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Blog Post: Stand and Stare 

16 Aug 18

With the summer holidays in full swing we’re all looking for the opportunity to set aside work and relax, whether it’s spending time with friends, visiting new places or simply stepping out into the great outdoors.


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Blog Post: A chance to save nature – by Samantha Lyster 

6 Jul 18

It’s a rare situation where national political debate is sparked by women wearing bikinis.


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Blog Post: RSPB Sandwell Valley – What it means to me 

5 Jul 18

It is often difficult to answer the question about why you enjoy a site so much.


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Blog Post: #VolunteersWeek2018 

7 Jun 18

Volunteering means different things to different people.


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Blog Post: My Visitor Volunteer Experience by Laura 

1 Jun 18

I started volunteering at RSPB Sandwell Valley near Birmingham in March 2018 as a Visitor Volunteer.


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Blog Post: Top 5 butterflies to spot this month 

1 Jun 18

We’re all of a flutter! It feels like it’s been both summer and winter these last few weeks, with blazing temperatures on one day and relentless rain the next – not to mention the thunderstorms and rather astonishing displays of lightning! But …


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Blog Post: Smelly Sandwell Valley by Sue Fox 

17 May 18

After a few weeks volunteering at RSPB Sandwell Valley, usually on a Tuesday, I found that this was the day when, once every few weeks, the tanker comes to collect the waste from the septic tank! That got me thinking, what does all the wildlife make …


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Blog Post: My first month as a Learning Assistant Intern by Christina Nijar 

14 May 18

It’s been about a month since I joined the RSPB Sandwell Valley team and it’a been bit of a whirlwind so far.


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Blog Post: Owen helps save the albatross! 

11 May 18

Hi, I am Owen! I am not only speaking for myself, but for the Eco-council at Witton Middle School in Droitwich.


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Blog Post: St George and the Dragonfly 

20 Apr 18

Almost everyone knows the great legend of St George and the Dragon, the brave knight who fought to rescue a princess and later became known as the Patron Saint of England.


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Blog Post: The elusive butterfly and other tales 

5 Apr 18

Spring is late this year and every time we cleared the snow on the reserve we had more a week later, but last Sunday was warm and pleasant so we set off to Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham to find our first butterfly of the year.


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File: Canada Geese. 

3 Apr 18

Territorial feud.


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Blog Post: SpawnWatch 

28 Mar 18

You may have heard of the Big Garden Birdwatch, but have you heard of SpawnWatch? For the next two weeks our volunteers will be keeping an eye out for our amphibian friends and any frog spawn – those amazing little green clumps of jelly! We’re …


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Blog Post: Spring, spring, spring! 

16 Mar 18

After being hit by stormy winds and snowy blizzards from the east, we’re all waiting in anticipation for spring to finally arrive.


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Comment on Golden Eye 

15 Mar 18

Golden Eye  taken today 15/3/2018 at Sandwell Valley, See photo at  Sandwell Valley photo’s…


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Comment on Grey Heron died the next morning after tasking this Photo 2 (Portrait ) 

15 Mar 18

May have been shot, notice what looks like a Pellet mark at the top by the eye, The Two photo,s was take just a few feet from the bird…


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Blog Post: Volunteering at RSPB Sandwell Valley by Jenni Wilding 

9 Mar 18

I have been volunteering at the RSPB Sandwell Valley Reserve for over a year now, and my only regret is that I didn’t start volunteering sooner, having lived in the local area for a fair number of years.


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Blog Post: Sandwell snipe almost steal the show… but not quite 

1 Mar 18

I often say that I always leave Sandwell Valley as a volunteer with a new memory which will often stay with me for a while – last Friday in the hide was no exception – a joyful couple of hours in the afternoon with two memories.


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File: Snipe 

14 Feb 18

Common Snipe from the Lakeside hide.


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Comment on tuneful Sandwell Valley 

12 Feb 18

what tune can you play…


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Forum Post: RE: A chilly day in February 

11 Feb 18

Very nice pictures Lawrence, and hope your buddy liked his day out.


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Forum Post: A chilly day in February 

11 Feb 18

It’s been some time since I posted here…


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Blog Post: Dipping into Forest Bathing 

25 Jan 18

The Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, offers the RSPB another pathway to connecting people with nature, and to develop a unique wellness approach that could potentially help those suffering from stress.


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Blog Post: Winter Weather and Super Sightings 

19 Jan 18

After a month or so of snow and frost icing over the car park and freezing part of our lake, we’re back into full swing here at RSPB Sandwell and looking forward to what the New Year will bring.


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Blog Post: Trees and the wood wide web (part 2) 

19 Dec 17

“Underground there is another world” said Suzanne Simard, one of the leading researchers on the wood wide web.


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File: Cold feet? 

9 Dec 17

Robin waiting patiently for free food.


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Blog Post: What’s that Bird in my Garden? by Emily White 

27 Jan 17

We’re all getting busy here at Sandwell RSPB ready for the Big Garden Bird Watch this weekend.


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Forum Post: RE: Bullfinch & Kingfisher 

22 Sep 16

That’s great thank you, we’ll be sure to tag you in them! See you soon in the centre! Lucy…


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Forum Post: RE: Bullfinch & Kingfisher 

20 Sep 16

I think my twitter tag is @Trugga – perhaps I should use twitter a little more 😉 Next time I’m at the visitor centre, I’ll pop in and say hi.


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Forum Post: RE: Bullfinch & Kingfisher 

20 Sep 16

Hi Lawrence, That’s brilliant, thank you! We will share on our Twitter soon.


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Blog Post: Recent Sightings: Birds of the Summer Holidays 

13 Sep 16

So it’s getting towards the end of the quiet bird season, and that vaguely warm time of year we often refer to as ‘summer’.


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Blog Post: Meet our Hide Guides – Graham Vernon Volunteer 

8 Sep 16

  Hi! My name is Graham Vernon ( No relation to the football pools Ha! Ha! ) I have been a volunteer now for about three months and I am only 74 years young.


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Forum Post: RE: Bullfinch & Kingfisher 

5 Sep 16

Hello Lucy – thank you for the kind comments.


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Blog Post: Pond Dipping at RSPB Sandwell Valley 

1 Sep 16

The summer holidays are in full swing.


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Blog Post: Meet Jake – Sandwell Valley’s youngest volunteer! 

1 Sep 16

Hello, my name is Jake,I am 7 years old and have been a regular visitor to RSPB Sandwell Valley for about 4 years.


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Forum Post: RE: Bullfinch & Kingfisher 

31 Aug 16

Hello Lawrence, Apologies for the delayed reply, we’ve just seen your post here at Sandwell Valley! You have some fantastic shots, would it be okay if we were to share some on our social media please? We could obviously credit you, and tag your …


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Forum Post: RE: Bullfinch & Kingfisher 

7 Aug 16

Very nice – sometimes distance gives more to the shots, as in this case.


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Forum Post: Bullfinch & Kingfisher 

7 Aug 16

Took a morning stroll to the new RSPB development at Sandwell Valley – nice building with a fantastic view over the wetland.


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Blog Post: Ruth Lawton- Super Ranger! RSPB Sandwell Valley’s Volunteers 

15 Jul 16

This blog is one in a series we are running about the fabulous volunteers that keep RSPB Sandwell Valley alive and thriving.


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File: Fox 

24 May 16

Fox, spotted on the island oon Swan Pool…


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File: Grey Heron – Juvenile 

24 May 16

Grey Heron – Juvenile…


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File: Coot & Chick 

24 May 16

Coot & Chick – Cascade Pool – May 2015…


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Forum Post: Walk-about – 22-05-2016 

22 May 16

It seems such a long time ago that I went for a stroll around Sandwell Valley, but it was great to get back and meet up with a few fellow photographers.


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Blog Post: My Connecting People and Nature Internship – Jenny Stevens 

20 May 16

Jenny Stevens – My Connecting People and Nature Internship RSPB Sandwell Valley is special.


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Blog Post: Community Project 2016 – Give Sandwell Nature a Home 

5 Apr 16

Giving Sandwell Nature a Home- What’s this all about then? Giving Sandwell Nature A Home is this year’s exciting community project from RSPB Sandwell Valley about enhancing wildlife in an urban space and giving everyone in Sandwell the chance to …


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Blog Post: The Origin and Achievements of the Community Forum. 

5 Apr 16

So how did we get here then? For those of you who have visited Sandwell Valley for years, you may fondly remember our old visitor centre, and perhaps the less-fond memories of us losing it.


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Blog Post: WHO? RSPB Sandwell Valley and the Community Forum 

5 Apr 16

Hello and welcome to our first Community Forum e-newsletter! We thought we’d start with a little introduction to who we are.


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Blog Post: Recent Bird Sightings – February/March 2016 

16 Mar 16

The big story so far of 2016 has undoubtedly been the very early return of a  little ringed plover.


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Blog Post: Easter at RSPB Sandwell Valley 

24 Feb 16

Wanted Property for sale or to let for Sandwell’s local wildlife.


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Blog Post: A Day in the Life of… Andy White, Visitor Centre Volunteer 

9 Feb 16

To celebrate how brilliant our volunteers are and give you a behind the scenes peek of life at RSPB Sandwell Valley, we’re starting a series of blogs written by our volunteers about them and their roles at Sandwell.







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