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4:45PM

Early moths!

Specifically, as a change from bird news, the first ever Early Moths (Theria primaria) for my garden in Rye today (see photo) and for Keith Palmer's in Playden yesterday, both males as the females are almost wingless. This species of old scrubby woodland, hawthorns, etc. flies in Jan–March and has been steadily declining in Sussex, so it's good to see it hasn't altogether abandoned this end of the county. We also trapped Pale Brindled Beauty, Dotted Border, Spring Usher, Beautiful Plume and the micro Agonopterix heracliana, so the season is off to a good start.

8:16AM

Talk on Local Marine Debris

Local Marine Debris: What is it and where does it come from?
 
Andy Dinsdale will be giving a talk on the above subject to the Friends of Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve next Saturday morning, 18th February, at 10.30am in All Saints Church Hall, All Saints Street, Old Town, Hastings, TN34 3BP.
 
Those of you have enjoyed Andy's talks in the past will know that he is a very enthusiastic and engaging speaker. I am sure that he will bring some examples of flotsam and jetsam along with him which will have been gathered during some of the regular beach cleans he organises in our local area.
 
Admission is free to Friends, otherwise £4.
 
Further information on the Friends' website: www.friendsofhastingscountrypark.org or Facebook page, or contact Jill Howell on: 01424 815256
6:11AM

From the Clfftop

Plenty of birds moving on Wednesday, including a few small groups of Brent heading east. I spotted a dark bird on the sea-a Great Skua,  pecking at some kind of floating corpse, watched from a few feet away by a Red Throated Diver. I wondered if it was another RTD the Skua had just killed, but will never know of course. I watched for about 20 minutes as more RTDs arrived to watch, eventually 6 encircled the still feeding Bonxie, then flew off.

I also caught my first moths for some weeks-a Satellite and a Pale Brindled Beauty.

Yesterday afternoon at least five adult Mediterranean Gulls were on the sea, suggesting the  arrival of the local breeders

 

9:38AM

A Sussex Wildlife Safari 

Saturday 18th Feb @ 2.30pm. Fasten your seat belts as Michael Blencowe of Sussex Wildlife Trust takes us on a virtual tour of the Trust’s nature reserves, looking for the county’s most beautiful and bizarre wildlife. We will encounter various plants, elusive birds, beautiful beetles and maybe a wild boar, learning about the history, habitats and wildlife of our reserves. Click here for full details.

3:42PM

Sussex Wildlife Recording

Recording plants, animals and fungi is very strong in Sussex and it's the backbone of our conservation work. Last weekend was the annual get together of over 200 recorders. The link below is to their annual report, I'm sure you'll find something in there to inspire your own interest in wildlife... http://sxbrc.org.uk/biodiversity/publications/Adastra2016/