Monday 2 September 2019

Saturday August 17th to Sunday September 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.

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:


New Hide

Our new hide is under construction by Containers & More - these photos show it just before painting. It'll be delivered on Friday 6th September, and installed by Hanson 4 to 5 weeks later. We can't wait!

(c) Containers & More - The New Hide
(c) Containers & More - The New Hide
(c) Containers & More - The New Hide

Late News

Steve Bailey reported a Golden-ringed Dragonfly in the river on Tuesday August 13th. A heathland stream species, this is only the 5th record for site.

Saturday August 17th

Leonard Winchcombe: 4 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Great White Egret, Little Egret, 6 Teal, 5 Shoveler, Bar-headed Goose (escape) & Swan Goose (escape).

Dave Baker: Arctic Tern.

Richard Seargent: 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler & 30+ Swift.

Mark Elsoffer: Yellow Wagtail & Hobby.

18th site record of Arctic Tern, but the 4th sighting this year.

(c) Colin Varndell - Buzzard
(c) Colin Varndell - Kestrel
(c) Colin Varndell - Fox
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Swan Goose

Sunday August 18th

Kevin Duncan: Whinchat & unidentified Tern species.

Richard Seargent: Common Sandpiper & 3 Green Sandpiper.

(c) Colin Varndell - Pirate Wolf-spider
(c) Colin Varndell - Superb Ant-hill Hoverfly
(c) Simon Monk - Common Lizard

Monday August 19th

Mike & Jane Clifford: Green Sandpiper, Barnacle Goose & 3 House Martin.

(c) Colin Varndell - Wasp Spider
(c) Mike Young - Small Red-eyed Damselfly
(c) Mike Young - Small Copper
(c) Mike Young - Lesser Hornet Hoverfly
(c) Mike Young - Common Blue
(c) Mike Young - Painted Lady
(c) Mike Young - Roesel's Bush Cricket
(c) Mike Young - Batman Hoverfly
(c) Mike Young - Ruddy Darter

Tuesday August 20th

Murray Nurse: Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 4 Shoveler & Yellow Wagtail.

(c) Colin Varndell - Geese
(c) Colin Varndell - The Meadow
(c) Colin Varndell - Greylag Geese Flypast

Wednesdy August 21st

Kevin Duncan: 2 Whinchat.

(c) Dina Burford - Female Southern Hawker

Thursday August 22nd

Leonard Winchcombe: 2 Common Sandpiper, 6 Green Sandpiper, 4 Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank & 2 Little Egret.

Mark Elsoffer: Redshank & Yellow Wagtail.

Mike Young: Brown Hawker, Southern Hawker & Migrant Hawker dragonflies.

(c) Kyle Russell - Canada Geese
(c) Kyle Russell - Grey Heron
(c) Kyle Russell - Aerial View of the Workings
(c) Mike Young - Common Banded Hoverfly
(c) Mike Young - Common Blue Damselfly
(c) Mike Young - Painted Lady
(c) Colin Varndell - Cormorant
(c) Mike Young - Great Pied Hoverfly
(c) Mike Young - Buzzards
(c) Mike Young - Buzzards

Friday August 23rd

Mike & Jane Clifford: 3 Green Sandpiper, 12 Mute Swan & Great Crested Grebe.

(c) Sharon Moore - Female Southern Hawker

Saturday August 24th

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover & 2 Whinchat.

(c) Dina Burford - Long-winged Conehead
(c) Dina Burford - Tapered Drone Fly

Sunday August 25th

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

Richard Horton: 6 Greenshank.

(c) Mike Young - Common Darters
(c) Mike Young - Common Lizard
(c) Mike Young - Male Emperor Dragonfly
(c) Mike Young - Hornet Hoverfly
(c) Mike Young - Lesser Hornet Hoverfly
(c) Rachel Dawson - Roe Deer
(c) Simon Monk - Common Blue
(c) Colin Varndell - Canada Geese
(c) Colin Varndell - Greylag Geese
(c) Anthony George - Black-tailed Skimmer
(c) Anthony George - Wasp Spider

Monday August 26th

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover, Bar-headed Goose (escape), Yellow Wagtail & Peregrine.

Richard Seargent: Greenshank.

John Clark: 8 Teal, 3 Shoveler, 25 Tufted Duck, 19 Gadwall, 11 Egyptian Goose, 170 Greylag Goose & 546 Canada Goose.

NB:  John observed that this is the same flock of Greylag Geese, which includes a leucistic bird, which left the roost at Fleet Pond the previous morning and feed at Tundry Pond.

Steve Minhinnick found a new species for site today: Centre-barred Sallow (Atethmia centrago).

(c) Colin Varndell - Grey Heron
(c) Colin Varndell - Greylag Geese

Tuesday August 27th

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

(c) John Hunt - Wheatear
(c) Colin Varndell - Jay
(c) Colin Varndell - Canada Geese

Wednesday August 28th

Richard Horton: Yellowhammer, Whinchat & 6 Stonechat.

(c) Colin Varndell - The View from the New Hide (Coming Soon)

Thursday August 29th

(c) James Washington - Common Lizard
(c) James Washington -Wasp Spider

Friday August 30th

Richard Seargent: Yellow-legged Gull (adult).

Dave Baker: Tawny Owl.

Steve Guthrie: Kingfisher.

Steve Minhinnick found a group of Hedgehogs behind Horton's Mound.

Moth trapping this evening produced 87 moths, of 27 species, with 5 new for site.

Trapping Results - 30/08/19
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Moth Trappers
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Elephant Hawk-moth
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Marsh Grey
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Oak Nycteoline
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Common Purple & Gold
(c) Steve Minhinnick - Six-striped Rustic
(c) Colin Varndell - Swift
(c) Colin Varndell - Hobby
(c) Colin Varndell - The Workings

Saturday August 31st

Richard Seargent: 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Yellow-legged Gull & Whinchat.

Peter Brown: Bar-headed Goose (escape) & Swan Goose (escape).

(c) Dina Burford - Common Darters
(c) Mike Young - Greylag Geese
(c) Mike Young - Grey Heron
(c) Mike Young - Jackdaw vs Kestrel
(c) Mike Young - Small Copper
(c) Colin Varndell - Buzzard

Sunday September 1st

Mark Elsoffer: 6 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Bar-headed Goose (escape), Swan Goose (escape), 6 Stonechat, Kingfisher, Whinchat, 4 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow & 2 Swift.

Steve Minhinnick: 2 Little Grebe & 2 Wheatear.

(c) Colin Varndell - Greylag Geese
(c) Colin Varndell - Starlings
(c) Colin Varndell - Swift

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