Blog Post: Welcome to 2020

Ribble Reserves Roundup w/c 06/01/20 The Ribble reserves blog combines new from all our Ribble Estuary sites: Marshide, Hesketh out Marsh and the Ribble Discovery Centre at Fairhaven Lake. Providing the latest news on sightings, events, shop offers and educational visits. Fistly, welcome to 2020, we are aiming for this year to be even better than ever! Starting off with a new Facebook page. We will now have a Ribble Estuary specific page @RSPBRibbleEstuary. This page will aim to do similar to the blog and combine news, sightings and information from all three sites across the estuary. We will wholeheartedly welcome your photos and contributions to the page. Please start following us now to keep up to date with events and happenings. Ribble Discovery centre We start the year with news that the female kingfisher is still being regularly spotted around the lake, we have received some wonderful photos and videos of her in action, so many thanks for those and keep them coming. The lake is also alive with the call of the redshank. A small number of redshank have taken to frequenting the slopes of the lake to probe. They are quite jumpy little birds, agitated very easily and if startled take off rapidly crying their tew-hoo-hoo alarm call. We've also maintained the regular cormorant drying off spot, frequently all 4 of a regulars stand together airing their wings, looking eerily prehistoric, especially in the wintry light. Photo from archive by Andy Hay The water level in the lake has been very low this week, whilst the contractors work on the sluice gate. This has led to the little egrets being able to stand in the lake to hunt. The egrets often roost in the trees on the islands at high tide and in the evening, but we rarely see them stalking prey standing in the lake. Photo from archive by Matt Wilkinson Meanwhile, up on the sand dunes there a small flocks of linnet flitting about, a lovely sight to see and hear as they twitter in flight. Linnet populations are currently down and they are of red conservation status. Education and Visitor Centre It's not long now till the ##BigGardenBirdwatch . For further information about this vitally important and fun to do survey please see our page here . The survey helps understand how our garden birds are doing and monitor trends and problems, which we can then all act on. We are already looking forward to half term and our nestbox building event on Wednesday 19 February 10-12, which coincides with National nestbox week. This is a limited and bookable event so please call the centre to reserve your places, £5 per nestbox or £4 for RSPB members. Shop After the mele of Christmas, our shop is now fully stocked with new exciting ranges and products. We also have a fantastic offer on suet nibbles, with 50% off 3kg bags, a great offer and will go down a treat for the ##BigGardenBirdwatch (Cover photo from archive by Any Hay)