Archive for January 2nd, 2008

2nd January 2008, Wednesday

Rother Woods

Butterfly Conservation in partnership with the Forestry Commission (and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders) is focusing on the Rother Woods area as a focus for education, events, training and conservation of woodland management, flora and fauna. The project offers a wonderful opportunity for local people to have fun and get involved and there will be some very long lasting benefits for local people and wildlife. For more information click here.

2nd January 2008, Wednesday

Undercliff Hot Rocks & Waterfall Flies

Even on cold days this winter it is extraordinary how warm it can be on sheltered areas of the beach and undercliff at Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve. The pale sandstone rocks reflect much of suns heat and standing amongst the fallen boulders at the base of the cliffs can feel like you’re standing next to a warm oven! This probably accounts for the amount of invertebrate life on the wing here recently, providing prey for a small number of black redstarts, pied wagtails and grey wagtails wintering on the undercliff here.

The most notable species on the wing has been the scarce fly Liancalus virens. This colourful fly lives amongst the mosses, liverworts and algae growing under and beside waterfalls and fast running water. The species is very common beside the Ecclesbourne waterfall where the Ecclesbourne stream falls over the cliff edge onto the beach, but can be very difficult to find anywhere else in Sussex.

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2nd January 2008, Wednesday

News from RSPB Dungeness

News Year’s day highlights included red-necked grebe, shag, smew and goosander, all on Burrowes pit.  A supporting cast of marsh harrier, merlin, kingfisher and goldeneye, among others, helped get visitors’ year lists off to a flying start. The 2nd started well with a fine male hen harrier over the access track and a sparrowhawk hunting around Boulderwall Farm.

2nd January 2008, Wednesday

Beach Reserve

Hundreds of waders were roosting on Flat Beach this morning numbers included, 1700 Golden Plover, 180 Curlew, 500 Lapwing, 400 Dunlin, 28 Ringed Plover and 19 Grey Plover. The Shore Lark was stilll present around the Red Roofed Hut or Flat Beach and a Peregrine passed over Lime Kiln.

2nd January 2008, Wednesday

The Yearlist

Many birders will have been out in the rain yesterday, making a start on their yearlist. Bird-watchers are famous for their lists: day, site, county, triplists. There are lists of listers too, competing for the greatest number of species seen in these various categories.

So I was intrigued by a banner on the Dutch Birding Association website for a new novel, a thriller, entitled “De Jaarlijst”, by an author with an English name: Sally Hinchcliffe.

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