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Alfred Russell Wallace:

The Man who Lived in Darwin’s Shadow

19th October 2019 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Part of the Friends Winter Talk series: Ray Hale is fascinated by the men who have made natural history what it is today and to whom we owe our understanding of the natural world. Alfred Russell Wallace was a humble, now almost forgotten naturalist who arrived at the theory of evolution at the same time as Charles Darwin. Who knows what might have been had Alfred published his own work first? Ray Hale completes the story.

Meet at Winchelsea Beach Community Hall, Sea Rd, Winchelsea Beach, Winchelsea TN36 4NA

Organised by the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve but open to all.

Donations appreciated


Local Events 2


Local Events 1


Willow Emerald Damselflies At Combe Valley

Yesterday we did one of our usual walks down the Combe Valley Countryside Park. We started at Crowhurst at the new large reservoir which was fairly quite except a Green Sandpipper (Tringa orchropus) flew past and then across to the other side out of range. Someone doing some bird watching over winter said they had seen one in the wet grasslands, but we didn't find it and its the first we've seen one. So a nice treat and a handsome little wader.

As we continued down along the Combe River we found at least two Willow Emerald Damselflies (Chalcolestes viridis) one among the side vegetation and one high up in the willow, nearer to the Filsham Reedbed entrance. Another first for us, so we had no idea what they were until we got home to look them up, and we were very pleased to find out they were the Willow Emerald.

The entire walk was also awash with Clouded Yellow Butterflies (Colias croceus) patrolling areas for females, we estimated 20+.


From the Clifftop

We've been away for a couple of weeks in Uzbekhistan-about as far away from the sea as you can get !

Back here, the usual moth trapping activity resumed, with another Beautiful Marbled [as pictured in the last entry below] amongst rather meagre catches caused by cold nights. Bird migration seems fairly quiet, though a Tree Pipit and 100 + Meadow Pipits went through today; at sea were 10 Grey Plovers and a Mediterranean Gull yesterday.

This morning I visited East Guldeford Levels, here 4 Whinchats [pictured] and a Spotted Flycatcher in one remote bush were noteworthy.