Archive for August 8th, 2010

8th August 2010, Sunday

Two fewer R-ex species.

On the 27th of July I posted pictures of the large garden bumblebee Bombus ruderatus, a Biodiversity Action Plan species that has not been recorded in the RX area recently, and mentioned that it was reported to be spreading in the UK at the moment.  The following day Nicki Gammans took several specimens at a site at Shirley Moor.  Then today I took another specimen, a totally black male on the Dungeness RSPB reserve.

By this stage I was walking around with a Cheshire Cat grin, but there was more good news, because one hour later I found two shrill carder bees Bombus sylvarum, also on the RSPB reserve.  The shrill carder bee is Read the rest of this entry »

8th August 2010, Sunday

Winchelsea Beach

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Lots of migrant warblers and 2 Turtle Doves yesterday along the little-watched shingle behind the Front Ridge.

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8th August 2010, Sunday

Dungeness Wildlife and Countryside Fair

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15, 10 am – 5 pm
Our big day out! Attractions include guided walks, children’s activities, arts and crafts, local wildlife organisations, a binocular and telescope demo and all day BBQ. Free admission for all.

8th August 2010, Sunday

RSPB Dungeness yesterday

Bittern – one at Christmas Dell and Denge Marsh. Cattle egret – with cattle near Boulderwall Farm. Great white egret – seen from Denge Marsh hide. Purple heron – juvenile and male seen regularly throughout the day at Denge Marsh, Hooker’s pits and lakes by access track. Hobby – one over Chrisitmas Dell. Grey plover – ten flew over. Knot – 30 flew over. Bar-tailed godwit – 130 flew over. Whimbrel – 16 flew over the car park. Wood sandpiper – one at the ARC site. Willow warbler – several around the site.