Tuesday 12 September 2023

Rushmoor Community Lottery

We were delighted to be represented by Leonard Winchcombe and Sophie Porter at the Rushmoor Community Lottery 6th anniversary celebration at Aldershot Cricket Club last night.

We received the awesome news that:

  • We have been successful in our Community Lottery Grant application, and will receive £950 to spend on tools and equipment for our volunteers.
  • We also won the £500 prize from the competition for new entrants to the community lottery.
  • We topped the leaderboard for tickets sold by new causes in 2023.

We can't thank the players and the organisers of the Rushmoor Community Lottery enough. Their generous support will enable our volunteers to continue delivering successful work parties at Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve.

If you would like to support our work at Tice's Meadow, please consider buying a Rushmoor Community Lottery ticket - we receive 50p from each ticket sold, and other local good causes receive 10p.


Wednesday 6 September 2023

Tuesday 1st August to Thursday 31st August

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.

Tuesday 1st August

Richard Horton: 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Redstart (12th site record, 125th bird species for 2023), Hobby & 2 Peregrine.

Alan Bird: 2 Little Ringed Plover, Mediterranean Gull & Rook.

(c) Linda Copper - Peacock

Wednesday 2nd August

Kit Britten: 4 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Little Ringed Plover & 2 Hobby.

(c) Colin Varndell - Mallard

Thursday 3rd August

John Hunt: Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper & 4 Little Ringed Plover.

Jo Drummond: Spotted Flycatcher (17th site record), Willow Warbler & 2 Treecreeper.

Mark Elsoffer: Hobby.

Mark Elsoffer: 6+ Lesser Emperor.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Lesser Emperors

(c) Gillian Bamford - Brimstone

(c) Gillian Bamford - Green-veined White

(c) Gillian Bamford - Large White

(c) Mohamed Metawe - Common Blue Damselfly

(c) Colin Varndell - Common Tern

(c) Colin Varndell - Little Egret

Friday 4th August

John Hunt: 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit & 3 Little Ringed Plover.

Roger Dickey: Redstart (13th site record).

Roger Dickey: Boreal Bramble (Rubus nemoralis) - new for site.

(c) John Hunt - Black-tailed Godwit

(c) Mohamed Metawe - Common Tern

(c) Dina Burford - Roe Deer

Saturday 5th August

Richard Horton: 3 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover & Treecreeper.

Sunday 6th August

Peter Brown: 2 Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover & 3 Little Ringed Plover.

Richard Horton: 3 Green Sandpiper.

Murray Nurse: Spotted Flycatcher (18th site record) & 2 Peregrine.

(c) Dina Burford - Black-tailed Godwit

(c) Dina Burford - Hobby

(c) Colin Varndell - Tufted Duck

Monday 7th August

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

(c) Dina Burford - Green Sandpiper

(c) Colin Varndell - Blackcap

(c) Colin Varndell - Song Thrush

Tuesday 8th August

Richard Horton: 2 Common Sandpiper & 3 Green Sandpiper.

(c) Jon Hawkins - Roe Deer

Wednesday 9th August

Richard Horton: 2 Common Sandpiper & 3 Green Sandpiper.

Alex Press: Great Black-backed Gull (126th bird species for 2023).

(c) Paul Habgood - Emperor

Thursday 10th August

Richard Horton: 3 Green Sandpiper.

Dina Burford: Common Sandpiper.

(c) Malcolm Fincham - Wasp Spider

(c) Jonathan Durham - Buzzards

(c) Gillian Bamford - Common Blues

(c) Gillian Bamford - Ruddy Darter

(c) Dina Burford - Common Sandpiper

(c) Dina Burford - Roe Deer

Friday 11th August

Mark Elsoffer: 5 Green Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Spotted Flycatcher (19th site record) & 2 Hobby.

Roger Dickey (all ringed): 12 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler & 5 Blue Tit.

Mark Elsoffer: 4 Lesser Emperor.

(c) Keith Cogan - Ruddy Darter

(c) Dina Burford - Bird Ringing

Saturday 12th August

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Hobby & Peregrine.

Massive thanks to the 17 volunteers who turned out for our work party today. We did a litter pick & cut back along the paths. Delighted as always to be joined by a Duke of Edinburgh Award student & a young lad working towards his scout badges, as well as 2 new volunteers.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Volunteers Tea Break

(c) Gillian Bamford - Meadow Brown

(c) Amber Homersham - Pellucid Hoverfly

(a) Amber Homersham - Swift

(c) Colin Varndell - Sparrowhawk mobbed by Magpies

Sunday 13th August

Kit Britten: 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Snipe, Little Grebe & Pheasant.

Peter Brown: Hobby & Peregrine.

Richard Seargent: 3 Willow Warbler & Treecreeper.

(c) Dina Burford - Flax

(c) Dina Burford - Peregrine

(c) Emma Parkes - Wasp Spider

Monday 14th August

P Jones: 2 Green Sandpiper.

Tuesday 15th August

Paul Bamford: Brown Hairstreak - first of the year.

(c) Gillian Bamford - Common Darter

(c) Gillian Bamford - Green-veined White

(c) Jon Hawkins - Morning Dew

(c) Jon Hawkins - Morning Dew

Wednesday 16th August

Leonard Winchcombe: Mandarin (female, 15th site record. 127th bird species for 2023).

Kit Britten: 3 Green Sandpiper, Pochard & 4 Willow Warbler.

(c) Clare Dell - Migrant Hawker

(c) Colin Varndell - Coots

(c) Colin Varndell - Long-tailed Tit

(c) Colin Varndell - Misty Morning

Thursday 17th August

Mark Elsoffer: Ring-necked Parakeet (28th site record).

Kit Britten: Green Sandpiper & 2 Pochard.

(c) Dina Burford - Great Crested Grebes

(c) Colin Varndell - Nuthatch

Friday 18th August

Richard Seargent: Green Sandpiper & Ringed Plover.

Saturday 19th August

Richard Horton: Ruff (18th site record. 128th species for 2023).

Peter Brown: 2 Green Sandpiper & Ringed Plover.

(c) Dina Burford - Ruff

(c) Colin Varndell - Great Crested Grebes

Sunday 20th August

Mark Elsoffer: 2 Green SandpiperTurnstone (19th site record. 129th species for 2023).

Sean Foote: Ruff & 2 Hobby.

Kit Britten: Pochard & 3 Swift.

Mark Elsoffer: Willow Emerald Damselflies - pair copulating.

Sean & Abi Foote: The Bee-grabber Fly (Conops ceriaeformis), Dull-vented Sharp-tailed Bee (Coelioxys elongata), The Chalcid wasp (Brachymeria tibialis), Wild Angelica (Angelica sylvestris) and Pale Flax (Linum bienne) - five new species for site.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Ruddy Darter

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Willow Emerald Damselflies

(c) Sean Foote - Bee-grabber Fly

(c) Abi Foote - Turnstone

(c) Colin Varndell - Fox

(c) Colin Varndell - Mute Swans

(c) Jon Hawkins - Morning Dew

(c) Jon Hawkins - Morning Dew

Monday 21st August

Richard Horton: Wood Sandpiper (36th site record), Mandarin (f) & Wheatear.

Peter Brown: Whinchat (130th species for 2023).

Anon: Green Sandpiper.

(c) Gillian Bamford - Small Copper

(c) David Glew - Common Darters

Tuesday 22nd August

Richard Horton: Black-tailed Godwit, Whinchat, Wheatear, Hobby & Peregrine.

Peter Brown: 3 Green Sandpiper & Spotted Flycatcher (20th site record).

Richard Horton: Brown Hairstreak.

(c) Jon Hawkins - Greylag Geese

(c) Jon Hawkins - Wasp Spider

(c) Steve Walsh - Kingfisher

(c) Colin Varndell - Rabbit

Wednesday 23rd August

Richard Horton: 2 Green Sandpiper & Hobby.

Jon Hawkins: Peregrine.

(c) Jon Hawkins - Peregrine

(c) Colin Varndell - Geese over the Workings

(c) Jon Hawkins - Great Crested Grebes

Thursday 24th August

Mark Elsoffer: 6 Green Sandpiper, Mandarin (f), Yellow Wagtail, 2 juv Stonechats & 2 Hobby.

(c) Jon Hawkins - Geese Arriving

(c) Dina Burford - Green Sandpiper

(c) Dina Burford - Mandarin

(c) Paul Mannering - Brown Hairstreak Egg

(c) Colin Varndell - Hobby

(c) Colin Varndell - Rabbit

Friday 25th August

Mark Elsoffer: 5 Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Arctic Tern (32nd record for site), Peregrine & Hobby.

Richard Seargent: 4 Stonechat (2 juvs) & Swift.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Common Darter

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Kingfisher

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Green Sandpipers

(c) Gillian Bamford - Lizard

(c) Colin Varndell - Greylag Geese

(c) Dina Burford - Reed Warbler

Saturday 26th August

Mark Elsoffer: 4 Green Sandpiper, Dartford Warbler, 5 Yellow Wagtail (over), 4 Stonechat (2 juvs), Swift & Hobby.

Richard Seargent: Ringed Plover.

Mark Elsoffer: Clouded Yellow.

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Kingfisher

(c) Jon Hawkins - Canada Geese

(c) Jon Hawkins - Great Crested Grebe

(c) Colin Varndell - Tufted Duck

Sunday 27th August

Mark Elsoffer: 3 Pochard, 2 Dartford Warbler, Whinchat, 3+ Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, 6 Stonechat (4 juvs) & Hobby.

Kit Britten: Common Sandpiper, 3 Green Sandpiper & Ringed Plover

(c) Jon Hawkins - Morning Dew

(c) Jon Hawkins - Wasp

(c) Andy Glencross - Grass Snake

Monday 28th August

Mark Elsoffer: Yellow Wagtail.

Susan Chadwick: Hobby.

(c) Colin Varndell - Great Crested Grebes

Tuesday 29th August

Mark Elsoffer: 4 Green Sandpiper, Mandarin (f), Yellow Wagtail (over), Dartford Warbler, 6 Stonechat (4 juvs), 10 Swift, Hobby & Peregrine

(c) Mark Elsoffer - Migrant Hawker

(c) Jon Hawkins - Morning Dew

(c) Jon Hawkins - Morning Dew

(c) Jon Hawkins - Morning Dew

(c) Colin Varndell - Sparrowhawk

(c) Colin Varndell - Hobby

Wednesday 30th August

Mark Elsoffer: 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Whinchat, Wheatear & Yellow Wagtail.

Richard Horton: Dartford Warbler.

(c) Paul Bamford - Reed Bed Work Party

(c) Colin Varndell - Green Sandpiper

Thursday 31st August

Mark Elsoffer: 3 Whinchat, Yellow Wagtail, 6 Stonechat (4 juvs), Whitethroat & Hobby.