Thursday, 8 December 2016

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve Advent Calendar - Door number 8

Halichoerus grypus or grey seal can be seen around the Reserve. We've regularly got up to 4,000 which haul out on the Sand and mudflats of the intertidal areas. You may come across some as you walk around the Reserve. We've got some great advice on viewing seals in a safe and considerate way. Have look here for some more info:

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve Advent Calendar - Door number 7

Wading birds are an important feature of the site and Bar-tailed godwits often arriving in their bright summer plumage which changes to a lighter grey winter plumage, can be seen on the sand flats and mudflats of the Reserve. They breed in Scandinavia and again Lindisfarne's draw is food related -the mud seen from the causeway may look bleak and empty but when you look closer there are many small worm casts. Bar-tailed godwits feed on them extensively throughout the Reserve along with other wading birds such as knot, oystercatchers and redshank. Numbers of godwit have reduced over the last ten years and we've seen a drop from 4000 birds to 1500.


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Lindisfarne National Nature ReserveAdvent Calendar - Door 6

Fulmars can be seen on the cliffs near Coves Haven on Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve. We've had 50 individuals over the past week. Photo AD

Monday, 5 December 2016

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve Advent Calendar - Door number 5

Todays focus for the advent calendar is Eider. We see these birds throughout the year and they gather in large flocks in winter. This picture by John Dunn shows a brightly coloured male. On still days you may hear their distinct woo ing call.



Saturday, 3 December 2016

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve Advent Calendar - Door number 3

We are up to C in the advent calendar and we had to choose cows! With us from September through autumn and winter they graze the dunes on the Reserve to open the sward for the flowers in summer.


Friday, 2 December 2016

Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve Advent Calendar - Door Number 2

Todays advent calendar was a toss up between berries and butterflies. Berries are an important food source for smaller birds such as fieldfares and redwings. We thought we would take you back to the summer and give a little splash of colour on this December day. Here's a dark-green fritillary which you can see throughout the dunes in the summer months.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Advent calendar - Door number 1- 1st December

We're doing a Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve Advent Calendar throughout December. To kick of we've opened door number 1 to reveal Anas Penelope commonly known as wigeon. This amazing photo was taken by Reserve volunteer John Dunn.