Sunday, 4 November 2018

Monday 15th October to Sunday 4th November

Aviva Community Fund

Please vote for us in the Aviva Community Fund to help us raise £1,000 to buy BioBlitz equipment.

2019 Calendars

The Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve 2019 calendars are now available to pre-order. Full details here.

Monday 15th October

No reports.

Tuesday 16th October

No reports.

Wednesday 17th October

No reports.

Thursday 18th October

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, a Little Grebe, 254 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 137 Herring Gull, 95 Greylag Geese, a Buzzard, a Red Kite, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk & a Peregrine.

Friday 19th October

Murray Nurse: Little Grebe, Mediterranean Gull, 9 Linnet, Kestrel, Red Kite & Peregrine.

Hugo Wilson: 4 Little Egret & a Ring-necked Parakeet.

Kev Campbell: 4 Swallow.

This is only the 9th recorded sighting of Ring-necked Parakeet on site.

Four of our stalwart volunteers spent the day clearing overgrown vegetation from the River Blackwater. Areas of open water create new habitats for insects and birds - the Grey Wagtails are loving the newly opened area, and Kingfishers have been seen recently along this stretch.

(c) Kev Campbell - Grey Heron
(c) Kev Campbell - Kestrel
(c) Kev Campbell - Kestrel
(c) Kev Campbell - Swallow
(c) Rustam Khan - Bullfinch
(c) Rustam Khan - Goldfinch
(c) Rustam Khan - Grey Heron

Saturday 20th October

Mark Elsoffer: Water Pipit.

This is only the 18th recorded sighting of Water Pipit on site, but the 2nd this year.

Nine volunteers spent today working on our new shelter. We fitted soffits to the front and sides (to keep the weather out from under the roof), and gave all of the timber a coat of wood stain. We've left the rear side of the roof open to provide nesting spaces for birds and bats.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Shelter
(c) Dina Burford - Grey Wagtail

Sunday 21st October

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper, 3 Stonechat & 30+ Fieldfare.

Peter Brown: Peregrine, Red Kite, 2 Buzzard & 2 Kestrel.

(c) John Hunt - Bullfinch
(c) John Hunt - Nuthatch
(c) Kev Campbell - Kestrel
(c) Kev Campbell - Buzzard
(c) Kev Campbell - Grey Heron
(c) Anthony George - Berries
(c) Anthony George - Red Kite

Monday 22nd October

(c) Paul Mannering - Bullfinch
(c) Paul Mannering - Mute Swan

Tuesday 23rd October

No reports.

Wednesday 24th October

B Gwynn: 6 Ring-necked Parakeet (these were not seen on site, but were seen flying over Morland Road having come from the direction of the site).

Thursday 25th October

No reports.

Friday 26th October

No reports.

Saturday 27th October

Leonard Winchcombe: Green Sandpiper.

Huge thanks to the 12 volunteers who planted the biodiverse roof of our new shelter with 416 native wildflower plugs today. The roof was also seeded with a native wildflower mix, and the guttering installed.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Planted Roof
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Shelter

Sunday 28th October

No reports.

Monday 29th October

Murray Nurse: Great White Egret.

Great White Egret is the 132nd species of bird recorded on site this year.

This is only the 5th recorded sighting of Great White Egret on site.

Richard Horton gave a talk about Tice's Meadow at the Badshot Lea Community Association AGM this evening.

(c) Susan Renaud - Collared Dove
(c) Susan Renaud - Grey Squirrel

Tuesday 30th October

No reports.

Wednesday 31st October

Peter Brown: 6 Snipe, 8 Pochard, a Kestrel, a Red Kite & a Buzzard.

Thursday 1st November

No reports.

Friday 2nd November

Richard Horton: 2 Great White Egret, 5 Pochard & a Raven.

This is only the 6th recorded sighting of Great White Egret on site, but the 2nd this week, and the first sighting of more than one bird.

Saturday 3rd November

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Snipe, 5 Pochard, 106 Greylag Goose, 450 Black-headed Gull, 3 Stonechat, 6 Buzzard, a Kestrel & 2 Red Kite.

The count of 106 Greylag Goose is a new site record.

Richard Seargent: Common Darter.

Sunday 4th November

John Hunt: 4 Snipe, 40+ Lapwing, 3 Pochard, 9 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 40+ Tufted Duck, 2 Stonechat, 4 Red Kite and a Sparrowhawk.

Richard Seargent: 89 Greylag Goose, 21 Wigeon, 64 Teal, 153 Black-headed Gull, 119 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 53 Herring Gull & 3 Common Gull.

Jort Brough: Jack Snipe & Little Egret.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

2019 Calendars

The Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve 2019 calendars are now available to pre-order.

These full colour, glossy wall calendars feature only photos taken at Tice's Meadow in 2018, showing a wide variety of the site's wildlife, along with some of the work we've been up to this year.

The calendars are £8 each (collect in person) or £9.50 each (posted).

All profits will be invested back into the nature reserve.

Please email your order to us ( and we'll let you know how & when to pay.

Pre-orders close on November 18th - don't miss out!

Massive thanks to Jort Brough for designing and laying-out the calendars. And thanks to all the photographers for sharing their amazing photos.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

A Winning Project

Press Release

Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve

Quarry Life Award Win

A group of local volunteers in Badshot Lea are celebrating having won second prize and a cheque for £2,200 in an international conservation competition.

The Tice's Meadow Bird Group constructed a Biodiversity Trail at the Badshot Lea nature reserve as their entry into the 2018 edition of the Quarry Life Awards - a biennial competition run by Heidelberg Cement which showcases the best conservation, research and community projects conducted in their quarries around the world.

Andy Duncan of Hanson Presents the Award to Richard Seargent & Richard Horton
The Biodiversity Trail is a 1.5 mile long circular self-guided walk around the site, taking in a cross-section of habitats and conservation projects, and represents a £10,000 investment in infrastructure on site, to provide for both visitors to site and the site's wildlife.

The Biodiversity Trail & Site Map

The volunteers installed 16 waymarker posts to guide visitors along the trail and 6 benches for visitors to rest on and enjoy the views. Signs were installed at each site entrance, containing a map of the site and the site rules and contact details. The main site entrance also got a large combined map and noticeboard unit as well as a large sign on the main gate. Six interpretation panels have been installed along the trail route, educating and engaging visitors with the site's wildlife and history.

An Interpretation Panel

A Woodland Bird Feeding Station was built by the volunteers using timber salvaged from the recent traveller incursion and fly-tipping. The bird feeders have proven popular with both the local birds and visitors to site, with the viewing screen having had to be extended twice to accommodate the number of users.

Visitors at the Woodland Bird Feeding Station

An innovative Swift Tower, with nesting space for 11 pairs of endangered Swifts, was erected in the meadow on an 8m tall telegraph pole, donated and erected by Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks. The Swift Tower has an ingenious solar powered calling device, which will play Swift calls during the breeding season to attract the first new tenants.

The Swift Tower

Pupils from Badshot Lea Village Infants School painted 30 wooden butterflies and dragonflies which have been displayed along the trail. A number of bug hotels were built by the cub scouts from 2nd Aldershot and 5th Farnborough packs, whilst Duke of Edinburgh students from Badshot Lea helped build a hibernacula for hibernating reptiles.

The Hibernacula

A site leaflet has been designed and printed, and handed out to visitors and displayed in local tourist information points. The leaflet contains a large site map, details of how to get to site, contact details and information about the site's wildlife.

Community engagement activities have taken place for local groups including: Bells Piece (Leonard Cheshire Disability), Surrey Bird Club, Farnham U3A, Milford U3A, Badshot Lea Village Infants School, 12th Farnham (Wrecclesham) Cub Scouts, 2nd Aldershot Cub Scouts, 5th Farnborough Cub Scouts, Aldershot, Fleet & Farnham Camera Club and Rushmoor Borough Councillors.

Pupils from Badshot Lea Village Infants School and the QLA Judges

Following consultation with disabled visitors and “Birding for All”, the trail was designed to start and finish at an accessible RADAR gate and the benches were spaced along the route at the recommended intervals to cater for visitors with limited mobility. Wheelchair user level viewing slots were added to the woodland feeding station screen, and the interpretation panels and benches were positioned so as to be useable by wheelchair users.

Distinguished Guests on a New Bench

The project was funded with generous seed funding from Hanson, which attracted further grants from the National Lottery's Big Lottery Fund and the Surrey Bird Club. Logistical support and donations of materials were gratefully received from SSE Networks, P.C. Landscapes and Advanced Tree Services.

Anthony George & PC Landscapes in Action

Tice's Meadow Bird Group Chairman Richard Horton said “the Biodiversity Trail has been a massive success, with increased numbers of visitors to site, increased visitor satisfaction recorded, more new habitats created for the site's wildlife and a welcome increase in the recording and reporting of site biodiversity. We believe we have succeeded in our mission of “connecting the quarry with the local community” and crucially, we have attracted a number of new volunteers to our group”.

"We are so grateful to Hanson and Heidelberg Cement for inviting us to enter the Quarry Life Awards, and for recognising our volunteers' efforts with a generous cheque. I'd also like to thank the National Lottery players who have helped fund this grant through their playing of the National Lottery. And finally, this project would never have happened without the sterling efforts of our volunteers who have achieved a massive amount of good work over the past year."

The Certificate, Trophy & Cheque

Our final QLA report: link
Our final QLA presentation: link
For more information about the Quarry Life Awards: