Monday, 14 October 2019

Monday September 30th to Monday October 14th

2018 Annual Report

Our 2018 Annual Report is now on sale.

£15 for a full colour, glossy, 140 page A4 report. All profits will be spent on our work at Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve.

The report is much more than a list of the birds seen, it includes all of the site's wildlife, and is a record of all the work we did on site in 2018.

You can collect in person from Richard Horton, or we can post it to you (+ £2 p&p). Please DM or email us to place an order.

Once we've sold all 60 copies, we will release a free lower-res pdf for all to read.



Sponsored Birding Big Day

On Sunday 27th October, members of the Tice's Meadow Bird Group and the Rotary Club of Farnham Weyside are holding a sponsored Big Day's Birding at Farlington Marshes. We're aiming to see as many bird species as we can in a day. All proceeds raised will go towards the Rotary Foundation and the Tice's Meadow Bird Group.
If you'd like to sponsor us, please get in touch, either by email, Twitter, Facebook or in person. Feel free to sponsor us on a “per bird” basis, or for an overall amount. In 2017 we saw 80 species and raised over £750. Your support is very much appreciated!



Late News

Local fungi expert Mike Waterman identified 10 new species of fungi for site on a recent visit. This takes our pan-species list to 1,365 species.


Alex Potts shared some wonderful photos she's taken on site over the past month.

(c) Alex Potts
(c) Alex Potts
(c) Alex Potts
(c) Alex Potts
(c) Alex Potts
(c) Alex Potts
(c) Alex Potts
(c) Alex Potts


Monday September 30th


(c) Colin Varndell - Sunrise


Tuesday October 1st


(c) Colin Varndell - Canada Geese


Wednesday October 2nd

Richard Horton: Dunlin.

Mike Young: Snipe & 6 Stonechat.

(c) Mike Young - Dunnock
(c) Mike Young - Greylag Geese
(c) Mike Young - Speckled Wood
(c) Dina Burford - Fungi
(c) Dina Burford - Fungi


Thursday October 3rd


(c) David Glew - Woodland Track



Friday October 4th

No reports.


Saturday October 5th

John Hunt: 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 5 Lapwing, 6 Snipe, Grey Wagtail & 12+ Meadow Pipit.

Mark Elsoffer: Great Crested Grebe, 2 Little Grebe & Pheasant.

Some of our volunteers helped out at the Badshot Lea Village Pond work party this morning. Three more of our volunteers tidied up the site of the new hide ready for it's impending installation.

(c) Badshot Lea Infants School - Village Pond Work Party
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Work Party
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Ready for the new Hide
(c) Jane Maskew - Spindle
(c) Jane Maskew - Spindle
(c) David Glew - Goldfinches
(c) Simon Monk - Canada Goose
(c) Simon Monk - Cormorant


Sunday October 6th

John Hunt: 2 Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, 3 Snipe, Little Egret, 6 Swallow & 6 Redwing.

The first returning Redwings of the Autumn/Winter were recorded on the joint earliest date ever (also 06/10/13 & 06/10/18).

(c) Dina Burford - Moorhen
(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Track
(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Wheatear Field


Monday October 7th

No reports.


Tuesday October 8th

Richard Horton: Common Sandpiper & Wheatear.

Peter Brown: 2 Snipe, 14 Lapwing, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, 20 Wigeon, Pheasant, Grey Wagtail, Kestrel & 2 Buzzard.




Wednesday October 9th

John Hunt: Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 3 Stonechat, 12+ Skylark, 12+ Meadow Pipit, 25+ House Martin, 15+ Swallow, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 4+ Buzzard, Peregrine & Red Kite.

Richard Horton: 50 Golden Plover.

(c) Dina Burford - Spindle Berries
(c) Dina Burford - Common Darter
(c) Dina Burford - An Angelic Apparition in the Woods


Thursday October 10th

No reports.


Friday October 11th

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, Snipe, Little Egret, Kestrel & Buzzard.

We had the pleasure of showing a dozen or so local councillors around site today as part of the BVCP's AGM.


Saturday October 12th

No reports.


Sunday October 13th

S Mansfield: 2 Common Sandpiper, Great Crested Grebe & Yellow-legged Gull.

(c) Daniel Cook - Autumnal Scenes
(c) Daniel Cook - Autumnal Scenes
(c) Daniel Cook - Autumnal Scenes
(c) Daniel Cook - Autumnal Scenes


Monday October 14th

No reports.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Monday September 16th to Sunday September 29th

Site Sale

As revealed in the local press, Tice's Meadow is for sale. We've been advised to not say anything beyond this statement for now.

The Estate Agent's details can be read here.





Sponsored Birding Big Day


On Sunday 27th October, members of the Tice's Meadow Bird Group and the Rotary Club of Farnham Weyside are holding a sponsored Big Day's Birding at Farlington Marshes. We're aiming to see as many bird species as we can in a day. All proceeds raised will go towards the Rotary Foundation and the Tice's Meadow Bird Group.

If you'd like to sponsor us, please get in touch, either by email, Twitter, Facebook or in person. Feel free to sponsor us on a “per bird” basis, or for an overall amount. In 2017 we saw 80 species and raised over £750. Your support is very much appreciated!



Monday September 16th

Colin Varndell: 2 Snipe.

(c) Colin Varndell - Snipe


Tuesday September 17th

Roger Dickey: Grasshopper Warbler (ringed).

Lindsay Patterson: Dartford Warbler.

Colin Varndell: Spotted Flycatcher.

Grasshopper Warbler is the 136th species of bird recorded on site this year. This is the 6th record for site, the last being on 26/08/18.

Dartford Warbler is the 137th species of bird recorded on site this year. This is the 10th record for site, the last being 14/11/18.

Spotted Flycatcher is the 138th species of bird recorded on site this year. This is the 10th record for site, the last being on 09/09/17.

(c) Roger Dickey - Grasshopper Warbler
(c) Dina Burford - Berries
(c) Dina Burford - The Cattle Enjoy the Windfalls
(c) Colin Varndell - Avro Anson
(c) Colin Varndell - Blue Tit
(c) Colin Varndell - Mute Swans
(c) Colin Varndell - Kestrel
(c) Murray Nurse - Small Copper


Wednesday September 18th

Roger Dickey: Redstart (ringed - juv female) & Grasshopper Warbler (yesterday's bird re-trapped).

Richard Seargent: Wheatear.

Steve Minhinnick: 2 Green Sandpiper & Yellow Wagtail.

Redstart is the 139th species of bird recorded on site this year. This is the 8th record for site, the last being on 04/08/18.

A Daubenton's Bat was inadvertently caught in the mist nets and safely released unharmed.

(c) Richard Seargent - Redstart
(c) Susan Renaud - Common Darter
(c) Susan Renaud - Common Hawker
(c) Susan Renaud - Stumpery


Thursday September 19th

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, Little Egret, 2 Little Grebe, Kingfisher, Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat & 6 Stonechat.

Colin Varndell: Spotted Flycatcher (assumed to be same bird as 17th as in same trees).

A massive thanks to Roger Dickey, Andrew Bray & Mark Cutts, who ringed on site over the past 2.5 days. They ringed 86 birds, including 8 retraps, including Grasshopper Warbler (6th for site) & Redstart (8th for site) - both new for 2019.

(c) Steve Minhinnick - Reed Bunting
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Sedge Warbler
(c) Colin Varndell - Blue Tit
(c) Colin Varndell - Spotted Flycatcher
(c) Colin Varndell - Spotted Flycatcher
(c) Colin Varndell - Hobby
(c) Colin Varndell - Nuthatch
(c) Steve Minhinnick - The Moon
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Mute Swan
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Misty Morning
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Roger & Andrew Ringing
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Kingfisher


Friday September 20th

John Hunt: 2 Green Sandpiper, Whinchat & 4 Stonechat.

(c) Colin Varndell - Grey Heron
(c) Colin Varndell - Robin


Saturday September 21st

Dave Baker: Grasshopper Warbler (assumed to be the same bird as 18th & 19th).

(c) Dina Burford - Common Darter
(c) Dina Burford - Lord Len at Work
(c) Simon Monk - Lesser Black-backed Gull
(c) Colin Varndell - Blue Tit
(c) Colin Varndell - Cormorant
(c) Colin Varndell - Canada Geese
(c) Anthony George - Common Darter


Sunday September 22nd

Mark Elsoffer: 3 Green Sandpiper, Bar-headed Goose (escape), Whinchat, c100 Swallow, c400 Sand Martin,

Circa 25 people enjoyed a joint Surrey Bird Club & Blackwater River Festival guided walk this morning, despite the changeable weather.

We were happy to spend this afternoon supporting the Badshot Lea Kiln Open Day, as part of National Heritage Open Day.

(c) Simon Monk - The Walk Starts in Sunshine
(c) Simon Monk - Getting a bit Cloudy
(c) Dina Burford - Everyone in the Shelter
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Kiln Open Day

(c) Colin Varndell - Geese at Sunrise


Monday September 23rd

John Hunt: Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Whinchat, 5 Stonechat & 30+ House Martin.

Mark Elsoffer: 4 Snipe, 3 Pochard, 6 Wigeon, Bar-headed Goose (escape) & Wheatear.

A big thank you to Stu from the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership for mowing the Wheatear Field today in not very favourable weather.

(c) Colin Varndell - Buzzard
(c) Colin Varndell - Dunnock
(c) Colin Varndell - Canada Goose
(c) Colin Varndell - Grey Heron
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Stu Braves the Rain


Tuesday September 24th

Steve Minhinnick: Wheatear.


Wednesday September 25th

We had a very productive meeting with PCSO Platt from the Waverley Safer Neighbourhood Team today at Tice's Meadow. Now that Surrey Police have agreed Tice's Meadow is in Surrey, we are pleased to announce that Waverley Beat (Surrey Police) will be conducting sporadic patrols on site.
We will also be displaying police issue posters, and working on other initiatives to reduce anti-social behaviour on site.

(c) Colin Varndell - Buzzard
(c) Colin Varndell - Len's Lagoon Was Busy Today
(c) Mark Elsoffer - PCSO Platt Visits Tice's


Thursday September 26th

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 241 Greylag Goose, Arctic Tern, c40 House Martin & Hobby.

Steve Minhinnick: Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Ringed Plover & 2 Pochard.

Leonard Winchcombe: Little Grebe.

This is the 19th sighting of Arctic Tern on site, but the 5th this year.

The rangers and volunteers from the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership did a great job clearing vegetation from along the river north of Pegasus Bridge today as part of Blackwater River Week.

Our public moth trapping session was a great success this evening. We trapped 33 moths, of 19 species, with 3 new for site:
  • Box Tree Moth (Cydalima perspectalis).
  • Notch-wing Button (Acleris emargana).
  • Waved Black (Parascotia fuliginaria).
Moth List

Ben Dale also trapped and identified the first five Caddisfly species for site:

Caddisfly List

(c) Steve Minhinnick - Notch-wing Button
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Box Tree Moth
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Rosy Rustic
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Waved Black
(c) Colin Varndell - BVCP Work Party
(c) Colin Varndell - BVCP Work Party
(c) Colin Varndell - BVCP Work Party
(c) Colin Varndell - BVCP Work Party
(c) Colin Varndell - The Much Improved River Habitat
(c) Dina Burford - Bruce on his Evening Patrol
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Mothing
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Mothing


Friday September 27th

(c) Daniel Cook
(c) Daniel Cook
(c) Daniel Cook
(c) Simon Monk - Mute Swans
(c) Colin Varndell - Greylag Geese


Saturday September 28th

Twenty-one volunteers did sterling work clearing the river as part of the Blackwater River Festival this morning. It was great to see some new faces joining in. Great work by all involved.

(c) Colin Varndell - River Festival Work Party
(c) Colin Varndell - River Festival Work Party
(c) Colin Varndell - River Festival Work Party
(c) Colin Varndell - River Festival Work Party
(c) Colin Varndell - River Festival Work Party
(c) Dina Burford - Red Admiral


Sunday September 29th

(c) Simon Monk - Mixed Goose Flock
(c) Simon Monk - Greylag Geese