A Tale Of Two Halves.

Wednesday morning produced yet another icy start at Oakenclough. After a few dire days of catches and thinking along the lines of that old upbeat Howard Jones song, we imagined that “Things could only get better”. How wrong we were as we failed t…

Blog Post: The haven of Fairhaven

The new Fairhaven Lake Visitor Centre Wow! what a busy time it’s been. The finishing touches were added to the shop merchandising and we finally opened our doors on Thursday 29 April, after closing in March 2020 it felt like a long time coming. It was great to welcome back all of our visitor centre volunteers, don the uniform once again and open our brand new doors to the public for the first time. Unfortunately the weather turned for the Bank Holiday weekend, but we had many regulars visiting to stock up on their long missed bird seed, a number of families through and lots of hot drinks consumed. The centre has now also been officially opened by the Mayor, so it is all systems go. Due to Covid there are some interactive family elements in the centre that are not quite ready for use yet. There will be an interactive self use “roatating kiosk” providing a variety of views across the estuary and lake and the touchscreen TV screen at the back will provide information linking to our website and social media pages. We also hope to introduce some small family events in the near future as restrictions are eased and in a couple of weeks we also hope to have activity backpacks for hire. Currently, there are audio pens available for little ones to select and listen to the bird sounds on the new information boards. These are really great fun, allowing self selection of sounds and noises, that we will be adding to all the time. Audio pens are a resource that are frequently used in schools, so will be familiar to many children. We are ensuring that these are fully disinfected and rotated between uses. We have increased our range of binoculars in the shop introducing the Leica range alongside our other reputable brands. To see our fabulous range please just call in or if you prefer call us on 01253 796292 to arrange a specific binocular or telescope appointment with one of our knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Other News Our opening seemingly coincided with swifts returning to the area so we are taking that as a good omen. Fabulous to see these birds returning, alongside swallows and house martins these birds will have made their way from the plains of Africa, having just spent the winter zipping around elephants and giraffes, they are now looking to find suitable nesting places in which to breed, before heading back off to Africa in August. The observation of passage birds such as wheatear and stonechat have now slowed as they make their way to their breeding grounds. But we are now joined by blackcaps, willow warbler and whitethroat , all adding their own tones to the birdsong around Fairhaven Lake and the sand dunes at the tip. We were also privy to a fantastic wader spectacle at high tide earlier in the week, with murmurations of dunlin and ringed plover. These birds were pushed in close to Granny’s Bay by the tide and provided astounding views, catching the eye of many perambulating the promenade and causing quite a scene in the skyline, terrific to see and fabulous to chat to so many people who were staggered by the spectacle they were witnessing. There are also a couple of swan nests around the lake, so there will be cygnets swimming around soon. Great to grab a coffee in the centre and check on the new arrivals at the lake. We hope to see you all soon. Jo Photos: Audio pens, whitethroat, ringed plover and dunlin by Jo

Osprey double

A WNW breeze freshened slightly and moved to NW. mainly sunny in the morning but showers in the afternoon.Report from Pete:Osprey 2 – one very distant north at 0735. Another first seen heading north over sunny slopes, then Battery/Aldi at 09:10 Se…

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Snow tops the bill – we have had busier days!

A cold fresh west wind all day, but the sun shone for most of the day.Snow covered the South Lakes hills. This shot from the harbourIt wasn’t just a light dusting but a serious covering, it was still laying thick on the ground in the afternoo…

The wind turns and the Terns turn off!

The wind switched round to the NW during the night, and stayed there all day, quite fresh early on, but easing slightly as the day progressed. Mainly overcast with some showers.The only thing seen on the sea this morning by Jean and Pete was:Gannet 1So…

The sea still providing interest

SE wind freshened during the day to almost gale force by evening, by then almost due south. The rain graciously held off till mid morning then increased in intensity with the wind. By later evening the wind was easing and the rain eased, but it’s forec…

Three Different Days

As I sit here at my computer on Bank Holiday Monday, looking out of the window, it is decidedly dreich, so the perfect opportunity to look back on three different days from Friday – Sunday. Friday morning, I was back at my wintering bird survey si…

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