Snipe time

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The tide was covered by malcolm today producing the followingOcean edge saltmarshLinnet - 40Jack snipe - at least five with some hiding places not covered by tideSnipe - 47Red- breasted merganser - 2Red nabWigeon - 235Harbour and outfalls dead
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Mix And Match

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Today’s forecast was a little over the top windy for ringing at our exposed sites so I indulged in a few hours birding, camera at the ready. It turned out to be a day of mixed fortunes with both sunny and cloudy periods, showers, and even a spot or two of sunshine. At the end, a few photos to share. The drive across Stalmine Moss found three Kestrels, a hunting pair and then at the junction of Lancaster road a third one in flight. I slowed to scan the fields where a Barn Owl might be seen but none emerged from the post dawn light, just three chattering Fieldfares. The thrushes carried on south but I would see a number of others soon. I stopped at Gulf Lane to count the Linnets and drop food. Still 130+ Linnets, plus a number of Tree Sparrows at the farm 50 yards away. We don’t include the sparrows in our counts as they do no...
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Brockholes Conservation Intern

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Quick summary:  We need a reliable and enthusiastic individual with some prior experience of nature reserves and conservation volunteering. This internship is a fantastic opportunity to enhance your skills and gain that all important experience for a career in conservation. Brockholes Nature Reserve is offering an opportunity for a voluntary internship in the Reserve Team. This role will suit someone with prior experience of nature reserves and conservation volunteering, or with some existing estate skills and natural history knowledge, combined with a passion for wildlife conservation. The role offers the chance to gain valuable experience of nature conservation work which is key to establishing a career in this field. Learn more by reading the job description below. O...

Shoresearch Rocky Shore Survey

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Date / Time Start date:  Wed, 29/11/2017 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm What is Shoresearch? Shoresearch is a user-friendly and fun method of exploring the shore and recording the species and habitats found there. How does it work? We use 2 different survey methods... Timed Species Search A twenty minute search of an area of shore looking for a small number of key species. Using photo cards. This method creates useful, comparable data. (submitted to Marine Biology Association Shore Thing project) Walkover Survey Summary:  Join us at Half Moon Bay in Heysham as we explore the shore and record the amazing species we find. Main image:  Booki...

Call of Nature campaign appeals for septic tank maintenance checks on World Toilet Day

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World Toilet Day is a UN initiative taking place on Sunday 19th November with the aim to improve global sanitation. Although the majority of the North West waste water is safely treated through the United Utilities network risks to local rivers and seas are still prevalent through privately maintained waste water treatment works. The Call of Nature campaign has been designed to inform occupants of septic tanks, cesspits & package sewage treatment plants about the risks Continue Reading... The post Call of Nature campaign appeals for septic tank maintenance checks on World Toilet Day appeared first on Ribble Rivers Trust. ...

Uphill Struggle.

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Hawthornthwaite Fell.It was an uphill struggle to find the birds in more ways than one on Wednesday, but literally so on Hawthornthwaite. Apart from the fact the Stonechat isn't as easy to find as it was during it's upturn in status which peaked during the early 2000's, I'd got 3/4 of the climb to the peak before I found a distant pair of Stonechat, the only two seen on my visit, and at a higher elevation than Iv'e ever seen them here before. But ne'r mind....mission accomplished. Wren. Martin Jump. Four Wren on Hawthornthwaite seems to indicate a good colony, I had six seen here on 18 October, also 10 Red Grouse. Marshaw - Tower Lodge - Trough Bridge.A Dipper was seen on the Marshaw Wyre with a juicy aquatic invertebrate in it's bill, but it was ...
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Middleton coverage

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Middleton NRAll ducks except Teal on "no swimming" pond. A busy place today.Tufted 2 (males)Mallard 12Gadwall 16Teal, similar numbers to yesterday (can only count reasonably accurately when they are spooked, and take a short flight)Little Egret 1 (model boat pond)Strip along eastern edge of Golf Club.Redwing 2Large flock of mixed tits patrolling up and down, including one very infuriating LTT, with a tail shorter than a Blue Tit (presumably growing back). Kept picking it as "something different" with naked eye, before confirmation with bins.Also with flock:Goldcrest 2 Treecreeper, probably 2. First bird seen had particularly worn tail feathers. The "second" appeared to be less worn.No sign of Chiffchaff today...
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Two slavonian grebes

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A vis mig session with good views over the sea from heyshsm head highlighted by two Slavonian Grebe slowly floating in close together on the last of the incoming tideN H WallA morning whoosh netting session at the feeding site captured the following:Goldfinch - 7 (included 4 local ringed birds)Linnet - 12Meadow Pipit - 9  (these attracted by mp3 playback)Around 20 meadow pipits were grounded around the area.Sparrowhawk - 1 perched on one of the large white fuel tanks.ajdMore later...
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More Linnets Please

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Just yesterday I entered some recent counts of Linnets at Gulf Lane into the BTO’s Bird Track. The system flagged up that the counts were of an “unusually high number”. Well BTO it’s good to hear that, especially as discovering more about winter Linnets is the objective of our project here. BirdTrack - BTOThroughout September and October spot counts here varied between 50 and 100 Linnets during a period of poor and mostly wet and windy weather. In the last week and into November and with more settled weather there have been nearer 200 birds at any one time. Wednesday 15th and at last a morning of less than 5 mph winds. I met Andy at 0715 and ten minutes later the single panel nets stood ready for the Linnets as they arrived from roosts ready for their first feed of the day. Parties arriving varied between 3 and 30 i...
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Backsbottom Farm 2017-11-15 11:33:00

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The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris © Shiny New Books  Author: Macfarlane R & Morris J, Illustrated, Nature, Reviewer: Peter Reason, Words Reviewed by Peter ReasonWhen our postman handed me the package that contained my review copy of The Lost Words I blurted out, ‘I’ve been waiting for this!’ In the weeks before its delivery I had read hugely appreciative reviews in the national press and on line. The book has benefited from a major marketing campaign from the publishers, aimed firmly at the Christmas market, and attracted much attention. So while delighted to get my copy I was also a bit anxious: would I like it or was it over-hyped? Would I find anything to write about it that has not already been written?I took the book to my favourite armchair and slowly turned the pa...