true for the rest of the week. Likewise for the black-necked grebe. The osprey recorded on the board turns out to have been a pale-phase buzzard instead…

    • 22 Sep 2018
  • Letters from Lauren - Week 7

    Our summer residential volunteer Lauren has now completed her stint with us, and will be heading off home. Not before writing one last blog post though!

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    Hello – for the last time!

    My seven weeks as a residential volunteer at Frampton Marsh has come to an end, and it’s now time for me to return to Scotland (probably just when everyone was finally getting the hang of my accent)…

    • 10 Sep 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 1 - 7 September 2018

    Howdy folks! Welcome back to another edition of the Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog. With me, Chris the visitor guy.

    So Saturday was the first day of Autumn. "What, isn't that later on Into September?", I hear you cry. Ah, there are various different flavours of season. The astronomical and calendar season of Autumn begins on 23 September. But the meteorological season starts on 1 September. Confused? It gets worse…

    • 8 Sep 2018
  • Letters from Lauren - week 6

    Time once again for the weekly missive from our summer residential volunteer, Lauren. 

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    Hello again everyone

    It’s been another busy week for the reserve, with many visitors still arriving to see Frampton Marsh’s two rarities: the long-billed dowitcher (remaining here since re-appearing last Tuesday), and, of course, the stilt sandpiper which has been present…

    • 5 Sep 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 25 - 31 August 2018

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

    Well, it is fair to say that two individual dominated the sightings this week. And lots of people came to see them. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Time to turn the clock back and look at some maps.

    Yes, the star of last week, the stilt sandpiper was still with us and still showing off nicely. Generally…

    • 2 Sep 2018
  • Letters from Lauren - week 5

    Here is the fifth in the series of letters from Lauren, our summer residential volunteer. This week she looks back at all the excitement happening with rare birds..

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    Hello everyone

    I’m sure you will all be aware by now that it’s been an exceptional week at Frampton Marsh, due to some stupendous birds turning up at the reserve.

    Funnily enough, on Wednesday morning…

    • 28 Aug 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 18 - 24 August 2018

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

    Well, as you may have heard if you get BBC Look North news, or follow us on twitter (@RSPBNorfolkLinc) we've had an exciting week. All things in good time though, so lets begin at the beginning...

    Birdfair weekend meant lots of people were over at Rutland Water. But anyone who did make the trip would have…

    • 26 Aug 2018
  • Letters from Lauren - week 4

    A day later than usual, it is time for the weekly letter from Lauren, our summer residential volunteer.

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    Hello again

    A fourth enjoyable week here at Frampton Marsh!

    As usual, raft building took place on Tuesday, but this time we had some added excitement in the form of a pink furby: a little mascot to sit on the completed rafts. Despite some great creations during both sessions…

    • 21 Aug 2018
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog: 4 - 17 August 2018

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

    No blog last week as I was away for the day, then busy in the evening with a bat event. Lincs Bat Group kindly came over and we put on a great show. Five species of bat (pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, Nathusius' pipistrelle, Daubenton's and noctule), plus four planets (Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn).

    Anyway…

    • 18 Aug 2018