• A week full of spring migrants - 11 April 2021

    Hello, and welcome to this weeks' blog. The migrant birds have continued to roll in, and I was greeted by two singing whitethroats when I arrived this morning. One was reported yesterday, along with a singing reed warbler (though this is unconfirmed). Yesterday (10 April) also brought a report of a wheatear but no further sign of the single cuckoo and hobby reported last week. The reedbeds are filling up with sin…

    • 11 Apr 2021
  • News from this week- Friday 2 April 2021

    Hello to all and welcome to our latest blog. The past few days have been packed with sightings, including our first willow warblers (31 March) and plenty of chiffchaffs adding spice to the dawn chorus, and a flock of 120+ sand martins overhead at the Visitor Centre yesterday (1 April); this follows on from a single bird spotted on 27 March and another fifty or so spending most of today hunting for insects over the Washland…

    • 2 Apr 2021
  • Easter Spring Spotter Sheet

    Below (at the bottom of this blog) is a downloadable (and printable) PDF file for our spring-themed Easter spotter sheet which we encourage families to bring with them for a walk around Brandon Fen this Easter weekend. Our Brandon Fen trail is especially suited to finding the wildlife on the sheet, although you could take in more of the reserve's trails if you like, to see what else you can spot!

    If you aren't able…

    • 2 Apr 2021
  • The latest from the reserve- 19 March 2021

    Highlights from the reserve this week include a drake garganey, who can currently be seen most days feeding at various points along the river north of East Wood. He seems to be without a female but is loitering with gadwall, mallard and coots. The garganey was first seen on 15 March, which is quite an early record for us but they are quite discreet in their behaviour, subtle in their plumage (especially females or from…

    • 19 Mar 2021
  • Migrant bird first arrival dates 2021

    First migrant bird arrival dates 2018-2021

     

    Average arrival date

    2018

    2019

    2020 (COVID)

    2021

    Booming bittern

    03 March

     

     

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    02 March

    Cuckoo

    20 April

    15 April

    19 April

    03 May

     

    Garden warbler

    30 April

    01 May

    19 April

    30 May

     

    Garganey

    25 March

    29 March

    09 March

    23 March

    15 March

    Grasshopper warbler

    10 April

    18 April

    08 March

    17 May

     

    H…

    • 17 Mar 2021
  • The week in words and pictures- 13 March 2021

    Hello to all and welcome to this weeks' blog. Spring is well underway here and changes are happening everywhere- hawthorn is coming into leaf and blackthorn into blossom, whilst great tits, song thrushes and robins have been making themselves heard. Corvids are carrying nesting material over our heads and the first flowers of field speedwell and red dead-nettle are springing up. Our buzzard pair seem to be settled…

    • 13 Mar 2021
  • The latest from the Fen- 5 March 2021

    Hello and welcome to the latest blog. We've had a good week for wildlife sightings here on the reserve and we have noticed a definite shift towards Spring and the behaviour and drama that goes with it for our wildlife. On Tuesday (3 March) we held our first bittern survey of the year, where we gather a few willing volunteers and stake ourselves out at different points across the reserve, between 06:30 and 09:30, to…

    • 5 Mar 2021
  • What's been going on at the Fen? 19 February 2021

    Firstly, please accept an apology from me for not writing a blog last week- things have been a bit frantic at the reserve as we try to finish up several jobs to make things a bit more enjoyable for visitors when they return to us in the Spring (hopefully!). This week, with a lot of help from our Site Manager Dave, we built and installed the second of two new bird feeder trays in front of the balcony at the Visitor Centre…

    • 19 Feb 2021
  • News from nature - 3 February 2021

    Hello and welcome to this weeks' blog. How did you get on with the Big Garden Birdwatch? While all the results from everyone who took part are still to come in, it seems to be that in 2021 there was a record turnout, both in people who registered to take part and those that got out a pen and paper on the day- registration is always a little lower as for some people the survey is an impromptu but attractive opportunity…

    • 3 Feb 2021
  • News from the Fen - 15 January 2021

    Hello and welcome to this weeks’ blog. The annual Big Garden Birdwatch is fast approaching (29-31 January) and for many wildlife enthusiasts and their families it will represent a small piece of normality- something to do which doesn’t need to be affected by Coronavirus and it’s far-reaching effects on our lives. For those of our visitors not familiar with the survey, if you have a garden or a green space viewable from…

    • 15 Jan 2021
  • Happy New Year from the team at RSPB Lakenheath Fen!

    At the start of a new year we are building up sightings very quickly, with bearded tits making an appearance on 2 January, when our Site Manager Dave saw a small party of six near the Photography Station. This follows hot on the heels of an elegant and beautiful male hen harrier and eight cranes seen in the evening of New Years’ Day by Dave’s predecessor, Norman Sills, from Joist Fen Viewpoint. Yesterday evening (7 January…

    • 8 Jan 2021
  • What to look out for over Christmas - 20 December 2020

    Hello to one and all and welcome to the last blog of 2020- today is the last day the Visitor Centre will be open for a while, but every day over the Christmas and New Year period the visitor car park, all of the trails and Mere Hide will remain open for your enjoyment. Below is a list of what will be open and when between now and the New Year:

    21-23 December: Visitor Centre CLOSED, Accessible Toilet OPEN

    24 December -…

    • 20 Dec 2020
  • Digging, hammering, building and excavating... and wildlife sightings too! 11 December 2020

    Well as I write today's blog I can see that the feeders in front of the Visitor Centre are a hive of activity, with a non-stop stream of visiting birds, the commonest of which are blue tits and great tits but two male greenfinch, plenty of coal tits, a couple of marsh tit and a few reed bunting are visiting regularly too. In the cold snap of last week we had a regular male brambling, but he seems only to visit when…

    • 11 Dec 2020
  • Cranes and more... 28 November 2020

    Hello to all and welcome to this weeks' blog. While we haven't seen our cranes much lately- just a sighting every two or three days, last Sunday (22 November) we had five here and they were showing well from Joist Fen viewpoint, looking south west. It is likely to have been our 2020 family (pair A2 and their chick) and another pair, which may or may not have been our other pair- there was lots of bugling going…

    • 28 Nov 2020
  • The latest from RSPB Lakenheath - 13 November 2020

    Hello and welcome to this weeks' blog. The weather over the last few days has been very mixed- on the sunny days between 9th and 12th we had multiple sightings of peacock and red admiral butterflies and common darter dragonflies each day, and it should be possible to see these in the coming week if we have more mild days. Last night (12th) we set a moth trap and caught just one moth- a feathered thorn- although a…

    • 13 Nov 2020
  • Moths and more- 8th November 2020

    Hello and welcome to this week's blog. I thought i'd start with the moths we caught last night on the reserve- it was a mild, calm night with cloudy skies and at a low of 8c, a good night to set the trap! Our list for the night was:

    - November moth x 5

    - Mottled umber x 1

    - Large wainscot x 3

    - Feathered thorn x 1

    - Red-line quaker x 2

    - Dark chestnut x 1

    - Setaceous hebrew character x 1

    - December moth x 2

    -…

    • 8 Nov 2020
  • The past week on the Fen - 30 October 2020

    Hello and welcome to this weeks' blog. If you have visited us today or plan to do so in the next few weeks you should notice a big difference at Mere Hide- all the reeds surrounding it have had their autumn haircut! This is one of the tasks we leave until the breeding season for birds has well and truly passed- reed and sedge warblers as well as whitethroats often have late broods and can be raising young into September…

    • 30 Oct 2020
  • Latest sightings from Lakenheath Fen - 23 October 2020

    Welcome to this weeks' blog- the star highlight has been the whooper swans with a high count of 1,776 birds into roost overnight on 19 October- our bird ringer Simon Evans was there early in the morning to count them as they woke up and flew off. Here's some lovely photos taken by a visitor recently of the whooper swans on their roost site- the Washland:

      Photo credit: All three of these beautiful whooper swan…

    • 23 Oct 2020
  • Whooper swans, autumn moths and otters- the latest from RSPB Lakenheath Fen

    Hello to one and all and welcome to the latest blog. This week has been peppered with lovely moments- we have had the first big groups of whooper swans on the Washland (300+ early this morning, 15 October and 294 on 12 October), redwing in an almost constant stream overhead and a spectacular, if slightly worn, clifden nonpariel moth in a trap that Katherine set on the evening of 13 October. This is only our second record…

    • 16 Oct 2020
  • The reserve in beautiful pictures - 2 October 2020

    Hello all,

    In my blogs there's normally more text than images, but during the past week or so we've been spoilt for choice by visitors that have kindly sent us in their images from their visits here at RSPB Lakenheath Fen, so I thought i'd make this blog all about those wonderful images. To start with, although the variety of insects still out during autumn is a bit limited, Chris Robinson- a regular visitor, got this…

    • 2 Oct 2020
  • Beautiful bearded tits and more - Friday 25th September 2020

    Hello to all of our supporters and thank you to those of you who have visited us in the past week. Your visits mean a lot to us- it is lovely to hear what you have seen during your walk, it really helps us when you spend a pound or two on refreshments or simply it's just good to know you have enjoyed the reserve and what it has to offer! Our aim here is to help people connect with wildlife and the history and story of…

    • 25 Sep 2020
  • Mere Hide strimming Thursday 17 Sept 2020

    Just a quick note for anyone planning to visit the reserve this Thursday (17 Sept).  There will be a bit of disturbance for a short time in front of Mere Hide from 9.30 - 10.30am.  This is so we can strim back some unruly vegetation that is obscuring the view to the kingfisher perches.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Many thanks,

    Katherine

    • 15 Sep 2020
  • The latest from Lakenheath Fen - 11 September 2020

    I thought i'd start this week's blog with a couple of photos from our moth trap which we set last night at the reserve- although at this time of year the trap is quite quiet, with fewer moths than during high summer, the range of species changes and it can be really interesting to see species that have camouflage especially suited to the fallen leaves and rustic colours of autumn. The star of the show was the scarce …

    • 11 Sep 2020
  • The first week of autumn at RSPB Lakenheath Fen!

    This past week marks a change in the seasons- it is the first week of autumn and the reserve is changing accordingly. Many mornings it's a bit chilly, damp but lovely and bright! 

    It has been a good few days for sightings of our regular favourites, including common cranes and bitterns from Joist Fen viewpoint. We have up to nine cranes seen at the moment, which is made up of our two pairs which spent the summer with…

    • 5 Sep 2020
  • More ospreys and plenty of lizards! The latest from RSPB Lakenheath Fen

    While the weather this week hasn’t always been ideal for wildlife watching, we have had plenty of visitors on drier days, many of whom have been reporting their sightings to us after their visit and for this we are always very grateful!

    On Friday we had another osprey sighted by one of our volunteers from Joist Fen- this could well be the same bird that visited us around a week ago, or a new bird stopping off her…

    • 30 Aug 2020