Blog Post: Calm is the day

Welcome to this week's Ribble roundup. We are still eagerly awaiting more followers for our new Facebook and Twitter pages. Please share, so we can reach out to as many people in the area as we can. Facebook: RSPBRibbleEstuary Twitter: @RSPB_Ribble Ribble Discovery Centre After the success of the feeders we have had in the "Secret Garden" at Fairhaven Lake, we have placed a feeding station near the centre of the park next to the pavilion. We are hoping this will attract the numerous goldfinch, blue and great tits that are frequently observed around the park, as well as the blackbirds, robins and chaffinch. Being next to the pavilion there is a seating area for to sit and enjoy the birds on the feeders. Recent sightings include the kingfisher again, the flash of shimmering blue is always a delight to see. The pintail ducks are also hanging around, just the 1 male still and a varying number of females looking very elegant on the calmness of the lake. Education and Visitor Centre We have our "Build a nestbox" activity looming closer as we approach half term. Our friends at Marshside have our kits ready, with thanks to one of their local schools. The activity will take place on Wednesday 19 February 10-12, booking is ideal so we can prepare for numbers. To reserve your space please call 01253 796292 or email us at ribble.reserves@rspb.org.uk £5 per kit for non members £4 per kit for members. The session links to Family Wild Challenge and is a great activity to get the kids involved in nature during half term. There will also be small "through the nesthole" quiz to undertake around the lake while the box dries. Then all you need to do is take it home and get it up ready for prospective tenants. We have also taken a number of bookings for school sessions during February, it's fantastic to see schools still wanting to get children outdoors even in the colder months. So we are looking forward to welcoming them. Our Volunteer Visitor Experience Internship is still live too, click here for further information and please feel free to highlight it to anyone you feel maybe interested. We have also been lucky enough to receive some BBC Radio Lancashire exposure in these last few weeks. Firstly talking with Alison Butterworth about the importance of the Ribble Estuary as a migration site and secondly having a chat with Brett Davies for his drive-time show to air on Friday 14 February. Shop Offers in the shop this week include: Two mugs for £16, retailing at £9 each (offer excludes local ranges but includes our fantastic new product range) Buy two nestboxes and save £2 Buy two scarves for £20, retailing at £15 each Buy two singing birds for £14, retailing at £8 each It's still 50% off buggy nibbles...but only till 18 February so make the most of this one Jo Marshside