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A special thanks to Sussex Wildlife TrustFriends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Flag Ecology for their contribution to the funding of the new RX-wildlife website.

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11:01AM

New domain name - rxwildlife.info

The RX Wildlife website now has a new domain name - rxwildlife.info

Please use this web address when referring to this website.

The old website can still be accessed by the old domain rxwildlife.org.uk and will be kept online as an archive of the old posts.

8:35AM

Black Redstart at Rye Harbour

All yesterday afternoon, a juvenile or female Black Redstart was feeding around the wreck of a boat between the "viewpoint" at the end of the road by the William the Conqueror, and the Lifeboat House.

10:06AM

Pond-bound

Newts are relatively easy to see and appreciate in a pond, but when they move onto the land their habits are much harder to study as they secrete themselves away in damp shady places.  A little insight to their world has been presented to me on a job where I am trapping newts and removing them from a development site.  Over the past week the palmate newt Lisotriton helveticus has started to appear in the traps close to one of the ponds suggesting that animals are moving back towards the pond ready to breed. Smooth newts and great crested newts are not doing this yet. This is the 13th specimen I have trapped in the past week.  Only three were trapped during the preceeding week.

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9:04PM

Rye Harbour Sightings

Still a lot of birds at the flooded Flat Beach Level over the last few days, including around 1000 golden plover, 250 each of wigeon and lapwing  around 100 dunlin (above) and 13 snipe, with the best of the bunch being a little stint today. Also today, a spotted redshank was on harbour farm, on the pool to the west of the barns, and a hobby flew over the Beach Reserve a little later.

2:40PM

ROBINS

Many of us think that our garden Robin is the same individual year after year. We are aware that there are often more about in our gardens in the winter but often do not realise that many of these birds are migrants from Europe. During the last few days there has been a huge influx into the RX area, at one local ringing site 67 have been ringed over the last three mornings. These birds originate from northern Europe and many are just passing through. The local ringing group has had birds subsequently recovered in France, Spain and Portugal.