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Painted Lady

Not seen many of these butterflies this season, my second one this year was feeding on the Buddleia at Lime Kiln this morning.


Rye Harbour

Good selection of birds around this morning highlights have been 5 Whinchat, 2 Redstart, 2 Wood Sandpiper and 11 Grey Partridge on Harbour Farm. Flat Beach atrracted 3 Little Stint, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Ruff. At Castle Water good numbers of Sand Martin were present around both pits, out from the hide on the nearest islands 2 Garganey, Wood Sandpiper, 3 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Little Stint showed well. Several Common Sandpiper were around the margins at each end of the main pit. From the viewpoint a Spotted Flycatcher gave good views perched in the nearby willows and a Marsh Harrier flushed 22 Snipe. Flocks of small birds around the site have included Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Linnet, House Sparrow(80+ near Lime Kiln along the fence) and Meadow Pipit.



Pett Level

Despite the weather this morning, Dave King watched a Clouded Yellow flying low over one of the fields of bird seed. I think that this is the first one at this site this year.


Sea mammal watching at Dungeness

We tend not to associate our area with cetaceans, but a dip into the Dungeness Bird Observatory website reveals that in the summer months it is a regular location for observing porpoise, with a record count of 39 individuals on one day this summer.  These sea mammals may be observed most easily when the sea is calm, from Dungeness Point.  Other species are observed infrequently (white-beaked and bottle-nosed dolphin this year), as well as the occasional grey and common seal.

 Click on the fauna tab on the website, then on the list on the left side of the website go to mammals.  The insect list also has regular interesting records.

UK accounts of this mammal show no records off the Dungeness coast, although it is reported to be in the process of increasing in numbers in the English Channel.  I trust these records are forwarded to the relevant reporting body.


Allotment Wildlife

This is my first entry on RX, I post regularly on Wild Hastings, but hope to make regular contributions here from outside the Hastings/Fairlight area, in particular from the Winchelsea area, where we have an allotment.

This is of course managed organically, and is filled with interesting insects and other wildlife. We have a large manure pile, made of the finest horse dung from Denge Marsh road, contained within pallets it has a protective piece of carpet over the top. For several weeks , every time I lift it, there have been Slow Worms, up to 15 in a coiled mass, often with a Grass Snake.

We have seen no Frogs or Toads [though we can hear Marsh Frogs below], but occasionally unearth newts, most recently a small Smooth Newt, avoiding the dry conditions inside a potato hollowed out by slugs, several inches underground.Slow Worms and Grass Snake on dung pile