• 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
  • May half-term fun!

    Another of Jenny's weekly blogs. This time looking forward to next week, and the half-term holidays

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    May half term is a wonderful time to get the kids outdoors in the sunshine (fingers crossed!). Here at Frampton we’ve got a whole host of events and activities for little ones to enjoy.

     

    We’ll be kicking the week off with our monthly Walkies with Wildlife on Sunday 26 May. You can enjoy…

    • 24 May 2019
  • Frampton marsh recent sightings: 11 - 17 May 2019

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

    Into the middle of May now, and still only the one, partial, entry into our birdwatchers challenge. Surely someone is going to send me a full day's list? Especially when there is quality stuff like this to be found...

    Cuckoos cuckoo-ing, turtle doves purring, garganeys grunting...

    Redstart on the way to the river mouth…

    • 17 May 2019
  • Frampton Marsh Wildlife in May

    Another blog post from Jenny here, as she looks at why May is a brilliant time to visit the reserve

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    Why May is the month to visit Frampton Marsh

    May is the ideal time of year to see a wide range of passage waders as they travel to their breeding grounds for the summer. Be sure to check out the tide times when you’re planning your visit. The ideal time to visit is between 15 -…

    • 12 May 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 4 - 10 May 2019

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

    Bad news to start with. I'm afraid it loooks like our long-staying long-billed dowitcher has finally done a bunk. No sign since 1 May. But we had them for 251 days, and it was seen by hundreds if not thousands of people, so we can't complain really.

    In absence of the dowitcher, what has been about? Cue the maps...

    • 11 May 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog: 27 April - 3 May 2019

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

    Enough yapping, how about some maps?

    Last Saturday was a wee bit on the windy side, which did cut down on the sightings. First hobby for the year was nice though, and completed our list of summer migrants.

    As you can see, Sunday was a bit calmer, and hence a bit more busy!

    The turtle doves have definitely…

    • 3 May 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 20 - 26 April 2019

    Howdy folks! Welcome back to the Frampton Marsh recent sightings blog. With me, Chris the visitor guy. And yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. This blog IS actually going out on a Friday night. Well, there is some pretty good stuff out there, so despite the promise of rather windy weather for this tomorrow I figured there may be quite a few people who would want to make weekend plans.

    So, with no further ado, let's hit…

    • 26 Apr 2019
  • Why is there so much water?

    Another blog here from Jenny, our Visitor Experience Intern. This week she is looking at a question that lots of our visitors have been asking. "Why is there so much water?"

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    If you’re heading over to Frampton Marsh over the next few weeks you might notice it currently looks a little bit like Atlantis, only wetter. Don’t worry, we’re not reopening as an aquarium. The habitat is carefully…

    • 23 Apr 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 13 - 19 April 2019

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

    Phew! Bit of a busy time in the world of visitor experience, with all the Easter activities on. Hence this coming out on Saturday, rather than Friday. Hope no-one minds too much. Nor that this is going to have to be another bare-bones quick one. So, what do we have for you? Cue the maps...

    Right, I really really…

    • 20 Apr 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 6 - 12 April 2019

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

    A bit later than I'd have liked this week, been a busy time with the Easter holidays on. So we will waste no time and crack on with the maps, with minimal commentary from me..

    Sorry, no map for the Sunday

    I will save up the photos and put them in next week's blog.

    • 13 Apr 2019
  • Frampton Marsh recent sightings: 30 March - 5 April 2019

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

    Well, ever more evidence that spring is on the way this week. With the slight hiccup of Wednesday, with hail and sleet. Oh well, ne'er cast a clout til May be out. And no sign of any hawthorn blossom yet. What there is sign of though are sightings map. Look, there they are, just below...

    So the long-billed dowitcher…

    • 6 Apr 2019
  • Quiet Hour at Frampton

    Last week our visitor experience intern Jenny talked about the Easter activities we are running at the reserve. But not all families like to be in busy places, especially if they have children with autism or sensitivity to stimulae. Not to worry, we have it covered. Read on to find out more...

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    During the Easter holiday we will be holding two ‘Quiet hours’ outside of public opening hours. These…

    • 4 Apr 2019