• "Craning" your neck!

    If you read our blog recently, you will know that our cranes are very much in and out at this time of year. However, a flock of seven were photographed over the reserve last Sunday. (3 February)  Hopefully, this will mean that they will be back on territory for the breeding season soon!

    Image credits: Phil Hacker

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

    This image shows four adults and…

    • 9 Feb 2019
  • 8 February recent sightings

    Good morning. I will start with a trip down memory lane. Here is a photograph from the pumping station down at the far end of the reserve from the 1970’s:

    This was taken when the majority of what is now the reserve was owned by Bryant and May and was covered in American hybrid black poplars

    Fast-forward to more recent times, here are some lovely picture of marsh harriers that were hunting over the reserve recently…

    • 8 Feb 2019
  • 5 February recent sightings

    Good morning. There has been plenty to see on the reserve over the last couple of days so here are some recent sightings from Thursday afternoon onwards:

    Suzanne spent some time at the photography station at lunchtime and was treated to good views of a water rail. A barn owl was also hunting at the edge of the car park during the afternoon.

    I had fantastic views of a barn owl hunting over Brandon Fen first thing on Friday…

    • 5 Feb 2019
  • 31 January recent sightings

    Good morning. It is really rather chilly today so here are some more recent sightings for you.

    Volunteer Paul came in on Sunday and spotted a great white egret from the Washland viewpoint. Although the weather was not ideal, at least one bittern was seen from Joist Fen viewpoint during the course of the day.

    On Monday, Suzanne saw a buzzard over Brandon Fen. On Tuesday, ex Site Manager Norman saw five cranes from Joist…

    • 31 Jan 2019
  • 27 January recent sightings

    Good morning. I hope you are having a good weekend!

    Here are some sightings from Friday onwards. A smart male brambling was on the feeders behind the visitor centre for most of the day and Site Manager Dave saw a little egret near Joist Fen viewpoint.

    I went for a walk around Brandon Fen before work yesterday morning and I had great views of a barn owl hunting over the grazing marsh. Two roe deer were skulking at the…

    • 27 Jan 2019
  • 25 January recent sightings: Are you ready for the weekend?

    Good morning. I will start by sharing one more image of the sparrowhawk that was perched up on the ice of the visitor centre pond on Monday, courtesy of visitor centre volunteer John Wightman:

    Image credit: John Wightman

    Just in case you don’t know, it is a very important weekend for the RSPB this weekend: It is Big Garden Birdwatch weekend! The survey takes place from Saturday 25 January to Monday 26 January.…

    • 25 Jan 2019
  • 23 January recent sightings

    Good afternoon. Here are some recent sightings from Friday afternoon onwards:

    Volunteer Roy went and filled up the feeders down at the photography station and he saw a water rail skulking around. There was plenty to see along the riverbank and a lucky couple saw an otter. A kingfisher was also fishing in the same area.

    I had a very successful walk around the reserve on Saturday morning. Things started well and I saw a…

    • 23 Jan 2019
  • Guided walk Sunday 20 January CANCELLED

    Please note that the Clatterings, ghosts and egrets guided walk tomorrow afternoon has been cancelled due to a lack of bookings. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused. 

    • 19 Jan 2019
  • 18 January recent sightings

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

    On Tuesday, two red kites were hunting over Mere Hide in the afternoon sunshine. Local birder Steve counted at least 97 whooper swans feeding north of the river. He also saw a single pink footed goose along the river in amongst the greylag geese along the river and a bittern from Joist Fen viewpoint…

    • 18 Jan 2019
  • 15 January recent sightings

    Good morning. How on earth is it mid-January already?! Here are some recent sightings from Friday onwards. Warden Katherine went down the reserve and saw at least two great white egrets near Joist Fen viewpoint. We were treated to fantastic views of two barn owls hunting near the visitor centre at the end of the day which was great to see.

    On Saturday, six redshanks were feeding in front of the Washland viewpoint and…

    • 15 Jan 2019
  • 11 January recent sightings

    Good morning. I have now returned from my travels for the time being so it’s time for another update on what has been seen recently:

    I went up to the Washland viewpoint at lunchtime last Thursday and a sparrowhawk flew over my head which was nice to see. I counted five redshanks in front of the viewpoint and a stonechat was also perched up nearby.

    Meanwhile, further down the reserve, volunteer Mark saw a bitter…

    • 11 Jan 2019
  • 3 January recent sightings

    Good morning. Now that things are moreorless back to normal, here is one more recent sightings blog post before I disappear off again for a while (long story!)

    As New Year’s Day went on, a goldcrest was singing in front of the visitor centre and a little grebe was feeding in the river. I had a quick look from the Washland viewpoint at lunchtime and saw the following:

    • 3 Jan 2019
  • Important information if you are planning to visit the reserve this coming weekend

    RSPB Lakenheath Fen update:

    If you are planning to visit the reserve this coming weekend, please note that the B1112 north of the reserve entrance is due to be closed from Friday 4 January 8pm until Monday 7 January 5am inclusive.

    It will therefore be necessary to access the reserve from the south, either via Lakenheath village or the Wangford Road.


    Please ring 01842 863400 or e-mail: lakenheath@rspb.org.uk; for more…

    • 2 Jan 2019
  • Happy New Year!

    Good morning and Happy New Year to you all!

    As promised in yesterday’s blog post, here is a picture of one of the otters that was showing well from New Fen viewpoint on Sunday:

    Image credit Stephen Reeve

    Thank you very much to Stephen for sharing this lovely image with us.

    Although sadly, there were no sightings of these elusive mammals yesterday, hopefully they are still in the area. Two cranes flew over Joist…

    • 1 Jan 2019
  • The last recent sightings blog post of 2018

    Good morning. We have come to the last day of 2018 so here is one more recent sightings blog post for you:

    I will start off with a couple of bits of late news that I have heard on the grapevine since I last blogged. On Monday 17 December, two ravens flew east over New Fen viewpoint which is a good record for here. On Friday 28 December, volunteer Norman saw at least five marsh harriers from Joist Fen viewpoint.

    I went…

    • 31 Dec 2018
  • 29 December recent sightings

    Good morning. We hope you all had peaceful and enjoyable festive seasons! The visitor centre is now open again after the Christmas break so here are some sightings from the last two weeks:

    15 December

    A water pipit was showing near the Washland viewpoint and a great crested grebe was showing well on the river. Two buzzards were circling over the visitor centre and a sparrowhawk flew over Trial Wood.

    Meanwhile, further…

    • 29 Dec 2018
  • 'Twas the last recent sightings post before Christmas

    Good morning. As I don’t have many days left in the office before Christmas, this is likely to be my last recent sightings blog post before the big day:

    Despite the fact that it was really rather chilly on Wednesday, local birder Steve saw at least one common darter dragonfly which is a very late record for this species on the reserve. A sparrowhawk was hunting over the visitor centre just before darkness fell and…

    • 14 Dec 2018
  • 12 December recent sightings

    Good morning. Here are some sightings from Friday afternoon onwards:

    Three roe deer were lurking behind the visitor centre pond and I went down the reserve mid-afternoon. I saw a female merlin hunting over Trial Wood. Apparently, a peregrine was also hunting nearby, although I wasn’t lucky enough to see it myself.

    I also took a couple of pictures, which I hope you like:

    Image credits: David White

    I spent some…

    • 12 Dec 2018
  • 7 December recent sightings

    Good morning. Although the dreary December weather continues, there has still been plenty to see so here are some more recent sightings for you:

    Starting off where I left of on Wednesday, Suzanne saw two stonechats near the Washland viewpoint at lunchtime. I went up there later on in the afternoon and saw the following:

    I had a quick look up at the Washland…

    • 7 Dec 2018
  • 5 December recent sightings

    Good morning. As the weather isn't particularly great at the moment, instead of sharing another rainy picture, here are a couple if pictures from this time of year over the last couple of years:

    2013:

    2017:

    Image credits: David White

    I hope you like them!

    In terms of sightings from Saturday afternoon onwards, I went up to the Washland viewpoint and I saw:

    • 5 Dec 2018
  • Good morning December

    How on earth is it December already? This year really seems to have flown by!

    I've got another busy week ahead so here are some more recent sightings for you:

    I went up to the Washland viewpoint on Thursday afternoon and a winter plumaged great crested grebe was on the river. A mixed flock of siskins and redpolls were also feeding in the alders behind the visitor centre. 

    It was a nice morning yesterday morning and I saw…

    • 1 Dec 2018
  • RSPB Lakenheath Fen Christmas 2018 opening times

    As December is now almost upon us, I have attached our Christmas opening times to this blog post.

    If you cannot access the attached document, our Chrismas opening timeas can also be found here

    Please ring 01842 863400 or e-mail: lakenheath@rspb.org.uk; for more information. 

    • 30 Nov 2018
  • Late November recent sightings

    Good morning. I have now returned from my week off and caught up with what I needed to catch up with so here are some recent sightings from where I left on on Sunday 18 November. I will start off though with an image of Brandon Fen looking rather frosty from that day that I haven't shared yet:

    Image credit: David White

    Sunday 18 November

    I went up to the Washland viewpoint mid-afternoon and saw two stonechats. Shortly…

    • 29 Nov 2018
  • 16/11/18- 18/11/18 recent sightings

    Good morning. I will be away from a week from tomorrow so before I go, here are some recent sightings from last couple of days. On Friday, three redshanks and a black tailed godwit were showing well from Joist Fen viewpoint. Warden Katherine went down the reserve and saw a great white egret near Joist Fen viewpoint. She also saw a stoat and found some otter spraint in the same area. 

    Yesterday morning, a great crested…

    • 18 Nov 2018
  • 08/11/18- 16/11/18 recent sightings

    Good morning. Now that the community pages are back up and running again and I have worked out how to use them (!), here are some sightings from the last week:

    I had a pleasant surprise in an unusual location last Thursday afternoon when I found a smart brown spotted pinion moth in the men's toilet. Talk about glamorous! 

    In the misty sunshine on Friday morning, at least a dozen bearded tits were showing well from…

    • 16 Nov 2018