I am a new group member. I have just returned to live in the UK after a ten year spell abroad. I was very interested to visit the reserve to see how things have progressed in that time. I was not disappointed, and truly excited about the prospects for this reserve in the coming years. Today, Saturday 25th Oct, my wife and I started out early and walked the Reedbed Trail. We were fortunate enough to see many bird species, and gathered quite a respectable list. The highlights were Bittern, seen twice flying above the reeds and visible for over a minute. Also, female Marsh Harrier, Kingfisher, a pair of Stonechats and several reed buntings. Yellowhammer and skylark above the fields. Green and spotted woodpecker. Numerous small flocks of long-tailed tits and Goldcrests along the tree-lined walkways. Grey and pied wagtail down by the river crossing.
We look forward to exploring the reserve in all of its seasons. We are interested to know of the plans to develop the reserve over the coming years. We would like to become involved in the project and assist in any way that we can.
Thanks - and Good Luck for the future.
Was that you two walking on the guided bus footpath between St Ives and Swavesey at around 3pm? I was skating by, and passed a couple who were both carrying binoculars....
No ... we parked at the RSPB Reserve car park in Needingworth, and walked in through the reserve footpaths :-)
Hi Stephen, I am very pleased to see how much you enjoyed your visit, the reedbeds are really developing well and are full of birds and other wildlife. It would be great if you joined our volunteer team, we have regular work parties twice a month and other ad hoc events. This also gives you access on task to parts of the reserve you can not normally see. If you contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org I will send you the registration forms. Thanks for the positive feedback.
Hi Stephen, You did reply to me but I seem to have lost your email. Please send me your contact details again to email@example.com
Sorry about that, Barry
Seen today (4 May 2015): most notably 2 buzzards, 3 common tern, hobby, 6 lesser black-backed gulls, whitethroat, ~30 greylags with at least 15 chicks, ~10 lapwings, ~10 great crested grebe, reed bunting, cormorant, 2 pochard, several Canada geese. Also several Cetti's heard and lots of small birds hiding in the trees! Also a couple of hawker dragonflies and a few damselflies. Orange tip, peacock, tortoiseshell and green-veined white butterflies