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Beach Reserve

Highlights this morning, flat beach flood attracted 28 Avocet, a Spotted Redshank, 10 Dunlin, 26 Redshank, 12 Curlew and a Whimbrel. On Harbour Farm three Green Sandpiper, 6 Little Ringed Plover and 2 Black-tailed Godwit were on the pools, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear and several Grey Partridge were feeding in the nearby grassy areas.

Grey Partridge lurking around the pool margins on Harbour Farm


Castle Water

Avian highlights from Castle Water today included 5 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Hobby, Turtle Dove and at least one fledged Marsh Harrier was on the wing around the new excavations.


Shingle moths

Birdguides have produced a web article on shingle moths with many photos form the RX area - click here.


Glow worm

One of six female glow worms found along a path in grassland between Beckley and Northiam two days ago.

Should you come across any of these animals in your nocturnal travels the UK glow worm survey would be keen to receive your records.


A weevil by another name

The notable weevil that lives on viper's bugloss has recently changed from Ceuthorhynchus geographicus to Mogulones geographicus. It doesn't have a common name, but the viper's bugloss weevil would be sensible. The NBN Gateway for this species shows the national distribution as being just 27 10km squares. It is one of the species being considered for biological control of purple viper's bugloss in Australia, where the plant is not native and is referred to as Patterson's curse.

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