Archive for February 5th, 2008

5th February 2008, Tuesday

Swans

On Tuesday 29 January Sean McMinn and I counted swans using the arable fields of Romney Marsh south and west of the A2070 Hamstreet to Brenzett, and the A259 Brenzett to New Romney. A total of 448 mute swan were recorded, a figure that is more than 1% of the UK population (375) and therefore nationally significant. Most of these birds (408) were on the Kent side of the border.

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Clearly we missed some birds because only 26 Bewick’s swan were found. Sean tells me that approximately 70 Bewick’s have been recorded on the Marsh before and after this count. Read the rest of this entry »

5th February 2008, Tuesday

Stinking hawksbeard monitoring

Those of you who have read some of my earlier posts will know that for over two years I have been monitoring growth-rates and surivial of this rare plant on a reintroduction site at Rye Harbour, and an accidental introduction site at Northiam. The object is to determine if mortality factors at any time of year affect survival of this extremely rare species.

 Stinking hawksbeard on recently fenced site

 At Northiam the effects of last summer have been disastrous.

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