Friday 16 August 2019

Friday August 2nd to Friday August 16th

Site Sale

As revealed in the local press, Tice's Meadow is for sale. We've been advised to not say anything beyond this statement for now.

The Estate Agent's details can be read here.

Blackwater River Festival

We're excited to be taking part in the Blackwater River Festival (between September 21st & 29th) - a week of activities across the Blackwater Valley being run by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust.

We're hosting a guided walk, moth trapping evening & river work party - all free public activities:
Full details here can be found here:


Friday August 2nd

(c) Alison Van Pelt - Jay

Saturday August 3rd

Peter Brown: 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper & Great White Egret.

Sunday August 4th

Kevin Duncan: 3 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper & Little Egret.

Monday August 5th

Richard Horton: Great White Egret.

(c) Dina Burford - Berries

Tuesday August 6th

Leonard Winchcombe: 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper & Great White Egret.

(c) Colin Varndell - Roe Deer
(c) Colin Varndell - Roe Deer

Wednesday August 7th

(c) Colin Varndell - Canada Geese
(c) Colin Varndell - Grey Heron
(c) Colin Varndell - Kestrel
(c) Colin Varndell - Magpie
(c) Karen McCormack - Coots
(c) Susan Renaud - Brown Argus
(c) Susan Renaud - Common Blue
(c) Susan Renaud - Wasp Spider
(c) Susan Renaud - Small Red-eyed Damselflies

Thursday August 8th

John Hunt: 3 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plover & 2 Little Egret.

Richard Horton: Dunlin, Wheatear & Hobby.

Mike Young: 42 Wasp Spiders.

Richard Horton gave a talked entitled "Tice's Meadow: Past, Present & Future" to c30 people at Rowhill Nature Reserve this evening.

(c) John Hunt - Brown Argus
(c) John Hunt - Hoverfly
(c) John Hunt - Wasp Spider
(c) David Glew - Common Darter
(c) David Glew - Hoverfly
(c) David Glew - Hoverfly
(c) Mike Young - Common Blue
(c) Mike Young - Gatekeeper
(c) Mike Young - Hoverfly
(c) Mike Young - Hoverfly
(c) Mike Young - Hoverfly
(c) Mike Young - Hoverfly
(c) Mike Young - Small Copper
(c) Mike Young - Wasp Spider
(c) Colin Varndell - Hoverfly
(c) Colin Varndell - Hoverfly

Friday August 9th

(c) Colin Varndell - Brassica Shieldbug
(c) Colin Varndell - Wasp Spider

Saturday August 10th

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 12 House Martin, 12 Sand Martin & 30 Swift.

A huge thanks to the 14 volunteers who turned up for our work party today. We soon had the foundations for our new hide finished, thanks to the skills of David Benton.

Also, thanks once again to award winning local firm PC Landscapes - without the help of Anthony George and the support his company have provided, we would never have been able to do the job so quickly and safely. Now we wait delivery of the hide.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Piers Take Shape
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Piers Take Shape
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Like a Kid in a Sweetshop
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Brunch is Served
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Finished Foundations

Sunday August 11th

John Hunt: 5 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover & Willow Warbler.

Richard Horton: Swan Goose (escapee) & Yellow-legged Gull.

Andy Glencross: Zebra Finch (escapee).

Yellow-legged Gull is the 132nd species of bird recorded on site this year.

(c) David Glew - Painted Lady
(c) David Glew - Wasp Spider
(c) Anthony George - Gatekeeper
(c) Anthony George - Hoverfly
(c) Anthony George - Hoverfly
(c) Anthony George - Wasp Spider
(c) Anthony George - Black-tailed Skimmer
(c) Simon Monk - Berries
(c) Simon Monk - Sunflower
(c) Simon Monk - Meadow Brown
(c) Andy Glencross - Zebra Finch
(c) Andy Glencross - Juvenile Common Lizard
(c) Andy Glencross - Roesel's Bush Cricket

Monday August 12th

Richard Horton: Redshank & CETTI'S WARBLER.

This is the first recorded sighting of Cetti's Warbler on site.

Cetti's Warbler is the 192nd species of bird recorded at Tice's Meadow, and the 133rd species of bird recorded this year.

Tuesday August 13th

Leonard Winchcombe: 4 Common Sandpiper, 8 Green Sandpiper & Redshank.

(c) Dina Burford - Berry-laden Tree
(c) Dina Burford - Ruddy Darter
(c) Colin Varndell - Common Blue Damselfly
(c) Colin Varndell - Tice's Answer to Love Island
(c) Murray Nurse - Brown Argus
(c) Murray Nurse - Small Copper
(c) Murray Nurse - Volucella zonaria

Wednesday August 14th

Leonard Winchcombe: 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Wheatear, Treecreeper & Nuthatch (juv).

This is only the 15th recorded sighting of Treecreeper on site.

Thursday August 15th

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, Swan Goose (escape), Bar-headed Goose (escape), Yellow Wagtail, Swift & 2 Hobby.

Murray Nurse: Garganey (female type), c60 House & Sand Martins & a few Swallows.

This is only the 7th recorded sighting of Garganey on site, and the first since 02/06/16.

Garganey is the 134th species of bird recorded this year.

We were fortunate to be given a guided tour of Space2Grow in Farnham today - between Bishop's Meadow and St Andrew's Church. This wonderful group of volunteers have created an acre of walled garden that is a haven for wildlife, and a productive vegetable garden. The garden is tended to by people with mental health problems, eating disorders and addiction problems, as well as many local schools and youth groups.

We were taken aback by the amazing work that has been done there in just two years. As part of our commitment to work outside the boundaries of Tice's Meadow in the local community, we will be building and donating a number of nest boxes for their volunteers to put up. We've also promised to liaise with their volunteers and share resources and contacts, so that both our groups can continue to flourish.

For more information about Space2Grow, please see their website:

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Visit to Space2Grow
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Visit to Space2Grow
(c) Murray Nurse - Painted Lady
(c) Dina Burford - Common Blues
(c) Dina Burford - Lord Len at Work
(c) Dina Burford - Common Darters
(c) Colin Varndell - A Beautiful View
(c) Colin Varndell - Wasp Species
(c) Colin Varndell - Gatekeepers

Friday August 16th

John Hunt: 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover & Hobby.