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Some good spring passage noted today:-

Marina to Bulverhythe Beach 6.35-9.00 - AG

Brent goose total of 700 e including 90 before 7 am and 190 after 8.05 am.
Duck sp. 9 e
Red-throated diver 12 e 3 w
Great crested grebe 10 on sea.
Gannet 1 e
Curlew 1 e
Ringed plover f3 e
Oystercatcher 1 e 1 w
Cormorant 6 e
Mediterranean gull 2 e
Black-headed gull 11 e
Lesser black-backed gull 1 e
also Curlews calling over Bulverhythe at 9.15 but couldn't see them.


Harbour Arm  14.00 - 16.00 -  MG

Mediterranean Gull f6 e

Brent Geese 463 e

Red throated diver 3 e

Shelduck 1 w

Common Gull 15 e

Black headed gull 28 e



Bits from Pett 

The four Pink-footed Geese were still with Greylags on Sunday. On Monday morning in the Marsham area, single Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail and probable Water Pipit (doing usual disappearing act) while behind Toot Rock I flushed a Jack Snipe from a patch of rushes. I'm lucky if I see one a year - usually when snow forces them out into the open.


Art & Pottery Exhibition

There will be a sale of Dorothea Davies’ artwork and private pottery collection at Rye Harbour Village Hall March 9th and 10th @ 11am-4pm. All proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Refreshments will be available. Dorothea was an artist who lived in Rye Harbour until she died last year.



From Andy Dinsdale. 
There is a big beach clean at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve this Saturday 9th March. 
Spring Beach Clean - We should see the first Wheatears and Sandwich Terns while helping to remove the winter’s rubbish. Hot soup will be served at the end. Meet at Rye Harbour car park, 10am – 1pm.
I have had a look at the strandline this week and here are some things you may find if you go down to the beach on Saturday. Firstly some manmade flotsam, clockwise from top right;
9 Smarties lids (top right) - all round (pre-2005), 3 with Rowntrees on (pre-1990). Left by beach visitors to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve maybe 23 years ago. For more info -
Crisp packets (bottom right) that have been carefully folded or tied in a knot ........ and then dumped on the beach!  The triangular one is actually a really amazing piece of crisp packet origami.  Recently I found one with a best before date of 2001!  They obviously last longer in our environment when time is spent folding and knotting, so why not spend that time putting in a bin? 
Tags and ties from the U.K/Europe (bottom left).  But what are they used for?  Various containers? There are many on the beach.  Anyone any ideas?
Lobster and fisheries tags (top left) - from North America!  Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Newfoundland & Labrador! Some are as good as new whilst others have been pecked, nibbled and gnawed by marine animals on their 2,500 mile journey to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.  But 8 found on this 2 mile stretch of beach - and the last beach clean was only 3 months ago meaning they all landed recently.  How many more are out there waiting to hit land?  For more info -

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Sunshine... at last

After several overcast and gloomy weeks the sun put in a strong appearance after lunch today and so did several acrobatic displaying Lapwing and my first Small Tortoiseshell butterfly of the year (above). But the wind on the shore was still cold. The forecast suggests a warmer week ahead so Spring should get back on track.