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4:20PM

Ash dieback

The media and politicians appear to be whipping up a storm of "action" against this "new" disease, but in his article - click here - Tony Whitbread (Chief Executive of the Sussex Wildlife Trust) concludes... "In the end I suspect that the only sensible course now is to let nature take its course and try to encourage a new generation of resistant ash trees."

3:05PM

Snow Bunting

 

 A Snow Bunting has been on the shingle at Pett Level (opposite the pools) for a few days and was reported by John Humphries. (Still present on 3rd.)

9:40AM

Large Lobster

A very large Lobster was washed up on the shore at Winchelsea Beach yesterday. The claws were missing, but the length of the shell was 48cm, so must have been quite old.

7:27AM

Flat Beach

Grim old morning but still plenty around for a Peregrine to completely empty the place in a prolonged hunting period around Flat Beach and surrounding saltmarsh. Around 1000 Golden Plover, 300 Lapwing, 80 Dunlin, 19 Redshank and a Spotted Redshank provided wader interest, wildfowl included 130 Wigeon, 104 Gadwall and 79 Teal. Roosting Curlews are split between the traditional site on West Beach and Flat Beach/new saltmarsh area, at least 300 birds have been dispersing over the past few mornings. 

2:24PM

Pett Level

What a difference a day makes. This morning in the sunshine there were both Common Darter (photo) and Migrant Hawkers flying at the back of the levels. The biggest surprise was a pristine Brimstone butterfly flying amongst the brambles.