Slow the Flow – Check Dams on Fell

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As part of the upland restoration work being undertaken by Rod these check dams are shown being put into ditches which in time will slow the flow of rain water down towards the river. Recent flooding around the country have shown that our uplands are severely depleted in water retention capacities. A healthy river needs healthy uplands which absorb water and slowly feed the rivers instead of fast runoff resulting in floods which damage the environment, towns and villages. Here are some photos showing Rod, and our lovely French volunteers Charlie and Caroline working with the various components like sheep wool, river rocks and rushesriver rocks being placed across a ditch--Charlie, Rod and Carolinesteady there they're getting heavier so hurry with that photothe finished "wall" across the ditchthank you Charlie and Caroline you did a great jo...

Egrets and Waders

Posted on - In Brian Rafferty Wildlife Photographer
Following on from my last posting I am now showing some of the other birds present at Marshside when the spoonbill turned up. I spent the afternoon at Nel's hide and enjoyed some super afternoon light and plenty of birds present in front of the hide.Little egrets were fishing close to the hide with up to three present  and these lovely elegant birds looked very nice in the afternoon sun.The ever present black tailed godwits fed close to the hide and showed off the detail and colour in their summer plumage.Two uncommon visitors to arrive and ones I hadn't photographed before were two male ruff in their breeding finery and a lone whimbrel which dropped in for a wash and brush up.Hope you enjoy this selection from Marshside and I am sure I will return soon for more encounters with it's wonderful bird life.Thanks for looking in and stay tu...
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Living Dangerously

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After yesterday I just knew that Oystercatcher nest was close to the road. But why would the silly birds make their nest just 12 inches from the verge where vehicles whizz by and where just yards away large wagons and other vehicles park while the occupants stretch their legs.  Feet away on the other side of the hedgerow is Conder Pool with tons of places they might set up home. The “oyks” picked a spot where a tiny area of gravel lies next to a roadside marker post. Good luck with that - they will need it. Oystercatcher Oystercatcher nestOystercatcher nest Maybe the other pairs of Oystercatchers, at least four others around the pool, chased them away, or possibly the two pairs of Avocets? I noted that the female Common Tern is now sat on her nest on the floating pontoon, the bird just visible behind the opaque screen whi...
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Seabits

Posted on - In Heysham Bird Observatory (LWT)
Sea 0745-0845Arctic Skua - one dm on then inSandwich Tern - loose flock of 6 flying out slowlyKittiwake - flock of 13 across then seemingly outRazorbill or Guillemot - one inManx Shearwater - 2 out distantlyCommon Scoter - one outGannet - one outIn addition a big thing was being mobbed by seagulls in the heat haze in line with Roa Island - could have been anything from a heron to a harris hawk which leaves a lot of options...
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EDF breeding bird survey

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A fairly comprehensive breeding bird survey of EDF property took place today - if anyone within the operational areas of the power station has anything to add, please email Pete (see sidebar for details).  Examples would be Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail and other things which like using buildings.On the positive side were a singing male Goldcrest, singing male Garden Warbler (possibly a late migrant) and an Oystercatcher on a nest - none of these three have been proved to breed successfully before. On the downside, no Ringed Plover, no Grasshopper Warbler (Trimpell tanks were checked)no Reed Warbler (yet? - they can be late), seemingly no Great Spotted Woodpecker and similarly no Water Rail.  Willow Warbler were in above average numbers with most of the rest of the stuff 'as expected'ChiffchaffFor the first time for a long time, the...

2017 Summer Shows and Events

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The Long Preston May Day kick started this year’s show season with family friendly fun in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales village! The Ribble Rivers Trust were attending the show for a second year in order to showcase the work we have been carrying out in the area and around the catchment.   Shows are a great way for us to spread the word about the work we do. The shows we attend are varied in theme Continue Reading... The post 2017 Summer Shows and Events appeared first on Ribble Rivers Trust. ...

BBQ.

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One or two Bowland Birds of Quality seen yesterday, though there were some blank spells, not least when I walked the length of track from Tower Lodge up by the plantation and back - a thirty minute crawl - and saw not a single bird but heard one Chaffinch, and in the entire 7 hours birding I heard not a solitary Willow Warbler let alone saw one, found no Redstart, and heard no Cuickoo.But it was good to find 4 Stonechat on Hawthornthwaite Fell, seen as two pair with no evidence of breeding. Up to 12 Sand Martin were flying up and down Hawthornthwaite Greave were I saw a Grey Wagtail, also 6 Meadow Pipit, a Mistle Thrush, and a Wren, a Buzzard with a couple of primaries missing, was the only raptor seen all day. Siskin Noushka @ 1000-Pattes At Marshaw, a pair of Siskin and 2 Spotted Flycatcher wer...
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Conder And How Not to Bird

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Things have sure moved on since last I was at Conder Green. There are now two pairs of Avocets breeding plus a pair of Common Terns showing all the signs. I was there this morning and somewhat surprised to see two Avocets flying from the pool to feed in the creek and to then see two pairs on the far island – six Avocets in total. The ones on the island are very distant but the two in the creeks gave a half decent chance for a picture. Early on I’d counted 170 Black-tailed Godwits, split 100/70 in favour of the creek. AvocetAvocet and Black-tailed GodwitBlack-tailed Godwit Also on the pool, a pair of Common Terns spent time and energy around the metal pontoon and fishing out towards the River Lune. I watched the male bring in small fish with which to entice the female to stay around; it looked like she was impressed. Commo...

It’s time for the Lily Of The Valley

Posted on - In I Love Arnside & Silverdale
This is a photo I took from previous years (Click to enlarge)from Dalton CragsThursday 18th May 2017 - Swift Watch - Meet at Burton In Kendal Memorial Hall at 1900hrsEveryone WelcomeThursday 18th May 2017 - Clawthorpe Hall - approx 1500hrsTwo Swifts seen high above Clawthorpe HallWednesday 17th May 2017 - Dalton Crags - 1000hrs to 1115hrsFive grouped Redpoll flew from the Beech over towards Storth Woods "eruptive group flight calls".  I thought all birds would have been paired by now!  Also two Swifts hawking over the lower Crags. The Redstart still could not be heard so I presume this spot will be vacant this year. Tree Pipit usual place and display and calling. Blackcaps and Garden Warblers singing away along with Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers.The Lily of the Valley should be making a good photo (for now this is last years pho...

Pleasington Bird Walk

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Date / Time Start date:  Thu, 01/06/2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm This guided walk will be led by Jonathan Fry from Blackburn Bird Club... and he'll be showing us how to survey woodland birds. Jonathan will be walking the transect he has set up at Pleasington Biological Heritage Site and telling us about the species of bird found in the woodlands and grassy glades of this beautiful site. Last years’ records included swift, goldcrest, sand martin, chiff chaff and blackcap. Pre-booking is essential for this FREE event. Bring along: Summary:  A bird ID walk around the beautiful Pleasington Biological heritage Site Main image:  ...