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Benefits of a wet summer?

Difficult to think of many but I get the impression from my Northiam garden that the small tortoiseshell has had a better than usual summer, at least compared to the previous four years.

Another insect that has

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There are two types of edible plant growing on the RX coast called samphire. The one above is rock samphire, an umbellifer that is now in flower at a very few locations along the shore (one is TQ945176). This is the plant referred to by Shakespeare - click here for more detail. The "other" local samphire is marsh samphire or glasswort that grows in muddy parts of saltmarsh (there are 5 species at Rye Harbour!) and has minute, almost invisible flowers - click here for more detail.


Rye Harbour

The wind and rain overnight and this morning has mixed things up a bit and produced 14 Ruff, 9 Greenshank and 2 Black Tern at Castle Water. Offshore 4 Arctic Skua headed west and passed very close inshore out from Crittall Hide. Late news for yesterday 5 Wood Sandpipers passed overhead while I was on Harbour Farm and I assume they had been flushed from one of the pools. Mottled Grasshoppers have also been evident during the week at Parkes Hide and on the sunny drier habitats at Castle Water. This little grasshopper has many colour varitions which help them blend in with their surroundings.



Beach Reserve

Highlights this week have included 200+ Yellow Wagtail along Shore ridges and Harbour Farm at dawn, at least 3 Wood Sandpiper have remained during the week and have frequented Harbour Farm pools and Ternery Pool. Raptors have also provided interest with Merlin, Peregrine, Hobby, Marsh Harrier and several Sparrowhawks were attracted by the many Yellow Wagtails, Linnets and Meadow Pipits.


Alien birds

There is an interesting series of programmes currently on radio 4, but in yesterday's (click here) the little owl gets away without criticism. BUT I have first or secondhand experience of them eating little tern (adults and chicks), skylark and storm petrel. As cute as little owls appear some native birds would be better off if they had not been introduced!