Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Wednesday September 21st to Tuesday October 4th

2017 Calendar

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Next Work Party

Next Saturday's (October 8th) work party task at Tice's Meadow is preparing the ground and erecting stock fencing in preparation for the Bells Piece Care Home to plant their grain crops next year.

This is an exciting opportunity to create a new habitat at Tice's. We can't wait to see the field of Quinoa, Sunflowers, Wheat, Corn etc... full of Yellowhammers, partridges, finches and buntings next year!

The Bells Piece Care Home in Farnham is a residential centre for adults with learning difficulties. It will be great to provide them with a field on site to manage and develop as part of their horticultural activities.

Liasing with local groups such as this is all part of our mission to make Tice's Meadow a community asset.
So if you have a few hours to spare next Saturday morning, we'd love to see you at Tice's. You can help make a difference.

Meet at 10am. Tools and refreshments provided. Full details on our "Events" page.


We now have a page on our website collating all the videos shot on site. If you have shot a video on site and it's not listed, please let us know.

Our latest video is something a little different..... Introducing the Tice's Crew:

Late News

Tuesday September 20th - Richard Horton reported a Green Sandpiper, 8 Snipe and a Whinchat.

Wednesday September 21st

Richard Horton reported 5 Snipe, 7 Wigeon, 30 Meadow Pipit, a Whinchat, a Stonechat, a Kestrel, 2 Red Kite, 3 Buzzard and a Peregrine today.

Keith Kerr reported 2 Clouded Yellow butterflies this morning.

(c) Keith Kerr - The Meadow
(c) Keith Kerr - Silk Button Galls
(c) Keith Kerr - Four-spotted Orb Weaver
(c) Keith Kerr - Four-spotted Orb Weaver
(c) Keith Kerr - Wasp Spider
(c) Keith Kerr - Wasp Spider

Thursday September 22nd

Richard Horton reported 4 Bar-tailed Godwit (on site briefly before departing west), 40 Lapwing, 2 Goldcrest, 3 Coal Tit, 6 Sand Martin, 40 Swallow, a Kestrel, a Red Kite, 3 Buzzard and a Sparrowhawk today.

In addition, Phil Hughes reported a Common Sandpiper and 2 Snipe this evening.

Bar-tailed Godwit is the 143rd species recorded on site this year. This is only the 5th recorded sighting of Bar-tailed Godwit on site.

Friday September 23rd

Richard Horton reported a Stonechat, a Wheatear and 2 Whinchat today.

In addition, Andy Little reported 2 Swallow, 2 Raven and a Buzzard today.

Saturday September 24th

Dave Baker reported a Dunlin, a Ringed Plover and a Siskin this afternoon.

In addition, Richard Horton reported 15 Snipe, 3 Skylark, 2 Blackcap, 2 Bullfinch, 20 Meadow Pipit, 2 Whinchat, 2 Stonechat and a Wheatear today.

Sunday September 25th

Mark Elsoffer reported 2 Green Sandpiper, a Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, 59 Lapwing, 20 Meadow Pipit, 4 Swallow, 2 Raven, 10+ Buzzard, a Hobby, a Peregrine, 2 Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk and 3 Red Kite this morning.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported 2 Common Sandpiper and 2 Stonechat this morning.

In addition, Richard Horton reported 15 Snipe today.

(c) Steve Minhinnick - Relaxed birding on Horton's Mound this morning
(c) Richard Seargent - Tea is served
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Kestrel
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Buzzard

Monday September 26th

Kevin Duncan reported 41 Greylag Goose and a Greylag x Bar-headed Goose hybrid this evening.

Whilst cutting willow on site today Richard Seargent and Richard Horton found a colony of at least 18 Great Crested Newts! There is a historic record of this species having been recorded on site in the past, but we are not sure of the details or veracity of the record. It is great to have it finally confirmed that we have Great Crested Newts on site. This is also the first confirmed sighting within the wider Blackwater Valley - another feather in the cap of Tice's Meadow.

Note: Great Crested Newts are a priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and are fully protected under UK law. It is an offence to kill, injure, capture, disturb or sell them, or to damage or destroy their habitats. Richard was obviously unaware of which species they were when he found them and wouldn't have handled them otherwise. The location of the colony will be kept a secret and all future site management activities will take into account their now known presence.

(c) Richard Seargent - Great Crested Newt
(c) Richard Seargent - Great Crested Newt
(c) Richard Seargent - Great Crested Newt

Tuesday September 27th

John Hunt reported a Green Sandpiper, a Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, 10+ Snipe, 15 Gadwall, 50+ House Martin, a Kestrel, a Sparrowhawk and 2 Buzzard this morning.

(c) John Hunt - Buzzard
(c) John Hunt - Kestrel

Wednesday September 28th

No reports.

Thursday September 29th

No reports.

Friday September 30th

Graham King reported 100 Meadow Pipit, 10 Swallow, 150 House Martin, 4 Rook, a Hobby, 4 Buzzard, a Kestrel and a Red Kite today.

The Hobby reported today is the latest report for the site, beating the previous record by 2 days.

Saturday October 1st

John Hunt reported a Yellow-legged Gull (adult), a Peregrine and a Red Kite this afternoon.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported several Snipe this afternoon.

(c) John Hunt - Peregrine

Sunday October 2nd

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 27 Teal, 10 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Chiffchaff and 6 Little Grebe this morning.

In addition, Mark Elsoffer reported a Jack Snipe, 14 Snipe, 11 Lapwing, a Little Egret, a Yellow-legged Gull (adult), 10 Wigeon, 8 House Martin, 60 Swallow, 4 Wheatear, 30+ Meadow Pipit, a Whitethroat, 2 Stonechat, 4 Skylark, a Raven, 24 Buzzard, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, a Red Kite and a Peregrine today.

The Whitethroat reported today is the latest report for the site, beating the previous record by 7 days.

Grim Styles reported a new species for Tice's Meadow: Apple Tree (Malus pumila).

(c) John Hunt - Jays
(c) Grim Styles - Apple Tree
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Buzzard
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Buzzard
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Peregrine eating a Tufted Duck

Monday October 3rd

No reports.

Tuesday October 4th

Jill Cook reported a Common Sandpiper and 7 Snipe this morning.

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