There’s a nip in the air!

Hello birdwatchers We’re already 3 weeks into my new programme and on the last couple of trips there has been an autumnal nip in the air. The gloves have been on this month already! My new group of birdwatchers are meeting at Hollybush Conservation Centre on Monday evenings and, so far, have

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Post Birdfair Blues

Hello birdwatchers After 3 days at Rutland Water talking to fellow birders, watching events and walking around the extensive Rutland Water reserve, I’m now back at my laptop feeling a little deflated. It has been a weekend filled with friends, old and new, and some amazing views of ospreys. The

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Spring has finally sprung (I think!)

Hello birdwatchers What a traumatic spring we’ve had so far for our migrating birds. Both incoming and outgoing birds have struggled to make their habitual journeys to their breeding grounds this year. Bird reports have been unseasonably winter-esk with long-tailed duck, smew, waxwings, redwing, fieldfare and siskins still being seen in

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March-ing into Spring

Hello birdwatchers The sunny skies on Saturday gave us a fantastic start to the month of March when we visited YWT’s Askham Bog followed by the Lower Derwent Valley.  The water levels had receded considerably by Saturday morning but, due to time constraints, we stayed on the boardwalk at Askham Bog.

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Winter collection from D&G – 2013

Hello birdwatchers I’m just back from Start Birding’s annual winter trip to Dumfries and Galloway in south-west Scotland. This year I was joined by 8 lovely people and, once again, we stayed at the wonderful Millbrae House in Rockcliffe owned by Linda and David Birdsall. This stunning countryside is home to thousands of

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