The reserve’s kingfisher has been very active over the past few weeks in front of the main hide. If you are a member of the reserve, make sure you get down there to catch a glimpse!
The Wasp Spider (Argiope bruennichi) was first spotted near the pond dipping platform on Saturday 25th August 2018, by member George Walthew. This is a new addition to the reserve’s species list. This species of spider is known to live predominantly along the south coast of England, although they are now establishing in habitats further northwards. […]
The nature reserve was delighted to have been asked to take part in Chris Packham’s 24hr BioBlitz, from the 21st to 22nd July. This was an intense period of ecological surveying to record all of the living species on the reserve! We were incredibly lucky to have a visit from Chris Packham himself, who spent […]
Winter captures from the reserve!
Last year we were asked to process a membership application from a person who lives in Australia (our previous record distance for a member was Germany). His name is Nathan Enriquez and he is a palaeontology student. He was due to come over to the UK at Christmas, and was keen to visit Kings Dyke. […]
As the reserve transforms into its amazing autumnal colours, our members have been out capturing some brilliant wildlife scenes!
Some of the latest summer splendours!
We are very excited to announce our 2017 Open Week agenda! It is going to be the largest and most diverse Open Week we have ever held. Open Days 2017 Open days are Tuesday 30th May, Thursday 1st June and Saturday 3rd June (all midday – 6.00pm). Open Day Events Fossil Hunting : Pond Dipping : […]
This morning, two of our Wardens ventured out onto the mere (in our new boat), to place roof tiles on Tern Island. The purpose of these tiles is to provide the young terns and black headed gulls (which have just returned for the summer) with somewhere to hide from predators (a technique used on other nature […]
A wonderful time of year, with lots of young birds, mammals and insects in abundance across the reserve. Enjoy this latest gallery by our members!
Here is a fantastic series of captures, by member Terry Mckenna, of a group of squabbling coots having a fisticuffs! Even the local wildlife misbehave every now and then!
Please take a look at this latest set of fantastic captures from our members. Neither the cold or even Storm Doris could deter them getting down to the reserve this month!
A stunning capture by member George Walthew. Simply too good not too share!
A new year at King’s Dyke Nature Reserve! This is the time of year where we undertake a lot of management work before the breeding season begins in the spring. Typical work includes clearing overgrown ponds and trimming back vegetation to encourage growth. Winter days also often provide a fantastic insight into the challenges wildlife faces. […]
Despite the temperature dropping in the last few months, our member’s spirits haven’t been dampened and they have been out and captured some brilliant moments on camera, which you can see in the gallery! The wildlife on the reserve is doing really well for this time of year, with an abundance of berries and plantation available for food, […]
Natural England have teamed up with King’s Dyke Nature Reserve to undertake drone survey work, to help plot the extent of the various habitat types we have on site. The work has allowed us to view the reserve and habitats in a perspective never possible before and to analyse a surveying process that opens up a […]
Here is a magnificent set of photos by member Frank Steeley, showing our resident Marsh Harrier taking a baby coot. Not always the nicest side of nature to observe, but still a vital part of survival.
Following the conclusion of August at the reserve, it is now the perfect time to reflect on the incredible insects that have been seen by members. Many of the ones captured, will only be around for a few further weeks – while the weather is still warm! So if you fancy seeing them, make sure […]
This has been an amazing summer for new life; from our birds, mammals and insects across the reserve. Thanks to the abundance of nature visible to our members, and the fantastic work by dedicated parents, we have have captured some great moments!
The warm weather has made for some lovely days at the reserve this month and our members have been snapping away! Please see a selection of their excellent captures!