• 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
  • 17 March recent sightings

    Good morning. The wind has finally dropped (a bit!) so it is time for some more recent sightings:

    On Thursday, a female marsh harrier flew over the visitor centre pond and a grey heron spent some time fishing in the pond. I popped up to the Washland viewpoint mid-afternoon and spotted a smart great crested grebe feeding on the river.

    I had a good walk around the reserve on Friday morning and I spotted presumably the same…

    • 17 Mar 2019
  • Ghosts of the Fens guided walk Sunday 17 March: FULLY BOOKED

    Please note that our Ghosts of the Fens barn owl walk on Sunday 17 March is now FULLY BOOKED. Unfortunately, we can only accommodate those who have booked places in advance. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. 

    • 15 Mar 2019
  • Important update: Entrance charge for non-members increasing on 1 April 2019

    As you may know, we currently charge the following for non-members to visit the reserve. The current prices are as follows:

    £3- Adult

    £2- Student

    £1.50 (First child free per family group)

    Our nature reserves are special places that support a host of wildlife. We’re only able to carry out our valuable work through the generous support of people like you. To help us continue our vital conservation work…

    • 15 Mar 2019
  • 14 March recent sightings

    Good morning. Wow, it has been a bit breezy this week hasn’t it?!

    Although the conditions haven’t been ideal recently, there still have been a few things around. I walked around Brandon Fen on Saturday morning and flushed two red legged partridges near the visitor centre. Two buzzards were circling overhead and a female marsh harrier was hunting over the washland.

    I stopped briefly at the Washland viewpoint…

    • 14 Mar 2019
  • 8 March recent sightings

    Good morning. We have been kept entertained over the last couple of days by the antics of a pair of mallards that seem intent on nesting quite close to the visitor centre. Here are some pictures of them prospecting one of the raised plant beds in front of the visitor centre:

    Image credits: David White

    The same pair were seen trying to get into the visitor centre yesterday morning so who knows where they are going to…

    • 8 Mar 2019
  • 6 March recent sightings

    Good morning. It is a bit of a dull day this morning unfortunately. However, plenty has been seen over the last couple of days so here are some more sightings:

    I led a very windy crane talk & walk on Sunday afternoon. Despite the weather, we still saw a few interesting things. Seven tufted ducks were feeding in front of New Fen viewpoint and two great crested grebes were showing well just behind Joist Fen viewpoint…

    • 6 Mar 2019
  • 3 March recent sightings

    Good morning. I will begin by sharing some lovely images that were taken on the reserve at the end of last week:

    Barn owl:

    Stoat:

    Male mallard:

    Kingfisher:

    Long tailed tit:

    Blue tit:

    Great tit:

    Image credits: David Gowing

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

    On Friday, a common snipe was skulking at the edge of the visitor centre pond and a marsh tit was making regular visits…

    • 3 Mar 2019
  • 1 March recent sightings

    Good morning. Well, February went by like a flash and we are now into March so here are some more recent sightings for you:

    I will start off by sharing some images that photographer Mark Lynham has shared with us that were taken on the reserve on Sunday:

    Canada geese:

    Female marsh harrier:

    Image credits: Mark Lynham

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

    On Wednesday, a marsh tit was singing…

    • 1 Mar 2019
  • 27 February recent sightings

    Good morning. We have been treated to some fabulous weather recently so here are some more recent sightings from Sunday afternoon onwards.

    Volunteer Denise saw a buzzard over Brandon Fen and a treecreeper at the edge of the car park. A stoat was also seen hunting along the riverbank. 

    On Monday, Suzanne saw three buzzards over West Wood and a marsh harrier over New Fen North. A barn owl was seen hunting over the washland…

    • 27 Feb 2019
  • 24 February recent sightings

    Good afternoon. It has been a lovely weekend weather wise and here are some pictures that I took on the reserve this morning that I hope you like:

    Image credits: David White

    Two cranes have been seen in flight regularly over the last couple of days, mainly from Joist Fen viewpoint. Look out for them flying in from north of the river.

    Our resident bitterns are continuing to boom and one was booming well in front of…

    • 24 Feb 2019
  • 21 February recent sightings

    Good morning. There have been some very interesting sightings over the last couple of days so without any further ado, here we go:

    Local birder Paul S walked along the riverbank and saw several water pipits. He also saw seven white fronted geese flying north over Joist Fen viewpoint, which is a good record for here.

    Meanwhile, further down the reserve, Warden Katherine and volunteer Paul H did the monthly Wetland Birds…

    • 21 Feb 2019
  • Sunday 17 February in pictures

    Apologies for the delay in posting these, but here are some wonderful images that were taken on the reserve on Sunday that I hope you like:

    Cranes:

    Image credits: Robin Johnson

    Reed buntings

    Image credits: Stephen Reeve

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

    I will return with a more detailed recent sightings post tomorrow.

    We hope to see you on the reserve soon…

    • 20 Feb 2019
  • 16 February recent sightings

    Good morning. I will start of by sharing some pictures I will start off by sharing some images from early on Thursday morning that I hope you like:

    Image credit: David White

    It was really rather frosty yesterday morning and I was treated to fantastic views of a barn owl hunting over Brandon Fen first thing. Four roe deer were also skulking at the edge of the path up to the riverbank.

    A green woodpecker was calling…

    • 16 Feb 2019
  • 14 February recent sightings

    Hello there and Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. Here are some recent sightings from Saturday onwards:

    On Saturday morning, two marsh harriers were hunting over Brandon Fen and around half a dozen redpolls were feeding in the alders behind the visitor centre. A great white egret was also showing well from the Washland viewpoint.

    We spent a very fun morning den building with the reserve Wildlife Explorer’s Club…

    • 14 Feb 2019
  • "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