Winterbourne Downs

Winterbourne Downs

Winterbourne Downs
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Latest blog posts
  • The Big Plant Out on RSPB Wiltshire reserves

    Volunteers have provided a befitting flourish of wildflower planting at the finale of the three year Heritage Lottery Fund “Saving Our Magnificent Meadows” project. This autumn and winter they have gathered time and time again to wield mattocks...
  • Celebrating Magnificent Meadows

    The successes of the HLF Save Our Magnificent Meadows project on RSPB’s Wiltshire reserves were celebrated with an event at the Newton Tony Memorial Hall near RSPB Winterbourne Downs on 16 th September 2017. This was also an opportunity to thank...
  • Fungi making their mark in the landscape

    Zoom in close on the aerial images taken by Google in the last year and you will see a mysterious patterning of dark green rings spreading all over our new chalk grassland fields at RSPB Winterbourne Downs. These are fungal “fairy rings” which...
  • Marsh fritillary butterflies on the wing

    The recent blast of hot weather appears to have been great for butterflies. In addition to the swarms of small blue butterflies we have across the reserve, we have just seen several marsh fritillaries in a couple of fields bordering Porton Down. ...
  • The first day of spring......

    and the bumblebees are everywhere on the wing. Yellowhammers, and corn buntings are singing from field margins and lapwings are pairing up on the cultivated plots. Some plots even have the first of this year's stone-curlews back marking out their...
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