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RX Bird Race

5 teams competed yesterday in wonderful weather but comparatively birdless conditions to find a total of 128 species in the RX area and raise funds for RSPCA Mallydams Wood and RHNR.

Visible migration and grounded warblers were rather unrewarding but the plethora of excellent and varied wildlife sites within 20km of Rye ensure there was plenty to seek out.

The winning team found 104 species whilst eschewing the use of cars or telescopes - maybe binoculars will be cast away next year!

Fuller accounts already on SOS sightings page, Wild Hastings and RXbirdwalks.


Newenden Flood

The field by the railway crossing at Newenden as stayed wet all year and this afternoon had a young male marsh harrier hunting over it.  This is the first time I have seen this species here in the 14 years I have lived in this area, although knowing how well the species is doing on Romney Marsh I have been keeping a watch for them.


Pointed Snail

...or should I say Cochlicella acuta (what an inventive common name). This snail is a maritime species found on coastal grassland, sandhills and dunes. Over the past few days there have been hundreds in the short grassy areas in the field north of the viewpoint at Castle Water. I have often found these small snails attached to fence post and grass stems were they enter a dormant (aestivation) period during dry spells and high temperatures to avoid disiccation. The damp conditions in the early mornings recently have obviously been to their liking.







New Forest School activity club for children


Charity Bird Race - this Saturday!

A charity birdwatching event, organised by RSPCA Mallydams Wood and Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, is taking place on Saturday 22nd September 2012.

Teams of up to 5 people race to find the most bird species in the RX area in one day.

The event will finish at 7.30pm at RSPCA Mallydams Wood for totals, refreshments and awards.

For more details and entry forms contact or