Thursday, 27 August 2015

MarClim Surveys

The Lindisfarne intertidal rocky reefs are one of the many MarClim sites surveyed on an annual basis to investigate the effects of climatic warming on marine biodiversity. An important habitat on the reserve, the rocky reef is the place where land meets sea which provides a diverse but hostile environment.

The MarClim project builds on data already collected to investigate the effects of climate change on the marine environment. An extension of the Marine and Climate Change Program which ran from 2002-2005 the project surveys rocky reefs around the country on a yearly basis.

An interesting project highlighting the importance of long term data sets. You can find information on the data collated and collected by the MarClim project via the National Biodiversity Network Gateway ( or by contacting the
Marine Environmental Change Network (MECN) Co-ordinator (

Nova Mieszkowska (MBA) and Heather Sugden (Univeristy of Newcastle) surveying Lindisfarne inter-tidal rocky reefs

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Help out the reserve this Bank Holiday Monday

Fancy doing something rewarding this Bank Holiday then head over to Lindisfarne NNR for our litter pick. We are meeting at the Snook car park (first on the left as you come onto the island) at 10.00 am until 12.00 . If you fancy giving us a hand to clean up the reserve then just turn up (sensible footwear and suitable clothing i.e. waterproofs recommended). If you want more information then ring  01289381470. Hope to see you there.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Monastic Strip

Last year staff and volunteers helped out with preparing and planting flowers in the monastic strip on Holy Island. Although not on the NNR it was nice to be involved in an interesting project and when we were asked by Richard to take some photos - I had to share them.

Adding colour to the track side

Teasels in the strip

Providing a valuable habitat for invertebrates

Friday, 21 August 2015

Meadow Sweet

Even a being a little later in the summer the dunes are still awash with colour and this particular flower is showing well at the moment. Meadow sweet Filipendula ulmaria is the white fluffy flower you may have seen whilst visiting the dunes on Lindisfarne. It's name has come from mead sweet and was used to flavour mead. Quite apt on Lindisfarne! It's such a great plant for butterflies and bees that I thought it was worth a mention.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Swallow update

These cheeky chappies fledged last week.....we wish you all the best and see you next year......

Botanical Surveys

Last week you may have noticed small groups of people in the dunes talking in Latin. We had a group from the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland who came from as far a field as London and Perth (as well as Belford and Alnwick!). They were there surveying the botanical interest of the NNR as well as other areas around the coast. It was great having them on the reserve and it will be really interesting to see what comes out of the many recording cards and notes they completed. We may even have some interesting finds to put on the blog. Hopefully the information will feed into our records. Knowing what botanical records we have on the reserve and where they are allows us to shape future management.  Here's the group below - hope they enjoyed their time, I enjoyed learning some more latin!

Friday, 14 August 2015

New Lough Hide

Recently the new hide at The Lough was finished. We are currently looking to get some information in the hide to tell visitors a little bit about the NNR and Natural England. We put a diary for people to put there sightings. It was lovely that after two days it had already been used and here are a few pictures of what was in it below.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Bird walk a great success

You may have noticed that last month we had a guided walk led by Graham Bell. Weather on the day looked like it could turn wet however we all plowed on and had a lovely walk. Walking down the Crooked Lonnen Graham encouraged us to stop and appreciate even the most common species. He told us all about the common daisy, doves and pigeons among others and we came to the understanding that everything really does have an interesting story attached it. Following round the wagon way we came to the new Lough hide which provided a welcomed stop. Here we were treated to grand views of tufted duck, little grebe and swallows and martins playing in the reeds. A brief look at some of the wildflowers on the way round to the Straight Lonnen and it was brilliant to hear about the grass of Parnassus and stumble upon a garden tiger moth almost as if Graham had placed it there on the path to find.
The new Lough hide - a mid way point to our walk.

Graham showing birds foot trefoil to he group and demonstrating where the name comes from.

Thank you to Graham Bell for guiding the walk