• Have you seen the Bittern?

    11 Jan 2019

    A welcome winter visitor to Brockholes, the Bittern has once again returned and has been spotted by a few regular visitors. What is a Bittern? A rare and shy heron, the Bittern spends almost all its time hidden away in large reedbeds, where it feeds on eels and other fish. It is has wonderfully camouflaged […]

  • What has been seen so far in November?

    16 Nov 2018

    The trees are turning and the starlings are murmuring, Autumn is in its prime and wildlife is rife all over our 250-acres of nature reserve. From Cormorants to Kingfishers, Robins to Lapwings, the birds seen around the reserve are vast in numbers and species. If you tread carefully along the Guild Wheel path, where the […]

  • Welcoming the return of the Little Ringed Plovers

    10 Aug 2018

    The summer heatwave has affected wildlife in many ways. Most notably for us, it has given us an abundance of butterflies and falling water levels at the reserve. And while this doesn’t sound like the most positive news, the low water level has brought back a species which hasn’t been seen at Brockholes for a number of […]

  • What wildlife has been spotted at Brockholes? – July 2018

    31 Jul 2018

    It’s been another month of sunshine, right up until the last week when everything got a good (and much needed) soaking! With the start of the Summer Holidays, Brockholes has been at the height of busyness, and the wildlife has been lapping up the limelight too. We’re so lucky that our visitors are so caring […]

  • Breeding wader numbers on the rise

    13 Jul 2018

    A lot of conservation work goes on at Brockholes behind the scenes. Staff and volunteers spend their days clearing scrub, coppicing, planting wildflowers and assessing the site for ways we can improve the reserve for the wildlife; helping nature flourish. Nowhere is this hard work more evident than the pools where our waders have been […]

  • What’s been seen at Brockholes? – June 2018

    04 Jun 2018

    What a month! With the sun shining almost constantly it has been full-steam ahead at Brockholes! And not just for us – the wildlife has taken advantage of the beautiful weather and really seems to have flourished after our rotten spring. It seems like you can’t walk anywhere on the reserve without disturbing a butterfly, […]

  • A black tern flying over Number One Pit at Brockholes nature reserve

    What’s been seen at Brockholes? – May 2018

    30 May 2018

    It’s been an exciting month at Brockholes! With spring in full swing there has been plenty to see on the reserve, including a handful of rare species! A secretive Savi’s The start of the month whipped birders into a frenzy as a very rare Savi’s warbler was heard calling away in the reeds. Its soft […]

  • A flock of whimbrel enjoying the lake at Brockholes

    Watch out for whimbrel

    03 May 2018

    Volunteer Ranger Helen Earnshaw has noticed that a special bird has begun arriving at Brockholes for its annual summer holiday. There is always something to watch out for at Brockholes Nature Reserve and this month the whimbrel have returned to the site. The whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) is a wader in the Scolopacidae family, and while […]

  • Keep your eyes peeled for Ospreys

    03 Apr 2018

    More updates from our Conservation Intern, Helen Earnshaw – this month she shares her excitement for the potential of the Osprey’s return… At Brockholes Nature Reserve this is the time of year that we well and truly turn our eyes to the sky… will we see the Osprey pass over? Will one decide to make […]

  • Sand Martin Brockholes Nature Reserev

    The Return of the Sand Martin

    19 Mar 2018

    Helen Earnshaw is one of our Conservation Interns on the reserve, she tells us about an exciting new arrival… A sure sign that spring is just around the corner is when you spot your first Sand Martin… and they have started to return to Brockholes Nature Reserve this week. The Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) is […]