Sunday, 4 October 2015

Stock preparation

It's that time of year again where the Reserve welcomes back cattle and sheep for the autumn/winter season. We've been busy checking fencing and will be putting up signs to let everyone know where the stock will be. The cattle are due to be on the reserve in a couple of weeks time and sheep around that time also.

Fencing repairs in preparation for the cattle returning to the island

New fence posts replacing some of the rotten or missing ones from last year.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Bird numbers

We've had a rise in numbers of grey geese over the last couple of days with over a 1,000 pink-footed geese noted on the Reserve. There has been  good numbers of wigeon, lapwing and golden plover. Wigeon numbers have risen to over 1200 on Budle Bay this morning. It's worth pulling over safely in the lay by at Budle Bay and having a look from the comfort of your car. 

Some pictures from this morning

Pink-footed geese flying over head this morning

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Marine Conservation Society Beach Watch

On sunday alongside our regular litter picks we were happy to welcome volunteers and staff from Peregrini HLF project onto the reserve to complete the Marine Conservation Society's beach watch. This is a national project which we undergo most years. It involves not only collecting the litter we find on the beach but also recording it and sending the information back to the Society.

Marine litter not only looks rubbish but has devastating consequences for wildlife.

Amongst the litter we found on Sunday at Goswick and at the North Shore included tyres, gloves, lots of small pieces of plastic, plastic bottles and food cartons. With it all bagged up it was quite a mound of bags! We found lots and lot of balloons with string - something which can really be damaging to wildlife

Thanks to David and the guys from Peregrinni for arranging the litter pick and for helping out the reserve!

Friday, 25 September 2015

Events update

We have a events schedule up on the events page so have a look! The next on is this Wednesday with a goose count and bird watch at our Fenham -Le-Moor hide. It's a drop in event so pop down any time between 14.30 and 17.00.
JJD (c)

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Geese numbers on the up..

We had our first noted pink-footed geese with around 80 flighting in two days ago. Barnacle geese have followed closely behind with small flock seen today during our species count. They join the 2,300 light-bellied brent geese that are already using the Reserve. In the coming months we'll be monitoring the geese and wildfowl that are using the reserve to get an idea of numbers. For brent geese we will also assess their age. This information will feed into national and international surveys which help to guide conservation efforts.

(c) JJD

Monday, 7 September 2015

Brent Arrival

It's the time of year where we start to welcome our Scandinavian visitors such as light-bellied Brent geese to the reserve. Last week we had small groups of around 10 brent geese noted and numbers have continued to rise to around 300 today. With a peak of around 3,000 last year the arrivals have just started.

(c) JDD

Thursday, 3 September 2015

It's a sign!

Whilst having a sort through we found some of our old signs that have been used on the reserve. They have all been kept and put at the back of one of our workshops. You can see the shift the various names and guises Natural England have been in the past including The Nature Conservancy Council. The signs on the reserve are often being reviewed and updated for various reasons and it's great to look back and see what there was in the past. 

A well used metal sign from the reserve

Budle Bay information sign showing the bay and the wildlife you can see there

A variety of different signs and styles

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