Archive for August 24th, 2006

24th August 2006, Thursday

New SSSI

Eight biological and geological Sites of Special Scientific Interest in the RX area were notified on 16th August as a single new site, to be known as the Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay SSSI. It covers more than 9,000 hectares.
Full details can be seen at English Nature’s web site (250KB).

24th August 2006, Thursday

News from RSPB Dungeness

On a quiet afternoon when the only people in the visitor centre were members of staff, one of our volunteers, Martin, spotted an Osprey.

The bird attepted to feed on Burrow’s pit, in a wonderful display, going in the water feet first, as ospreys do, but then gave up after being heavily mobbed by our resident birds.

We wished we could share such a lovely sight with more visitors!

24th August 2006, Thursday

Hastings Country Park

I had a walk around Firehills and Warren Glen before the rain got started, but found very few birds, migrant or otherwise. Common Whitethroats were the most numerous warblers, with a few Lesser Whitethroats ticking from deep inside the bushes. The area with most activity was the NE corner of the Quarry, where a cluster of more than thirty Whitethroats, leaf warblers, Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits were diving through the foliage, though half the number must have been the latter species.
It was good to see conservation management in progress, with one patch of Bracken scraped up by Warren Cottage and a herd of Highland Cattle making inroads into the rest… 
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24th August 2006, Thursday

Few highlights this morning

Along the the shore, 80+ Sandwich Tern, 65 Curlew, Great and Arctic Skua. At least 200 Yellow Wagtail were on the Beach Reserve and Harbour Farm. Ternery Pool attracted 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper and 14 Dunlin. Also of interest was a nice group of Lawyer’s Wig (Coprinus comatus) pictured below, at the Goat shelter behind Ternery Pool.

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