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  • Blog Post: GELTSDALE WORKPARTY VOLUNTEER CHRISTMAS TRIP - 20TH December 2017

    To thank our Wednesday volunteers for their sterling work all year round on the reserve, the last work day before Christmas is always a birding trip with no work at all! This year we got permission to view the private hide on Rockcliffe Marsh (thanks to Brian Hodgson) so we spent a day on the Solway...
  • Blog Post: Life as a tenant farmer at Geltsdale

    Ian Bell is tenant farmer at RSPB Geltsdale in the wet and windy North Pennines where he grazes sheep and cattle. Here he talks about his experience of farming on the reserve. Two years in to taking on the farm tenancy at RSPB Geltsdale and I’m still relishing the challenges of farming a large...
  • Blog Post: Hen harrier breeding numbers in England 2017

    It’s the question to which everyone wants the answer – how many hen harriers bred in England this year? Answer: three successful nests, from a total of seven attempts, producing 10 fledged young. Today, the Northumberland Hen Harrier Protection Partnership* have announced that five...
  • Blog Post: From a bird found, to a bird lost

    As far as positive starts to the New Year go; the news of the possible rediscovery of our missing 2014 female, Highlander, was a pretty fantastic way to kick off 2017. This was shortly followed by a phone call from a farmer in Cumbria who was only too delighted to tell me about the hen harriers roosting...
  • Blog Post: Clocking the miles for curlew: The life of a curlew trial management project research assistant

    Here's a guest blog from one of our team working at the front line of curlew conservation as we work with farmers and landowners to tackle the losses of this iconic wading bird. Our work in England is part funded by Natural England's Action for Birds In England programme for which we are grateful...
  • Blog Post: Guest blog: A view from the hills

    David Hunt is one of two Assistant Investigations Officers employed by RSPB's Hen Harrier LIFE Project to support the conservation and protection of this species. Here he reflects on the 2016 breeding season and shares some of his thoughts and experiences of watching over these beautiful birds. ...
  • Blog Post: Introducing a Bonny wee hen harrier

    With the notable exception of Henry , few living hen harriers manage to achieve national celebrity status. But at barely six weeks old, our young male, Bonny, is already well used to the public eye, after the fitting of his satellite tag by trained and licensed RSPB staff was filmed and featured on the...
  • Blog Post: The hen harrier rollercoaster continues...

    It's a turbulent and uncertain time for nature conservation (and everything else) in the wake of last week's EU referendum result. The hen harrier is just one of the schedule 1 species currently afforded protection under the European Birds Directive. What will replace this and other vital pieces...
  • Blog Post: Warm weather

    Migrants arriving all the time now, the first Swift and Whinchat was seen today in the Gelt Valley. Also there were 190 Golden Plover in one flock, these dark faced birds were almost certainly stopping over on their way further north. Grasshopper Warblers were heard yesterday, Common Sandpiper , Redstart...
  • Blog Post: Spring Migrants

    Despite the at times, cold and showery weather summer migrants are returning to the reserve. Wheatear , ring ouzel and sand martins arrived last week. The photo here is of a wheatear in the field next to the visitor centre, seen on the 7 th April. Curlew have been back for a few weeks now and are...
  • Blog Post: Autumn Migration

    The spectacle of over a thousand barnacle geese has been seen over the reserve, both today and yesterday. At least 300 landed on the reserve at Tindale Tarn yesterday lunchtime. Thousands of these geese were seen on the north-east coast yesterday morning and were then heading over the reserve to the...
  • Blog Post: Geltsdale Past and Present

    A call to all photographers, do you have any photographs of Geltsdale in the past and if so would you be willing to send a copy of your photographs to the reserve for our records? The wardens at Geltsdale would like to compare the changes that have taken place to the landscape and your old photographs...
  • Blog Post: The Gilsland Show

    With a disappointing forecast, strong winds and stormy skies, Belinda Lloyd, Assistant Farmland Warden and Jill Jones, Reserve Administrator set off to woman a stall at the Gilsland Show, supported by Ness and Bonnie the dog. After the ordeal of setting up the gazebo in storm force winds, the team...
  • Blog Post: Whinchats – Geltsdale Spring/Summer 2014

    Geltsdale volunteers Amanda and Martin have returned for a fourth year to continue their amazing work monitoring and ringing our whinchat population on the reserve. This spring/summer they have identified provisionally 81 territories (singing males) with at least 50 of those territories occupied by...
  • Blog Post: Tales of the Forgotten North: A Dark Tale from the Kings Forest

    On Wednesday 7th May 33 pupils from Castle Carrock School visited RSPB Geltsdale as part of a storytelling project “Tales of the Forgotten North”. The visit was led by Chris Bostock (storyteller, A Bit Crack) and Paul Frodsham (archaeologist, ANOB). On Wednesday 25 th at 7pm, Chris Bostock...
  • Blog Post: Photoworks by Malcolm Gibson – an Exhibition at RSPB Geltsdale - 15th April to 15th June

    The Photoworks produced for this exhibition were all created in and around the fells and hills of the North Cumbrian Pennines. The work is constructed with objects found at the site, with the finished piece produced and photographed during the process. The object at the centre of the work is placed...
  • Blog Post: Geltsdale’s Big 50!

    Wardens at RSPB Geltsdale are celebrating this spring as the number of lekking black grouse rises from 27 to a whopping all-time high of 50, following a successful breeding year in 2013. Black grouse males gather at traditional open spaces to perform their flamboyant displays, called 'leks'...
  • Blog Post: Hen harriers on show at Geltsdale

    Ghostbird is an exhibition by artist Louise Ann Wilson , exploring the history and decline of hen harriers in England and particularly, the Forest of Bowland. Originally created as a walking theatre perfomance over the Bowland Fells in 2012, the new exhbition features stunning photographs, as well as...
  • Blog Post: Ghost Bird Exibition Opens to the Public

    The Ghost Bird Exhibition opened on Saturday 18 th January, by the artist Louise Ann Wilson and Blanaid Denman, RSPB’s Skydancer Project Officer. Blanaid opened the proceedings with a short talk about the hen harrier, covering the nature and habitat of the bird, why the hen harrier is so special...
  • Blog Post: Bird race

    The second Geltsdale bird race took place on Wednesday with three teams this year. This was part of the Christmas thank you to our volunteers and was followed by a 'Jacob's Feast' lunch at the reserve office. The teams of four, were made up of a mixture of staff and volunteers. They had two...
  • Blog Post: Shooting & Conservation - meeting in the middle

    Lesson 101 of nature conservation - whatever the issue, there will always be a range of people with vested interests, who will always have widely differing opinions about it. Hen harrier conservation is no different. We all know the proverb about walking a mile in another man's shoes but the reality...
  • Blog Post: Why not connect with Ghost Bird this Halloween?

    Some of you may remember hearing about, or indeed took part in, the evocative performance art piece Ghost Bird that took place in the Trough of Bowland last autumn – Blanaid blogged about it here . If you didn’t get the chance to see the performance at the time or if you'd like to...
  • Blog Post: Dales-bred pony helps to provide new habitat for Waders

    Forester Charlie Parker and his pony Dolly removed timber from the side of Tindale Tarn on Thursday 1 August. The timber was cut with the help of RSPB volunteers, who teamed up with Charlie and his pony to complete the task. The banks of Tindale Tarn are saturated and extremely soft, prohibiting the...
  • Blog Post: Goodbye and Thanks to Martin & Amanda

    RSPB Geltsdale would like to thank Amanda Proud and Martin Ketcher for all the long hours and hard work they have put in over the summer months monitoring Whinchats across the reserve. As a token of the reserve's appreciation Ian Ryding, Farmland Warden presents Martin & Amanda with an original...
  • Forum Thread: Geltsdale Reserve, 4th May

    While up in Cumbria for a day I thought I'd pop into Geltsdale, having never been there before. I didn't have time to go round the wooded part of the reserve, but went around both sides of the tarn. Although the wind was vicious the sun more or less made up for it. Loads of Meadow Pipits in the...