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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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Blog Post: ‘Walk It Off’ New Year Walk – Birdwatching for All 

19 Jan 16

We got the year off to a great start, with our ‘Walk It Off’ guided walk on Saturday 2 January.


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Blog Post: Nature’s Reach Christmas and New Year Opening Times 

22 Dec 15

We’re happy to say we’re open over much of Christmas and New Year but our elves will be having a little break, so please take a look at our opening times before deciding when to visit.


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Forum Post: RE: Sandwell Valley Bird Hide and opening hours. 

8 Sep 15

Hi Thomo, I’m the site manager at Sandwell Valley.


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Forum Post: RE: Sandwell Valley Bird Hide and opening hours. 

28 Aug 15

Hi Thomo, I have alerted Sandwell to your query and I am sure they will get back to you soon.


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Forum Post: Sandwell Valley Bird Hide and opening hours. 

27 Aug 15

Can anyone from the staff at Sandwell Valley reserve, explain to me why the bird hide at that RSPB reserve has very limited hours and days when it’s open? Compared to every other RSPB reserves, the bird hide at RSPB Sandwell Valley is open on very …


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Forum Post: RE: Sandwell Valley Visitor Centre 

18 Mar 15

Hi, if you can send me an email: alex.


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Forum Post: Sandwell Valley Visitor Centre 

15 Mar 15

I live in North East England, but I regularly come to stay at my cousins in the West Midlands three times a year and I hope to visit Sandwell Valley towards the end of September and I hope to see the new Sandwell Valley Visitor Centre.


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Forum Post: Kingfisher 

2 Jan 15

Although I’ve posted these photos in the General Wildlife section, I thought I’d add them to the Sandwell Valley area (so I can find them easier in the future) Lawrence…


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Forum Post: Long Tailed Tits 

2 Jan 15

I’ve been following a flock of these for my last couple of visits to Sandwell Valley – finally today, I managed some acceptable photos: Lawrence…


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Blog Post: Winter is coming 

7 Nov 14

Well, Winter might actually be here, it pouring down and its almost dark! Yet, despite the rain, there is still plenty to see at Sandwell Valley.


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Blog Post: And its Goodbye from him 

19 Sep 14

It was back in June 2013 that I started on a 15 month voluntary placement at RSPB Sandwell Valley and Middleton Lakes reserves as Assistant Warden Intern.


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Blog Post: Bird Sightings Week Commencing 1st September 

13 Sep 14

Bird sightings week beginning 31 Aug Cormorant ( x 22),  tufted duck, coot, lapwing, lesser black backed gull, black headed gull, reed warbler, moorhen, magpie, swan, heron, crow, wood pigeon,  great crested grebe, mallard, Canada Goose, stock dove…


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Blog Post: Volunteer internship opportunity 

29 Jul 14

Do you want to develop a career in conservation? Do you want to become part of a team at two of the Midlands most exciting reserves? Well if so, we have the opportunity for you! We are looking for a volunteer intern to join our small team at …


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Forum Post: RE: Great Crested Grebe 

13 Jul 14

Great set, especially to see 4 juveniles.


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Forum Post: Great Crested Grebe 

13 Jul 14

Was pleased, finally, to capture the Grebes fishing: I do love that last photo.


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Forum Post: Help us find a name! 

26 Mar 14

We are very excited here at RSPB Sandwell Valley!!!!! Our new visitor centre will begin construction this year, with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the four year wait is nearly over and we expect to start this summer.


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Blog Post: Its March, it must be Spring! 

5 Mar 14

Sandwell Valley really is a great place to be at the moment.


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Forum Post: SV 01-03-2014 

1 Mar 14

It seems an absolute age since I’ve had a walk around Sandwell Valley, so I was pleased to enjoy 3½ hours in the chilly sunshine (rather than rain) this morning: More photos here Lawrence…







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