Sunday, 14 October 2018

Tuesday 28th August to Sunday 14th October

Sorry for the delay in updating the blog - it's been a bit busy at Tice's this past 6 weeks as we have been building our shelter and preparing for the QLA Awards.


Tuesday 28th August

Oli's trail-cam captured the following nocturnal happenings over the past week:



Wednesday 29th August

Murray Nurse: Whinchat.

Dina Burford photographed a colour-ringed Kestrel. Mark Elsoffer subsequently confirmed the code as "JT". This bird was ringed by Jeremy Gates in a brood of 2, on 01/06/18, at Lower Hale, 1km west of Tice's Meadow.

(c) Dina Burford - Ringed Kestrel
(c) Murray Nurse - Whinchat


Thursday 30th August

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Little Egret, Bar-headed Goose, Swan Goose, Whinchat, Stonechat, 3 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 9 Buzzard, 5 Red Kite & 2 Hobby.

Len Winchcombe has been busy building hurdles (made with hazel harvested on site) to fill the gaps in the dead hedge around the Woodland Feeding Station.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Lord Len's New Hurdle


Friday 31st August

Mark Elsoffer: 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, Wigeon, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Tawny Owl, 5 Buzzard & Red Kite.

Dave Baker: Wigeon.

Richard Horton: Bar-headed Goose, Swan Goose & 2 Hobby.

Richard Seargent: Green Sandpiper.

A monthly moth trapping session was held this evening. Five new species for the site were caught:
- Clay Triple-lines (Cyclophora linearia).
- Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea).
- Dusky Thorn (Ennomos fuscantaria).
- Lime-speck Pug (Eupithecia centaureata).
- Vine's Rustic (Hopldrina ambigua).

Moth Trapping Results
(c) David Glew - Common Darter
(c) Richard Seargent - Angle Shades


Saturday 1st September

Richard Seargent: Little Egret, Wigeon, 3 Whinchat, Stonechat & Garden Warbler.

Eight volunteers from the Tice's Meadow Bird Group attended the Wellesley Woodlands BioBlitz today. We ran a moth trap on site the previous night, and displayed the moths during the day. Richard Horton lead a bird walk around the site in the afternoon.

(c) Susan Renaud - Wasp Spider
(c) Susan Renaud - Small Copper
(c) Susan Renaud - Common Lizards


Sunday 2nd September

Dave Baker: 2 Snipe, Little Egret, 28 Teal, 2 Shoveler, Bar-headed Goose, Swan Goose, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail, 3 Whinchat, Stonechat, 2 Wheatear, 5 Yellow Wagtail, Willow Warbler, 7 Sand Martin, Raven (outside) & Hobby.

Richard Seargent: 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper & Grey Wagtail.

Peter Brown: Swallow & 3 Buzzard

(c) Anthony George - Bee
(c) Anthony George - Blue Tit
(c) Anthony George - Buzzard


Monday 3rd September

No reports.

Tuesday 4th September

No reports.

Wednesday 5th September

Peter Brown: Bar-headed Goose, Swan Goose, Great Black-backed Gull, Wheatear, Stonechat & 2 Hobby.

Len Winchcombe: Whinchat.


Thursday 6th September

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Bar-headed Goose, Swan Goose, Common Gull, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 2 Red Kite, 6 Buzzard, 2 Hobby & Peregrine.

Peter Brown: Whinchat.

Oli Sackwood: Barn Owl.

Steve Minhinnick: Willow Warbler & Blackcap.


Friday 7th September

Richard Horton: Kingfisher, Wheatear, Stonechat & Hobby.


Saturday 8th September

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear, 2 Stonechat, 600+ Sand Martin, Peregrine & Hobby.

The count of 600+ Sand Martin is a new site record.

Thank you to the 11 volunteers who gave up their morning to cut a fire break in the reed bed, empty the container, move the trailer and measure up for the new shelter.

(c) Anthony George - Peregrine
(c) Anthony George - The Red Arrows
(c) Anthony George - Starlings
(c) Mark Elsoffer - General Patton's Victory Parade Through Newly Liberated Badshot Lea


Sunday 9th September

John Hunt: Redshank, 57 Teal, 3 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, Wheatear, Stonechat, 50+ House Martin, 50+ Sand Martin & 3 Kestrel (juvs).

The Tice’s Meadow Bird Group provided six marshalls for the Farnham Rotary Pilgrim’s Marathon this morning, in recognition of the generous support that Farnham Weyside Rotary Club have provided us with.

(c) John Hunt - Wheatear
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteer Marathon Marshals


Monday 10th September

Richard Horton: 22 Grey Heron.

The count of 22 Grey Heron is a new site record.


Tuesday 11th September

No reports.


Wednesday 12th September

Mark Elsoffer: 5 Common Sandpiper, Snipe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Common Gull, Wheatear, Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, Grey Wagtail, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Kestrel, 3 Buzzard & Red Kite.

Roger Dickey caught, and released, a Brown Long-eared Bat in the bird ringing nets.

Members of the Tice's Meadow Bird Group, Army Ornithological Society and Royal Navy Birdwatching Society camped on site for 2 nights and held a bird ringing session. 161 birds were ringed over the 48 hours.


Full grown Pulli Retraps / Recoveries Total
Kingfisher 1 0 0 1
Sand Martin 1 0 0 1
Swallow 25 0 0 25
Wren 3 0 0 3
Dunnock 8 0 3 11
Robin 1 0 3 4
Blackbird 4 0 0 4
Song Thrush 4 0 0 4
Sedge Warbler 10 0 0 10
Reed Warbler 6 0 0 6
Lesser Whitethroat 1 0 0 1
Blackcap 14 0 1 15
Chiffchaff 27 0 0 27
Long-tailed Tit 9 0 0 9
Blue Tit 23 0 3 26
Great Tit 7 0 1 8
Goldfinch 3 0 0 3
Bullfinch 1 0 0 1
Reed Bunting 2 0 0 2
Total 150 0 11 161


(c) Mark Elsoffer - Roger & Andrew Ringing
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Roger & Andrew Ringing


Thursday 13th September

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, Golden Plover, Snipe, 4 Great Crested Grebe, Stonechat, Blackcap, 2 Sedge Warbler, 300+ Swallow, Raven, 2 Tawny Owl, 2 Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, 8 Buzzard, 5 Red Kite & 2 Hobby.

Roger Dickey: Kingfisher & Lesser Whitethroat.

The count of 300+ Swallow is a new site record.

Cub Scouts from 12th Wrecclesham were given a guided tour of the site this evening, as was the deputy head of the local secondary school.

(c) Steve Minhinnick - Kingfisher
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Kingfisher
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Kingfisher
(c) Mark Elsoffer - 12th Wrecclesham Cubs Watching the Ringing
(c) Mark Elsoffer - 12th Wrecclesham Cubs Watching the Ringing


Friday 14th September

Mark Elsoffer: Yellow Wagtail, Kestrel, Buzzard & Red Kite.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Don't Bother Washing Up
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Roger & Slasher Ringing


Saturday 15th September

No reports.

Sunday 16th September

(c) Anthony George - Nuthatch
(c) Anthony George - Sunflower


Monday 17th September

Andy Little: Hobby.

John Eglington fitted the ground anchor brackets on our new shelter today.

(c) Richard Horton - John Fitting the Brackets


Tuesday 18th September

Peter Brown: Little Egret, Swan Goose, 41 Collared Dove, 50+ Sand Martin, 3 Kestrel, 2 Red Kite, Peregrine (juv) & Hobby.

The count of 41 Collared Dove is a new site record.

Richard Horton, Leonard Winchcombe, Oli and John Eglington fitted the metal flooring on our new shelter today.

(c) Richard Horton - John Fitting the Metal Flooring


Wednesday 19th September

No reports.


Thursday 20th September

Cub Scouts from 12th Wrecclesham were given a guided tour of the site this evening.


Friday 21st September

Mark Elsoffer & Richard Horton: Osprey.

Mark Elsoffer: 43 Greylag Goose, Little Egret, Chiffchaff, 200+ House Martin, Sand Martin, Kestrel, Buzzard, Red Kite & Hobby.

This is only the 8th recorded sighting of Osprey on site, but the 6th in the past 2 years.

Four volunteers prepared the shipping container for it's impending move this morning.

(c) Dina Burford - Juvenile Collared Dove


Saturday 22nd September

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Wigeon, 200 House Martin & 24 Sand Martin.

Dave Baker: Tree Pipit, 20 Skylark & 100+ Meadow Pipit.

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

This is only the 9th recorded sighting of Tree Pipit on site.

After almost 18 months of planning and delays, we finally moved our shipping container into place today so that we could begin the conversion into a shelter on Horton's Mound. Full write-up here.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Almost There!

Sunday 23rd September

No reports.


Monday 24th September

Richard Horton: 2 Cattle Egret.

Peter Brown: 5 House Martin, Raven, Peregrine, Red Kite, 2 Kestrel & 10 Buzzard.

This is the first recorded sighting of Cattle Egret on site. Cattle Egret is the 190th species of bird recorded on site, and the 131st species of bird recorded on site this year.

This is the eighth Surrey record (seventh in the last two years, pending acceptance) and the second Surrey record of multiple birds.

(c) Dave Carlsson - Cattle Egret
(c) Dave Carlsson - Cattle Egret
(c) Dave Carlsson - Cattle Egret
(c) Dave Carlsson - Cattle Egret
(c) Dave Carlsson - Cattle Egret
(c) Dina Burford - Small Copper
(c) Kev Campbell - Nuthatch


Tuesday 25th September

27 members of local U3A and WI groups enjoyed a guided tour around site today.

(c) Peter Brown - Group Visit
(c) Peter Brown - Group Visit
(c) Dina Burford - Bullfinch


Wednesday 26th September

No reports.


Thursday 27th September

A huge thank you to the 17 members of staff from Surrey County Council's Highways Department who cleared a large amount of willow from the reed beds today.

(c) Michelle Rowland - SCC Staff Volunteers
(c) Michelle Rowland - SCC Staff Volunteers
(c) Michelle Rowland - SCC Staff Volunteers


Friday 28th September

Mark Elsoffer: Tawny Owl.

A monthly moth trapping session was held this evening. The session was curtailed by a short-circuiting generator.

Moth Trapping Results


Saturday 29th September

Richard Seargent: 4 Hobby (outside).

Peter Brown: Little Egret, 60+ Teal & 8 Stonechat.

This morning we gave a guided tour to councillors from Rushmoor Borough Council.


Sunday 30th September

John Hunt: 2 Green Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, 43 Teal, 23 Shoveler, 7 Gadwall, 4 Chiffchaff & 2 Swallow.

Richard Horton built the gabion roof edge baskets for our new shelter today,

(c) John Hunt - Green Sandpiper
(c) John Hunt - Snipe
(c) Richard Horton - Gabion Roof Edge Basket


Monday 1st October

No reports.


Tuesday 2nd October

No reports.


Wednesday 3rd October

Peter Brown: Chiffchaff, 4 Stonechat, 3 Kestrel, Red Kite & Buzzard.

Thursday 4th October

No reports.

Friday 5th October

Hugo Wilson: 2 Hobby & 3 Buzzard.

Eight volunteers took delivery of all of the materials for our new shelter's biodiverse roof today. Five different lorries were unloaded, and the materials taken across the meadow and stored for use on Sunday. The central joist was installed on the shelter roof and the joist centres marked out.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Trailer Full of Timber
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Trailer Full of Roofing Materials
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Lunch Break
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Fitting the First Joist.


Saturday 6th October

Richard Seargent: Redwing.


Sunday 7th October

John Hunt: 5 House Martin.

Ten volunteers installed the remaining joists on the roof of our new shelter today, ready for the carpenters to finish tomorrow.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Fitting the Joists
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Fitting the Joists
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Fitting the Joists
(c) Jort Brough - Fitting the Joists
(c) Dina Burford - Pheasant
(c) Dina Burford - Pheasant


Monday 8th October

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, Little Egret, 4 Wigeon, 67 Greylag Goose, 2 House Martin, 54 Fieldfare, 175 Redwing, 42 Collared Dove, 3 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 6 Red Kite, 12 Buzzard, Peregrine & Hobby.

Steve Minhinnick: 5 Snipe & Raven.

The count of 67 Greylag Goose is a new site record.

The count of 42 Collared Dove is a new site record.

Another very productive day on site. The third day out of the last four that our volunteers have worked on our new shelter - what a great bunch they are for giving up so much of their time to work on improving the nature reserve.

We started the day with Tom & Luke Horton helping us out. Their carpentry skills and power tools proved invaluable, and they quickly erected the gable ends, laid the roof deck and added the fascias and upstands. Thanks guys - without your help we would be coming back again tomorrow!

After lunch we laid the rubber liner and added the gutter trim, fascias and capping.

The structure is now finished. We will next be laying the substrate, adding the gabions and gutter, and planting the roof. More landscaping around the shelter, plus the invertebrate wall panels to be added at a later date, along with a bench, noticeboard and interpretation panel.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who have worked on our new shelter over the past 4 days.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Fitting the Deck
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Fitting the Deck
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Fitting the Fascia
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Finished Deck


(c) Mark Elsoffer - Laying the Waterproof Liner
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Waterproof Liner
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Fitting the Gutter Edge Trim
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Gutter Edge Trim
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Finished Roof Structure
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Finished Roof Structure
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Rear View
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Front View
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Red Kite


Tuesday 9th October

No reports.


Wednesday 10th October

No reports.


Thursday 11th October

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Wigeon, 64 Teal, 95 Greylag Goose, Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail, 18 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 4 Buzzard & 2 Red Kite.

Richard Seargent: 2 Green Sandpiper.

The count of 95 Greylag Geese is a new site record.

Friday 12th October

Richard Seargent: 78 Teal, 96 Greylag Goose & Raven.

The count of 96 Greylag Geese is a new site record.

Saturday 13th October

Nineteen volunteers constructed the biodiverse roof on our new shelter today, as well as painting the shelter's interior. Read all about it here.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Biodiverse Roof
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Shelter


Sunday 14th October

Richard Seargent: 6 Wigeon, 32 Shoveler, 46 Tufted Duck, 18 Mallard, 12 Gadwall, 116 Teal & 12 Mute Swan.