Tuesday 13 October 2020

Thursday 24th September to Tuesday 13th October

Site Sale

Your community nature reserve is being sold - agent's details here.

Please see the update to our petition here, and sign & share our petition to Hanson.

We have reached out to our partners and supporters, and are currently deciding our next move. In the meantime, please keep promoting the petition.


Pin Badges

Our new pin badges are now available to buy.

Four new designs: Bullfinch, Common Tern, Green Sandpiper & Reed Bunting.

£5 each (+ £1 p&p per 4 badges).

Limited to 100 per design. All details below.

Please email ticesmeadowshop@gmail.com to place an order.

Thursday 24th September

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Common Sandpiper, 4 Snipe, Little Egret, 7 Wigeon, 750+ House Martin, 30+ Swallow, Peregrine & 2 Hobby.
(c) Kev Campbell - Hobby

(c) Kev Campbell - Buzzard

(c) Kev Campbell - Kestrel

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Peregrine

Friday 25th September

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 4 Wigeon, c300 House Martin, 6 Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail, Merlin (f), Peregrine & 2 Hobby. 
17th site record of Merlin, last recorded 25/02/20.

The pupils from Badshot Lea Village Infants School visited site this afternoon.

(c) Badshot Lea Village Infants School

Saturday 26th September

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Shelduck, 7 Wigeon, 400 House Martin, 10 Sand Martin, 20 Swallow, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Hobby & 2 Peregrine.
Richard Seargent: Dunlin

Mark Elsoffer & Richard Seargent: Short-eared Owl.
5th site record of Short-eared Owl & 141st bird species recorded on site this year. Last reported 25/10/15. 
We had a quick work party this morning where we cut down the hops behind the shelter and laid down plastic sheeting on Bells Piece (to kill the grass). 
(c) Michael Edwards - Short-eared Owl

(c) Michael Edwards - Short-eared Owl

(c) Michael Edwards - Short-eared Owl

(c) Jonathan Durham - Mute Swan

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers at Work

Sunday 27th September

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 4 Snipe, 3 Wigeon, 4 Little Grebe & 8 House Martin.

Jort Brough: Hobby.
Visitor: 3-6 Lesser Redpoll.
Dina Burford: Black Nightshade (Solanum nigrum) - new species for site.
The nature reserve has become a haven for many local families during a difficult year. Great to receive this card from Lily today - one of the youngest members of the TMBG, and a budding birdwatcher.
(c) Dina Burford - Lily's Card

(c) Dina Burford - Lily's Card

(c) Dina Burford - Great Crested Grebe


Monday 28th September

Dina Burford: Common Sandpiper & Little Grebe.
Oli Sausage: Zebra Finch (escape).

Thanks to the team from BVCP who sowed 3 areas of the Meadow with locally sourced wet meadow species yesterday. They also planted 150 Common Knapweed, Birds-foot Trefoil and Devils-bit Scabious - plants that Steve Bailey had very kindly grown for us at home.
Steve Bailey also found a new species for site yesterday: Needle Spike-rush (Eleocharis acicularis). This species is "very rare & declining" in Surrey, & is the 1,500th species of wildlife recorded at Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve!
(c) Richard Bavin - The Hide

(c) Dina Burford - Stonechat


Tuesday 29th September

Jort Brough: Raven.
Dina Burford: 2 Snipe.
Malcolm Fincham: Pintail (f).

18th site record of Pintail, last recorded 23/09/20.

Clouded Yellow in the Bike Field.

Dina Burford found the following new species for site:
  • Turnip (Brassica Rapa)
  • Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
  • Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina)


Wednesday 30th September

(c) Dina Burford - Great Crested Grebe


Thursday 1st October

John Hunt: Common Sandpiper, 11 Teal, 7 Gadwall, 4 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 2 Pochard, 2 Stonechat, 2 Meadow Pipit, 2 Reed Bunting & Grey Wagtail.
Mark Elsoffer: 3 Snipe, 12 Lapwing, 2 Little Grebe, 80+ House Martin & 2 Peregrine.
Dina Burford: Little Egret.
Jort Brough: Dunlin

(c) John Hunt - Wasp's Nest

Friday 2nd October

No reports.

Saturday 3rd October

Jort Brough: Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 35 Lapwing, 20+ Snipe, 4 Sand Martin, 100+ House Martin, 15 Swallow, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 4 Stonechat & Short-eared Owl.
Richard Horton: Yellow Wagtail
Dina Burford: Little Grebe. 
6th site record of Short-eared Owl, but 2nd in past week. 

Latest recorded Yellow Wagtail on site by 5 days.
Dina Burford: Common Orange Lichen (Xanthoria parietina) - new species for site.

Following 42mm of rain in the past 24 hours, the River Blackwater burst its banks near the feeding station, flooded the track, and ran through the scrub into the ditch behind Horton's Mound. We have never seen the river rise that high and fast. The fact that Hanson and the Environment Agency both refuse to acknowledge responsibility for maintaining it has been raised multiple times to the Site Aftercare Committee, but to no avail.

(c) Jort Brough - Flooding

(c) Jort Brough - Flooding

(c) Dina Burford - Floods

(c) Dina Burford - Floods

(c) Dina Burford - Floods

Sunday 4th October

Richard Seargent: 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, Redwing, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow & Swift.
Latest Swift recorded on site by 22 days, latest Sand Martin by 3 days, and earliest returning Redwing by 2 days.
(c) Mark Wood - Floods

(c) Mark Wood - Floods

(c) Mark Wood - Floods


Monday 5th October

Sean Foote: Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Firecrest, probable Little Bunting & Hobby.
Should the record be accepted by the Surrey Bird Club, Little Bunting will be a new species for site, and the 198th bird species recorded on site. 

10th site record of Firecrest & 142nd bird species recorded on site this year. Last reported 09/04/19. 
Sean Foote recorded the following new species for site today:
  • Pelargonium Webcap (Cortinarius flexipes),
  • Blueing Bracket (Postia subcaesia),
  • Mouse-tail Moss (Isothecuim myosuroides),
  • Common Feather-moss (Kindbergia praelonga),
  • Wood Bristle-moss (Orthotrichum affine),
  • Ash Key Gall Mite (Aceria fraxinivora).
(c) Jonathan Durham - Cormorant

Tuesday 6th October

Clouded Yellow on Horton's Mound. 

Wednesday 7th October

Jort Brough: 2 Snipe, Kingfisher, 2 Swallow & 20 House Martin.
Richard Horton: Marsh Tit.
First site record of Marsh Tit. 198th bird species recorded on site, and 143rd bird species recorded on site this year. 
(c) Dina Burford - Migrant Hawker

Thursday 8th October

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 7 Snipe, Grey Wagtail, 3 Stonechat & 250 House Martin.

(c) Dina Burford - Spindle

Friday 9th October

Richard Horton: Hobby.
Peter Brown: Common Sandpiper & Kingfisher.
Latest recorded Hobby on site by 1 day. 


Saturday 10th October

John Hunt: 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Red Kite, Kestrel & Peregrine.

Jort Brough: 4 Swallow, 3 House Martin & Sand Martin.
Richard Horton: Spoonbill.
6th site record of Spoonbill. Last reported 22/05/20.

Latest recorded Sand Martin on site by 9 days.

Richard Seargent led 19 scouts from Farnborough around site today.
(c) Richard Bavin - Double Rainbow

Sunday 11th October

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, Redwing,

Leonard Winchcombe: Pheasant.
Peter Brown: Snipe. 

Phil Hughes: House Martin.
Clouded Yellow butterfly on Horton's Mound.
We had the pleasure of hosting two six-person walks for the Surrey Bird Club this morning. 

(c) Dina Burford - Stonechat

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Surrey Bird Club Walk

Monday 12th October

John Hunt: 9 Lapwing, Snipe, Little Egret, 17 Teal, 10 Wigeon, 22 Shoveler, 3 Pochard, 6 Gadwall, 30 Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, 4 Chiffchaff, Blackcap & 600+ Redwing.

Dina Burford: Pheasant.

Dina Burford: Bolete Eater (Hypomyces chrysospermus) - new species for site.

(c) Dina Burford - Stonechat



Tuesday 13th October

Sean Foote: 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Mandarin (f), Crossbill, 5 Lesser Redpoll, 600 Redwing, 100 Fieldfare (first returning birds of winter), 4 House Martin & Swallow.

Peter Brown: Treecreeper, Grey Wagtail & Peregrine.

6th site record of Mandarin, last reported 04/04/20. 


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