Monday 19 April 2021

Thursday 1st April to Monday 19th April

Your Fund Surrey

We have registered with Surrey County Council's Your Fund Surrey scheme for a grant of between £250,000 and £1,000,000. If successful, we will use the funds to purchase Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve and place it in trust (or similar) for the benefit of the local community.

A detailed business case has to be submitted if we proceed to the next stage. In the meantime, we are asking all of our supporters to show their support by clicking the link below and "liking" our project:


Nest Cameras

Our Kestrels are currently sitting on 3 eggs. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for daily updates, and watch live here:

Our Barn Owls are currently sitting on 5 eggs: Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for regular updates, and watch live here: 

Explore with Rebecca

Local film-maker Rebecca Hildebrant has made this wonderful film about Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve. Please check it out.

Thursday 1st April

Dina Burford: Brent Goose.

(c) Jon Hawkins - Carrion Crow

(c) Dina Burford - Brent Goose

Friday 2nd April

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, Little Egret, Black-necked Grebe, Brent Goose, Kingfisher, Nuthatch, Wheatear, 12 Swallow, 20 Sand Martin & Peregrine.

(c) Colin Varndell - Carrion Crow

Saturday 3rd April

Richard Seargent: Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Black-necked Grebe, Brent Goose, Goosander (red-head, over) & 3 Swallow.

Murray Nurse: 2 Mediterranean Gull, Willow Warbler, 20+ Sand Martin & 5 House Martin.

Paul Williams: 2 Ringed Plover.

Richard Horton: Mallard with 4 young in the stream.

(c) Dina Burford - Great Crested Grebe

(c) Wild Cam - Roe Deer

(c) Colin Varndell - Long-tailed Tit

Sunday 4th April

Mark Elsoffer: 6 Little Ringed Plover, 6 Snipe, Little Egret, Mallard (with 4 young on Workings), Black-necked Grebe, Wheatear, 12 Swallow, 40 Sand Martin & Raven.

Richard Horton: 4 Brent Goose ("Dave" + 3 over).

Richard Seargent: 2 Pochard & 3 Mediterranean Gull.

Lindsay Patterson: Comma - first of the year.

Mark Elsoffer & Dina Burford: Small White - first of the year.

(c) Jill Lamb - Little Egret

(c) Colin Varndell - Fox

(c) Colin Varndell - Dunnock

(c) Devan Sharma - Great Crested Grebe

Monday 5th April

Mark Elsoffer: Ringed Plover, 9 Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, Little Egret, Brent Goose, Pheasant, 20 Swallow, 10 Sand Martin & Osprey (12th for site).

Richard Horton: Black Redstart (5th for site).

Colin Varndell: Peregrine.

Richard Seargent: Green Sandpiper, Pochard & 2 Little Grebe.

Anon: Redwing.

(c) Colin Varndell - Peregrine

(c) Colin Varndell - Red Kite

Tuesday 6th April

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, 11 Little Ringed Plover, Snipe, Brent Goose, Sedge Warbler (new earliest record by 1 day), 18 Swallow, 25 Sand Martin & 50 House Martin.

(c) Jill Lamb - Bruce

(c) Theresa Spiers - Coots

(c) Dina Burford - Green Sandpiper

Wednesday 7th April

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, 10 Little Ringed Plover, 9 Snipe, Brent Goose, 135 Common Gull, Yellow Wagtail, 20 Swallow, 40 Sand Martin & 30 House Martin.

We are grateful to Stuart and Steve from the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership for helping us launch our tern rafts this morning.

(c) Colin Varndell - Launching the Rafts

(c) Colin Varndell - Launching the Rafts

(c) Colin Varndell - Launching the Rafts

(c) Dina Burford - Launching the Rafts

Thursday 8th April

Dina Burford: Brent Goose.

(c) Jill Lamb - Great Crested Grebe

Friday 9th April

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, Brent Goose, Yellow Wagtail, 12 Swallow, 8 Sand Martin & 2 House Martin.

Dave Baker: 3 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common Tern (first of year for Surrey) & Linnet.

John Hunt: 2 Willow Warbler.

Jill Lamb: Little Egret.

Sean Foote: Forest Cuckoo Bee (Bombus sylvestris) - new for site.

Gillian Bamford: Gooden's Nomad Bee (Nomada goodeniana) - new for site.

(c) John Hunt - Mediterranean Gulls

(c) Jon Hawkins - Great Crested Grebe

(c) Sean Foote - Grass Snake

(c) Dina Burford - Wood Pigeon on Nest

(c) Gillian Bamford - Tawny Mining Bee (female)

Saturday 10th April

Richard Seargent: Brent Goose & 4 Common Tern.

Kit Britten: 2 Little Ringed Plover & Little Egret.

Murray Nurse: 3 Mediterranean Gull.

(c) Dina Burford - Blackcap

Sunday 11th April

Mark Elsoffer: 7 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, Little Egret, Brent Goose, Sedge Warbler, 10 Swallow, 18 Sand Martin & 12 House Martin.

Magnus Brodie-Cooper: Yellow-legged Gull (adult).

Dave Baker: 4 Common Tern, Kingfisher, 2 Raven & Peregrine.

Richard Seargent: Green Sandpiper, 28 Mediterranean Gull (flocks of 11 & 17) & Willow Warbler.

(c) Jon Hawkins - Coot

(c) Theresa Spiers - Great Crested Grebe

(c) Dina Burford - Mediterranean Gulls

(c) Simon Monk - Gulls on Raft

Monday 12th April

Dina Burford: Little Egret, Brent Goose & Common Tern.

(c) Devan Sharma - Little Egret

(c) Jill Lamb - Black-headed Gull

Tuesday 13th April

Richard Horton: Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, Brent Goose, Water Rail, Whitethroat (1st of year) & Peregrine. 

Colin Varndell: Cuckoo (1st of year).

Dina Burford: Common Tern.

Dina Burford: Orange-tip - first of the year.

(c) Jill Lamb - Fox with Cubs

(c) Richard Bavin - Panorama

(c) Colin Varndell - House Sparrow

(c) Colin Varndell - Peregrine

(c) Colin Varndell - Little Ringed Plover

Wednesday 14th April

(c) Conor Macleod - Bullfinch

(c) Conor Macleod - Chaffinch

(c) Theresa Spiers - Mating Chiffchaffs

(c) Dina Burford - Wood Pigeon Nest with Young

Thursday 15th April

Mark Elsoffer: 6 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, 4 Little Egret, Brent Goose, Common Tern, 12 Swallow, 8 Sand Martin & 4 House Martin.

Thanks to the efforts of Lord Len, our feeding station not only has a new wire perimeter fence, but he’s also added a new viewing screen. The feeders shall return soon.

With no sign of Dave the Brent Goose since early this morning, it appears he may have departed. Dave first appeared at Tice's on 29th November & was only the 8th record of Brent Goose for site. Little did we know that he'd stay 139 days!

(c) Rebecca Haskell - Slow Worm

(c) Jill Lamb - Fox

(c) Jill Lamb - Orange-tip

(c) Jon Hawkins - Canada Goose

(c) Jon Hawkins - Coot

(c) Dina Burford - Blackcap

Friday 16th April

Mark Elsoffer: 6 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 3 Little Egret, 2 Common Tern, Brent Goose, Whitethroat, 6 Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 3 House Martin & Peregrine.

We strung up the hops behind the shelter today, harking back to when parts of the reserve were farmed for hops.

A huge thanks to Roger Dickey and Lara Winsloe for bird ringing in the woods this morning, and then checking the nest boxes in the afternoon.

(c) Theresa Spiers - Song Thrush

(c) Lara Winsloe - Great Tit Nest

(c) Linda Copper - Vixen & Cubs

(c) Marina Greig - Female & Male Blackcaps

(c) Marina Greig - Song Thrush

(c) Dina Burford - Female & Male Bullfinches

Saturday 17th April

Richard Seargent: 15 Mediterranean Gull & Yellow Wagtail.

Dina Burford: Little Egret, Common Tern & Whitethroat.

(c) Devan Sharma - Starling

(c) Jill Lamb - Brimstone

(c) Jill Lamb - Peacock

(c) Rebecca Haskell - Slow Worm

(c) Conor Macleod - Fox & Cub

Sunday 18th April

John Hunt: 2 Snipe, 2 Common Tern, Kingfisher, 2 Whitethroat & Peregrine.

Dina Burford: Little Egret.

Dina Burford: Green-veined White & Speckled Wood - firsts of the year.

Dina Burford: Zebra Spider (Salticus scenicus) - new species for site.

(c) Rebecca Haskell - Grass Snake

(c) Dina Burford - Chiffchaff

(c) Dina Burford - Tern Raft

(c) Dina Burford - Green-veined White

(c) Beth Cook - Jay

(c) Jill Lamb - Mallard

Monday 19th April

Peter Brown: Wheatear.

Dina Burford: 2 Common Tern.

Adrian Lovett: Little Egret.

(c) Dina Burford - Wheatear

(c) Jason Davies - Great Crested Grebe