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Autumn Colours


The changing colours of the leaves on the trees are admired every year, but there is an equally good show of colour in our saltmarshes. The bright green glassworts and seablites turn red, then purple and finally brown as autumn progresses. At the moment they are quite red - as this morning's photo at the wader pool shows.


Rye Harbour Birds

A few surprises at Castle Water this morning,  2 Avocets feeding opposite the hide and 2 Greenshank flying around in the mist calling and 2 Hobbys. A few Swallows, Redpolls and Redwing, a Blackcap and Chiffchaff. The usual good variety and numbers of common ducks. Back near the beach 100s of Golden Plover, Wigeon, and Dunlin a few Wheatear, many Meadow Pipits (above) and the usual bunch of Little Egrets fishing.


Noctule Bat

This large bat used to be a common sight early in the evening at Rye Harbour, but for the last ten years there have been very few records. This one was found freshly dead at Camber Castle by English Heritage staff inspecting the building. The castle is not very bat friendly as there are few crevices for them to breed or roost in, so I expect this was just a passing individual... Click here for more info.


Sophisticated Travellers...

... is how a new report by Butterfly Conservation has described the Painted Lady butterfly. 

In one of the largest citizen science projects ever conducted, scientists from Butterfly Conservation, the University of York, the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Rothamsted Research amongst others, have discovered exactly what happens to Painted Ladies each autumn.

You can read all about it here


"Fifty Squid"

For those of us that enjoy a walk along the beach, the washed up remains of cuttlefish are a common sight. Unless you take them home to feed to your parrot (as they are high in calcium!), you probably overlook them. However, pay attention to what’s being washed up and you could find yourself with a cash reward!

Click here to read the full account.