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18th February 2012, Saturday

Glyne Gap / Galley Hill Foreshore

Five Grey Plover at the low tide waterline today.

13th February 2012, Monday

Bird Sightings Galley Hill Area

12/02/12: A Bar Tailed Godwit came ashore in the snowy weather to feed on the flats at the foot of Galley Hill, Bexhill. Three Meadow Pipit were also seen in the same area for the first time.

7th January 2012, Saturday

Pebsham Countryside Park – Galley Hill

Very tame and inquisitive Razorbill swam up to within 4 metres of my surf board 200 metres off Galley Hill Common today (07/01/12).

27th November 2011, Sunday

Galley Hill Birds

Lone Firecrest spotted in undergrowth on Galley Hill on 20/11/11.

13th November 2011, Sunday

Galley Hill Area Bird sightings

Large flocks of Swallows (approx 30), Goldfinches (50-100), Pied Wagtail (about 50) and Starlings (50-100) gathered on Galley Hill Common over w/e of 5th/6th November. About 40 Brent Geese flew in an easterly direction just off-shore.

28th August 2011, Sunday

Bird sightings along foot of Fairlight Cliffs

27/08/11 am: Little Egret flying east along shore. Fulmar on cliffs. Flock of 190-200 Oystercatchers on beach at Fairlight Cove.

28th July 2011, Thursday

Wildlife at Glyne Gap and Galley Hill Area

28/07/11: Rhizostoma Pulmo Jellyfish 300m offshore from Galley Hill. Numerous Sandwich Tern and Common Tern, with 13 Turnstones on shore. Wheatear at Glyne Gap in evening.

Also seen recently Red Admiral butterfly on Galley Common, 2 Common Seals off Galley Hill. Numerous House Sparrows and Chiffchaffs across Galley Hill and Galley Common

24th July 2011, Sunday

Hastings Country Park bumblebees

I have been recording numbers of bumblebees on timed walks at Hastings Country Park this summer, comparing numbers to Dungeness.  Not surprisingly, given the different habitat, the responses of bumblebees to the spring drought have been totally different.  For instance whilst at Dungeness the red tailed bumblebee Bombus lapidarius has been unusually scarce this summer at Hastings it has been abundant.  Back in May both species were equally common on timed walks in pasture managed for bumblebees, however by this month there were three times as many females of this species at Hastings.  Males (sporting an additional yellow band at the front of the thorax) can be seen at both sites now.

red tailed bumblebee male

Numbers of the widespread bumblebee species have benefitted from some excellent Read the rest of this entry »

9th June 2011, Thursday


The Hastings Trust are holding an environmental event on Saturday 18th June, 10am – 4pm at The Old Coachworks, Upper Broomgrove Road, Ore Valley, TN34 3PH.

  • Music, activities, stalls, energy advice and demonstrations of all things ‘green’
  • Local schools show their vision for the pier of the future, all made from recycled materials
  • Take part in a straw bale build, den building, junk modelling, or just watch everyone else!

FREE entry – come along and enjoy a great day out for all.

10am – 4pm at the Hastings Adventure Playground, Ore Valley.

See for more info.

30th January 2011, Sunday

Alexandra Park, Hastings

A beautiful morning, with lots of birdsong including Blackcap. Many common birds but more unusual were Kingfisher, 2 Firecrests, Med Gull and Little Egret.
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