• 6 June recent sightings

    Good afternoon. As I am going away for a long weekend, this will be my last recent sightings post until the middle of next week:

    The spare pair of cranes were flying around a lot on Tuesday and here are a couple of pictures of them courtesy of Matt Walton:

    Image credits: Matt Walton

    Although we are not quite sure who they are, Norman, our ex-Site Manager, seems to think that they may be the two juveniles that fledged…

    • 6 Jun 2019
  • 4 June recent sightings

    Good morning. I will begin by sharing some lovely images that have been taken on the reserve over the last couple of days, mainly from Mere Hide:

    Bitterns:

    Presumably the same ringed bird that was present last year:

    Great crested grebes:

    Hobby:

    Image credits: David Gowing. 

    Thank you very much to David for sharing these wonderful images with us.

    As far as we know, our resident nesting cranes are still OK. The spare…

    • 4 Jun 2019
  • A little bit of this and a little bit of that!

    Good morning. There are a variety of things to update you on so without any further ado, I will begin!

    This lovely image of a bittern was photographed from Mere Hide on Thursday:

    Thank you very much to Bob Britton for sharing this image with us!

    I also took a couple of pictures in the sunshine on Friday morning, that I hope you like:

    Image credit: David White

    An otter was seen from the Washland viewpoint on Friday…

    • 2 Jun 2019
  • 31 May recent sightings

    Good morning. So, we have reached the end of May. Doesn't it go quickly every year!

    There have been some interesting sightings over the last couple of days of a variety of wildlife so without any further ado, here we go:

    Our first large skipper butterflies of the year are now on the wing and they can be seen in various places on the reserve.  Local bird ringers Pete and Simon were here on Wednesday and they ringed…

    • 31 May 2019
  • 29 May recent sightings

    Good morning. I will begin by sharing some images that I haven't had an opportunity to share yet:

    Male reed bunting:

    Kingfisher:

    Little egret:

    Image credits: Stephen Reeve

    Thank you very much to Stephen for sharing these images with us. 

    There have been a couple of sightings of two cranes flying over recently. They flew over on Saturday and presumably the same pair were seen from Joist Fen viewpoint yesterday. 

    • 29 May 2019
  • 27 May recent sightings

    Good morning. There has been plenty to see here over the last couple of days so here are some more recent sightings:

    We have recently found out that our crane family are still on track which is a great sign! A single bird was seen in flight over Joist Fen viewpoint on Thursday so if you are lucky, you may see one yourself if you come and visit.

    Our resident bitterns are continuing to show well and I saw one in flight…

    • 27 May 2019
  • 23 May recent sightings

    Good morning. May is marching on at a rapid rate so here are some more images and recent sightings for you:

    I will start off with sharing some more images that have been taken here recently:

    Misty riverbank:

    Common whitethroat:

    Image credits: Scott Grear Hardy

    Great crested grebe:

    Image credit: Matt Walton

    Thank you very much to Scott and Matt for sharing these lovely images with us.

    The view from the high seat overlooking…

    • 23 May 2019
  • Bittern bonanza and a few other great pictures

    Good morning. Well, it's that time of year when bitterns start getting quite visible on the reserve. In honour of that, here are some wonderful pictures of bitterns that have been taken on the reserve during the last week or so:

    Image credits: Les Bunyan

    Image credits: Heather Peeling

    Image credits: Stephen Reeve

    Image credits: Ann Karin Solheim

    All of these images have been taken from Mere Hide. 

    Whilst…

    • 22 May 2019
  • 18 May recent sightings

    Good morning. I will start off by apologising for the lack of updates recently. There has been a lot going on here. 

    Our resident cranes have been very elusive all week and there have been no sign of the extra birds that have been present recently. Bitterns have been showing well though, including a male that has been seen booming in front of Mere Hide on several occasions. I will post some pictures of it when I next blog…

    • 18 May 2019
  • 10 May recent sightings

    Hello there! I will begin by sharing an image of the visitor centre pond that I took once the sun came out on Sunday:

    As the weather hasn't been that great this week, there haven't been many crane sightings and our nesting pair have been mostly keeping their heads down. However, a group of three have been seen over Joist Fen viewpoint this morning. These are likely to be some of the non-breeders that are currently…

    • 10 May 2019
  • 6 May recent sightings

    Good morning. It has been a rather chilly Bank Holiday weekend hasn't it? However, those who have wrapped up warm and braved the conditions have seen plenty. Here are some more recent sightings:

    I led a rather bracing dawn chorus walk yesterday morning and we were treated to excellent views of the extra pair of cranes. They flew into New Fen North, the first area of reedbed at around 06.15. After spending around half…

    • 6 May 2019
  • 3 May recent sightings

    Good afternoon. Well, unfortunately, the weather in May has started with a bang rather than a whimper! Nevertheless, there has still been plenty to see so here are some more sightings:

    There have been several sightings of a group of three cranes over the last couple of days, mostly from Joist Fen viewpoint. As all indications seem to show that our nesting pair are still on track, these are most likely to be extra birds…

    • 3 May 2019
  • 1 May recent sightings

    Good afternoon. We have now reached the mad month of May! There has been plenty to see recently so here are some more sightings for you:

    Although our cranes have been relatively quiet for most of the week, at least three individuals were seen in flight yesterday. They were actually seen over New Fen North, the first area of reedbed, which is relatively unusual for this time of year. 

    We did our last early morning bitt…

    • 1 May 2019
  • 26 April recent sightings

    Good morning. I will begin by sharing some lovely images that have been taken on the reserve recently:

    Great crested grebes:

    Marsh harrier:

    Image credits: Stephen Reeve

    Cetti's warbler:

    Hairy dragonfly emerging out of raised plant bed:

    Image credits: Scott Grear Hardy

    Thank you very much to Stephen and Scott for sharing these wonderful pictures with us.

    It has been a relatively quiet week for the cranes and the…

    • 26 Apr 2019
  • 21 April recent sightings

    Happy Easter to you all! I hope you are enjoying the lovely weather that we are having at the moment.

    Our nesting pair of cranes are still fine and the extra pair have been very busy over the last couple of days. They were seen displaying on the riverbank from Joist Fen viewpoint on Friday afternoon and they flew the whole length of the reserve yesterday. They were even circling over the visitor centre for a while, which…

    • 21 Apr 2019
  • 19 April recent sightings

    Good morning. There has been plenty to hear and see here recently so here are some more recent sightings. 

    Our resident pair of cranes are busy with nesting at the moment but another pair is still in the area. The two "extras" have been seen in flight north of the river this morning.

    There are still at least eight booming male bitterns and I have heard at least two on my morning walk this morning. They are also…

    • 19 Apr 2019
  • 12 April recent sightings

    Good morning. This is probably the last chance that I am going to have to post some sightings for a while so without any further ado, here we go:

    On Wednesday afternoon, two cranes were seen in flight from Joist Fen viewpoint and a pair of garganeys were seen in New Fen South, the newly cut area between Mere Hide and Joist Fen viewpoint. 

    Two common lizards were basking in the sunshine alongside West Wood and I saw a

    • 12 Apr 2019
  • 10 April recent sightings

    Good afternoon. Apologies for the lack of updates recently, there has been a lot going on here recently.

    Although the chilly north easterly breeze hasn’t helped, there has been plenty to see and some summer migrants are starting to arrive.

    Our resident pair of cranes are present and if you are lucky, you may see a single bird in flight from Joist Fen viewpoint. At least one other pair are also still in the area…

    • 10 Apr 2019
  • 3 April recent sightings

    Good morning. I will begin by sharing some images that were taken on the reserve last Friday that I haven’t had a chance to share yet:

    Great crested grebe:

    Great white egrets in flight:

    Bittern:

    The beautiful sunset:

    Image credits: Cathy Ryden

    Thank you very much to Cathy for sharing these lovely images with us.

    On Monday afternoon, local birder Steve B found a pair of garganeys in New Fen South, the recently…

    • 3 Apr 2019
  • 1 April recent sightings

    Good afternoon. I will begin by sharing some lovely images that were taken on Thursday morning by photographer and regular visitor Ron Smith:

    Bitterns:

    Cranes:

    Image credits: Ron Smith

    Thank you very much to Ron for sharing these great images with us.

    On Friday evening, four great white egrets were seen in flight from Joist Fen viewpoint. This certainly isn’t something that you would have seen here (or anywhere…

    • 1 Apr 2019
  • 29 March recent sightings

    Good morning. I will start off where I left off with some sightings from Tuesday afternoon. Suzanne walked around Brandon Fen at lunchtime and saw a buzzard overhead. She also saw two kestrels and two red legged partridges.

    Meanwhile, from the Washland viewpoint, four ringed plovers and two little ringed plovers were showing well. At least one water pipit was also feeding nearby.

    On Wednesday, Photographer Norman T took…

    • 29 Mar 2019
  • 26 March recent sightings

    Good morning. The reserve is really starting to come alive now so it’s time for some more recent sightings:

    On Friday, a bittern was seen from Joist Fen viewpoint and a kingfisher was seen from Mere Hide. A curlew was also calling on the washland.

    There was plenty to see from the Washland viewpoint on Saturday and here are some of the highlights:

    • 26 Mar 2019
  • IMPORTANT UPDATE: Various road closures to be aware of

    Good morning. Please note that there are a selection of road closures that are due to take place nearby over the next couple of weeks which will affect access to the reserve. I will therefore try my best to summarise them below:

    • Work has started today on Wilton Bridge, which is on the B1112, just north of the reserve entrance. This is due to take around 12-14 weeks and for the most part, it will be controlled by traffic…
    • 26 Mar 2019
  • 22 March recent sightings

    Good morning. Without any further ado, I will start off where I left off on Wednesday with some more recent sightings. Two cranes were seen in flight over the reserve and a tatty looking buzzard was circling over the visitor centre.

    Site Manager Dave saw 12 whooper swans over Joist Fen North and nine pochards were feeding just west of Joist Fen viewpoint. He also saw a great white egret in flight. Warden Katherine was…

    • 22 Mar 2019
  • 20 March recent sightings

    Good morning. Now that the weather has finally settled down, there has been plenty to see on the reserve recently.

    On Sunday, at least 80 whooper swans were feeding north of the river and a red kite flew over Joist Fen viewpoint. Although unfortunately, we didn’t see any barn owls on our barn owl walk, we did see a few other things. A marsh harrier was hunting near New Fen viewpoint and a bittern made a brief flight…

    • 20 Mar 2019