• Ribble Estuary reserves - part re-opening

    As we are now beginning to see the easing of some of the restrictions on travel and spending time in green space, the staff here on the Ribble Estuary have been exploring ways in which we can re-open our sites. Crucially we need to make sure that it is safe for our staff, volunteers and visitors, and the wildlife that calls them home.

    Firstly, we are asking people to please stick to visiting reserves within your local area…

    • 30 May 2020
  • Reserve closures

    Despite some very slight changes in lockdown restrictions in England, our Ribble Estuary sites, including Marshside, Hesketh Out Marsh and Ribble Discovery Centre remain closed to the public for now. Our priority is to ensure that we only re-open when we have everything in place to keep our members, visitors, volunteers and employees safe.

    We must also make sure that the wildlife that calls our sites home is ready to receive…

    • 11 May 2020
  • Breakfast Birdwatch, "Observations from my window" and Wild Challenge

    This week we have been in touch with all our volunteers and we are pleased to report that they are all doing well.  We are all making the most of the time at home to observe the birds and wildlife in our garden. 

    This week we have two guest blogs.  One from our retail assistant Liz who has written an account of the bird antics in her garden and one from Ellie, who has written about her sunflower competition with her brother…

    • 3 Apr 2020
  • Get Ready for a Wild Challenge

    Well, in this time where we are all adjusting to working and learning from home, there are fantastic opportunities to re-engage with nature.  Whether that is in your garden, what you can see from your window or even what you see in your allotted daily exercise time. 

    I have appreciated the wildlife in my garden more than ever before, taking more time to notice the pair of blackbirds in my garden that not only come for the…

    • 30 Mar 2020
  • Covid19 and the Ribble Reserves

    Last Updated -  24/03/20

    These are difficult and unsettling times for all of us but we hope that nature can provide a welcome respite in whichever form and wherever you may encounter it.

    Following the latest advice, we have closed our reserves. The carparks at Marshside and Hesketh Out Marsh are now closed, along with the hides and toilet.  

    You can find the RSPB’s latest response to coronavirus on our website h…

    • 19 Mar 2020
  • Ribble Roundup: Avocets at Newton - Last of the big high tides - Out and About - Twite rump

    Out and About 

     The RSPBs work extends far beyond our reserves. Working with partners across the county and country helps us give nature a home wherever we can. This week the Marshside team and volunteers were out and about in the wider area lending a hand 'off site'. We surveyed Newton marsh, a privately owned site used as grazing pasture on the northern side of the Ribble. This site is great for waders, and is one of…

    • 14 Mar 2020
  • Ribble Roundup - Start of the school year - Pink feet - Black-headed gull musings - Marine plastic - Red 67

    Ribble Discovery Centre

    Education and Visitor Centre

    The start of the school visit season has kicked off in style, with Plant Detectives proving a popular choice even in February.

    The secret garden is the ideal location for this key stage 1 activity, it's quiet, safe and secluded and is the ideal backdrop for the activities.  Measuring and calculating the age of a tree is always one of the favourite activities, alongside…

    • 5 Mar 2020
  • A Call for Survey Volunteers

    Volunteer Bird Surveyors Needed 

    Keeping track of the fortunes of birds on the Ribble is no easy task, its an enormous area to cover, and to make things harder its not always accessible. We run various programs, from specific species success, to full breeding species lists. This breeding season brings challenges of new areas (Crossens inner marsh) and an increased effort on target species. There is no way we can cover…

    • 26 Feb 2020
  • Ribble Roundup - National Nestbox Week - Creeping Spring - More Weather - Hiding in Hides

    Nestbox Week at RDC

    Half term nestbox building was a great success, celebrating National Nestbox Week in style.  The kits provided by Marshside and Presfield School were fabulous and it was inspiring to see the enthusiasm of the children.  It was great to see so many children able and willing to use tools such as screwdrivers and hammers and be given the opportunity to do so.  This was something I was passionate about when…

    • 21 Feb 2020
  • Wild is the wind

    Welcome to this weeks Ribble roundup, which as the title suggests has been a wild and windy week. 

    The Ribble Discovery Centre welcomed their first school visit of the new year on a very blustery day!  The Year 2 class from Strike Lane Primary School Completed the Plant Detectives session in the secret garden, it was quite a challenge in the wind, but, one I suspect many of the children will not forget.  The children were…

    • 14 Feb 2020
  • Calm is the day

    Welcome to this week's Ribble roundup.

    We are still eagerly awaiting more followers for our new Facebook and Twitter pages.  Please share, so we can reach out to as many people in the area as we can.

    Facebook: RSPBRibbleEstuary

    Twitter: @RSPB_Ribble

    Ribble Discovery Centre

    After the success of the feeders we have had in the "Secret Garden" at Fairhaven Lake, we have placed a feeding station near the centre of the park…

    • 7 Feb 2020
  • Volunteer Power at Marshside & Not So Pink Feet on the Ribble NNR

    Love My Marsh Event 

    Clearing waste from Marshside is an ongoing battle, with waste from the sea and river collecting in the saltmarsh on falling tides, as well as litter being thrown from cars along the roads. Fly-tipping is also becoming a more frequent issue.   

    Despite the inclement weather, we had a hardy gang of folk make a difference on the saltmarsh at Marshside last weekend. Togged up to the hilt and pickers in…

    • 31 Jan 2020
  • Spring is in the air...but should it be?

    Welcome to this weeks Ribble Roundup

    Not only do we have our new Facebook page @RSPBRibbleEstuary, we also have our own Twitter page too @RSPB_Ribble.  Please like and share our pages, we are really looking forward to engaging with as many of you as possible and providing lots of information about our work in conservation and education around the estuary. We look forward to welcoming many visitor contributions on both channels…

    • 30 Jan 2020
  • Skyfall

    Welcome to this weeks Ribble Roundup 

    Not only do we have our new Facebook page @RSPBRibbleEstuary, we also have our own Twitter page too @RSPB_Ribble.  Please like and share our pages, we are really looking forward to engaging with as many of you as possible and providing lots of information about our work in conservation and education around the estuary. We look forward to welcoming many visitor contributions on both…

    • 23 Jan 2020
  • New Year, New You

    Welcome to this weeks Ribble Roundup 13/01/20

    Please like and follow our new Facebook page @RSPBRibbleEstuary.  We are really looking forward to increasing our followers and providing lots of information about our work across the estuary.  We are also looking forward to welcoming many visitor contributions, there are so many talented photographers out there, you can truly showcase our sites.

    Recent sightings around Fairhaven…

    • 16 Jan 2020
  • 2020 - A vision for Arctic terns at Hesketh Out Marsh

    Keen eyed visitors will have spotted the 'One Wing Amongst Many' sculpture that has appeared on the cross bank between Hesketh Out Marsh West and East. 

    The skyline breaking wing stands to thank FCC Communities Foundation for supporting our work on the realignment of the East wing of Hesketrh Out Marsh. If the sculpture seems familiar, you may have seen the rest of the set one the Fairhaven Discovery Trail, near…

    • 11 Jan 2020
  • A New Year - with new American visitors

    Ribble Reserves Roundup w/c 06/01/20

    The Ribble reserves blog combines new from all our Ribble Estuary sites: Marshide, Hesketh out Marsh and the Ribble Discovery Centre at Fairhaven Lake.  Providing the latest news on sightings, events, shop offers and educational visits.

    Fistly, welcome to 2020, we are aiming for this year to be even better than ever.  

    Fresh for 2020, we will now have a specific Ribble Estuary Facebook…

    • 10 Jan 2020
  • 2019 - Bigger - Better - Connected - Annual Roundup #2

    Happy New Year

    As we step into a new year, we reflect on what 2019 brought us, and think about what 2020 has in store.

    Last years theme was a Bigger Better and more Connected Ribble, and we took some giant steps in that direction. Bringing the estuary, its remaining and new saltmarshes/coastal grassland into conservation management, maximising its potential to support wintering and breeding wildlife is at the heart of…

    • 20 Dec 2019
  • Just in time for Christmas and Annual Round Up #1

    Ribble Reserves Round-up w/c 16/12/19

    The Ribble Reserves blog combines news from all our Ribble reserve sites; Marshide, Hesketh out Marsh and the Ribble Discovery Centre. Providing the latest information on sightings, events, shop offers and educational visits.

    Marshside - Christmas do 

    As if by pre-arrangement, our volunteers meeting for the Christmas get together were greeted by a purple heron. The bird - discovered…

    • 19 Dec 2019
  • The colour purple

    Ribble Reserves Blog w/c 09/12/19

    The Ribble reserves blog combines news from all of our Ribble sites:  Marshside, Hesketh Out Marsh and the Ribble Discovery Centre.  Providing the latest information on sightings, shop offers and educational visits.

    Ribble Discovery Centre

    It's been a wild and windy couple of daydown here on Fairhaven Lake.  Good weather for ducks you might say!  Which is lucky as there are loads of them…

    • 12 Dec 2019
  • 7 Bird of Prey Challenge

    Ribble Reserves Blog w/c 02.12.19

    The Ribble Reserves blog combines news from all our Ribble reserve sites; Marshide, Hesketh out Marsh and the Ribble Discovery Centre. Providing the latest information on sightings, events, shop offers and educational visits

    Black Redstart - Banks Marsh 

    This bonnie start has been bobbing around Banks Marsh (Ribble NNR) cattle pen over the frosty days. This is quite a scarce visitor locally…

    • 4 Dec 2019
  • Last of the bugs, Swans and Bargain Bino's

    Ribble Reserves Blog w/c 25.11.19

    The Ribble Reserves blog combines news from all our Ribble reserve sites; Marshide, Hesketh out Marsh and the Ribble Discovery Centre. Providing the latest information on sightings, events, shop offers and educational visits.

    Ribble Discovery Centre

    With thanks to our friends at the Fylde Bird Club we note that 4 ring necked parakeets have been observed in Stanley Park in Blackpool again…

    • 28 Nov 2019
  • Winter is on its way

    Ribble Reserves Blog w/c 18.11.19

    The Ribble Reserves blog combines news from all our Ribble reserve sites; Marshide, Hesketh out Marsh and the Ribble Discovery Centre. Providing the latest information on sightings, events, shop offers and educational visits.

    Ribble Wide WeBS Count

    Wetland Birds Surveys (WeBS) counts are conducted nationally, once a month throughout the UK. Over 3,000 volunteers contribute to the survey…

    • 22 Nov 2019
  • Kingfisher success

    Ribble Reserves Blog w/c 11.11.19

    Our new Ribble Reserves blog combines news from all our Ribble reserve sites; Marshide, Hesketh out Marsh and the Ribble Discovery Centre, providing you with all the latest up to date information about sightings, events, shop offers and educational visits.

    Ribble Discovery Centre

    Success! The Fairhaven Lake kingfisher no longer eludes himself from the us at the RSPB Ribble Discovery Centre…

    • 15 Nov 2019
  • Raptors rule the skies

    Ribble Reserves blog w/c 04.11.19

    Our new Ribble Reserves blog combines news from all of our RSPB Ribble estuary sites; Marshside, Hesketh Out Marsh and the Ribble Discovery Centre providing you with all the latest up to date information about sightings, events, shop offers and educational visits!

    Ribble Discovery Centre

    The kingfisher continues to be spotted flitting over the lake, it continues to evade us in the centre…

    • 7 Nov 2019