2011 is the year of our Water Vole habitat management trial along one of the ditches just west of New Gate, Winchelsea. After completing vegetation management in February, creating a wiggly channel of open water with scalloped “bays”, the electric fence went live on 10th March. This will protect the bank from trampling and poaching by livestock and leave the voles a wider strip of grass to feed on. Their activity will be monitored from next month. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for March 31st, 2011
Avian highlights today have included a flushed Jack Snipe at Wader Pool, 3 Whimbrel on Harbour Farm, 2 Merlin along Shore Ridges, and a Firecrest in the smallest piece of bramble scrub it could find near the Old Life Boat House. Wheatears are still thin on the ground with a singleton at the River Mouth. Despite the wet and windy weather a Blackcap and Sedge Warbler were both in song at Castle Water.