Thursday 1 August 2019

Tuesday July 23rd to Thursday August 1st

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.

Tuesday July 23rd

No reports.

Wednesday July 24th

Leonard Winchcombe: 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Oystercatcher, Great White Egret & 2 Little Grebe.

Murray Nurse: 2 Little Egret, brood of 14 Tufted Duck & 21 Greylag Goose.

(c) Jason Davies - Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars
(c) Jason Davies - Common Blue Damselfly
(c) Jason Davies - A Hoverfly
(c) Jason Davies - Red Admiral
(c) Jason Davies - Ruddy Darter
(c) Colin Varndell - Robin

Thursday July 25th

Leonard Winchcombe: 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper & Great White Egret.

Friday July 26th

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Raven, 6 Swift, 4 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin & Hobby.

Leonard Winchcombe: Great White Egret.

(c) Dina Burford - Ruddy Darter
(c) Dina Burford - Twin-lobed Deerfly

Saturday July 27th

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Little Egret & Hobby.

Jort Brough: Yellowhammer.

Phil Hughes: 2 Turnstone.

Yellowhammer and Turnstone are the 130th and 131st species of bird recorded on site this year.

This is only the 14th recorded sighting of Turnstone on site, the first since 21/05/17.

We can't say thank you enough to the 18 volunteers who turned up for our work party this morning. With their help, we had all six holes filled with concrete, and the site tidied and secured, all within 3.5 hours.

Also a huge thanks to PC Landscapes for lending us Anthony George & their cement mixers and tools - without the support of this award winning local company, we'd have struggled to complete this project.

Catering was again provided by the Michelin starred Jort Brough, with cakes from my mum and Don's wife.

The next work party is scheduled for Saturday 10th August - we're laying the concrete blocks to form the piers. Experienced brickies with a few hours to spare would be very welcome!

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Clearing out the soggy bottoms
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Dave delivers the first load
(c) Mark Elsoffer - A busy work site
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Richard shows his young apprentice where to put it
(c) Mark Elsoffer - One more hole to fill
(c) Dina Burford - Banded Demoiselle
(c) Dina Burford - Berries

Sunday July 28th

Leonard Winchcombe: 6 Green Sandpiper & Great White Egret.

John Hunt: Common Tern.

(c) Phil Fiddes - Wild Flowers
(c) Simon Monk - Grey Heron

Monday July 29th

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

Richard Horton: Wheatear.

Melanie Nicholls (with help from her sons) conducted an odonata transect today (as part of our monitoring scheme) and recorded the following: Banded Demoiselle, Common Blue Damselfly, Azure Damselfly, Small Red-eyed Damselfly, Blue-tailed Damselfly, Common Darter, Southern Hawker & Brown Hawker.

(c) Lucy Evans - Eastern Silt Pond
(c) Dina Burford - Grey Heron
(c) Colin Varndell - Common Blue Damselfly
(c) Colin Varndell - Common Darter
(c) William Nicholls - Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars
(c) William Nicholls - Common Darter
(c) William Nicholls - Small Red-eyed Damselfly
(c) William Nicholls - Southern Hawker
(c) Jason Davies - Wasp

Tuesday July 30th

(c) Jason Davies - A Hoverfly

Wednesday July 31st

Leonard Winchcombe: Ruff & Great White Egret.

Murray Nurse: Ringed Plover & 2 Dunlin.

Richard Horton: 3 Common Sandpiper & 8 Green Sandpiper.

This is only the 13th recorded sighting of Ruff on site, the third this year.

(c) Adam Furlonger - Bells Piece Wildflower Meadow

Thursday August 1st

Richard Horton: "lots" of Sandpipers & a Hobby.

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