Monday 18 June 2018

Friday June 8th to Monday June 18th

2017 Annual Report

Our 2017 Annual Report is now available to buy for £15.

This premium, full colour, 145 page, A4, glossy report documents the year at Tice's Meadow and showcases some of the superb wildlife photographs taken on site. All proceeds go towards the work we do on site.

Please email for more details.

Quarry Life Awards

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

Reporting Breeding Schedule 1 Species

As we now approach breeding season, please remember that it is a criminal offence to intentionally disturb potentially breeding Schedule 1 Species on or near the nest.

From March 22nd, no more potentially breeding Schedule 1 Species should be reported publicly.

PLEASE do still report privately to us via email, Facebook message or Twitter direct message, so we can collate the records.

Our updated Bird Reporting Policy can be seen here.

These rules are in place for the interests of the birds.

Friday June 8th

Richard Horton reported a Redshank this evening.

The TMBG held their first moth trapping session using our new battery powered moth trap (as well as Steve's MV bulb and sheet). An amazingly productive 2.5 hours saw 113 moths trapped, of 46 species, including 19 new species for the site, and a whopping 19 Elephant Hawk Moths.

We will now be holding regular moth trapping sessions in order to build up a clearer picture of the moth species on site, to help us influence the site's management.

Moth Trapping Results
(c) Richard Seargent - Elephant Hawk Moths
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Coronet
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Elephant Hawk Moth
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Ghost Moth
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Obscure Wainscot
(c) Steve Minhinnick - White Ermine
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Lord Len Netting Micro Moths

Saturday June 9th

Mark Elsoffer reported 2 Oystercatcher, 3 Lapwing and a Little Egret this morning.

Ten volunteers met this morning and erected a barbed wire fence around the site of the forthcoming Swift Tower. The gate to the Meadow was re-hung and vegetation cleared around the waymaker posts and benches.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Working Hard
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Working Hard

Sunday June 10th

Mark Elsoffer reported a Green Sandpiper and an Oystercatcher this morning.

(c) John Hunt - Reed Bunting

Monday June 11th

Leonard Winchcombe reported an Oystercatcher and 11 Lapwing this evening.

Tuesday June 12th

No reports.

Wednesday June 13th

Richard Horton reported a Mediterranean Gull today.

(c) Sherea Brannan - Freshly Emerged Female Emperor Dragonfly

Thursday June 14th

Mark Elsoffer reported 2 Oystercatcher, 15 Lapwing, 2 Gadwall, a Canada x Greylag Goose Hybrid, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Buzzard, 2 Red Kite, a Kestrel and a Peregrine today.

Mark reported the following young birds today:
- A brood of 4 Blue Tits.
- A brood of 2 Great Tits.
- 3 broods of Canada Geese (4, 6 & 6).
- 4 broods of Coots (5, 4, 4 & 3).
- 3 broods of Black-headed Gulls (3, 6 & 2).
- Young Blackbirds (1) and Starlings (30).

Friday June 15th

No reports.

Saturday June 16th

Dave Baker reported 2 Oystercatcher and a Nuthatch this morning.

Dave also found a new species for the site:
- Puss Moth (Cerura vinula).

The TMBG attended Aldershot Swift Day today. Run by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust and the RSPB NE Hants Group, the event at Aldershot Library was a great success.

(c) Dave Baker - Knot Grass Caterpillar
(c) Dave Baker - Puss Moth Caterpillar
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The TMBG Display at Aldershot Swift Day

Sunday June 17th

John Hunt reported a Little Egret this morning.

Kevin Duncan reported a female Tufted Duck with 7 young today. This is only the 3rd record of Tufted Duck breeding on site (after 2014 & 2016).

(c) Paul Mannering - Common Blue Damselfly
(c) Paul Mannering - Common Blue Damselfly
(c) Paul Mannering - Speckled Wood

Monday June18th

No reports.

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