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Terns of Rye Bay

The Sussex Ornithological Society produces an Annual Report summarising the year's bird sightings and bird ringing plus a few papers focussing more deeply on a range of birdy subjects. For 2010 I wrote a review of the terns of Rye Bay and for completeness this includes Dungeness. Now you could buy the Annual Report or join the SOS (click here), but they have allowed me to give you free access to the article. Click here to download the article.


100 years of nature conservation

In 1912 Charles Rothschild founded the ‘Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves’ (SPNR - now the Wildlife Trusts). Its initial aim was to create a list of Britain's finest wildlife sites for potential purchase as nature reserves. Three years of information gathering followed - the first ever national survey of wildlife sites - in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Rothschild and his colleagues were looking for the 'breeding-places of scarce creatures', the 'localities of scarce plants' and areas of 'geological interest'. By 1915 they had compiled a list of 284 sites 'worthy of preservation' - the Rothschild Reserves. There are 2 sites on this list that are within the RX area...  Dungeness - click here and Camber Castle - click here.



Beach Reserve

Golden Plovers on Flat Beach have been a bit thin on the ground recently so it was good to find at least 250 roosting yesterday once the weather had cheered up. The flood also attracted Grey Plover, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal and the ever present bunch of Little Egrets. I was also pleased to see a (late) Hobby and Merlin in flight along Shore Ridges yesterday afternoon, it is not often  you get a chance to see both species together in such close quarters. This morning as you can imagine has been a complete wash out and the only highlight has been a cup of tea.


RSPB Dungeness recent sightings

The undoubted highlight over the past few days was a flock of over 200 yellow wagtails and 50+ meadow pipits seen in the field by the entrance track yesterday.  Swallows are still coming through in good numbers along with a few sand and house martins.  Wheatear, stonechat, whinchat and chiffchaff were all seen alongside the entrance track today, whilst golden plover and ruff were the pick of the bunch at the ARC site and the great white egret was still on Denge Marsh.


Friends AGM

This Saturday, 6th October is the AGM of the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, at Winchelsea Beach Community Hall at 4pm.

There will be refreshments, raffle, a sales table with all the latest Friends gifts and cards, and a talk by reserve manager Barry Yates on all the latest developments at Rye Harbour.

The AGM is open to all - non-members as well as members - we do hope to see you there!