Thursday 26 March 2020

Farnham & Villages Coronavirus Helpline

Residents of Farnham & the surrounding villages:

If you or anyone you know needs help during the COVID-19 emergency and have no access to family, friends or neighbours, call the Farnham Co-ordination Centre on 01252 745446.

Details of how you can help also enclosed.

Saturday 21 March 2020

Monday March 2nd to Saturday March 21st

2018 Annual Report

Our 2018 Annual Report is now on sale. £15 for a full colour, glossy, 140 page A4 report. All profits will be spent on our work at Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve.

The report is much more than a list of the birds seen, it includes all of the site's wildlife, and is a record of all the work we did on site in 2018.

You can collect in person from Richard Horton, or we can post it to you (+ £2 p&p). Please message or email us to place an order.

Once we've sold all 60 copies, we will release a free lower-res pdf for all to read.

Co-op Local Community Fund

We're delighted to be taking part in the Co-op Local Community Fund. If you're a Co-op member, please choose us as and 1% of your spending will be donated to us, no matter where you live. If you're not a Co-op member, please consider signing up.

Monday March 2nd

John Hunt: 34 Teal, 20+ Wigeon, 7 Shoveler, 2 Stonechat, 5 Red Kite, Sparrowhawk & Kestrel.

(c) Colin Varndell - Red Kite
(c) Colin Varndell - View Across the Reed Beds

Tuesday March 3rd

Peter Brown: Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Little Grebe & Pheasant.

(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Path
(c) Colin Varndell - Black-headed Gull
(c) Colin Varndell - Crow Mobbing Buzzard
(c) Colin Varndell - Reed Bunting

Wednesday March 4th

No reports.

Thursday March 5th

No reports.

Friday March 6th

Mark Elsoffer: 2+ Raven (outside), 12+ Red Kite, 20+ Buzzard, Goshawk (outside), Kestrel & Sparrowhawk.

(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Path
(c) Dina Burford - Every Post Occupied
(c) Grim Styles - Mirror Carp

Saturday March 7th

Rustam Khan: Goldcrest.

(c) Rustam Khan - Roe Deer
(c) Rustam Khan - Flooded Feeding Station

Sunday March 8th

Kevin Duncan: Curlew.

John Hunt: Chiffchaff.

Visitor: 2 Siskin.

Nicola Stevens: Barn Owl (hunting in field on Low Lane this morning).

Leonard Winchcombe: Barn Owl (on a post near the Silt Pond this evening - not one of the pair at the Kiln).

A group of visitors from the Richmond RSPB Local Group enjoyed a walk around site today.

25th site record of Curlew, last reported 15/06/19. 80th bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) John Hunt - Flooded Meadow
(c) Colin Varndell - Greenfinch

Monday March 9th

(c) Colin Varndell - Jay
(c) Colin Varndell - The Meadow

Tuesday March 10th

Leonard Winchombe: 2 Barn Owls (in the Meadow).

Wednesday March 11th

(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Hide
(c) Dina Burford - Kestrel Eating a Lizard

Thursday March 12th

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Little Grebe, 2 Snipe & 2+ Sand Martin.

Richard Horton: Wheatear.

Colin Varndell: 2 Peregrine.

Leonard Winchcombe: Green Sandpiper.

Alex Potts: Early, Tree and Buff-tailed bumblebees.

Mark Elsoffer: Brimstone butterfly - first of the year.

First Wheatear of the year - 81st bird species recorded in 2020.

First Sand Martin of the year - 82nd bird species recorded in 2020. First in Surrey this year.

New species for site: Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) - Dina Burford.

(c) Alex Potts - Grey Wagtail
(c) Alex Potts - Long-tailed Tit
(c) Dina Burford - First Sea-Lord Len Seawatching

Friday March 13th

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Stonechat, 25 Fieldfare & Barn Owl (hunting in Meadow, morning & evening).

Mark Elsoffer: Sand Martin

Richard Horton: Little Grebe, Raven (outside) & Goshawk (outside).

Jort Brough: 3 Snipe.

Mike Huddie: Blackcap.

First Blackcap of the year - 83rd bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) John Hunt - Green Sandpiper
(c) John Hunt - Long-tailed Tit
(c) John Hunt - Stonechat
(c) John Hunt - Stonechat
(c) Colin Varndell - Bullfinch
(c) Colin Varndell - Mallards

Saturday March 14th

Dave Baker: Little Gull (adult, winter plumage), Blackcap & 2 Chiffchaff.

Jort Brough: Curlew.

Sandy: Barn Owl (evening, hunting in Meadow & back of Horton's Mound - not one of Kiln pair).

17th site record of Little Gull, last reported 09/04/19. 84th bird species recorded in 2020.

26th site record of Curlew, 2nd in past week.

A massive thanks to the 16 volunteers who terned up this morning to build 4 new tern rafts. Just gravel, anchors & decoys to add before we launch them.

(c) Dave Baker - Little Gull
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Rafts
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Rafts
(c) Mark Elsoffer - Building the Rafts
(c) Mark Elsoffer - The Finished Rafts

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Simon's Decoys
(c) Mark Elsoffer - TMBG Youth Division

Sunday March 15th

Kevin Duncan: Barn Owl (hunting around Horton's Mound at 17:30 - not one of the Kiln pair).

(c) Colin Harvey - Buzzard

Monday March 16th

Colin Varndell: 2 White Stork (more than likely the reintroduced pair from Knepp that have been in Surrey and London recently).

Richard Horton: Oystercatcher.

John Hunt: 2 Barn Owl.

Murray Nurse: 7 Chiffchaff. 

Paul Mannering: Small Tortoiseshell - first of the year.

41st site record of Oystercatcher, last reported 11/07/19. 85th bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) John Hunt - Oystercatcher
(c) John Hunt - Chiffchaff
(c) Paul Mannering - Greenfinch
(c) Paul Mannering - Great Spotted Woodpecker
(c) Paul Mannering - Small Tortoiseshell
(c) Colin Varndell - Blue Tit
(c) Colin Varndell - Dunnock
(c) Colin Varndell - Black-headed Gull
(c) Colin Varndell - White Stork
(c) Colin Varndell - White Stork

Tuesday March 17th

Richard Horton: Oystercatcher & Barn Owl.

New species for site: Wood Anemone (Anemone nemorosa) - Kevin Duncan.

(c) Kevin Duncan - Wood Anenome

Wednesday March 18th

Kevin Duncan: Black-tailed Godwit.

Richard Seargent: 3 Sand Martin & Barn Owl.

Lindsay Patterson: Comma - first of the year.

Black-tailed Godwit last reported 16/07/19. 86th bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) Colin Varndell - Red Kite
(c) Colin Varndell - Buzzard
(c) Colin Varndell - Stonechat
(c) Dina Burford - Flooded Path
(c) Jon Hawkins - Barn Owl
(c) Jon Hawkins - Barn Owl
(c) Jon Hawkins - Starlings

Thursday March 19th

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, Snipe, Little Egret, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Little Grebe, Swallow, 40+ Sand Martin, 8 Redwing, 5 Fieldfare, 5 Chiffchaff & 4 Mistle Thrush.

Richard Seargent: Barn Owl - appeared at 17:45 in south west corner of the Meadow. Not one of the Kiln pair.

First Swallow of the year - 87th bird species recorded in 2020.

Colour-ringed Black-headed Gull "29L9" - ringed at Hosehill Lake (Berks) on 08/06/14.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Black-headed Gull

Friday March 20th

Dina Burford: Peacock butterfly - first of the year.

(c) Dina Burford - Peacock
(c) Colin Varndell - Blackbird
(c) Colin Varndell - Goldfinch
(c) Colin Varndell - Red Kite

Saturday March 21st

Dave Baker: Great Black-backed Gull (2nd winter), 21 Sand Martin & Goshawk (over mound, heading east, pursued by Crow).

Richard Seargent: Little Egret.

Great Black-backed Gull last reported 20/03/19. 88th bird species recorded in 2020.

(c) Dina Burford - Grey Heron
(c) Dina Burford - Duelling Robins
(c) Colin Varndell - Buzzard
(c) Colin Varndell - Chaffinch
(c) Colin Varndell - Jackdaws
(c) Grim Styles - Grass Snakes