Monday 1 May 2023

Saturday 1st April to Sunday 30th April

Rushmoor Community Lottery

We've launched our page on the Rushmoor Community Lottery.

Tickets cost £1 per week - we will receive 50p per ticket (and other local good causes 10p).

You could win up to £25,000!

Scan the QR code below, or click this link to go to our page. Thank you for your support.

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.

Saturday 1st April

Dina Burford: Short-eared Owl (8th record for site, 94th bird species for 2023).

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, 5 Snipe, 2 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 2 Skylark & 2 Cetti's Warbler. 

Anon: 2 Stonechat & Blackcap.

A busy morning on site as we hosted a leg of the Badshot Lea Village Easter Trail.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Easter Trail Volunteers

We also ran a nest box decorating activity for the Saturday Zone kids at Parkside Aldershot today, the first of four activities we have planned for the next few months.

(c) Parkside - Next Box Decorating

(c) Parkside - Nest Box Decorating

(c) Parkside - Nest Box Decorating

(c) Dina Burford - Short-eared Owl

(c) Dina Burford - Short-eared Owl

Sunday 2nd April

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 2 Cetti's Warbler & 2 Skylark.

24 children enjoyed an Easter scavenger hunt around site this morning, and 12 families enjoyed a free river dipping session this afternoon. Well done Katie for organising, and Debbie for the face painting.

Roger and Anya conducted a bird ringing session under the powerlines this morning.

(c) Helen Warner - River Dipping

(c) Helen Warner - River Dipping

(c) Dina Burford - Chiffchaff

Monday 3rd April

Peter Brown: 3 Green Sandpiper, Snipe & 2 Cetti's Warbler.

Oli: Crane (3rd record for site, last recorded 04/05/19, 95th bird species for 2023).

Dina Burford: Little Egret.

Dina Burford: Brimstone & Peacock.

This evening, our Secretary Mark Elsoffer, had the great honour of being presented with a Services to Farnham Award at the Farnham Town Council Officers, by the Mayor of Farnham.

(c) Farnham Herald - Services to Farnham Award Winners

(c) Colin Varndell - Goldfinches

(c) Colin Varndell - Green Sandpiper

(c) WildCam - Great Crested Grebe

(c) Jon Hawkins - Black-headed Gulls

(c) Jon Hawkins - Fox

(c) Jon Hawkins - Little Egret

Tuesday 4th April

Dave Baker: 2 Sand Martin.

Dina Burford: Snipe, Little Egret & Wigeon.

Gillian Bamford: Brimstone & Peacock.

(c) Steve Walsh - Great Crested Grebes

(c) Steve Walsh - Greenfinch

(c) Steve Walsh - Song Thrush

(c) Gillian Bamford - Great Crested Grebes

(c) Jon Hawkins - Misty Morning

Wednesday 5th April

Mark Elsoffer: Green Sandpiper, Lapwing, c20 Sand Martin, c6 Swallow, 3 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 2 Raven & Goshawk.

Dave Baker: 2 Mediterranean Gull.

Dina Burford: Little Grebe.

S Brownhill: Sedge Warbler (first of year, 96th bird species for 2023).

The team from Wardle Marine launched our new tern rafts today, just in time for our Common Terns to arrive from their wintering grounds in southern Africa. Thanks to everyone who helped make this project happen.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Raft Launch

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Raft Launch

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Raft Launch

Thursday 6th April

Rebecca Haskell: Little Egret.

(c) Dina Burford - Stock Doves nesting in Kestrel box

Friday 7th April

Mark Elsoffer: 5 Green Sandpiper, 3 Little Egret, Reed Warbler (first of year, 97th bird species for 2023), 4 Cetti's Warbler, 3 Skylark, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Swallow & Raven.

Mark Elsoffer: Small Tortoiseshell, 6+ Brimstone, 6+ Peacock & a Small White. 

Mark Elsoffer: Marsh Frog (first of year).

Thanks to Phil for helping me this morning put together the nest boxes decorated by the Saturday Zone children from Parkside - Aldershot and District Learning Disability. We’ll be dropping them off at Parkside for the kids to take home next week.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Phil at Work

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Finished Nest Boxes

Thanks also to Paul & Gillian for planting wildflowers down the Low Lane Path today.

(c) Peter Bowles - Great Crested Grebes

(c) Gillian Bamford - Peacock

(c) Gordon Wyatt - Greenfinch

(c) Gordon Wyatt - Reed Bunting

Saturday 8th April

Richard Horton: 2 Green Sandpiper, Willow Warbler (first of year, 98th bird species for 2023) & Reed Warbler.

Dina Burford: Snipe.

Dina Burford: Speckled Wood.

Thank you to DofE Award students Emilie and Olivia, who along with Rosie and Sue, spent three hours today working on the new hedge we planted under the power lines last year.

(c) Jon Hawkins - Misty Morning

(c) Jon Hawkins - Great Crested Grebe

(c) Jon Hawkins - Tufted Duck

(c) Gillian Bamford - Peacock

Sunday 9th April

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Little Grebe, 2 Skylark, 2 Cetti's Warbler, Reed Warbler & Swallow.

M Scott: 6 Sand Martin.

Dina Burford: Linnet.

Colin Varndell: Snipe & 4 Pheasant.

(c) Dina Burford - Linnet

(c) Colin Varndell - Gadwall

(c) Colin Varndell - Pheasant

Monday 10th April

Hannah Chilvers: Little Ringed Plover.

Hugh Spiers: 2 Sand Martin.

(c) Colin Varndell - Guardian Oaks

Tuesday 11th April

Peter Brown: Common Tern.

R Arthurs: 3 Green Sandpiper & Reed Warbler.

Colin Varndell: Little Egret.

(c) Colin Varndell - Greylag Geese

(c) Colin Varndell - Pheasant

Wednesday 12th April

Dina Burford: Little Grebe.

(c) Gillian Bamford - Great Crested Grebes

(c) Colin Varndell - View from Horton's Mound

(c) Colin Varndell - View from Horton's Mound

Thursday 13th April

Richard Seargent: 2 Snipe, 2 Common Tern & White Wagtail.

Dina Burford: Little Egret & Little Grebe.

(c) Colin Varndell - Little Egret

Friday 14th April

Mark Elsoffer: Whimbrel (20th record for site, 99th bird species for 2023) & Yellow Wagtail (100th bird species for 2023).

(c) Dina Burford - House Martins Around New Tern Raft

Saturday 15th April

Mark Elsoffer: 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Little Grebe, 2 Common Tern, c100 House & Sand Martins, c25 Swallow, 2 Skylark, 3 Reed Warbler & 4 Cetti's Warbler.

Richard Horton: Yellowhammer (32nd record for site, first since 24/05/20, 101st bird species for 2023).

We had the pleasure of giving a guided tour to five committee members and volunteers from the Fleet Pond Society this morning.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Fleet Pond Society Visit

Our wonderful volunteers Katie & Abbie ran two river dipping sessions today. Great to see so many young families enjoying the nature reserve.

(c) Katie Hunt - River Dipping

(c) Katie Hunt - River Dipping

Thanks to the 25 volunteers who attended our work party today. We built a hibernacula & stumpery; installed hedgehog houses & bug hotels; litter picked; & maintained the new hedge.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Work Party

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Work Party

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Finished Hibernacula & Stumpery

(c) WildCam - Roe Deer

Sunday 16th April

Mark Elsoffer: 3 Green Sandpiper, Snipe, 3 Common Tern, 4 Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler & Raven.

Anon: Cuckoo (last recorded 13/04/21, 102nd bird species for 2023).

Richard Seargent: Whitethroat (first of year, 103rd bird species for 2023).

Murray Nurse: Great White Egret (19th record for site, 104th bird species for 2023).

Peter Brown: Wheatear.

We had the great pleasure of leading a walk for c12 members of the Berkshire Ornithological Club this morning. A large group from the RSPB Guildford & District were also visiting site today. It was standing room only on Horton’s Mound!

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Birders on Horton's Mound

(c) WildCam - Blue Tit

(c) WildCam - Collared Dove

(c) Colin Varndell - RSPB Walk

(c) Gillian Bamford - Holly Blue

(c) Dina Burford - Wheatear

Monday 17th April

Richard Horton: 2 Green Sandpiper.

Clare Dell: Common Tern, Reed Warbler & 2 Swallow.

(c) Clare Dell - Peacock

(c) Clare Dell - Speckled Wood

Tuesday 18th April

John Hunt: 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Tern, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 2 House Martin & Swallow.

(c) Jon Hawkins - Roe Deer

(c) Colin Varndell - Blackcap

(c) Colin Varndell - Orange-tip

Wednesday 19th April

Richard Seargent: Green Sandpiper & 2 Lapwing.

Roger (a licensed bird ringer) and Anya checked all 40 nest boxes this morning. 29 were occupied by either Blue Tits or Great Tits. 6 Blue Tits on eggs, 12 Great Tits on eggs, and 11 unidentified nests in progress.

Thursday 20th April

Mark Elsoffer: 4 Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Wigeon, Little Grebe, 2 Common Tern, Yellow Wagtail, Firecrest (15th record for site, 105th bird species for 2023), Linnet, 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 20+ Blackcap, 10 Swallow, 16 House Martin & 20 Sand Martin.

Noel: 5 Whimbrel (21st record for site, 2nd this month) & Swift (first of the year, 106th bird species for 2023).

Mark Elsoffer: 6 Brimstone, 8 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Small White & 2 Holly Blue.

Mark Elsoffer: Large Red Damselfly - freshly emerged, along the river behind Horton's Mound - first odonata of the year.

We had the pleasure of leading a guided walk for ten members of Hartley Wintney U3A this morning.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Birders on Horton's Mound

(c) Colin Varndell - Cetti's Warbler

(c) Colin Varndell - Little Egret

Friday 21st April

Richard Horton: 5+ Yellow Wagtail, 70+ Swallow & 50+ House/Sand Martin.

Richard Seargent: 2 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Wigeon & Swift.

(c) Colin Varndell - Sunrise over the Silt Pond

Saturday 22nd April

Mark Elsoffer: Common Sandpiper (first of year, 107th bird species for 2023), 3 Green Sandpiper, Wigeon, Little Grebe, 2 Common Tern, 3+ Reed Warbler, 4+ Cetti's Warbler, 75+ Swallow, 20+ Sand Martin & 50+ House Martin.

Dave Baker: Little Ringed Plover, 2 Snipe, 3 Skylark, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler & 2 Swift.

Colin Varndell: Little Egret.

(c) Colin Varndell - Egyptian Goose

(c) Colin Varndell - Little Egret eating Water Shrew

(c) Colin Varndell - Little Ringed Plover

Sunday 23rd April

Richard Seargent: Common Sandpiper, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler & 2 Swift.

Malcolm Fincham: Little Ringed Plover & Reed Warbler.

(c) Malcolm Fincham - Little Ringed Plover

Monday 24th April

Bruce: Curlew (39th record for site, 108th species for 2023).

Richard Horton: Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper & Garden Warbler (first of year, 109th species for 2023).

Colin Varndell: Little Egret.

Graham Sharples: Common Tern, Cetti's Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 House Martin & Swallow.

(c) Colin Varndell - Black-headed Gull

(c) Colin Varndell - Little Egret

(c) Graham Sharples - Reed Warblers

Tuesday 25th April

Peter Brown: Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper & 2 Snipe.

(c) Wild Cam - Black-headed Gull

(c) Wild Cam - Robin

(c) Gillian Bamford - Experts at Work

Wednesday 26th April

Richard Horton: Garden Warbler.

(c) Colin Varndell - Chiffchaff

(c) Colin Varndell - Pheasant

Thursday 27th April

Richard Horton: Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher (110th species for 2023) & Arctic Tern (31st record for site, 111th species for 2023).

Dina Burford: Little Egret.

(c) Dina Burford - Slow Worm

Friday 28th April

Richard Seargent: Common Sandpiper & Whimbrel.

Mark Elsoffer: Wigeon, Little Grebe, 4 Common Tern, 2 Skylark, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 100+ House Martin, 50+ Sand Martin, 50+ Swallow & 200+ Swift.

Dina Burford: Lesser Pond-sedge (Carex acutiformis) - new for site.

Thanks to the 15 volunteers who turned out for our work party this morning, including a team of 10 from the wonderful Surrey Choices Growth Team. We used wood that had been cleared from the river over winter to build a dead hedge overlooking the reed beds.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Surrey Choices Work Party

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Surrey Choices Work Party

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Surrey Choices Work Party

(c) Dina Burford - Nesting Black-headed Gulls on New Tern Raft

Saturday 29th April

Richard Seargent: Lesser Whitethroat (first of year, 112th bird species for 2023).

Geth Tillin: Little Egret, 2 Common Tern, Skylark, 2 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Garden Warbler, Yellowhammer (33rd record for site, 2nd this month), Siskin, 2 Swallow & 10 Swift.

(c) Melanie Nicholls - Large Red Damselfly

(c) Melanie Nicholls - Orange-tip

Sunday 30th April

Mark Elsoffer: Wigeon, 2 Snipe, Little Grebe, 5 Common Tern, 2 Skylark, 6 Whitethroat, 4 Cetti's Warbler, 6 Reed Warbler, 10 House Martin, 10 Sand Martin, 6 Swallow & 50 Swift.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Whitethroat

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Reed Warbler

(c) Wild Cam - Dunnock

(c) Wild Cam - Fox

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