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Event Reminder

A charity birdwatching event is being organised by organised by RSPCA Mallydams Wood and Rye Harbour Nature Reserve on Saturday 22nd September 2012.
Teams of up to 5 people race to find the most bird species in the RX area in one day.
Finish 7.30pm at RSPCA Mallydams Wood for totals, refreshments and awards.
For more details and entry forms click here.


Saving Species

This BBC Radio 4 series started recently with the short-haired bumblebee - click here - then cuckoos, then glow worms and is well worth a listen. Have any glow worms been seen in the RX area ?



Today Mike Edwards and I found over 20 shrill carder bee workers plus a drone outside Lydd Ranges, easily the best count since the species recolonised the RX area 2 years ago. The previous peak count was only 3 bees at any one time.  This could mean that our small population is starting to consolidate and build up in numbers, or we could have just been sampling close to a nest!  Time will tell, but it looks as if the species has survived to produce a further generation of queens.  As I have said previously this suggests that meadow management, undertaken by the Army, is suitable for this rare bee.

Another frequent find today around Lydd was

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Grey Dagger

Last year my parents sent me two Morello cherry trees to brighten up my back garden. One of them actually survived, and while I didn't get many cherries from it (the birds got there first!) it has attracted some interesting wildlife. Chief among these has been up to seven grey dagger caterpillars. The species is named for the markings on the adult moth (see here), and in this stage it is very difficult to separate from the closely related dark dagger. The caterpillars however are very different, and it was nice to able to record something other than 'dagger sp' for once! 


Rye Harbour

A Wryneck at the viewpoint this morning was a nice find and is possibly the second bird in three days at Castle Water as one was reported on Sunday. Elsewhere Shore Ridges has been alive with birds at day break in recent days good numbers of Yellow Wagtail are still around along with Redstart, several Wheatear, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, and small flocks of Linnet, Goldfinch and Greenfinch.

One of my favourite pictures taken in recent years is this Willow Warbler hiding amongst the dying Sea Kale along Shore Ridges. It seems like the bird is holding off embarking on a journey that it knows will oneway or another seal its fate.