Saturday, 9 April 2016

Thursday March 31st to Friday April 8th

Annual Report

Our 2015 Annual Report is now back from the printers. Please see the attached for how you can order a full colour, glossy, A4 hardcopy.



Pan Species List Update

Isobel Girvan, Principal Ecologist at Surrey Wildlife Trust, got in touch with us and kindly sent us the results of a Surrey Botanical Society Monad survey she conducted at Tice's Meadow in August 2013. Isobel added 12 new species to the Pan Species List:

- Common Duckweed, Pale Persicaria, Marsh Horsetail, Greater Bird's-foot-trefoil, White Poplar, Cock's-foot, Sharp-flowered Rush, Hard Rush, Creeping Bent, Meadow Foxtail, Silverweed and Horse Chestnut.

Mark Elsoffer went through the documents accompanying the planning application for the petrol station on the Bike Field, including the Ecological Assessment prepared by SLR Consulting and historical records collated by the Surrey & Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centres, and identified 11 new species for the Pan Species List:

- Painted Nomad Bee, Dark Blood-bee, Palmate Newt, Water Vole, Rough Hawkbit, Wood Horsetail, Dog's Mercury, Goat Willow, Toad Rush, Wavy Hair-grass and Smooth Meadow-grass.

The Tice's Meadow Pan Species List now stands at 985 species.


Tice's Twitchers Table

Do you keep a list of all the birds you've seen at Tice's Meadow? If so, then please let us know your total as we're putting together a league table for the website. This is just a bit of fun and will hopefully encourage semi-regulars to twitch birds they need for their lists and visit the site a little more often.


Lost and Found

A large camera lens hood has been found at Tice's Meadow. Please get in touch if it's yours and you'd like it back.



Thursday March 31st

John Hunt reported 3 Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Chiffchaff, a Stonechat, 4 Sand Martin and a Kestrel this morning.

In addition, Murray Nurse reported a Water Rail, a Wheatear and a Willow Warbler today.

Willow Warbler is the 95th species recorded on site this year. The first Willow Warbler of 2016 was reported 4 days earlier than in 2015.

(c) John Hunt - Fox
(c) John Hunt - Green Sandpiper
(c) John Hunt - Pochard
(c) Murray Nurse - Red Kite
(c) Murray Nurse - Red Kite
(c) Murray Nurse - Red Kite


Friday April 1st

John Hunt reported a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 54 Teal and 5 Pochard this morning.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported 2 Little Egret, a Wheatear, 3+ Blackcap and a Sparrowhawk this morning.

In addition, Mark Elsoffer reported 3 Little Ringed Plover, 30 Wigeon, 10 Tufted Duck, 4 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 3 Swallow, 35 Sand Martin, 4 Chiffchaff and 2 Kestrel this afternoon.

(c) Richard Seargent - Sparrowhawk

(c) Richard Seargent - Sparrowhawk
(c) Richard Seargent - Mute Swan


Saturday April 2nd

Mark Elsoffer spent the day on site and reported 2 Lapwing, a Little Egret, 2 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 6 Shoveler, 40 Teal, 14 Tufted Duck, 30 Wigeon, 3 Wheatear, a Blackcap, a Willow Warbler, a Bullfinch, 8 Chiffchaff, c100 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel and c20 Buzzard - 6 were seen in the site's airspace at one time.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported a Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover and a Red Kite today.

(c) Frank Boxell - Blackcap
(c) Richard Seargent - Chiffchaff
(c) Richard Seargent - Chiffchaff
(c) Kev Campbell - Jackdaw
(c) Kev Campbell - Red Kite
(c) Kev Campbell - Red Kite
(c) Kev Campbell - Red Kite
(c) Kev Campbell - Chiffchaff
(c) Kev Campbell - Kestrel
(c) Kev Campbell - Long-tailed Tit
(c) Kev Campbell - Wood Pigeon


Sunday April 3rd

John Hunt reported a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 50+ Teal, 15+ Wigeon, 4 Shoveler, 4+ Chiffchaff and 3+ Blackcap this morning.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported 3 Little Ringed Plover and 3 Willow Warbler this morning.

In addition, Richard Horton reported 3 Wheatear this morning.

In addition, Kev Campbell reported 20 Sand Martin and 2 Swallow this morning.

In addition, Kevin Duncan reported a Red-legged Partridge and a Common Tern this morning.

In addition, Tim Lux reported 2 Peregrine today.

In addition, Phil Hughes reported a Little Egret, a Stonechat and a White Wagtail this afternoon.

Red-legged Partridge is the 96th species recorded on site this year. This is only the 4th recorded sighting on site.

Common Tern is the 97th species recorded on site this year. This is the second earliest ever recorded on site, 7 days earlier than in 2015 and just a day later than the earliest.

White Wagtail is the 98th species recorded on site this year

(c) Kev Campbell - Common Tern
(c) Kev Campbell - Sand Martin
(c) Kev Campbell - Swallow
(c) Kev Campbell - Blackbird
(c) Kev Campbell - Blackcap
(c) Kev Campbell - Blackcap
(c) Kev Campbell - Buzzard
(c) Kev Campbell - Sparrowhawk
(c) Kev Campbell - Wren


Monday April 4th

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 30+ Sand Martin, a few Swallow and a few House Martin this morning.


Tuesday April 5th

Mark Elsoffer spent all day on site and reported a Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Little Egret, 12 Wigeon, 7 Tufted Duck, 30 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 2 Goosander (females), 60 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, a House Martin, a Ring-necked Parakeet, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, a Red Kite, a Kestrel and 4 Buzzard.

In addition, Richard Horton reported 7 Snipe, a Jack Snipe and 2 Blackcap this afternoon.

Ring-necked Parakeet is the 99th species recorded on site this year. This is only the 4th recorded sighting on site.

Goosander is the 100th species recorded on site this year. This is only the 9th recorded sighting on site.

Mark reported that a pair of Great Crested Grebes were building a nest in the Workings near the Perv Pool, a pair of Canada Geese had build a nest on the island in the south west corner of the Workings and a number of pairs of Coots were beginning nest building across the site.

Roger Dickey visited this afternoon and checked out the net-runs that have been cleared in the Reedbed for the forthcoming BioBlitz.

Mark and Richard reported a day flying bat, possibly a Daubenton's, flying over the Works this afternoon.

Mark Elsoffer found a new species for Tice's Meadow: Wolf's Milk Slime Mould (Lycogala terrestre). This is the 986th species identified at Tice's Meadow, and the first Slime Mould.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Wolf's Milk Slime Mould
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Willow Warbler
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Willow Warbler
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Willow Warbler
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Fox
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Red Kite


Wednesday April 6th

No reports.


Thursday April 7th

Mark Elsoffer spent 6 hours on site and reported 2 Lapwing, 23 Teal, 7 Tufted Duck, a Shoveler, 0 Wigeon, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 80 Sand Martin, 12 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, a White Wagtail, a Wheatear, a Kestrel and a Buzzard.

Phil Hughes reported 4 Little Ringed Plover this evening.

Mark reported that the nesting pair of Great Crested Grebes have had their nest washed away in the strong winds.


Friday April 8th

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper, 3 Little Ringed Plover, c20 Teal, 0 Wigeon and 2 Buzzard this morning.

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