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Beach Reserve

A Short-eared Owl being chased by Herring Gulls across the new saltmarsh area and 14 Black-tailed Godwits provided the avian highlights at daybreak. Two Whimbrel and several broods of Oystercatcher chicks were also of note.


Rye Harbour

Managed to get around the SSSI this morning (before the rain came) to complete another breeding bird survey. Obviously not "ticks" for lister's, but finding four singing Corn Buntings, two Harbour Farm and two Castle Farm, was without doubt a surprise and hopefully a start of a trend. For the second year running a Garden Warbler was in song at the same site at Castle Water, and at last a Turtle Dove purring. Four Black-tailed Godwit and three Common Sandpiper were also of note on Harbour Farm.


RSPB Dungeness update

What a busy week on the reserve!

It’s been gull mania here with a glaucous gull seen today on Burrowes pit by Makepeace hide and a laughing gull seen there yesterday too! Another sea bird highlight this week was the gull-billed tern, spotted over Burrowes on Sunday.  

Other bird highlights this week include: garganey, hobbies, peregrines, willow warblers and spotted flycatchers.

Today, over 30 short-haired bumblebee queens were released on the reserve. Dotted around and released onto prime food sources such as birds foot trefoil and tufted vetch, the queens had just been quarantined after coming over from Sweden. We hope they will thrive on the reserve and each make a nest to produce worker bees and ultimately the next queens for generations to come.

Image: Short-haired bumblebee on birds foot trefoil, by Louise Kelly

This is the 5th year of the short-haired bumblebee project which aims to reintroduce the once native bumblebee to the UK in hope to sustain a viable population for the future.

Bees are in huge decline and we are trying hard to reverse this by planting and spreading wildflower meadows, providing a rich food source for a variety of different bees.

Help bees at home by providing them with their favourite food plants such as lavender, foxgloves, honeysuckle, bluebells and flowering ivy. Make sure you leave a shallow dish of water out in your garden because even bees need to have a drink now and again!


Rubbish Walk

Our monthly rubbish walk will take place next Wednesday 1st June, 10am.

We'll go for a stroll, pick up some litter, try to spot some wildlife and enjoy the fresh air.

Meet at 10am at the Rye Harbour car park.


Laughing Gull

This splendid adult Laughing Gull was found on Hastings beach by Dave Rowlands while out shopping on Wednesday afternoon , I saw it behind the kids play area at 5 pm with nobody else present, it left later and was, inevitably, at Dungeness yesterday. The Birds of Sussex lists 6 records, the most recent being 2006 at Arlington/Barcombe reservoirs . My "bird of the year" so far-thanks Dave !