Sunday 23 October 2022

Co-Op Local Cause

We are delighted to have been chosen to be part of the Co-op Local Community Fund. We're raising money to buy more tools and equipment for our volunteer work parties.

If you are a Co-Op member, please click the link below and choose us as your cause. 1% of everything you spend on selected Co-Op branded goods and services between today and 21st October 2023 will be donated to our cause:

If you're not a Co-Op member, you can sign up here:


Sunday 2 October 2022

Friday Work Parties

Be the Best, Join the Tice's Irregulars.....

There's lots of work to do over autumn and winter, so we're going to start holding irregular Friday morning work parties.

If you're interested in joining us, please message me your mobile number - all communication and organisation will be done via WhatsApp to keep things simple.

Saturday 1 October 2022

Thursday 1st September to Friday 30th September

Volunteer Work Parties

Our volunteer work party schedule for the next six months. Please do come and join us if you're free - a great way to spend a morning, helping nature, working with the local community, and having some fun at the same time.

Thursday 1st September

Colin Varndell: Clouded Yellow.

(c) Colin Varndell - Clouded Yellow

(c) Colin Varndell - Lapwing

Friday 2nd September

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Little Egret, Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 6 Stonechat, 5 Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler & 2+ Yellow Wagtail

Anon: 4 Green SandpiperLittle Ringed Plover, Kingfisher & Hobby.

Mark Elsoffer: 3 Clouded Yellow & Painted Lady.

Massive thanks to Roger, Slasher and Mark for ringing in the reed beds all day today. They trapped 90 new birds before lunch - more birds than could possibly be breeding in the reed beds, so a sure sign migration is underway, and that lots of migrant birds are using Tice's Meadow as an important stop-over on their way south.

(c) Gillian Bamford - Cetti's Warbler

(c) Gillian Bamford - Garden Warbler

(c) Gillian Bamford - Sedge Warbler

(c) Rups Limboo - Kingfisher

(c) Dina Burford - Bird Ringing

Saturday 3rd September

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, 3 Snipe, Little Egret, Pochard, Wigeon, 6+ Whinchat (new site record count), 2+ Yellow Wagtail, Cetti’s Warbler, Whitethroat, Ring-necked Parakeet (26th for site) & Hobby.

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Clouded Yellow.

Massive thanks to Roger, Slasher and Mark for ringing in the reed beds this morning.

(c) Gillian Bamford - Southern Hawker

(c) Dina Burford - Hobby

(c) Colin Varndell - Greylag Geese

Sunday 4th September

Dina Burford: 2 Little Egret.

Cameron Sibbald: Black Swan (escape).

We provided 7 marshals for the Farnham Pilgrims' Marathon today, which raises money for local good causes.

(c) Dina Burford - Black Swan

Monday 5th September

John Hunt: 4 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 2 Little Egret, Wigeon & 4 Whinchat.

Kevin Duncan: Wheatear.

Tuesday 6th September

Leonard Winchcombe: Greenshank.

John Hunt: Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover (juv), 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher & 2 Whinchat.

Wednesday 7th September

John Hunt: Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover (juv), 3 Stonechat & 3 Whinchat.

(c) Colin Varndell - Red Kite

Thursday 8th September

No reports.

Friday 9th September

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, 5+ Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff (17th record for site), 5 Snipe, Little Egret, Tree Pipit (12th record for site, 131st species for 2022), 3 Spotted Flycatcher (14th record for site, 3rd this year, new record count), Cetti's Warbler, 5+ Whinchat, 3+ Yellow Wagtail, Swift, 20+ Swallow, 30+ Sand Martin, & c100 House Martin.

Kevin Duncan: 4 Garganey (male & 3 fem/juv) (12th record for site, 132nd species for 2022).

Murray Nurse: Redshank.

Anon: Wood Sandpiper (31st record for site, 3rd this year).

Mark Elsoffer: Clouded Yellow.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Spotted Flycatcher

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Spotted Flycatcher

Saturday 10th September

Mark Elsoffer: 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, 2 Little Egret, 2 Wigeon, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 100+ Swallow, 12+ Sand Martin, 30+ House Martin & Hobby.

Richard Seargent: Wood Sandpiper & Ruff.

We had the pleasure of leading a walk for 25 members of the public this morning as part of Farnham Heritage Open Days.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Heritage Open Day

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Migrant Hawker

Sunday 11th September

Richard Seargent: Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier (fem, 9th record for site, 133rd species for 2022), Peregrine & Hobby.

(c) Jon Hawkins - Snail

(c) Jon Hawkins - Wasp Spider

Monday 12th September

John Hunt: 3 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 2 Little Egret, Kingfisher, 6 Stonechat, 4 Meadow Pipit & Hobby.

Richard Seargent: 2 Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (15th record for site, 4th this year) & White Wagtail.

(c) Dina Burford - Hobby

Tuesday 13th September

No reports.

Wednesday 14th September

Peter Brown: 2 Green Sandpiper, Wheatear, Peregrine & Hobby.

Thursday 15th September

John Hunt: 3 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Kingfisher, 2 Whinchat, 5 Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, 2 Raven & Hobby.

(c) John Hunt - Kingfisher

(c) Colin Varndell - Canada Geese

Friday 16th September

Kevin Duncan: Wood Sandpiper (32nd record for site, 4th this year).

Kit Britten: Garganey (fem) (13th record for site, 2nd this year), Pochard, 11 Stonechat & 4 Whinchat.

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, 2 Wheatear, Cetti's Warbler & Peregrine.

Mark Elsoffer: Redshank, 2 Snipe, Kingfisher, 5 Meadow Pipit, Yellow Wagtail & Hobby.

(c) Colin Varndell - Whinchat

(c) Colin Varndell - Whinchat

(c) Andrew Whitehead - Cormorant

Saturday 17th September

Dave Baker: 3 Wigeon, Kingfisher, 2 Whinchat, Cetti's Warbler & Marsh Harrier (fem) (10th record for site, 2nd this year).

Kevin Duncan: Garganey (fem).

Malcolm: 3 Green Sandpiper, Peregrine & Hobby.

(c) Gillian Bamford - Common Darter

(c) Colin Varndell - Kingfisher

(c) Colin Varndell - Little Grebe

(c) Peter Bowles - Sand Martin

Sunday 18th September

Richard Horton: Wood Sandpiper (33rd record for site, 5th this year), Garganey (fem) & Yellow Wagtail.

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Green Sandpiper, Redshank, 2 Wheatear, 4+ Whinchat, Hobby & Peregrine.

Colin Varndell: Kingfisher.

We attended the Kiln Heritage Open Day today, and also finished off Len the Scarecrow.

(c) Colin Varndell - Green Sandpiper

(c) Colin Varndell - Lapwing

(c) Dina Burford - Kiln Heritage Open Day

Monday 19th September

Mark Elsoffer: 3 Green Sandpiper, Dunlin (juv), Snipe, 5 Wigeon, Pochard, Wheatear, Whinchat, Cetti's Warbler, RavenGoshawk & Hobby.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Migrant Hawker

Tuesday 20th September

Don Lemmon: 3 Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, Wheatear, 5 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler & Peregrine.

Colin Varndell: Kingfisher.

(c) Colin Varndell - Misty Morning

(c) Colin Varndell - Misty Morning

Wednesday 21st September

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper, Dunlin, 3 Snipe, 4 Wigeon, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Meadow Pipit, 7 Stonechat & 2 Whinchat.

Colin Varndell: Kingfisher.

Sarah Pitt-Bailey: Wheatear.

The Dorking RSPB Local Group enjoyed a visit to site today.

We ran a guided walk, litter pick and pond dipping for 3rd Frimley Green & Mytchett Brownies this evening - thanks Katie & Dina for organising.

(c) David Gosnell - Kestrel on Swift Tower

(c) Dina Burford - Great Crested Grebe

(c) Dina Burford - Snipe

(c) Colin Varndell - Dorking RSPB Visit

(c) Colin Varndell - Stonechat

Thursday 22nd September

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, Little Egret, 3 Wigeon, Kingfisher, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Skylark, 8 Stonechat & c100 House Martin.

Murray Nurse: 2 Whinchat, Wheatear & 2 Peregrine.

Mark Elsoffer: Willow Emerald Damselfly.

We dropped Len off at the St Thomas-on-the-Bourne’s Scarecrow Festival today.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Lord Len the Scarecrow

(c) Jon Hawkins - Canada Geese

(c) Jon Hawkins - Grey Heron

(c) Colin Varndell - Reed Bunting

(c) Paul Habgood - Common Darter

Friday 23rd September

Mark Elsoffer: Osprey (18th record for site, 134th species for 2022).

Peter Brown: Common Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 2 Little Egret, 13 Wigeon, 12 Stonechat & Wheatear.

Great to have 13 members of the Surrey Choices Growth Team working with us on site today.

20 members of the public enjoyed a guided bat walk this evening as part of our Big Green Weekend - thanks Bernard and Matt for running it.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Surrey Choices Work Party

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Surrey Choices Work Party

Saturday 24th September

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Wheatear, Whinchat & Peregrine.

Thanks to Lord Len, Paul & Gillian who coppiced hazel for our river work party this morning.

6 families enjoyed a pond dipping session today as part of our Big Green Weekend - thanks Katie for running it.

(c) Katie Hunt - Pond Dipping

(c) Katie Hunt - Pond Dipping

(c) Gillian Bamford - Migrant Hawker

(c) Gillian Bamford - Loading the trailer

(c) Jon Hawkins - Bentley

(c) Jon Hawkins - Collared Dove

Sunday 25th September

Peter Brown: Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe & 20 House Martin.

Dina Burford: 2 Wigeon.

22 volunteers attended our work party today, re-wilding the River Blackwater, in support of World Rivers Day and our Big Green Weekend. We installed 3 coarse woody debris structures, creating microhabitats for fish & insects.

(c) Gillian Bamford - Work Party

(c) Gillian Bamford - Work Party

(c) Gillian Bamford - Work Party

(c) Dina Burford - Wigeon

Monday 26th September

No reports.

Tuesday 27th September

Dina Burford: 3 Wigeon & Little Grebe.

5th Farnham Beavers enjoyed a guided walk around site and some art on the mound in the rain this evening - thanks Dina & Katie for leading.

(c) Katie Hunt - Beavers' Walk

Wednesday 28th September

Peter Brown: 3 Green Sandpiper.

(c) Colin Varndell - House Martin

(c) Colin Varndell - Sand Martin

Thursday 29th September

Mark Elsoffer: Marsh Harrier (11th record for site, 3rd this year).

Colin Varndell: Wood Sandpiper (34th record for site, 6th this year).

Huge thanks to the 21 volunteers who worked hard re-wilding the River Blackwater today as part of a multi-agency project with the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, Surrey County Council, South East Rivers Trust and Environment Agency.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Work Party

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Work Party

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Work Party

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Work Party

We were delighted to be joined by representatives from Surrey County Council, Hampshire County Council, Rushmoor Borough Council, Waverley Borough Council, Guildford Borough Council, and Farnham Town Council, for the official handover event today, to celebrate the six councils combining to save Tice's Meadow.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Handover Event

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Handover Event

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Handover Event

(c) Colin Varndell - Wood Sandpiper

Friday 30th September

Anon: Marsh Harrier (12th record for site, 4th this year).

(c) Colin Varndell - Mute Swans