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  • Media: Nest Identification

    This was taken recently along side a canal in the NW England. I can't remember the tree it was in but there were a couple I spotted along with this one. They were all towards the end of a thin branch. We suspect Goldfinch, but not entirely sure. Great use of old fishing line though! Thanks.
  • Blog Post: Cattle Egret & Sand Martins Delight

    As we head into mid-August there is a distinct sense that autumn is just starting to peek around the corner. Here at Leighton Moss the breeding season is well and truly over for many of our resident and visiting birds. Marking the 30th anniversary of nesting at Leighton Moss, two marsh harrier nests...
  • 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: Competition: Help us name our hen harriers!

    You may remember last month I blogged about our 2016 Perthshire female, DeeCee and her fantastic brood of five healthy chicks (see here ). Well, I’m now delighted to share that all five have fledged successfully from land owned and managed by Forestry Commission Scotland in Argyll – two of...
  • Blog Post: Exciting times: Hen harriers the next generation

    We've received more brilliant news this week - in her first ever breeding attempt, our Northumberland female, Finn, is successfully rearing one chick at her nest in Southwest Scotland! The discovery was made by specially trained and licensed staff following up on Finn's welfare. Finn's...
  • Blog Post: Gulls Galore on Horse Island!

    Our volunteer Joanna Lindsay shares her experience of being part of the yearly team surveying RSPB's Horse Island reserve. A few of weeks ago at the end of May, when the sun was shining and summer finally seemed to be making an appearance, a small team of Lochwinnoch staff and volunteers...
  • Blog Post: Warden's Update - Heronry survey

    I know Dan released the news a couple of weeks a go about our exciting new breeders for the reserve, but I thought i'd give a quick update on progress and how our other herons have got on this year. Firstly, the cattle egrets : They're still feeding chick(s) - it's difficult to say for...
  • Blog Post: Happy hen harrier family

    Great news for a Friday - a recent routine check of DeeCee's nest in Argyll, carried out by RSPB staff under full appropriate licences, has revealed a healthy brood of five chicks! Hen harrier DeeCee's healthy brood of five chicks. Can you spot the tiny youngest in the middle? You'll...
  • Blog Post: Jeepers Treecreepers!

    Treecreepers are relatively common birds but often defy detection thanks to their cryptic plumage. Here at Leighton Moss they are regularly seen at close quarters, as they search for insects on the trunks and branches of the path-side trees. Often likened to mice, these small birds move jerkily along...
  • Blog Post: Hen harrier Class of 2016: an update

    As I sit at my desk with every window in the office open and the sun beating through the glass, it feels as though the year has abandoned any thought of Spring and skipped straight to Summer. Long may it last! It’s also a reminder (as if I needed one) that we are rapidly approaching the thick of...
  • Media: This Wren likes where the Swallows live!

    Over the years my partner and I have transformed a boggy, bare and boring garden into a small haven for nature. We attract many species of birds as we live on a small council estate near farmland. As years have passed we've created many new vital spaces for nature and dedicated all of the garden...
  • Media: I think this is a Tawny Mining Bee

    Over the years my partner and I have transformed a boggy, bare and boring garden into a small haven for nature. We attract many species of birds as we live on a small council estate near farmland. As years have passed we've created many new vital spaces for nature and dedicated all of the garden...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings: The wader desert

    Lapwing by Andy Hay (rspb-images.com) With just 16mm of rain, April was the second driest since reserve records began back in 1984. This has not helped our breeding waders and nesting lapwings , redshanks and oystercatchers down at the saltmarsh have been hit hard. The wardens’ recent breeding...
  • Blog Post: Another shot hen harrier... how many more?

    This is not the news I wanted to wake up to. Just weeks after the Crown Office discontinued a high-profile case against a former gamekeeper for the alleged illegal killing of a hen harrier despite clear video evidence, another hen harrier shooting has come to light. Police Scotland issued an appeal this...
  • Blog Post: Alleged hen harrier shooting case dropped

    In case you missed it, RSPB have just published film footage of a former gamekeeper allegedly shooting a hen harrier on Cabrach Estate, Morayshire, in June 2013, retrieving the body, and cleaning up the feathers after himself. After almost four years of waiting, court proceedings were dropped two weeks...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings: Saltmarsh activity

    Avocet by David Tipling (rspb-images.com) The squabbling has started down at the saltmarsh hides on the Allen pool between our avocets and black headed gulls with the first avocets for this year now sitting on eggs. It’s looking quite crowded for space between them on their chosen islands among...
  • Blog Post: Bird photography and the law

    Remembering the rules when photographing nests Wildlife photographers have a moral responsibility towards their subjects – and there are laws to consider too. Award-winning photographer Ben Andrew shares advice on taking pictures in the bird breeding season. The accessibility of digital...
  • Media: Ospreys at Threave Castle in DUMFRIES and Galloway.

    Hoping this is in the right group. Here is a photo of Black 80 male and Blue KC at their nest
  • Blog Post: A new season & hopes for the class of 2017

    It’s that time of year... hope and trepidation playing on my mind in equal measure. The breeding season just beginning, and with it, all the excitement and uncertainty of what lies ahead for our hen harriers. Often it feels as though little has changed from year to year, but our recent adventures...
  • Blog Post: Hen Harrier Hotline relaunched

    As spring has now almost sprung, we’ve relaunched our Hen Harrier Hotline with the hope of finding out where these seriously threatened birds of prey might be breeding in England’s moorland. If you are out hiking or cycling in the hills, please keep an eye out for one. If you are lucky...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife explorer's

    I love being a Visitor Experience Intern at Leighton Moss for many reasons. Not only do I get to live and work at a stunning reserve, home to amazing wildlife, I also get to experience and help out with lots of our fun events and activities. Last week I had an wonderful time helping out with our Wildlife...
  • Blog Post: In the heart of the reedbed...

    60% of our wildlife is declining and our wild spaces are less commonplace than they used to be. In our gardens, parks and reserves we are seeing fewer and fewer of the animals, birds and insects we love. But why? What is going on? Here at the RSPB research has always underpinned everything we do,...
  • Blog Post: Remarkable hen harrier journeys revealed by satellite tagging

    The recent recovery of Rowan, a Langholm hen harrier tagged by the Hawk & Owl Trust and Natural England, who appears to have been illegally shot in Cumbria, highlights the vital role that satellite tagging has to play in the conservation of this threatened species. These tiny devices, barely 2...
  • Blog Post: Bird in focus- marsh harrier

    Here at RSPB Leighton Moss we are home to a large number of volunteers, dedicated to working together to give nature a home. Our volunteers come from near and far in order to carry out a variety of tasks, from conservation management work, to providing our visitors with a great experience. Here, Justin...
  • 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. ...