Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Seal Safari

We held a Seal Safari at the weekend and the stars of the walk didn't fail to perform. We had hundreds basking, swimming and bottling - putting on a great show for our walk. We walked up to the Look Out Tower getting amazing views from The Heugh and in the building itself. Thanks to everyone who came.

We have up to 4,000 seals hauling out on the sand flats, mudflats and rocky shore of Lindisfarne NNR. You may be lucky enough to see some of the seals close at hand as you walk around the island – here are our handy tips on how to act so that you and the seals are happy and safe.


Be aware- Realise that you are in an area where you may come across seals and be prepared to change route or move away from an area if you encounter any on the shore.  

Keep Your Distance – It is tempting to try and get a better view of the seals even if they don’t move away your presence will be affecting their behaviour.
Keep Dogs on Short Leads - seals may look docile and cute but they are wild animals. Their bite is also infectious for both humans and dogs.  Keeping your dog under control will prevent them getting in harm’s way.
Do not approach large groups of seals out on the sand and mud flats - Allow at least 50 m between you and the seals. Walking towards large groups of seals causes them to find refuge in the water expending valuable energy they need to survive.
 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Yoga on the North Shore

 
 
It may seem a little weird pairing a National Nature Reserve with something like Yoga. Having said that we had Yoga on the North Shore on Sunday and the tranquillity of Nature Reserve married with the calm of the yoga perfectly. Despite a slight breeze the sun shone and the group just about had the whole beach to themselves. Big thanks goes to Trudy from Berwick and Borders Yoga for running the event.
 




Monday, 22 August 2016

It's that time again ...MarClim survey! What did we find on the Rocky Shore??

Every year the MarClim project with the help of NE staff survey the rocky shore here on the Nature Reserve. You can find out more about the survey here http://www.mba.ac.uk/marclim/. The data collected feeds into a national dataset which over time can tell us about species shifts. Below are some of the species that were found on the survey.

All were photographed and left were they where found to carry on their day. If you are out rock pooling around the Reserve then remember to leave anything you look at where you found it, replace any rocks and if you have dogs with you keep them on a lead or close at heel. Thanks to Catherine Scott for the images and captions.




A squat lobster (Galathea squamifera) on the rocky shore, hiding under a rock. Always make sure that you put a turned rock back carefully in its original position, so the animals and plants uncovered do not dry out and die.

Velvet Swimming crab (Necora puber) -- be careful they can give you a nasty nip.



Brittlestar (Ophiothrix fragilis) a small example sitting on Halichondria sponge.


Loads of beasties in a rock crevice. Can you spot the Strawberry anemone (Actinia fragacea) and the edible crab (Cancer pagurus)?


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Not just shorebirds need our help...

This year you may have noticed a different design of sign on the Reserve. Over the summer months we had these (see below) throughout the Reserve to give visitors information about ground nesting birds such as lapwing, skylark and meadow pipit. Did you see one?
 
 
 All the mentioned birds nest at ground level and often you won't know you are near their nest until they shoot up and away or start calling like lapwing. In addition to the sign we also fenced off a small area with temporary fencing just to give them an area free from disturbance. We monitor the breeding birds in this area and hope to share the numbers from the last few years here on the blog.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Friday, 12 August 2016

Pirri pirri bur

Reserve staff and volunteers have been collecting the seeds of pirri pirri bur on the main paths among the dunes of Lindsifarne NNR to prevent them being spread further into the dunes. You can help us by staying on the paths when visiting the Reserve, and by checking your shoes, clothing and dogs for the burs before leaving.

In addition to the seeds being spread by the prickly burs, the plant also spreads by stolons that grow underground - this can make it hard to remove completely. Pirri-pirri causes artificial dune stabilisation, competes with native sand dune species, invades the botanically rich areas of the dunes in dry seasons, and burs can get tangled in fledgling bird's feathers preventing them from flying.






John one of the volunteers helping us to remove the burs from the sides of a path to help prevent spread.




The burr acts like velcro and sticks to clothing and dog fur.






Thursday, 11 August 2016

Seals, Yoga and bats......join us for an event at Lindisfarne

We've got a few events coming up in the next couple of months - info below. Some require book please get in touch on 01289381470 for more info! Also keep checking our events programme section of the blog.


20th August – Seal Safari
Time: 10.00-12.00 Location: Window on Wild Lindisfarne (Booking Required)
With increasing numbers of seals hauling out on mud and sand flats of Lindisfarne NNR come along to a dedicated seal watch Meeting at the Window on Wild Lindisfarne. We’ll walk a short distance to view the seals using telescopes. Staff will be on hand to tell you more about these fascinating mammals.
 


 NEW - 21st August – Introductory Yoga Session with Trudy of Berwick Borders Yoga
Time: 14.00-15.00 Location: meet at The Snook carpark
The inner peace of yoga set in the peace and perfect tranquillity of Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve’s North Shore. Suitable for all abilities, this gentle, hour-long yoga session will take inspiration from the ebb and flow of the tide. Feel your body let go as the sound of the waves and sea breeze lulls you into a deep relaxation. Come and share this very special experience.
Booking essential and places are limited: £7.50 (You will need to bring a mat and wear comfy, easily removable layers.)
 
27th August – Batty About Bats                                        
Time: Drop in anytime from 14.30-17.00 Location: Window on Wild Lindisfarne
To celebrate national bat night we’ve put together an afternoon of activities to get you in the mood for some batty adventures. With bat related crafts, games and information.
 

18th September – Great British Beach Clean  (Booking Required)
Time: 10.00-13.30 Location: The Snook Carpark

A chance to help clear the Reserve of potentially harmful and unsightly litter whilst feeding into the national Beach Clean survey.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Inner peace of yoga set in the peace and perfect tranquility of Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve

A new event has been added to the programme -
 
 

Picture JJD (c)

21st August – Introductory Yoga Session with Trudy of Berwick Borders Yoga



Time: 14.00-15.00 Location: meet at The Snook carpark
The inner peace of yoga set in the peace and perfect tranquillity of Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve’s North Shore. Suitable for all abilities, this gentle, hour-long yoga session will take inspiration from the ebb and flow of the tide. Feel your body let go as the sound of the waves and sea breeze lulls you into a deep relaxation. Come and share this very special experience.
Booking essential and places are limited: £7.50 (You will need to bring a mat and wear comfy, easily removable layers.)