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The various wetlands between Pett level and Dungeness attract internationally important numbers of wintering shoveler.  This week a few of these birds (around 20) have taken to using the flood at Newenden.

Parts of this field

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Rye Harbour

Three Great White Egrets provided the highlights this morning, leaving the Little Egret roost at the viewpoint and then on the secondary saltmarsh area. Two Bitterns, 16 Little Egret, 3 Marsh Harrier, 8 Bearded Tit and a Barn Owl provided additional interest at the viewpoint at dawn.



Hastings Country Park NR

Walking through the Country Park from Fairlight yesterday revealed few birds, as expected, with just Peregrine, Raven and a lone Siskin of note. No Linnets.

There were more birds on the sea though, with 25 Red Throated Divers , 40 Great Crested Grebes, 20 Guillemots , 30 Gannets and a few Kittiwakes feeding below Firehills. I've no idea what the three large black and white wildfowl were that flew east were !  Further along there was a raft of 112 Great Crested Grebes off East Hill, and 80 Great Black Backs in the harbour- numbers of these have been low this winter


Rye Harbour Sightings

Highlights today on Harbour Farm have been around 70 skylark and seven grey partridge on the New Saltmarsh, and 47 snipe and a jack snipe in the fields to the north of Ternery Pool. Other notables over the last few days have included marsh harrier, peregrine, bittern, barn owl and 13 pintail at Castle Water, and peregrine, three avocet , spotted redshank and two black-tailed godwit on the Beach Reserve/Harbour Farm. 

Spotted Redshank




Living Landscape

The Romney Marshes Living Landscape is a project shared between the Sussex and Kent Wildlife Trusts. On the project webpage there is a 360 degree virtual tour that you can take that starts at the mouth of the River Rother - click here to view.