Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Monday February 26th to Wednesday March 7th

2018 Spring BioBlitz

May 4th to May 6th sees our third annual Spring BioBlitz. Please see the below poster for details. We hope to see you all there!
 

Services to Farnham Awards

We are delighted that our Chairman Richard Horton received his prestigous Services to Farnham Award from the Mayor of Farnham at the Farnham Town Council offices on Monday 26th February.

We can't think of anyone more deserving of some public recognition than our "Patch Commander" for all of the hard work he puts in at Tice's Meadow, and in the wider community.

Farnham Town Council Page
Surrey and Hants News Article
Surrey and Hants News Article - with Richard's Nomination Details

(c) Farnham Town Council - Richard and the Mayor
(c) Farnham Town Council - The Recipients




Quarry Life Awards

You can follow our progress in the Quarry Life Awards on our dedicated blog.


Monday 26th February

3 large oak trunks, ready to be turned into rustic benches and wildflower planters for our Biodiversity Trail, were delivered today by our good friends at Advanced Tree Services.

(c) Dave Baker - Trunks Being Delivered by ATS
(c) Andy Little - Chaffinch
(c) Andy Little - Goldcrest
(c) Andy Little - Siskin
(c) Andy Little - Song Thrush


Tuesday 27th February

No reports.


Wednesday 28th February

No reports.


Thursday 1st March

Mark Elsoffer reported a Common Sandpiper, a Lapwing, a Jack Snipe, 25+ Snipe, a (probable) Scaup, 9 Tufted Duck, 20 Wigeon, 24 Teal, 6 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, a Greylag Goose, c50 Siskin and 15 Chaffinch today.

In addition, Kevin Duncan reported 4 Dunlin this morning.

Oli rescued a dazed and ill Little Egret from site today and took it to the Horton Wildlife Hospital.

Dunlin is the 85th species of bird recorded in 2018.

(c) Oli Sackwood - Rescued Little Egret
(c) Paul Mannering - Fieldfare
(c) Paul Mannering - Robin
(c) Paul Mannering - Siskin
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Blackbird
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Chaffinch
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Siskins
(c) Anthony George - Long-tailed Tit
(c) Anthony George - Robin
(c) Anthony George - Snipe
(c) Mark Elsoffer - A Snowy Scene
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Siskins
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Frozen Workings
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Dunlins
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Chaffinches and a House Sparrow


Friday 2nd March

Richard Seargent reported 2 Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Redshank, 30+ Snipe, a Water Rail, 10+ Wigeon, 20+ Teal, 4 Gadwall, 3 Mallard, 6 Tufted Duck, a Pochard, 40+ Siskin, a Water Pipit and a Sparrowhawk today.

In addition, Kevin Duncan reported 3 Dunlin this morning.

In addition, Paul Williams reported a Woodcock this afternoon.

This is only the 17th recorded sighting of Water Pipit on site.

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

Redshank is the 86th species of bird recorded in 2018.

Water Pipit is the 87th species of bird recorded in 2018.

Woodcock is the 88th species of bird recorded in 2018.

(c) Anthony George - Blue Tit
(c) Anthony George - Goldfinch
(c) Anthony George - House Sparrow
(c) Anthony George - Siskin
(c) Andy Little - Common Sandpiper
(c) Andy Little - Robin
(c) Andy Little - Snowy Scene
(c) Simon Monk - Snowy Alder
(c) Simon Monk - Canada Geese in the Snow


Saturday 3rd March

Mark Elsoffer reported 3 Dunlin, a Common Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, 10+ Snipe, a Little Egret, a (probable) Scaup, 79 Wigeon, 18 Tufted Duck, 30 Teal, 2 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 2 Pochard, 2 Goosander, a Greylag Goose, c50 Siskin, a Stonechat, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Buzzard, a Red Kite and a Peregrine today.

In addition, Dave Baker reported a Water Pipit and a Great Black-backed Gull today.

This is only the 10th recorded sighting of Goosander on site.

Great Black-backed Gull is the 89th species of bird recorded in 2018.

Goosander is the 90th species of bird recorded in 2018.

(c) Kev Campbell - Fieldfare
(c) Kev Campbell - Kestrel
(c) Kev Campbell - Meadow Pipit
(c) Anthony George - Great Tit
(c) Anthony George - Greenfinch
(c) Anthony George - Redwing
(c) Anthony George - Grey Squirrel
(c) Anthony George - Stonechat
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Song Thrush
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Siskin
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Redwing
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Chaffinch
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Peregrine Falcon
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Wintery Ducks
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Goosanders
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Goosanders
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Jay
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Song Thrush


Sunday 4th March

Richard Seargent reported a Jack Snipe, a (probable) Scaup, 80+ Teal, 49 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 4 Gadwall, a Nuthatch and 30+ Siskin this morning.

In addition, John Hunt reported 2 Dunlin and a Green Sandpiper this morning.

In addition, 3 visiting birders reported a Curlew this afternoon.

This is only the 21st recorded sighting of Curlew on site.

Curlew is the 91st species of bird recorded in 2018.

The 7th calf to be born on site this year arrived safely this morning.

(c) John Hunt - Buzzard
(c) Phil Fiddes - Redwing
(c) Phil Fiddes - Robin
(c) Phil Fiddes - Siskin
(c) Phil Fiddes - Siskin
(c) Phil Fiddes - Siskin
(c) Kev Campbell - Buzzard
(c) Kev Campbell - Long-tailed Tit
(c) Kev Campbell - Redwing
(c) Kev Campbell - Sparrowhawk


Monday 5th March

Peter Brown reported a (probable) Scaup, 2 Shoveler, 8 Gadwall, 2 Teal, 9 Tufted Duck, a Pochard, a Greylag Goose, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 20+ Siskin, a Kestrel and a Buzzard this afternoon.

In addition, Andy Little reported a Little Egret today.

(c) Kevin Duncan - Frog
(c) Alex Potts - Goldcrest
(c) Andy Little - Great Tit
(c) Andy Little - Goldcrest
(c) Andy Little - Little Egret
(c) Andy Little - Robin
(c) Andy Little - Siskins


Tuesday 6th March

No reports.


Wednesday 7th March

Richard Seargent reported 76 Lapwing, a (probable) Scaup, 12 Gadwall, 6 Shoveler, 16 Tufted Duck, 70+ Teal, a Great Crested Grebe, a Raven (outside), a Sparrowhawk and 2 Red Kite today.

This is the first reported sighting of Great Crested Grebe on site since July 15th 2017 - a species that has all but disappeared from site since the water levels began dropping rapidly.

Great Crested Grebe is the 92nd species of bird recorded in 2018.

(c) Paul Mannering - Robin
(c) Paul Mannering - Siskin



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