Friday, 22 December 2017

Monday December 11th to Friday December 22nd

Visitor Survey

We're surveying the opinions of visitors to Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve.

The feedback we receive will be used to plan our future priorities and support our applications for grants to fund future projects.

We'd be grateful if you could spend 5 minutes to let us have your views.

 

Calendars

Tice's Meadow 2018 Calendars are now on sale. £8 each, £9.50 inc P&P.

All photos taken on site in 2017. Thanks to our amazing photographers.

Available in person from Mark Elsoffer or Richard Horton, or we can post to you.

Or, email ticesmeadow@hotmail.co.uk if you'd like us to post one to you upon receipt of payment.

Cash, cheques, PayPal and BACS transfers accepted.

All profits go towards the Tice's Meadow Bird Group's work at Tice's Meadow.




Monday December 11th

No reports.


Tuesday December 12th

The Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership held their annual Christmas Volunteer Work Party & BBQ at Tice's Meadow today. 40 volunteers, including all of the BVCP's staff and the BVCT Tuesday Volunteer Group spent the morning cutting and burning willow in the Reed Beds. Vegetation was also cleared from the River Blackwater, and the sites of the forthcoming new bridges were also cleared.

Catering was provided by the BVCP's staff, with a BBQ, jacket potatoes cooked in the fire, cakes and Mrs Elsoffer's famous mince pies.

A write-up can be found here on the BVCP's website.

Thank you to the BVCP and all of the volunteers for your support and hard work in 2017.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Receiving Their Instructions
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard At Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard At Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard At Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - All The Volunteers
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Hard At Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Cleared Area


Wednesday December 13th

No reports.


Thursday December 14th

No reports.


Friday December 15th

Mark Elsoffer reported 200 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, a Little Egret, a Gadwall, 5 Tufted Duck, 24 Teal, 4 Wigeon, 2 Bullfinch, a Raven, a Red Kite, 2 Kestrel and 3 Buzzard today.

In addition, Richard Horton reported a Jack Snipe this morning.

In addition, Peter Casselton reported a Firecrest this morning.

This is only the 4th reported sighting of Firecrest on site, but the 2nd this winter.

Mark, Andy and Oli spent the morning cutting and burning willow in the Reed Beds - well done guys!


Saturday December 16th

No reports.


Sunday December 17th

John Hunt reported a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 6 Snipe, 22 Teal, 2 Wigeon, 3 Stonechat, 3 Meadow Pipit, 20+ Redwing, a Grey Wagtail, a Peregrine, a Buzzard and a Kestrel this morning.

In addition, Murray Nurse reported a Water Rail and 2 Bullfinch this afternoon.

(c) John Hunt - Frosty Morning
(c) John Hunt - Snipe
(c) John Hunt - Snipe


Monday December 18th

Richard Seargent reported a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 160+ Lapwing, 7 Snipe, a Little Egret, a Water Rail, 16 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 35 Tufted Duck, 3 Shoveler, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Siskin, 6 Lesser Redpoll and 7 Stonechat this morning.

In addition, Oli Sackwood reported a Firecrest today.

This is only the 5th reported sighting of Firecrest on site, but the 3rd this winter.


Tuesday December 19th

No reports.


Wednesday December 20th

No reports.


Thursday December 21st

Mark Elsoffer reported 38 Golden Plover (circled for 5 minutes, then departed west), 300 Lapwing, 2 Snipe, 3 Wigeon, 3 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 3 Common Gull, 55 Fieldfare, 95 Redwing, 6 Bullfinch, a Goldcrest, a Peregrine, a Buzzard, 3 Kestrel and 2 Sparrowhawk today.

In addition, Carey Lodge reported a Common Sandpiper today.

In addition, Richard Seargent reported 44 Teal, 3 Mallard and 3 Pheasant today.

In addition, Oli Sackwood reported a Firecrest today.

(c) Carey Lodge - Common Sandpiper
(c) Carey Lodge - Golden Plover
(c) Carey Lodge - Goldfinch
(c) Carey Lodge - Golden Plover


Friday December 22nd

Richard Horton reported 2 Golden Plover this morning.

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