Post Archives

A special thanks to Sussex Wildlife TrustFriends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Flag Ecology for their contribution to the funding of the new RX-wildlife website.

Website design and maintenance by Andy Phillips.

Blog Index
The journal that this archive was targeting has been deleted. Please update your configuration.

Pett Level

The highlight were the 27 White-fronted Geese mixed in with 87 Canadas, 159 Greylag and a single Brent Goose. They were all very close to the road to the west of the pools. Duck were present on the pools in good numbers including 181 Teal, 55 Shoveler and 52 Tufted Duck.

The sheep fields held good numbers of waders including 670 Golden Plover and 153 Curlew. The Ruff were very scattered and I only found twelve.

Many Wigeon were sat on the sea with a small flock of Common Scoter. In the distance there was a trickle of unidentified auks flying westwards plus a few Red-throated Divers sat on the sea.


Beach Clean

Our monthly litter picks on the beach resume next Wednesday 24th January, then continue on every fourth Wednesday of the month.

Come and join us for a stroll, a chat, and to remove rubbish from the beach whilst looking out for wildlife. I'll bring warm drinks, snacks and litter pickers. Please bring gloves if you have them.

Meet 10am at Rye Harbour car park, finish around 12noon.


Tales from the trap

It's the time of the year again when I go through my pitfall catches from the re-created saltmarsh habitat on Harbour Farm and despite the fact I have been at this for around eight years now, the samples still keep turning up new 'stuff' for the reserve. One such species is Glenanthe ripicola (below), one of a family known as 'shore-flies' due to their liking for the edges of wet habitats (this one likes saltmarsh). There seems to be little known about this frankly unimpressive species, and though it doesn't appear to be particularly rare I had never even heard of it before I identified it! However, as well as being new to the reserve it also appears to be new to Sussex, so not completely devoid of interest.

Also of interest recently was a single male of the tiny money spider Ceratinopsis romana (see here), only the third reserve record  and the first since 1998. At the time of the last record this species was considered to be 'Notable b' ('Nationally Scarce' in current parlance), so uncommon but not particularly so. However, since the then it has been upgraded to 'Nationally Rare', making it one of the reserve's rarer spiders. 



From the Clifftop

After  a couple of windswept weeks in the West Country, back to the clfftop, which had been equally battered. But a nice day yesterday, with a calm sea and  at least 40 Red Throated Divers and 70 Great Crested Grebes on show , the latter of some note this winter, I didn't see any at all until 3 just before  going away on 27th. Otherwise, over the last couple of days, a Porpoise, odd Kittiwakes and Brents, and only modest numbers of auks despite the huge recent movement off Dungeness. Blowing a gale again !


A nice walk...

Natural England has entered Stage 2 of the implementation process along the 53 km stretch of the England Coast Path between Eastbourne and Camber. This new access is expected to be ready in 2020. More detail including a map can be found by clicking here.