Creeping thistle is causing us many headaches at Rye Harbour. Despite its value for a wide range of invertbrates, we feel it has become too dominant and are controlling it with herbicide on large areas of grassland. The bleached tops of creeping thistle are a widespread sight, and it does seem to limit this plant that is so invasive. It is caused by the phytoparasitic bacterium Pseudomonas syringae, so we leave the affected plants and hope it will do the control in the long term...
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
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.
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.