• Save your stamps this Christmas and help save the albatross...

    Despite our modern age of technology and social networking, Christmas keeps the postmen and women busy delivering tidings and wishes from friends and relatives. We send over a billion cards in the UK each Christmas and all those used stamps can be put to good use raising funds for our Albatross Appeal.

    17 out of 22 species of albatross are threatened with extinction. Each year, 100,000 albatrosses drown following capture…

    • 3 Dec 2018
  • Recent Birds Sightings October/November 2018

    Once again, the autumn changes in to the winter with a distinct character alteration in the harbour. Gone are the excited voices of the warblers and songbirds, to be replaced by the squabbling notes of geese and ducks. The harbour is now filling up again and the air is alive with the toing and froing of the waders as the tide ebbs and rises. Dunlin, Knot, Grey Plover and the occasion Sanderling are regularly seen wheeling…

    • 30 Nov 2018
  • Why visit Pagham Harbour & Medmerry in December?

    Other than the obvious escape from the hordes of Christmas shoppers and to take a break from the festivities for some fresh air, there are a number of reasons to visit in December…

    As the numbers of winter wildfowl and waders continues to increase across our Pagham and Medmerry reserves, goldeneye arrive in harbour and on Pagham Lagoon, the males of these diving ducks being particularly handsome.

    Goldeneye - Ben…

    • 15 Nov 2018
  • Why visit in November?

    There is a definite nip in the morning air and with November on its way you might be tempted to stay indoors and remain fixed to the sofa. However if you do so, you’ll be missing out on some beautiful wildlife, dramatic landscapes and some of my favourite sounds from the bleaker months of the year. 

    During October, the harbour, so noisy with the constant clamour of chattering terns and raucous gulls in summer, descended…

    • 13 Oct 2018
  • It is not all about the birds

    Autumn is the time for migration and many a birdwatcher is eagerly rushing around the site looking for those species that breed further north. Hobby, Merlin and Osprey have all been reported recently around the harbour. These have been joined by more exotic arrivals with the herons prominently represented over the last month; spoonbills, cattle egret and more recently a short stay by a Great White Egret have all brightened…

    • 11 Oct 2018
  • Recent Sightings August to mid-September

    The beginning of August brought the end to the hot dry weather of the previous two months; however, for myself I was away in Bulgaria viewing the wildlife of this interesting eastern country, along with the continuing warm weather. With beautiful scenery and fantastic wildlife, it was such a contrast to the quiet period of July, which is the post breeding season and waiting the on set of the migration. After a successful…

    • 9 Sep 2018
  • Have a wild family day out this summer at RSPB Pagham Harbour

    Calling all wildlife detectives! Join the team at RSPB Pagham Harbour nature reserve this summer and learn all about the wildlife and bugs that live on the reserve. From pond dipping to bug hunting, and arts and crafts to seashore safaris, a series of special events allow families to adventure in nature together and discover the wonders of wildlife within the beautiful coastal reserve.

    Or, for a weekend long adventure…

    • 4 Jul 2018
  • Latest on our kestrels and other youngsters

    The mystery of what happened to the fourth kestrel was revealed shortly after our last update. It turned up in front of our Visitor Centre on Saturday 16 June having left the nest early and was unable to fly or fend for itself. It was taken straight to our friends at Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital but sadly did not survive. We then had to witness a second act of siblicide as the remaining three became two and on Wednesday…

    • 2 Jul 2018
  • Trials of life

    I’m afraid our concerns for the smallest of the kestrel chicks proved correct and we unfortunately witnessed siblicide first hand. This is when older birds will eat their younger and weaker siblings when there is not enough food being supplied by the parents. It is very common among birds of prey and almost always as a result of environmental conditions. Although it can seem to us quite brutal, it is a sensible survival…

    • 16 Jun 2018
  • The Mediterranean arrives at Pagham

    Over the recent weeks you would not been blamed to think you were in the Mediterranean particular if you are luckily enough to have seen our range of species arriving on the reserve. The start of this was a beautiful Bee-eater which was initially reported from Church Norton  and was seen again yesterday nr Ham. a few days after the discovery of the bee-eater a Golden Oriole was heard also at Church Norton.

    Then early on…

    • 3 Jun 2018
  • Tern Island is Buzzing or is that squawking

    After all the recent work on Tern Island it was hoped that there would be lots of little pattering of tiny feet and so it starts. over 450 pairs of Black headed Gull have made their home on the island this year, a record again!!!, and now there are a whole load more with the gulls starting to hatch.

    the gulls inside the new fence

    home is set up and the new arrival

    As the gulls are now in full home making mode…

    • 2 Jun 2018
  • Here's a news-fledge!

    On Thursday 31 May the blue tit chicks were getting very restless in the box. There was lots of preening, wing stretching and flapping. 

    The parents tried to encourage chicks to venture out into the world.

    One of the chicks was enticed out, however, the weather took a turn for the worse and despite the parents best persuasions the rest of the brood decided to stay put and keep warm. The following morning the remaining…

    • 1 Jun 2018
  • News from the crèche.

    Our blue tits have lost the baby chick look and are now starting to look like blue tits. There is much stretching and flapping of wings while the parents continue to try to keep up with their hungry demands. Blue tits fledge around 3 weeks after hatching so will be leaving us very soon.

    The stock doves went on to lay a second egg as expected and have started incubation. Stock doves are similar in appearance to the…

    • 26 May 2018
  • Kestrels and others doing well…

    If you’ve been following us on twitter or keeping up to date with our blog, you’ll already know that on the morning of Thursday 17 May the first of the kestrel eggs hatched. All five eggs went on to hatch over the course of Thursday and Friday. Mum will continue to brood the chicks for up to two weeks while dad is being kept busy hunting for the family. Typically he’ll bring in small mammals such as voles but will also…

    • 21 May 2018
  • The Day Has Arrived..............

    After waiting for about a month and lots of hard work from their parents the Kestrels have hatched with two newly hatched young on the cameras whilst the third is hatching as this goes to press

    also after the refit of tern island the gulls are setting up home

    also the moths are now gracing the reserve

    Scorched Carpet

    Puss Moth

    • 17 May 2018
  • Our first brood.

    On Friday 11 May our blue tits hatched. Two eggs remained unhatched giving us a total of 9 bald and blind chicks. At first the female stayed with the chicks keeping them warm while the male brought in food. However, now both parents are feeding the hungry chicks, bringing in food on average times in 5 minutes. The chicks will not open their eyes until around 11 days old, so at the moment they are relying on sound to recognise…

    • 16 May 2018
  • Kestrel update

    Both our expectant nest-cam mothers have settled down to the job of incubation. Our kestrel laid another egg and finished with 5 eggs – a very respectable number!


    She has been sitting for a few days now with the male sometimes taking a turn too and the young should hatch after 28 – 29 days.

    The blue tit eggs have been harder to count as quite often the parents cover the eggs over with nesting material…

    • 30 Apr 2018
  • Kestrels take up des-res!

    Over the last few months one of our volunteers has been very busy helping us update and revise our nest-cam system. This included a new kestrel cam which we put up last month. Within days of it being put in position a pair of kestrels took a keen interest...



    On Saturday 14 April the female laid her first egg. Since then she has been laying almost every other day and is currently sitting on 4 eggs.


    Kestrels typically…

    • 21 Apr 2018
  • Ferry Hide now open

    Back in November last year we started work on replacing our Ferry Hide. Progress continued through winter although the weather at the start of the year proved challenging…


    However, we have now opened the hide to the public. There are still some jobs to be completed and as such the windows are currently fixed shut for H&S reasons. The hide opening hours will mirror the Visitor Centre opening times (10am …

    • 21 Apr 2018
  • Tern Island gets an Uplift

    Over the last 5 years we have been part of the LIFE+ project for the recovery of the Little Terns . As part of the project we were able to carry out the construction of a new predator fencing and clearance work on the island.  Over the last week a contractor  has been out on the island carrying out this important habitat management work and species protection with the idea of protecting the seabird colony which has built up…

    • 21 Apr 2018
  • Recent Sightings – Jan to Mar 2018

    Already 2018 has shaped up with a series of dramatic weather events from the mild January in to February with lots of rain to the arctic weather of March. This makes Pagham an exciting place to visit at this time of year. With winter numbers reaching their peak over the three months, bird watching has been varied and exciting, watching the 1000’s of geese, ducks and waders reeling around. Along with the regular …

    • 19 Mar 2018
  • Exciting times

    The new shelter in our Discovery Zone...

    and Ferry Hide are very nearly complete and looking great...

    Work has now started on the wheelchair friendly path that will link the Visitor Centre to the hide via the Discovery Zone, passing by the enlarged pond and shelter. The final part of construction will be the fencing which will commence once the path is complete and we are on track to open the area up again…

    • 2 Feb 2018
  • Save your stamps and help save albatrosses

    Christmas keeps the postmen and women busy delivering tidings and wishes from friends and relatives. We send over a billion cards in the UK each Christmas and all those used stamps can be put to good use raising funds for our Albatross Appeal.

     

    17 out of 22 species of albatross are threatened with extinction. Each year, 100,000 albatrosses drown following capture on some of the billion baited hooks used by long-line…

    • 23 Dec 2017
  • Discovery Zone and Ferry Hide update.

    Work is progressing well on our Discovery Zone and Ferry Hide project. The pond and shelter are taking shape before our eyes.

    The deeper section is where the old pond used to be and the raised bank means that it will be protected should the harbour overtop and flood the area with saltwater again.

    Meanwhile where the old Ferry Hide once sat, the new viewing facility is emerging like a dragonfly emerging after…

    • 21 Dec 2017
  • Review of the autumn/early winter bird sighting at RSPB Pagham and Medmerry

    As the summer started to draw to the end the terns that give us such a great display over the harbour through the summer slowly drifted away to commence their journey southwards. This was the changing of the seasons and soon these birds that had spent the summer with us would be joined by their distance cousins passing though to escape the bleak months ahead. As they joined together for journeys ahead the first of the…

    • 16 Dec 2017