Tuesday 31 January 2023

Sunday 1st January to Tuesday 31st January

 Co-Op Local Community Fund

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:


Volunteer Work Parties

Our volunteer work party schedule for the next few 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.

Sunday 1st January

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 500+ Lapwing, Water Rail, Cetti's Warbler, Pheasant, Tawny Owl & Peregrine.

(c) Dina Burford - Green Sandpiepr

Monday 2nd January

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 400+ Lapwing, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Ring-necked Parakeet (27th for site, last recorded 03/09/22) & Barn Owl.

Dave Baker: Chiffchaff & Green Woodpecker.

Don Lemmon: 2 Goldcrest.

(c) Wild Cam - Mute Swan & Tufted Ducks

(c) Colin Varndell - Gadwall

(c) Colin Varndell - Moorhen

(c) Colin Varndell - Reed Bunting

(c) Steve Simnett - Green Sandpiper

Tuesday 3rd January

No reports.

Wednesday 4th January

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper, 400+ Lapwing & Kingfisher.

Murray Nurse: Peregrine.

(c) Colin Varndell - Blue Tit

(c) Colin Varndell - Pied Wagtail

Thursday 5th January

Colin Varndell: Green Sandpiper, 500 Lapwing, Pheasant & Peregrine.

(c) Colin Varndell - Green Sandpiper

(c) Colin Varndell - Lapwing

(c) Colin Varndell - Pheasant

Friday 6th January

Peter Brown: 3 Green Sandpiper & 400+ Lapwing.

(c) Gillian Bamford - Sunrise

(c) Dina Burford - Green Sandpiper

(c) Colin Varndell - Red Kite

Saturday 7th January

No reports.

Sunday 8th January

(c) Colin Varndell - Silt Pond

(c) Colin Varndell - Sunrise over Bat Field

Monday 9th January

Dina Burford: Green Sandpiper.

(c) Colin Varndell - Gadwall

(c) Colin Varndell - Herring Gull

Tuesday 10th January

No reports.

Wednesday 11th January

Alan Bird: Green Sandpiper, 2 Cettis Warbler & Rook.

(c) Dina Burford - Lapwing over the Workings

(c) Colin Varndell - Green Sandpiper

Thursday 12th January

(c) Colin Varndell - Gadwall

Friday 13th January

Thank you to the 17 volunteers, including the Growth Team from Surrey Choices, who braved the wind to cut and burn willow in the reed beds today. Great work everyone!

(c) Gillian Bamford - Work Party

Thanks to Phil for building and installing 24 new nest boxes in our old Sand Martin bank today - as the waters literally rose around us. We've blocked off the lower two levels due to flooding. Fingers crossed the Sand Martins like them.

(c) Phil Barnbrook - Sand Martin Bank Upgrades

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Sand Martin Bank Upgrades

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Sand Martin Bank Upgrades

Saturday 14th January

(c) Colin Varndell - Cormorant

(c) Colin Varndell - Cormorant

Sunday 15th January

Peter Brown: 2 Green Sandpiper.

(c) Colin Varndell - Coot

Monday 16th January

(c) Colin Varndell - Flooded Feeding Station

(c) Colin Varndell - Bullfinch

Tuesday 17th January

No reports.

Wednesday 18th January

Ian Stone: Woodcock (9th record for site, last recorded March 2021).

Colin Varndell: 2 Little Egret.

(c) Colin Varndell - Frosty Morning

(c) Colin Varndell - Frosty Morning

Thursday 19th January

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, 3 Snipe, 225 Lapwing, Little Egret, 2 Stonechat, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Chiffchaff & 2 Grey Wagtail.

(c) Colin Varndell - Long-tailed Tit

(c) Colin Varndell - Meadow Pipit

Friday 20th January

Hugh Speirs: 2 Little Grebe & 30 Fieldfare.

Mark Elsoffer: Little Egret & Mistle Thrush.

Big thanks to the 5 volunteers who spent the morning cutting a new ringing ride in the reed beds. Great work everyone.

(c) Dina Burford - New Ringing Ride

An injuted Mute Swan was rescued and taken into care by Swan Lifeline today. Well done to all involved.

(c) Gillian Bamford - Rescued Swan

Saturday 21st January

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Snipe & Little Egret.

Massive thanks to the 38 volunteers who turned out on a chilly winter morning to cut & burn willow in the reed beds. Great to be joined by a team from Surrey Choices, so many young families, DofE students & work placement students. Great work everyone!

(c) Colin Varndell - Work Party

(c) Colin Varndell - Work Party

(c) Gillian Bamford - Work Party

(c) WildCam - Jay over the Reed Beds

(c) WildCam - Reed Bunting

(c) Jon Hawkins - Mute Swan

(c) Jon Hawkins - Mute Swan

Sunday 22nd January

Peter Brown: Green Sandpiper.

(c) Jon Hawkins - Frosty Deer

(c) Jon Hawkins - Robin

(c) Colin Varndell - Mallards on Ice

(c) Colin Varndell - Meadow Pipit

(c) Gav Thane - Reed Bunting

Monday 23d January

Wild Cam: Green Sandpiper, Little Egret & Grey Wagtail.

(c) WildCam - Green Sandpiper

(c) WildCam - Grey Wagtail

(c) Colin Varndell - Bullfinches

Tuesday 24th January

Peter Brown: Green Sandpiper.

Richard Horton: 300+ Wigeon (new record count).

(c) Gav Thane - Horton's Frosty Mound

Wednesday 25th January

Colin Varndell: 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Little Egret & Kingfisher.

(c) Colin Varndell - Fox

(c) Colin Varndell - Mallards on Ice

Thursday 26th January

Mark Elsoffer: Little Egret & 2 Cetti's Warbler.

We had the pleasure of giving a tour to 12 clients & staff from Parkside - Aldershot and District Learning Disability today. We hope this is the start of a mutually beneficial relationship between the TMBG & Parkside.

(c) Parkside - Tice's Meadow Visit

(c) Parkside - Tice's Meadow Visit

(c) Keith Leman - Fox

(c) Keith Leman - Robin

Friday 27th January

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe & Little Egret.

Another busy Friday on site..... Eight irregulars spent four hours cutting and burning willow in the reed beds. Phil measured up the Swift Tower for a possible extension we may install at the end of summer.
We had a meeting with the Site Manager from Fox Corner Nature Reserve. And Roger was busy cleaning and checking all of the nest boxes.

(c) Dina Burford - Work Party

(c) Colin Varndell - Work Party

(c) Colin Varndell - Work Party

(c) Colin Varndell - Egyptian Geese

Saturday 28th January

C Jones: 2 Green Sandpiper.

Rosalind Mist: Cetti's Warbler.

(c) Jon Hawkins - Chaffinch

(c) Jon Hawkins - Greenfinch

(c) Jon Hawkins - Bunter the Robin

Sunday 29th January

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Snipe, Little Egret, Goosander (m, 18th record for site, last recorded 17/12/22) & 2 Cetti's Warbler.

We laid on a birdwatching session this morning for Yuki and Arentas who were doing the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch for their Waverley Abbey Challenge.

(c) Noriko Takahashi - Birdwatching Session

(c) Jon Hawkins - Mallards

(c) Colin Varndell - Great Crested Grebe

(c) Colin Varndell - Tufted Duck

Monday 30th January

Colin Varndell: Nuthatch.

(c) Colin Varndell - Reed Bunting

(c) Colin Varndell - Sunrise

Tuesday 31st January

Colin Varndell: Little Egret.

John Hunt: Green Sandpiper.

(c) Colin Varndell - Little Egret

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