• Norfolk Hawkers – Our Ferocious Aerial Hunters!

    Now that the sunshine has arrived and the grassland habitats at Strumpshaw Fen are buzzing with life, the meadow trail is open for visitors to enjoy. Come and discover the majestic hunters that patrol the ditches and dykes – our Norfolk hawker dragonflies!

    The Norfolk Hawker

    Photograph of a Norfolk hawker dragonfly in the fen by Matthew Wilkinson

    Although more widespread in continental Europe (where it is known…

    • 9 Jun 2021
  • Notes from the Cottage - Adrian learns a lot!

     Hello again from the resident volunteer in the cottage. A month has gone by and boy, what a month for me!  It is my birthday month and it has felt like its been my birthday every day.    

    It’s amazing to see how much invisible time and care goes into making the reserve a nice place to be. A lot of the views would not be views without the volunteers occasionally strimming back encroaching vegetation. You may not notice a bramble…

    • 5 Jun 2021
  • Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 30 May 2021

    For the past month we have seen the cold cloudy weather take a grip on things, however for the bank holiday weekend we have some much needed warmth. High pressure is predicted to remain for the first half of June too, so we should see a lot more insect life appearing in the coming weeks.

    Our first swallowtail was seen on Friday 28th, which is 11 days later than average emergence, so they have wisely waited for the warmer…

    • 30 May 2021
  • The Swallowtail - Norfolk's Butterfly


    As swallowtail season approaches here at Strumpshaw Fen, our volunteer Jenna explains why these magnificent butterflies are so special, how we create the perfect home for them at Strumpshaw and how you can take action for nature and help your local butterflies.

    Swallowtail butterfly perched on a pink orchid flower in grassland. The butterfly is striped with black and yellow, with a line of blue spots ending in one red…

    • 24 May 2021
  • Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen 8 May 2021

    Since the last update we have had quite a mixture of weather, with bright warm sunshine alongside showers and heavy rain, you could say its been more typical spring weather than recent years. As I write this the rain is pouring down outside, but I am filled with hope as I know the wind has finally turned to the south and the forecast is set to be pleasant next week.

     Despite the changeable weather and Northerly winds…

    • 8 May 2021
  • Notes from the cottage: introducing our new Residential volunteer.

    Hello. You may have seen a new face out and about on the reserve or welcoming you at Reception. I am the new residential volunteer, Adrian. I will be living on the reserve until October, and while I am here, I intend to regularly update you on my life at the reserve. 

    I recently left my career in data management for visual effects, for my real passion, nature. While working in the UK and New Zealand, I volunteered for several wildlife…

    • 30 Apr 2021
  • Recent Sightings 19 April 2021 Strumpshaw Fen

    Barn owl by Elizabeth Dack

    Seeing as we are all able to move about a bit more as restrictions are raised, it seems like a very good time to restart the sightings blog.

    This is the time of the year when we start welcoming back our breeding birds who have travelled from distant shores, the sights and sounds of the woodland and reedbed are transformed by these spring migrants and it heralds a very definite change in season…

    • 19 Apr 2021
  • Merry Christmas!

    Laura and the Strumpshaw Fen team are checking in quickly this Christmas Eve to wish you a very merry Christmas!

    It’s Christmas, so what better way to celebrate giving nature a home this festive season than sharing a few wintery photos from years gone by at Strumpshaw Fen. If you have any festive favourites, you can send us you photos via Facebook or Twitter or email us at strumpshaw@rspb.org.uk.

     

    Matt Wilkinso…

    • 24 Dec 2020
  • Lots of Fun this Christmas

    This week Laura is back with an update on all things Winter Wonderland. It is just over a week into the Strumpshaw family Christmas trail and there is much festive fun to be had!

    Some of you have already had a Wonderland Adventure this holiday season, but if not, grab your families and a coat and visit us soon. The Wonderland Adventure family trail began last Saturday and runs throughout the holidays until 3 January …

    • 20 Dec 2020
  • Kingfisher Quiz!

    Laura is back, but this week’s blog is a little different than usual. Take a quick read below.

    Hello again! It is very grey and dreary outside at the moment, so I thought I’d try and add a splash of colour to this week’s blog… with a kingfisher quiz! I have shared pictures of five kingfisher species below, can you name them all? Some are harder than others. Hint: think global, not just UK. The answers will be at…

    • 12 Dec 2020
  • Recent sightings Strumpshaw Fen11th December 2020

     Hi All,

    Please find below a photograph of our recent sightings board containing a few of the recent highlights from Strumpshaw Fen and Buckenham Marshes. As you can see we are well into our winter sightings, but there is still plenty to see. The highlights have been a cattle egret, great egret, 49 marsh harriers coming into the roost, a hen harrier and the return of the grey geese to Buckenham, we are now just waiting…

    • 11 Dec 2020
  • Join in the Fun

    Laura is back with another blog about how you can have fun while helping nature this year. This week she looks at how you can take actions for nature and how we can all help save RSPB Minsmere.

    This year, perhaps more than ever, we realised how important our natural green spaces are to the wildlife that lives there and also to our own wellbeing.  This has urged a lot of us into action. Whether we have bought a reusable…

    • 26 Nov 2020
  • It's Getting Colder

    The nights are drawing in and there’s a chill in the air.. which can only mean one thing. Winter is almost upon us! As we crank up our thermostats and don our winter coats, Laura ponders over the pressures wildlife face over the colder months and what we can do to help.

    As humans we have become quite resourceful to combat the harsher temperatures of winter. We light up dark evenings, heat our homes and wear thermals…

    • 19 Nov 2020
  • Happy Birthday RSPB!

    After a week’s break, Laura is back and this week it looks like the RSPB have some celebrating to do, after all it’s only their 131st birthday!

    131 years’ worth of giving nature a home, now that’s an achievement surely worth celebrating. On the 13th November 1889, Emily Williamson founded the Society for the Protection of Birds from her home in Manchester. Along with four other extraordinary women…

    • 13 Nov 2020
  • Ghostly Goings-On

    This week it’s October half term so Laura is back with an update on what’s been happening at Strumpshaw Fen in the run up to Halloween. Take a minute to read about all the ghostly goings on in the Wild Woods - the place pixies, fairies and goblins call home.

    It has been a busy few days at Strumpshaw Fen, this half term. We unveiled the Wild Woods Scavenger Hunt last Thursday and the event runs until Sunday…

    • 29 Oct 2020
  • Everyone Can Help Save Nature

    This week sees Laura return to the important topic of giving nature a home throughout the UK and how the RSPB’s Revive Our World Campaign is helping to drive governmental change and help create solutions to the current climate and biodiversity crises.

    Whether your back garden is large and teaming with wildlife, or whether you have no garden, there are ways that each and everyone of you can help to give nature a…

    • 15 Oct 2020
  • Dedicated Volunteers

    This week Laura shifts away from wildlife to talk about the army of Strumpshaw volunteers that offer up their time to help out around the reserve. Volunteers are such an important part of the Strumpshaw team, so it’s high time we celebrate them!

    Volunteers at Strumpshaw Fen are such a diverse group of people from all walks of life. From serving as a friendly face at reception or during events or school visits, to…

    • 8 Oct 2020
  • Recent sightings Strumpshaw Fen 1st October 2020

    I can’t quite believe it is already October, but looking outside all the signs are there! In the past few weeks we have had the full spectrum of weather from warm sunshine to persistent horizontal rain!

    The reserve has seen the majority of its summer migrants now leave us, whilst the winter birds are beginning to arrive. This passage of incoming birds is most obvious on relatively calm days when large number of…

    • 1 Oct 2020
  • Conservation and Covid19

    The year 2020 has been far from what many of us surely imagined it would be. Laura is back to give her view on how lockdown momentarily converted so many of us into nature loving enthusiasts and how important it is that we don’t let this slide as we return to some sense of normality. This blog highlights the opportunities for conservation despite the presence of a worldwide pandemic and what RSPB’s Revive Our World campaign…

    • 24 Sep 2020
  • Batty about Bats!

    Visitor Experience Officer Laura returns for week two of the Strumpshaw Fen A to Z. This week, she is focusing on another often disregarded part of nature; bats.

    Bats are nocturnal which mean they are awake during the night, when we sleep! Bats are important to our wildlife and even help other organisms to survive. However, in recent years, they have been in dramatic decline. So, although we rarely see them, they deserve…

    • 17 Sep 2020
  • The Strumpshaw Fen A to Z of Giving Nature a Home -A

    Amazing Arachnids!

    Arachnids, or spiders as they are more commonly known, are often a forgotten treasure of nature. Strumpshaw Fen’s Visitor Experience Officer Laura starts of this A to Z by uncovering some forgotten truths about how spiders are an integral part of nature.

     

    It is great to be back and what better way to celebrate than jumping back in with an exciting new blog series? The Strumpshaw Fen A to Z of…

    • 10 Sep 2020
  • Family Wild Challenge- Try a Scavenger Hunt

    Hello everyone, Laura here, the Visitor Experience Officer at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen. For those of you with families, the current government guidelines will probably have halted most plans to get out and about in nature this Spring. Although we may be stuck at home, Spring has by no means been disrupted and continues to bloom beautifully around us So join me, as I hunt for clues that Spring has arrived in my garden and local…

    • 7 Apr 2020
  • (Recent Sightings Strumpshaw Fen) Close to Home 1 April 2020

    I hope that everyone is keeping safe at home and enjoying the beautiful (but cool) spring weather we have had in recent days. These are certainly strange times we are going through and it will take a little time for us to adapt to the new way of life. However, looking out of my home office window and into my garden, I can see plenty of wildlife carrying on without a care in the world, it is a good reminder that the natural…

    • 31 Mar 2020
  • Strumpshaw Fen Covid-19 update

    Following the latest government advice we have made the difficult decision to close the Reception Hide and toilets.

    This is to prioritise the health and welfare of our staff, volunteers and visitors.

    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. We want to do everything we can to help people and our local…

    • 18 Mar 2020
  • Recent Sightings 10 January 2020

    We wish you all a slightly belated Happy New Year!

     The Christmas and new year period has seen a number of good sightings at Strumpshaw Fen and at Buckenham Marshes. Below are some of the highlights.

     The year ended with a stunning waxwing along Sandy Wall at Strumpshaw, this individual was well watched as it commuted between the berries along Sandy Wall and Buckenham car park between 21 and 29 December, not quite appearing…

    • 10 Jan 2020