• Recent sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 18.06.2021

    An earlier blog post than usual this week, I'm going camping in Shropshire with friends and our children - lets hope it doesn't rain too much. I'd also like to get there in plenty of time to set up the tent and not miss the England v Scotland match tonight. 

    It's not been Euro20 football fever just yet but a bit of river warbler fever on the reserve recently, with it being present for 2 weeks today. It was…

    • 18 Jun 2021
  • Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 11.06.2021

    Firstly, apologies for the lack of blog last Friday. I've been taking a few days off lately what with arrangements and attendance of my father's funeral early this week. I hadn't checked my e-mails all week until this morning (bliss for most people) so it's meant I have a lot of catching up to do and working out which photographs I have to use etc. So please Accept further apologies if you have sent me something in and…

    • 11 Jun 2021
  • Viewing the rare River Warbler at RSPB Ham Wall during Covid-19

    You can never predict when a rare bird will turn up at the reserve and while we are always delighted to find rare species on site, it is particularly frustrating for both us and our visitors when they appear during a time like this!  

    Some of you are probably wondering the best way to see the river warbler safely during Covid-19 as well as where to go when you arrive, and some may be wondering what a river warbler looks like. This…

    • 5 Jun 2021
  • Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 28.05.2021

    Good to be back in the swing of things this week after taking some time off last week. Thanks to Ali for filling in with an excellent blog. 

    Last week was a difficult week for me as my father sadly passed away on the Monday. Taking some time off really helped but I also find the solace and wonder of the reserve and company of my colleagues and volunteers a real comfort too. 

    I also seemed to notice more how life and death…

    • 28 May 2021
  • Recent sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 21.05.2021

    What a week for weather!

    Thank goodness the hides have re-opened – even if just to provide shelter from the downpours and strong winds. While the weather is annoying for us humans it’s a critical time in the breeding season. I’ve watched birds being buffeted to and fro trying to get food and fly back to feed hungry chicks, who might be getting cold and wet in the meantime as well as being hungry if food…

    • 21 May 2021
  • What's open at Ham Wall from Monday 17 May - stage 3 of lockdown lifting

     

      Welcome back! Following further easing of lockdown restrictions on Monday 17th May here is a summary of what is open.

     Car park (5 am- 10 pm)

     Outdoor, staffed Welcome Point (10 am- 4 pm, weekends guaranteed)

     Nature reserve trails (dawn - dusk)

     Toilets (5 am – 10 pm)

     Take away refreshments (10 am- 4 pm). Weekends and during the week when we have a volunteer. Card payments only.

     Picnic Area

     Hides (dawn – dusk)…

    • 17 May 2021
  • Recent sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 14.05.2021

    Not the best week, weather wise on the reserve it has to be said. Fewer visitors, not surprisingly and a little less activity as wildlife hunkers down out of the rain. During rainy spells though insects are flying lower and this brings swifts and hirundines (swallows and martins) much lower too. Yesterday, at around 10am the skies over Waltons and around the first platform (VP1), was full of birds - swooping, soaring…

    • 14 May 2021
  • Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 07.05.2021

    It's the first blog of May - surely one of the best months of the wildlife calendar for Ham Wall and many other places. Birds are still pouring into the country and many ending up at the reserve - even if many are just passing through. Ham Wall acts as a big feeding station for many birds arriving in Britain after a long journey.

    Large numbers of martins and swallows have been seen on many days this week with well…

    • 7 May 2021
  • Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 30.04.2021

    Well, Spring has most definitely sprung and it keeps on springing. Lots of active wildlife on the reserve this week once again including new arrivals and busy parents. 

    Reserve staff and volunteers have been busy too and starting to get things right back up together after the strange and difficult year we've had. Being so busy, it's not left me much time for a blog this week so it might be a bit shorter than normal - just…

    • 30 Apr 2021
  • Recent Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall 23.04.2021

    It's been a wonderfully sunny week on the reserve and good to see so many people out enjoying the weather and the wildlife. it's always a very interesting time of year with many new arrivals, a couple of hangers on from the winter and a whole host of birds already well into their breeding season.

    In terms of new arrivals , confirmation that cuckoos are here, with several sightings over the last couple of days…

    • 23 Apr 2021
  • Latest Sightings at RSPB Ham Wall - 16.04.2021

    Yes, your eyes do not deceive you. It is a sightings blog from Ham Wall. I'm delighted to be back writing to you after more than a year since the last sightings blog from the reserve. Being a single parent I spent 9 of the last 13 months furloughed away from our wonderful reserve unable to work apart from a 3 month respite between September and Christmas but the sheer volume of work to catch up with meant the blog took…

    • 16 Apr 2021
  • What is open at RSPB Ham Wall now we are in Stage 2 of Lockdown Lifting?

     Welcome back! We’re delighted to have some of our facilities OPEN for your visit!  

       Car park (5 am- 10 pm)

       Outdoor, staffed Welcome Point (10 am- 4 pm, weekends guaranteed)

       Nature reserve trails (dawn - dusk)

       Toilets (5 am – 10 pm)

       Take away refreshments (10 am- 4 pm). Weekends and during the week when we have a volunteer. Card payments only.

       Picnic Area (dawn - dusk)

    The following facilities continue…

    • 12 Apr 2021
  • Covid update - Easter Weekend

    With #Easter #BankHoliday approaching, a reminder that the following facilities at Ham Wall are OPEN for local exercise and recreation 

       Car park (5 am- 8 pm*)

       Outdoor, staffed Welcome Point (10 am- 4 pm, weekends guaranteed)  

       Nature reserve trails (Dawn - Dusk)

       Toilets (5 am- 8 pm*)

       Take away refreshments (10 am- 4 pm). Weekends and during the week when we have a volunteer. Card payments only.   

    * 10 pm from 1 Apr…

    • 31 Mar 2021
  • What does #Lockdown3 mean for RSPB Ham Wall?

     In line with Government guidance for #lockdown, the following facilities are OPEN at RSPB Ham Wall for local, essential, daily exercise only 

       Car park (5 am-6:30 pm)

       Trails (dawn-dusk)

      Toilets (5 am- 6:30pm)

    The following facilities are CLOSED:

      Welcome Point

      Hides

      Refreshments

      Picnic Area

     Events

    The car parks and trails remain open at Greylake and Swell Wood for local, essential, daily exercise only.…

    • 7 Jan 2021
  • What does Tier 4 mean for us at RSPB Ham Wall ?

    We are moving into Tier 4 at 00:01 on 31 December, so here's a quick summary of what will be available at RSPB Ham Wall:
     
     Car park open (5 am-6:30 pm). Car park machine card payment only, RSPB members park free. 
     
     Outdoor, Covid-secure, staffed Welcome Point (Thurs - Sunday, 10 am- 4 p.m) 
     
     Reserve trails open (Dawn until Dusk) 
     
     Toilets open (5 am-6:30 pm) 
     
     Take away refreshments available…
    • 30 Dec 2020
  • What does Somerset moving into Tier 3 mean for us?

    We are moving into Tier 3 at 00:01 on Boxing Day, so here's a quick summary of what will be available at RSPB Ham Wall:
     
    Car park open (5 am-6:30 pm). Car park machine card payment only, members park free. 
     
    Outdoor, Covid-secure, staffed Welcome Point (Fri-Mon, 10 am- 4 p.m) 
     
    Reserve trails open (Dawn until Dusk) 
     
    Toilets open (5 am-6:30 pm) 
     
    Take away refreshments available to purchase…
    • 23 Dec 2020
  • Ham Wall Christmas Opening Hours

       Ham Wall Christmas opening hours 

    The reserve, hides and car park will be open as usual throughout the festive period.

    The toilets, refreshments and welcome point will be closed on the following days

    • 24 December – Christmas Eve
    • 25 December – Christmas Day
    • 26 December – Boxing Day

    The toilets will be closed from 2 pm on 23 December and reopen at 9 am on 27 December.

    We hope you are able to enjoy the…

    • 15 Dec 2020
  • Reopening at Ham Wall after #SecondLockdown

    Re-opening announcement 

    We’re excited to be able to re-open some of our facilities for you on 2 December!

    We are in Tier 2, so here's a quick summary of what’s available at RSPB Ham Wall:

     Car park open (5 am-6:30 pm). Car park machine card payment only, members park free.

     Outdoor, Covid-secure, staffed Welcome Point (Fri-Mon, 10 am- 4 pm)

     Reserve trails open (Dawn until Dusk)

     Toilets open (5 am-6…

    • 1 Dec 2020
  • RSPB Ham Wall opening during #Secondlockdown

    We know that for many of you, Ham Wall reserve provides enjoyment and solace in the natural world throughout these challenging times. In line with Government guidance on essential, daily exercise outdoors, during #SecondLockdown, our car park, trails and toilets remain open for you to visit. Please follow all current Government guidance around social distancing, who you can visit with, hygiene and follow all signage on…

    • 5 Nov 2020
  • Starlings at Ham Wall 2020/21: the impact of Covid 19 on one of our most loved experiences

    *Please note that the starlings have now moved on from RSPB Ham Wall and so the murmuration season is over for another year. We'd like to thank everyone for their understanding during these difficult times and to all those who played their part this season in keeping RSPB Ham Wall safe for our visitors, staff, volunteers and the wildlife that calls the reserve home.

    RSPB Ham Wall remains open for essential, local…

    • 6 Oct 2020
  • Tor View Hide and Waltons screens now open

    Tor View Hide reopen

    We are delighted to announce that the rebuilding of the Waltons Screens and the essential maintenance to the Tor View Hide has been completed and they are all now open. You’ll notice we’ve made a few changes to keep everyone safe.  So that you can all safely enjoy watching the wonderful wildlife here, please be aware of the limited capacity and wear a face covering if able to. We've put…

    • 5 Oct 2020
  • Avalon Hide Open

    We are delighted to share that the Avalon Hide is now open. You’ll notice we’ve made a few changes to keep everyone safe.  So that you can all safely enjoy watching the wonderful wildlife here, please be aware of the limited capacity and wear a face covering if able to. We've put hand sanitiser at the entrance to the hide, so please use it before going in. 

    You'll see that we have spaced out the seating…

    • 15 Sep 2020
  • Facilities at RSPB Ham Wall

    Reopened Welcome Building at RSPB Ham Wall.

    We’re delighted to announce we have now opened the Welcome Building at RSPB Ham Wall along with the car park and toilets! You’ll notice we’ve made some changes to help keep you and our staff and volunteers safe.

    The Welcome Building will have reduced opening. We will be open from 10 am until 4 pm on weekends and during the week when we have a volunteer available.  We will be delivering our usual warm…

    • 4 Sep 2020
  • Bank Holiday Moth Monday - 13.04.2020

    It’s Monday again which can only mean one thing – moths!  And it's Easter Monday no less - Happy Easter everyone!

    It’s been an interesting week in our north Dorset garden.  The trap has been out on six occasions and with only one moth on Tuesday night and one moth on Wednesday night I was quite excited to get three on Friday morning.  And then it went crazy!  But I’m jumping ahead….. here’s how it all…

    • 13 Apr 2020
  • Wildlife sightings where we live from the RSPB Ham Wall team - 10.04.2020

    Well, we've made it through another week of lockdown. I hope everybody is keeping safe and well and that you have been able to enjoy wildlife in some form whether that is through social media, TV or up close and personal in your gardens or whilst taking your permitted daily exercise close to home. 

    We may feel a bit restricted at the moment, but it's focusing a lot of us on what wildlife is on our own doorsteps and…

    • 10 Apr 2020