Archive for October 22nd, 2009

22nd October 2009, Thursday

Last chance to see 2?

The warm weather this month is keeping reptiles active.  Our garden in Northiam was graced by an adult grass snake and a juvenile slow-worm, basking under pieces of warm roof felt.  Also under one of these was a tiny palmate newt eft, chancing its luck somewhat with the snake closeby!  This animal had a faint orange-brown stripe all the way down its back and tail, whereas in the smooth newt there is a short stripe starting on the top of the head and petering out above the fore-limbs.

The recent run of wet weather should help this animal to forage and put on weight before the winter draws on. In dry weather these animals tend to be confined to any refuge that retains some moisture. Under 25mm long it’s amazing to think that in 18 months time this could be an adult returning to our pond to breed, if it manages to avoid the grass snake!

22nd October 2009, Thursday

The Plight of the Bumblebee

Listen Again to this BBC program by clicking here. Starring Nikki Gammans and Pete Akers telling the story of re-introducing the Short-haired Bumblebee to the RX area in 2010.

22nd October 2009, Thursday

Last chance to see…


About a dozen Common Darters were catching flies and sunbathing this afternoon at the reedbed viewpoint at Castle Water. They were very approachable, especially along the handrails. But not much longer before they disappear. Also, nearby were flowering Hedgerow Cranesbill, Bristly Ox-tongue and Viper’s Bugloss.

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22nd October 2009, Thursday

Birdy Weekend

24th and 25th October (9.30-5.30). Wildbird Care at Merriments Garden Centre are holding a special event. An opportunity to talk with and join the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. All Friends will receive 15% off all birdy products. At Hawkhurst Road, Hurst Green TN19 7RA

AND InFocus will be at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve on 24th with their selection of binoculars and telescopes.

22nd October 2009, Thursday

Rye Harbour

Highlights over the past few days have included 10 Swallow, Sandwich Tern and a Great Skua in flight over the shore. 4 Rock Pipit at the Wader Pool. FirecrestShort-eared Owl and 2 Marsh Harrier on Harbour Farm. Peregrine, Wheatear, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 160 Wigeon at Castle Water.

Marsh Harrier in flight Harbour Farm.