Thursday, 4 February 2016

New Facebook page

We have just set up our Facebook page - find us at for more updates and information.

Looking towards the Snook

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Water sampling

The weather certainly changed today and galeforce wind was replaced with blue skies. It was an ideal day to undergo our water quality sampling in partnership with EA. This ongoing sampling allows us to look at the quality of the water that runs into the Nature Reserve.

Taking water samples at Teal Hole Bridge.

Carrying out samples at Budle Bay.


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Selected Peak Counts

Slavonian grebe - 20
Whooper swan - 28
Pink-footed geese - 1200
Barnacle geese - 500
Light-bellied brent geese - 682
Shelduck - 1608
Wigeon - 1255
Teal - 265
Mallard - 382
Eider - 475
Long-tailed duck - 28
Golden plover - 1183
Grey plover - 175
Lapwing - 207
Knot - 300
Dunlin - 1296
Bar-tailed godwit - 1107
Curlew - 553
Redshank - 641
Turnstone - 50

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Sand Accretion

Over the past few months we've seen some amazing accretion particularly down at the south of the Reserve. In this picture you can clearly see the fresh sand covering the marram. You can also just about see a post where we put up seasonal information posters.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016


It was WeBS (Wetland Bird Survey) last weekend - Staff and volunteers were out on Sunday recording at hightide. In addition we also completed a count at low tide on Saturday. It's great to be able to compare the different areas being used at low and high tides and also to link in with the BTO who get sent the data. Look out for updates when we get all the data in from our counters. Thanks to everyone who helped.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Dune Slacks Wetting Up

The Reserve has seen an increase in standing which has filled up our dune slacks as well as some areas which don't usually stay wet for very long. This picture of a dune slack on the Reserve just a month ago we were hand pulling pine seedlings from the middle of where the water is now- The dunes are such a changing and dynamic system.



Water in front of the Window on Wild Lindisfarne where it's possible to get good views of teal, curlew, shoveler amd mallard amongst other species.


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Rain and shine!

Well the good weather didn't last long and we were out today clearing up areas of cut vegetation in rain and shine! Cutting vegetation on the island helps to open up the sward and improve biodiversity. Key areas we haven't had grazed by sheep or cattle are tackled with scythe and brushcutter.


Thursday, 7 January 2016

Peak Counts for December

The peak counts from December:

Whooper swan - 23
Pinkfooted geese - 4500
Barnacle geese - 1200
Greylag geese - 700
Light-bellied brent geese - 1461
Wigeon - 928
Mallard - 322
Teal - 282
Pintail - 157
Long-tailed duck - 9
Eider - 532
Ringed-plover - 59
Oystercatcher - 1372
Grey plover - 461
Golden plover - 1088
Bar-tailed godwit - 859
Dunlin - 1442
Knot - 1378
Sanderling - 58
Curlew -1547
Black-headed gull - 300
Common gull - 795