Sunday 26 May 2019

Wednesday May 8th to Sunday May 26th

Farnham Biodiversity Action Plan

Do you live in the Farnham area &/or care about biodiversity in the local area? Then please check out the newly formed Farnham Biodiversity Action Plan website:

If you own a garden in Farnham, please complete their garden survey.

Late News from the BioBlitz

A Long-tailed Tit re-trapped at the BioBlitz was first ringed in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk (220km away) in September 2016.

Three new species for the site were indentified during the BioBlitz by local fungi expert Mike Waterman:

- Elder Whitewash (Hyphodontia sambuci)
- Hazel Woodwart (Hypoxylon fuscum)
- Hairy Curtain Crust (Stereum hirsutum)

Wednesday May 8th

Richard Horton: Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Black Tern & Arctic Tern.

8th site record of Black Tern, but 2nd sighting within the past week.

17th site record of Arctic Tern, but the 3rd sighting this year.

(c) Dina Burford - Roe Deer

Thursday May 9th

Mark Elsoffer: Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 4 Lapwing, 5 Pochard, Brent Goose, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 20 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 30 Sand Martin & 100+ Swift.

Peter & Oli put together our Sand Martin caller today, ready for installation in our Sand Martin bank.

Friday May 10th

Kevin Duncan: 3 Black-tailed Godwit & Ringed Plover.

(c) Dina Burford - Germander Speedwell
(c) Dina Burford - Canada Goose Nursery Group
(c) Dina Burford - Mallard Family

Saturday May 11th

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Common Sandpiper, Lawping, 2 Reed Warbler, 8 Swallow, 20 Sand Martin, 20 House Martin & 50 Swift.

Richard Seargent: Brent Goose.

Peter & Oli installed the solar powered calling device in our Sand Martin Bank today. Within a minute of turning it on, a Sand Martin was circling low over our heads and clearly investigating the calls. Fingers crossed.

(c) Ed Stubbs - Brent Goose
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Oli & Peter at Work
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Oli & Peter at Work

Sunday May 12th

John Hunt: Common Sandpiper, Brent Goose, Willow Warbler & Peregrine.

Jort Brough: Knot.

This is the first recorded sighting of Knot on site.

Knot is the 191st species of bird recorded on site. Knot is the 124th species of bird recorded on site this year.

David Glew found a new species for the site today: Wasp Beetle (Clytus arietis).

The first Black-headed Gull chicks hatched today.

A Sand Martin was observed landing on the Sand Martin Bank today and investigating the nesting holes.

(c) John Hunt - View from Horton's Mound
(c) John Hunt - Reed Bunting
(c) Dina Burford - Brimstone
(c) Dina Burford - Large Red Damselfly
(c) Dina Burford - Stonechat
(c) David Glew - Common Lizard
(c) David Glew - Small Copper
(c) David Glew - Wasp Beetle
(c) Alison Van Pelt - Fox
(c) Alison Van Pelt - Slow Worm

Monday May 13th

Leonard Winchcombe: Knot.

Tuesday May 14th

Leonard Winchcombe: Knot.

John Clark: Common Sandpiper.

Peter Brown: 3 Lapwing, Little Egret & 2 Garden Warbler.

(c) Dina Burford - Great Tit Nesting in a Bat Box

Wednesday May 15th

(c) Colin Varndell - House Sparrow
(c) Mal Hennessey - Grass Snake

Thursday May 16th

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Lapwing, Pochard, Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 10 Swallow, 8 Sand Martin, 24 House Martin & 30 Swift.

Oli & Peter reattached the now working Swift caller to the Swift Tower today.

(c) Paul Mannering - Peacock
(c) Paul Mannering - Reed Warbler
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Swift Tower Under Repair

Friday May 17th

Allan Goddard: Ringed Plover.

Saturday May 18th

No reports.

Sunday May 19th

Mark Elsoffer: 3 Common Sandpiper & 2 Lapwing.

We had the pleasure of hosting 25 members of Friends of Normandy Wildlfe on site this morning. They all enjoyed a guided tour of the site and we hope to see them back soon.

A visitor found a new species for the site this morning: Dame's Violet (Hesperis matronalis).

(c) Richard Seargent - Dame's Violet
(c) Meryl - Common Blue
(c) Dina Burford - Large Red Damselfly
(c) Colin Varndell - Coot Family
(c) David Glew - Common Lizard
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Friends of Normandy Wildlife Walk
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Friends of Normandy Wildlife Walk
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Friends of Normandy Wildlife Walk

Monday May 20th

(c) Dina Burford - Beautiful Demoiselle

Tuesday May 21st

(c) Colin Varndell - Buzzard
(c) Jason Davies - Whitethroat
(c) Jason Davies - Whitethroat

Wednesday May 22nd

(c) Dina Burford - Reed Bunting
(c) Colin Varndell - Magpie vs Slow Worm

Thursday May 23rd

Mark Elsoffer: Dunlin.

Pupils from Badshot Lea Village Infants School enjoyed a visit to site today as part of National Outdoor Classroom Day.

We also had the pleasure of giving a guided tour of the site to cub scouts from 2nd Aldershot this evening.
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Outdoor Classroom Day
(c) Badshot Lea Village Infants School - Outdoor Classroom Day
(c) Jort Brough - Cub Scout Visit

Friday May 24th

Mark Elsoffer: Dunlin, Oystercatcher & Hobby.

Moth trapping this evening produced 64 moths, 28 species - 8 new for site.

Moth Trapping Results
(c) Dina Burford - Stickleback
(c) Dina Burford - Newt
(c) Jason Davies - Wren
(c) Murray Nurse - Common Blue Damselfly
(c) Colin Varndell - Bullfinch
(c) Colin Varndell - Juvenile Robin
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Lime Hawkmoth
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Moth Trapping

Saturday May 25th

Richard Seargent: Common Sandpiper.

Jort Brough: Oystercatcher.

Massive thanks to the 11 volunteers who built a bee bank on site this morning. The south facing sandy face should provide suitable habitat for solitary mining bees, whilst the half-log has been drilled with holes for hole-nesting bees. Great work by our community volunteers.

(c) Steve Minhinnick - Broken-barred Carpet
(c) Linda Copper - Burnett Companion
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Bee Bank Under Construction
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Bee Bank Under Construction
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Completed Bee Bank

Sunday May 26th

Dave Baker: 2 Dunlin & Ringed Plover.

Richard Seargent: Oystercatcher.

Richard Seargent found a Brown Argus butterfly.

(c) Simon Monk - Pochard
(c) Colin Varndell - Magpie Family
(c) Richard Seargent - Brown Argus
(c) Steve Langham - Fox

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