Archive for November 24th, 2010

24th November 2010, Wednesday

Aquatic invertebrates and dry ditches

A few weeks back I refered to a land-holding at East Guldeford where almost all of the ditches dried out completely last year. A number of surveys were undertaken this summer to advise on management which also give an indication of how various groups coped with this serious challenge.  So how did the ditch invertebrates cope?

Dried out ditch bed

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24th November 2010, Wednesday

If you are interested in plant conservation

I have been reading the New Atlas of the Kent flora by Eric Philp this week.  This book is a repeat of the volume published in 1982 that provided distribution maps for most of the plants found growing in the county.  With recording taking place between 1991 and 2005, it was a gargantuan task for the author.  It shows clearly how many of our wild flowers have declined in the period between the publication of the two volumes, and it also clearly documents the spread of neophytes across the county.

A typical example is marsh pennywort Hydrocotyle vulgaris, shown here in the Dungeness Open Pits.  This plant is now recorded in 38% fewer tetrads now than it was in 1982.  Many of our wetland plants have suffered a similar fate.

Marsh pennywort in the Dungeness Open Pits

24th November 2010, Wednesday

Rye Harbour

No connection to the internet at Lime Kiln Cottage has resulted in no news from here over the last week, so highlights have been a male Goshawk being mobbed by 15/20 Carrion Crows over Flat Beach and the sea, it looked likely that the crows forced the Goshawk into the sea after a prolonged attack, 400 Golden Plover, 500 LapwingPeregrine and Merlin have aslo been regular aroung the Flat Beach area. At Castle Water Barn Owl, Bittern, 5+ Bearded Tit and 2 Marsh Harrier have shown well from the viewpoint, on the main pit wildfowl has included 150 Teal, 200 Wigeon, 98 Shoveler and 50 Gadwall.

24th November 2010, Wednesday

Pett Pools Phalarope

The Grey Phalarope at Pett Pools has been giving great views and pleased many birders over recent days, this picture was sent to us by Fred Batchelor.