Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Thursday 31st December to Monday 18th January

Your Fund Surrey

We have registered with Surrey County Council's Your Fund Surrey scheme for a grant of between £250,000 and £1,000,000. If successful, we will use the funds to purchase Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve and place it in trust (or similar) for the benefit of the local community.

A detailed business case has to be submitted in February. In the meantime, we are asking all of our supporters to show their support by clicking the link below and "liking" our project:

https://yourfundsurreymap.commonplace.is/comments/5fb2e7df0f3933b6444863cb

 

 

Thursday 31st December

Richard Seargent: Brent Goose.

 

Friday 1st January

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Brent Goose, Treecreeper & Peregrine.

Dave Baker: Lesser Redpoll & Siskin.

Kevin Duncan: Possible Siberian Chiffchaff.

(c) John Hunt - Green Sandpiper

(c) John Hunt - Treecreeper

(c) Wild Cam - Tufted Duck


Saturday 2nd January

Magnus Brodie Cooper: 17 Golden Plover (over).

Richard Seargent: Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Little Egret, Brent Goose, Kingfisher & Peregrine.

Dina Burford: 2 Lesser Redpoll.



Sunday 3rd January

John Hunt: Brent Goose & Peregrine. 

Elizabeth & Louis Reumont: Goldcrest.

Richard Seargent: 73 Lapwing, Snipe & Lesser Redpoll.


 

Monday 4th January

Richard Seargent: Brent Goose.

 

Tuesday 5th January

No reports.

 

Wednesday 6th January

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper.

(c) Dina Burford - Sunset Over the Hide



Thursday 7th January

Dina Burford: Little Egret.

(c) Dina Burford - Great Crested Grebe

(c) Dina Burford - Newly Thinned Woods

 

 

Friday 8th January

Richard Seargent: Brent Goose

Dina Burford: Little Egret.

(c) Dina Burford - Brent Goose

(c) Dina Burford - Little Egret

(c) Dina Burford - Shoveler



Saturday 9th January

Richard Seargent: Brent Goose.  

Dina Burford: Little Egret.

(c) Dina Burford - Fieldfares & Starlings

(c) Dina Burford - Grey Heron



Sunday 10th January

Dina Burford: 2 Little Egret.

(c) Dina Burford - Little Egret

(c) Dina Burford - Shoveler

(c) Simon Monk - Frost



Monday 11th January

Dina Burford: 3 Little Grebe & Chiffchaff.

Kat Nicola: Goldcrest & Treecreeper.

(c) Kat Nicola - Goldcrest

(c) Kat Nicola - Treecreeper

 

 

Tuesday 12th January

Dina Burford: 120+ Lapwing & Zebra Finch (escape).

(c) Dina Burford - Zebra Finch

 

 

Wednesday 13th January

Dina Burford: White-fronted Goose & Brent Goose.

2nd site record of White-fronted Goose, last recorded 22/02/79.

This is the adult that was the last of three birds to linger along the River Wey around Unstead, last seen at Shalford Water Meadows on 7th January.

(c) Dina Burford - White-fronted Goose

(c) Dina Burford - White-fronted Goose

 


Thursday 14th January

Dina Burford: Brent Goose


Friday 15th January

Dina Burford: Green Sandpiper, 9+ Mute Swan & Brent Goose.

(c) Dina Burford - Brent Goose

(c) Dina Burford - Kestrel

 

 

Saturday 16th January

Dina Burford: Brent Goose.

(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Meadow

 

 

Sunday 17th January

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper & Brent Goose.

(c) Wild Cam - Robin

(c) Richard Seargent - Sunrise Over the Meadow

 

Monday 18th January

Dina Burford: Brent Goose.

(c) Dina Burford - Lord Len Cleaning Out the Nest Boxes

 

 

Friday, 15 January 2021

Your Fund Surrey

 

Dear Supporters,

Firstly, thank you once again for signing our petition – we have almost 11,000 signatures now! We know that the petition is keeping the sale of the site in the public eye, so please continue to share it with your friends and family.

We have registered with Surrey County Council's Your Fund Surrey scheme for a grant of between £250,000 and £1,000,000. If successful, we will use the funds to purchase Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve and place it in trust (or similar) for the benefit of the local community.

A detailed business case has to be submitted in February. In the meantime, we are asking all of our supporters to show their support by doing the following:

1. Click the below link:
https://yourfundsurreymap.commonplace.is/comments/5fb2e7df0f3933b6444863cb

2. Click the purple “like” button.
3. Enter your email address and click the “next” button.
4. Answer the personal questions, or leave them blank. Click “next”.
5. Answer the “stay informed” questions with yes/no.
6. Click the purple “finish” button.
7. Open the email from “Commonplace” (check your spam folder if not in your inbox) and click “confirm agreement”.

Please do register your support, and ask all of your friends and family to sign up too. Surrey County Council will be using public support as one metric when deciding on which projects to fund, so every vote counts.

Thank you for your continued support of Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve.

Regards,

The Tice's Meadow Bird Group

Saturday, 2 January 2021

2020 - A Quick Review

149 bird species were recorded on site in 2020. The joint second highest annual total, with 6 new species for site: Arctic Skua, Black-winged Stilt, Glossy Ibis, Little Bunting, Long-eared Owl & Marsh Tit.
 
The site list now stands at 200 species.
 

 
We recorded 19 species of wader on site in 2020, of the 30 species ever recorded on site. A couple of surprising omissions, but definitely a #waderfest autumn passage.



 

26 species of butterfly were recorded on site in 2020, including 2 new for site: Brown Hairstreak & Large Tortoiseshell.
 
We also had a Glanville Fritillary of dubious origin.
 
Our butterfly list now stands at 30 species.
 

 
 
A record 23 species of Odonata (dragonflies & damselflies) were recorded on site in 2020, including 3 new for site: Downy Emerald, Lesser Emperor & Scarce Chaser.
 
Our Odonata list now stands at 26 species.
 
As recently as 2004, you would struggle to find a dragonfly on site!


 

 

161 new species of wildlife were recorded on site in 2020, taking our site pan-species list to 1,539.
 
Big thanks to Sean Foote & Abi Jacobs (67), and Dina Burford (57) for all their hard work in finding and identifying new species.
 


 

 

Despite no public work parties since March, due to both COVID & the sale, we still did 2,303 volunteer hours in 2020. Using Heritage Lottery calcs, this equates to a value of £24,075 - dwarfing any spend by other stakeholders. 
 
Happy New Year to our wonderful volunteers!
 








 

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Monday 30th November to Wednesday 30th December

Site Sale

The communities of Farnham, Badshot Lea, Aldershot, Tongham and Ash have six months to save Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve - full story here.

 

Audio of the interview on BBC Radio Surrey with Daniel Gee of the Farnham Herald.


 

 

Monday 30th November

Richard Horton: Brent Goose.

 

Tuesday 1st December

Richard Seargent: 78 Lapwing & Brent Goose.  


(c) Jon Hawkins - Sunset

(c) Wail Sabbagh - Bullfinch

(c) Wail Sabbagh - Goldfinch

(c) Jason Davies - Red Kite


 

Wednesday 2nd December

Dina Burford: Brent Goose & Siskin.

(c) Dina Burford - Brent Goose

 

 

Thursday 3rd December

No reports.

 

Friday 4th December

 

(c) Dina Burford - Greylag Geese
 

Saturday 5th December

Dina Burford: c170 Lapwing, Brent Goose & Peregrine.

(c) Dina Burford - Peregrine

 

Sunday 6th December

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 71 Lapwing, 21 Teal, 23 Wigeon, 19 Shoveler, 4 Pochard, 2 Gadwall, Brent Goose, Water Rail, Grey Wagtail & 20+ Fieldfare.

Peter Brown: Peregrine.

(c) Jon Hawkins - Diving Coot

(c) Colin Varndell - Fox

(c) Colin Varndell - Song Thrush

(c) Colin Varndell - Stonechat


 

Monday 7th December

Anon: Brent Goose.

 

Tuesday 8th December

Dina Burford: Brent Goose.

Wail Sabbagh: Siskin.

Colin Varndell: Little Egret.

(c) Wail Sabbagh - House Sparrow

(c) Wail Sabbagh - Siskin

(c) Colin Varndell - Dunnock

(c) Colin Varndell - Fox

 

Wednesday 9th December

Peter Brown: Snipe, Brent Goose & Peregrine.

Karen McCormack: 60+ Lapwing.

Big thank you to Roger, Mark & Lara for bird ringing all morning at the feeding station - 50 birds were ringed, plus 9 re-traps. We then went to the Kiln to ring the Barn Owls, but unfortunately no-one was home.
 
 
(c) Dina Burford - Bird Ringers

(c) Dina Burford - Siskin Being Ringed

(c) Dina Burford - Siskin Being Ringed
 

We were delighted to host another group of home-educating children this afternoon. It's great to see so many members of the local community enjoying their nature reserve.

(c) Philippa Mitchell - Kids Visit

(c) Philippa Mitchell - Kids Visit

 

Thursday 10th December

No reports.

 

Friday 11th December

Richard Seargent: Green Sandpiper, Brent Goose, Kingfisher, 3 Siskin & Peregrine.

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Snipe & 124 Lapwing.

(c) Dina Burford - Lord Len & His Friend

 

 

Saturday 12th December

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper.

Dina Burford: Brent Goose & 2+ Siskin.

(c) Colin Varndell - Canada Geese

(c) Colin Varndell - Siskin

 

Sunday 13th December

Richard Seargent: Brent Goose & 184 Coot.

 

Monday 14th December

Dina Burford: Brent Goose, Grey Wagtail & Peregrine.

(c) Dina Burford - Peregrine


Tuesday 15th December

Gillian Stokes: 2+ Siskin.

Dina Burford: Grey Wagtail.

Anon: Brent Goose.

(c) Dina Burford - Cormorant with Pike

(c) Dina Burford - Wren

(c) Colin Varndell - Red Kite


 

Wednesday 16th December

Dina Burford: Little Egret.


Thursday 17th December

Dina Burford: Brent Goose, Grey Wagtail & Siskin.

Dina Burford: Velvet Shank (Flammulina velutipes) - new species for site.

 

(c) Dina Burford - Red Kite over the Obs

(c) Dina Burford - Siskin

(c) Colin Varndell - Kestrel

(c) Colin Varndell - Dunnock

Our work doesn’t stop at the nature reserve boundary.... Working in partnership with the Badshot Lea Bloomers & Waverley Borough Council, this morning we built & launched a duck nesting raft on Badshot Lea Village Pond. Duck house to be added soon.
 
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Raft

(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Raft Takes Float

(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Raft in Place

 

 

Friday 18th December

Richard Seargent: Brent Goose & Peregrine.

 

Saturday 19th December

John Hunt: Brent Goose.

Richard Seargent: Peregrine.

(c) John Hunt - Brent Goose

 

Sunday 20th December

Dina Burford: Brent Goose

Richard Seargent: Green Sandpiper.

(c) Colin Varndell - Magpie Mobbing a Kestrel

 

 

Monday 21st December

Richard Seargent: Brent Goose, Great Black-backed Gull (ad) & 5 Chiffchaff.

(c) Colin Varndell - Chaffinch

(c) Colin Varndell - Redwings

 

 

Tuesday 22nd December

Dina Burford: Brent Goose & 2+ Siskin.

Our Barn Owls at the Kiln were ringed this morning by BTO licensed ringers Roger & Lara. Surprisingly, both owls were male - one was a juvenile from this year, and one an adult c4 years old. All of the data gathered will be used to help our knowledge of Barn Owls.
 
(c) Jort Brough - Barn Owl Ringing

(c) Jort Brough - Barn Owl Ringing

(c) Jort Brough - Barn Owl Ringing

 

 

Wednesday 23rd December

Richard Seargent: Brent Goose, 16 Pochard & Water Rail.

Dina Burford: Firerug Inkcap (Coprinellus domesticus) & Silverleaf (Chondrostereum purpureum) - both new species for site.

 

Thursday 24th December

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper

Dina Burford: Brent Goose & 2+ Siskin.

(c) Dina Burford - Workings & Flooded Meadow

(c) Colin Varndell - Coot

(c) Colin Varndell - Crows mobbing a Buzzard

(c) Colin Varndell - Robin



Friday 25th December

 

(c) Dina Burford - Shoveler

(c) Simon Monk - A Busy Ibis Point

(c) Colin Varndell - Canada Geese

(c) Colin Varndell - Roe Deer

(c) Colin Varndell - Christmas Day Sunrise



Saturday 26th December

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper & Brent Goose.

Dina Burford: 1+ Siskin.

Beth Cook: Little Egret.

(c) Beth Cook - Little Egret

(c) Beth Cook - Little Egret

 

 

Sunday 27th December

Richard Seargent: Brent Goose.

 
(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Track

(c) Dina Burford - Western Silt Pond Overflowing Path

(c) Beth Cook - House Sparrow

(c) Beth Cook - Tufted Ducks
 

Monday 28th December

Anon: Brent Goose.

(c) Dina Burford - Frosty Morning

(c) Dina Burford - Frosty Morning
 

Tuesday 29th December

Richard Seargent: Green Sandpiper & Brent Goose

Richard Horton: Jack Snipe.

(c) Dina Burford - Brent Goose

 

Wednesday 30th December

Richard Seargent: Brent Goose.

(c) Rebecca Haskell - Frosty Morning

(c) Rebecca Haskell - Frosty Morning