Archive for October 6th, 2009

6th October 2009, Tuesday

RSPB Dungeness recent sightings

Highlights from the 1st to 6th of October.
Gloosy ibis – five are still present on Denge Marsh. They have been showing well on most days in October so far. They have been observed to split into two groups, a group of three and a group of two. Hobby – seen catching dragonflies over new excavations on 2nd. Peregrine – over Hookers on 4th. Avocet – on the ARC pit on 2nd. Knot – two on the ARC pit on 2nd. Little stint – two on ARC pit on 1st, and 3rd, and one on 4th. Dunlin – seven on ARC on 4th. Ruff– three on ARC pit on 4th. Black-tailed godwit – one on ARC on 2nd. Raven – two over Hooker’s pits on 4th.

6th October 2009, Tuesday

Brede Valley update


The Brede Valley comprises miles of valuable ditch habitat

In late August a team of 20 volunteer ecologists undertook the first ever comprehensive habitat mapping of the Brede Valley. The data from the survey will be written up and presented in the form of a map and made widely available. The volunteers were all staff from The Ecology Consultancy, Local landowners were helpful in facilitating access for the project and providing camping accommodation. The team covered the majority of the land between Doleham and Winchelsea Station below the 5 m contour.
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6th October 2009, Tuesday

Beach Surveys


As part of the Marine Conservation Society’s national Beachwatch (supported by Rye Harbour Nature Reserve), groups of volunteers took part in beach surveys at two local beaches in late September. Pett Level and Rye Harbour beaches were scoured for every little bit of marine debris whether it be plastic, rubber, metal, glass, wood or polystyrene. They then needed to be detectives to work out what all these pieces originally were. Some items are easier to identify – plastic from fishing line and unwound rope and nets were the most common finds at Rye Harbour, whilst pieces of crisp and sweet wrappers were common at Pett Level.
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