Sunday, 16 July 2017

Friday June 23rd to Sunday July 16th

Reporting of Schedule 1 Breeding Birds

From March 19th no Schedule 1 species which may be breeding on site (or other species which we deem to be sensitive) shall be reported publicly. This is for the protection of the birds.

This is in accordance with our Bird Reporting Policy which can be read here.

More information about Schedule 1 birds can be read here. Guidance on photographing Schedule 1 birds can be read here.


Annual Report

The Tice's Meadow 2016 Annual Report can now be downloaded for free from this link:
https://1drv.ms/b/s!AuC9nX__kWIggSW-F4MUtWcsifGH

If you would like to buy a glossy, full colour, A4 hardcopy of the report for £15, please email us: ticesmeadow@hotmail.co.uk

All funds raised from the sale of our annual report are channelled back into projects on the nature reserve.



Facebook

We now have a dedicated public group on Facebook. Please join and report your sightings and share your news and photographs.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ticesmeadow/


Len's Dragonfly Pond

Len Winchcombe has once again done sterling work in rejuvinating the Dragonfly Pond near the Pea Bridge entrance. Len has cut back alot of the overgrown vegetation, cleared a path to, and alongside the pond, and carried out some drainage channel work to ensure that the pond is now holding a decent amount of water. Len's hard work is already paying dividends, with the pond now alive with dragonflies and damselflies. Well done Magic Len!

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Dragonfly Pond




Friday June 23rd

No reports.


Saturday June 24th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 11 Lapwing, 27 Mute Swan and a Buzzard this afternoon.

The count of 27 Mute Swans is a new site record count.

Mark reported at least 17 pairs of nesting Common Terns, with at least 11 hatched young, and 3 Black-headed Gull chicks being brooded by a parent

Mark also reported the following butterflies: 30+ Ringlet, 3 Small Skipper, 5 Marbled White, 4 Meadow Brown and a Small Tortoiseshell.

Mark also reported a Cinnabar moth and large numbers of Banded and Beautiful Demoiselles.

Kevin Duncan reported a new species for Tice's Meadow: A ground beetle (Carabus nemoralis).

(c) Kevin Duncan - Carabus nemoralis
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Peacock Butterfly Caterpillars
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly Caterpillars
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Small Skipper
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Marbled White
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Slow Worms


Sunday June 25th

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper and 2 Redshank this morning.

In addition, Dave Baker reported a Great Black-backed Gull (2nd year bird).

One of the Redshanks was colour-ringed. It was ringed as a 1st year bird at Farlington Marshes (Hampshire) on 28/09/00. This sets a new Surrey longevity record of 16y 8m 29d, beating the old record of 4y 6m 10d. The current UK record is 20y 1m 15d.

The Colour-ringed Redshank's History
(c) John Hunt - Colour-ringed Redshank
(c) John Hunt - Colour-ringed Redshank
(c) John Hunt - Common Sandpiper
(c) John Hunt - Redshank
(c) Kev Campbell - Buzzard
(c) Kev Campbell - Red Kite
(c) Kev Campbell - Stock Dove
(c) Kev Campbell - Swift
(c) Kev Campbell - Bullfinch
(c) Kev Campbell - Buzzard
(c) Kev Campbell - Common Tern
(c) Kev Campbell - Red Kite


Monday June 26th

Kevin Duncan reported 31 Mute Swan this evening.

The count of 31 Mute Swan is a new site record count.

Kevin also reported that 45 Common Tern chicks have hatched so far, and that the last of the Black-headed Gull chicks have also hatched.

Murray Nurse reported a new species for Tice's Meadow: A Hoverfly (Volucella bombylans).

(c) Murray Nurse - Blackberry Flower
(c) Murray Nurse - Common Banded Hoverfly
(c) Murray Nurse - Greenbottle
(c) Murray Nurse - Small Skipper
(c) Murray Nurse -Unknown Fungus
(c) Murray Nurse - Unknown Gall / Growth
(c) Murray Nurse - Unknown Hoverfly
(c) Murray Nurse - Unknown Solitary Wasp Species
(c) Murray Nurse -Volucella bombylans


Tuesday June 27th

No reports.


Wednesday June 28th

No reports.


Thursday June 29th

Len Winchcombe reported 36 Mute Swan this morning.

The count of 36 Mute Swans is a new site record count.

Len also reported that a pair of Egyptian Geese have hatched 7 young.

(c) Murray Nurse - Common Banded Hoverfly
(c) Murray Nurse - Peacock Butterfly Caterpillars
(c) Murray Nurse - Unknown
(c) Murray Nurse -Swollen-thighed Beetle
(c) Murray Nurse - Swollen-thighed Beetle
(c) Murray Nurse - Unknown
(c) Murray Nurse - Unknown
(c) Murray Nurse - Unknown
(c) Murray Nurse - Unknown


Friday June 30th

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper this morning.

Richard Horton reported the first Wasp Spider of the year near the stepping stones this afternoon.

(c) John Hunt - Common Red Soldier Beetle
(c) John Hunt - Common Tern Adult & Juvenile
(c) John Hunt - Marbled White


Saturday July 1st

Mark Elsoffer reported a Common Sandpiper, 4 Lapwing, a Kestrel, a Red Kite and a Buzzard this morning.

Mark reported the following butterflies: 3 Marbled White, c30 Ringlet, 1 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Meadow Brown and 10 Small Skipper.

Mark also reported 7 Wasp Spiders around Horton's Mound and a Roe Deer with one young juvenile in the Meadow.

(c) Richard Seargent - Small Tortoiseshell
(c) Richard Seargent - Comma
(c) Richard Seargent -Black-tailed Skimmer
(c) Richard Seargent - Peacock
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Bell's Piece Wildflower Meadow
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Chrysotoxum verralli
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Red-tailed Bumblebee
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Small Skipper
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Wasp Spider
(c) Tony George - Black-headed Gull
(c) Tony George - Blackcap
(c) Tony George - Comma
(c) Tony George - Red Admiral
(c) Tony George - Unknown Spider


Sunday July 2nd

John Hunt reported 3 Black-tailed Godwit this morning.

In addition, Murray Nurse reported 2 Little Egret this morning.

In addition, Andy Little reported a Curlew this afternoon.

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

Black-tailed Godwit is the 127th species of bird recorded on site this year.

Murray Nurse also reported Brown Hawker and Southern Hawker dragonflies.

(c) Murray Nurse - Female Emperor Dragonfly Ovipositing
(c) Murray Nurse - Holly Blue
(c) Murray Nurse - Marmalade Hoverfly
(c) Murray Nurse - Common Nettle-tap
(c) Murray Nurse - Spotted Longhorn Beetle
(c) Murray Nurse -Unknown
(c) Murray Nurse - Unknown
(c) Phil Hughes - Black-tailed Godwits
(c) John Hunt - Black-headed Gull Chicks
(c) John Hunt - Black-tailed Godwits
(c) John Hunt - Black-tailed Godwits
(c) John Hunt - Black-tailed Godwits
(c) John Hunt - Black-tailed Godwit
(c) John Hunt - Black-tailed Godwits
(c) Dave Carlsson - Black-tailed Godwits
(c) Murray Nurse - Black-tailed Godwits & Little Egrets
(c) Tony George - Banded Demoiselle
(c) Tony George - Banded Demoiselle
(c) Tony George - Black-tailed Godwits
(c) Tony George - Brimstone
(c) Tony George - Female Four-spotted Chaser
(c) Tony George - Large Red Damselfly
(c) Tony George - Large Red Damselfly
(c) Andy Little - Black-headed Gull Chicks
(c) Andy Little - Black-tailed Godwits
(c) Andy Little - Curlew
(c) Andy Little - Hook-marked Straw Moth
(c) Andy Little - Common Scorpion Fly





Monday July 3rd

Steve Chastell reported a Common Sandpiper and a Little Egret this morning.

(c) Carey Lodge - Common Blue
(c) Carey Lodge - Essex Skipper
(c) Carey Lodge - Small Copper
(c) Carey Lodge - Spotted Longhorn Beetle


Tuesday July 4th

Richard Seargent (Baloo) lead a walk on site this evening for the 4th Farnborough Cub Scout Pack.

(c) Richard Horton - Cub Scout Pack Visit
(c) Richard Horton - Cub Scout Pack Visit
(c) Richard Horton - Cub Scout Pack Visit
(c) Richard Seargent - Small Skipper


Wednesday July 5th

No reports.


Thursday July 6th

No reports.


Friday July 7th

Unfortunately, mindless vandals burnt down Archies Bug Hotel overnight. Such are the perils of running a nature reserve near a housing estate full of feral youth and adults who should know better. We will build a bigger, better and less flammable replacement!

(c) Kevin Duncan - Burnt Bug Hotel
(c) Richard Seargent - Beautiful Demoiselle
(c) Richard Seargent - Emperor Dragonfly
(c) Richard Seargent - Four-spotted Chaser
(c) Richard Seargent - Four-spotted Chaser


Saturday July 8th

Dave Baker reported 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Nuthatch and 8 Mistle Thrush (adults with young) this morning.

The count of 8 Mistle Thrush is a new site record count.

10 volunteers gave up their morning and part of the afternoon to build 8 swift nest boxes at the Kiln today. The boxes will eventually be put up on the Kiln in support of the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership's Swift Project.

(c) Colin Wilson - Nest Box Building
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Nest Box Building
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Nest Box Building
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Nest Box Building
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Clay Formed Nest Cup
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Pre-lined Nest Cup
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Nest Box Building
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Finished Horton Pattern Nest Box


Sunday July 9th

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper and a Green Sandpiper this morning.

In addition, Dave Baker reported a Bullfinch family with at least 2 young this morning.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported a Nightingale this evening.

In addition, Phil Hughes reported a Sandwich Tern this evening.

Nightingale is the 128th species of bird recorded on site this year.

Sandwich Tern is the 129th species of bird recorded on site this year.

Richard also reported a Red-eyed Damselfly, Emerald, Blue-tailed and Common Blue Damselflies, Black-tailed Skimmers and Banded Demoiselles this evening.

Dave also reported Large Red, Blue-tailed and Common Blue damselflies, Banded Demoiselle, and Brown Hawker and Black-tailed Skimmer dragonflies today.

Dave also reported the following new species for Tice's Meadow:
- Clover Seed Moth (Grapholita compositella).
- Riband Wave (Idaea aversata).

Richard also reported a new species for Tice's Meadow: Small Red-eyed Damselfly (Erythromma viridulum).

(c) Phil Hughes - Sandwich Tern
(c) John Hunt - Common Sandpiper
(c) John Hunt - Green Sandpiper
(c) John Hunt - Juvenile Common Tern
(c) Kevin Duncan - Pyramidal Orchid
(c) Richard Seargent - Six-spot Burnet
(c) Richard Seargent - Banded Demoiselle
(c) Richard Seargent - Gatekeeper
(c) Richard Seargent - Small Red-eyed Damselfly
(c) Richard Seargent - Small Red-eyed Damselfly
(c) Murray Nurse - Small Skipper
(c) Murray Nurse - Six Spot Burnet
(c) Murray Nurse - Large & Essex Skippers
(c) Murray Nurse - Essex Skipper
(c) Murray Nurse - Comma
(c) Dave Baker - Curled Pondweed
(c) Dave Baker - Deraeocoris ruber
(c) Dave Baker - Purple Loosestrife
(c) Dave Baker - Riband Wave
(c) Dave Baker - Common Scorpionfly
(c) Dave Baker - Spotted Longhorn Beetle
(c) Dave Baker - Clover Seed Moth
(c) Dave Baker - Wasp Spider


Monday July 10th

Richard Horton reported a Nightingale today.

(c) Murray Nurse - Cross Spider
(c) Murray Nurse - Pellucid Fly
(c) Murray Nurse - Unknown Bee
(c) Murray Nurse - Unknown Parasitic Wasp
(c) Murray Nurse - Unknown Wasp
(c) Murray Nurse - White-tailed Bumblebee
(c) Murray Nurse - Bells Piece Wildflower Meadow
(c) Murray Nurse - Bells Piece Wildflower Meadow


Tuesday July 11th

Oli Sackwood reported a Nightingale and a Treecreeper this morning.

This is only the 7th recorded sighting of Treecreeper on site.

Treecreeper is the 130th species of bird recorded on site this year.


Wednesday July 12th

No reports.


Thursday July 13th

Mark Elsoffer reported 2 Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 4 Dunlin, a Canada x Greylag Goose Hybrid, a Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Hobby (family party with 2 juveniles), 2 Peregrine, a Kestrel and a Buzzard today.

Mark also reported the following broods of young birds:
- One brood of 3 Mallards.
- One brood of 3 Egyptian Geese.

Juveniles of the following species were also seen: Starling, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Black-headed Gull and Common Tern.

Mark reported the following butterflies: 2 Painted Lady, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Marbled White, 8 Ringlet, 15 Gatekeeper, 10 Meadow Brown, 5 Speckled Wood, 4 Small Skipper and 2 Large White.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Common Sandpiper
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Juvenile Common Tern
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Dunlin


Friday July 14th

No reports.


Saturday July 15th

Richard Seargent reported a Common Sandpiper, 6 Lapwing, a Great-crested Grebe, a Peregrine and 2 Red Kite this morning.

Richard Seargent reported that around 4 pairs of Common Terns are brooding on islands in the Workings.

(c) Richard Seargent - Gatekeeper
(c) Richard Seargent - The Workings
(c) Richard Seargent - The Workings


Sunday July 16th

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper, 11 Lapwing, 2 Kestrel and a Red Kite this morning.

(c) John Hunt - Common Blue
(c) John Hunt - Gatekeeper
(c) Richard Seargent - Wasp Spider
(c) Tony George - Blue-tailed Damselfly
(c) Tony George - Common Blue Damselflies Mating
(c) Tony George - Brown Hawker Ovipositing
(c) Tony George - Buff-tailed Bumblebee
(c) Tony George - Common Blue Butterfly
(c) Tony George - Common Blue Butterfly
(c) Tony George - Common Blue Butterfly
(c) Tony George - Female Banded Demoiselle
(c) Tony George - Long-winged Conehead
(c) Tony George - Bells Piece Wildflower Meadow
(c) Tony George - Peacock


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