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3rd December 2007, Monday


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Contractors for Network Rail are busily clearing back trees, which have been allowed to grow taller than is desirable alongside the track, the blurting chorus of chainsaws and chippers echoing down the valley. While the trackside woodland screens the passing trains and provides a valuable wildlife corridor, felling should create a sheltered linear glade, which will benefit plants, birds and insects while safeguarding an efficient service.
Those passengers aboard the Hastings-Rye Marshlink should get a better view of the lovely Brede Valley. Which would be even more useful if more trains stopped at the country stations…

The sound of machinery has not frightened off all the birds; Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Redwings and Fieldfares remain numerous in the valley. Flocks of Long-tailed Tits in the upper branches, with Treecreepers and Goldcrests hanging on, are indifferent to the industrious orange-clad figures below them.
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3rd December 2007, Monday

Rye Harbour Sightings

The two Long-tailed Duck are still present on Long Pit, along with two male Goldeneye, a Scaup and more surprisingly, a male Goosander (which flew off towards Castle Water late morning). There was also another (? or same as reported on 30th October) possible Ferruginous Duck hybrid – below.