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Dungeness Day Out

 A pleasantly calm and strangely mild day at Dungeness yesterday. A good selection of seabirds included the now regular and confiding 1W Glaucous Gull at the fishing boats, where there were 40 Turnstones-a record Dungeness count for me, 520 GC Grebes and a few Razorbills with 50 Guillemots.

On the reserve we managed to see both Long Eared Owls, the  Slavonian Grebe, a lone Smew, a Great White Egret, and a smart adult Caspian Gull which dropped in to Burrowes Pit to bathe in the afternoon.

Most memorable however was a large wreck of Barrel Jellyfish at Lade [we saw them by going below the boardwalk from the toilet block car park]; perhaps 100 of these impressive creatures were strewn  all along the shore just below the shingle bank. Let's hope there are still plenty of live ones out there.



Broomhill Sands coastal defence scheme

The Environment Agency's sea defence works at Broomhill Sands, near Camber is nearly finished

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Rye Harbour Sponsored Walk


Getting antsy

Over the winter, as part of the ongoing monitoring work on the new saltmarsh, I've been trying to get my head around ant identification. There are not that many species in Britain (around 50) and the Rye Harbour list is quite short, though there are several rarities as you might expect. While not a rarity this is the first individual of this particular species, Myrmecina graminicola, that I have found in five years of trapping, though this is perhaps not surprising as the BWARS website describes it as 'slow moving' and 'seldom seen in the open' (see here).

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East Guldeford Levels

Another quiet early morning at the Levels, arriving in the dark enabled me to get round before it rained. Again. Two Kingfishers were calling and charging about at Moneypenny Pond, A high total of 93 Mute Swans was scattered around the fields, but, as last week, Corn Buntings were the target species, 25 counted this time.

These were again on top of the bushes north of the main track past Moneypenny, in fact in the right hand bush in this photo.