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Marsh willowherb

Marsh willowherb Epilobium palustre is an uncommon plant in Kent due to its requirement for wet acidic ground.  It can be found growing in some of the unshaded natural pits at Dungeness where it can be recognised by its narrow strap-like leaves, a round stem without any ridges, and a club-shaped stigma (many other willowherbs have a stigma divided into four lobes).  This plant appeared to die out at Dungeness but has reappeared from the seedbank following the clearance of willows.


Rye Harbour Moths


Highlight today was this Portland moth (Actebia praecox), a species which has never been recorded on the reserve proper (though a few were caught along from Watch Cottage during the late 1990s by Peter Philpot). Largely coastal in the UK, this species occurs mainly in northern Britain (and doesn't occur on Portland!), but in our part of the world tends to turn up only as a migrant.

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Brown argus

Brown argus butterflies have been common around the flowery margins of the natural pits that have been subject to management (grazing and reed cutting).  This produces a flowery margin at this time of year with purple loosestrife and water mint.



Pannel Valley NR

There will be a lot of activity (unfortunately human) on the wader scrape on both the following two Saturdays. Some essential work needs to be carried out so please expect no birds unless you get there early.


Northiam waders

Dean Morrison contacted me today:

Don't know if you've spotted this yourself, but a fantastic bit of marshy grassland has appeared up by the A28 where it crosses the rail line at Northiam - just down from the station house.

Have been watching this develop over the past few months, and for the past few evenings there have been perhaps 18+ Green Sandpipers and similar numbers of Greenshanks. There was a juvenile Little Ringed Plover there this evening and a possible Wood Sandpiper. It's a fantastic spot in the evening, and because you watch from a busy road with good cover the birds don't take much notice of you.

He adds:

...apparently there was a traction engine show in that field a while ago, and they may have broken the field drains!