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8:51AM

Can you help.....

...to survey for the rare jumping spider Pellenes punctatus at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve? This striking species was discovered on one small area of the Beach Reserve in 2011 but could occur elsewhere and we are looking to use a small group of volunteers (perhaps four or five people) to help us find it during mid to late July and perhaps early August. If you are interested please contact me by e-mail at chrisbentley@sussexwt.org.uk or by phone (01797 227784)

1:27PM

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I have spent a few hours in the Denny hide watching the common terns and there has been very little fish coming in to the incubating females. So when a bird left the island and started its begging call I was ready to photograph the transfer of this large sandeel from the male to the female. The female was ringed...

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12:47AM

Six-spot burnet

I have been allowing our lawns to grow a hay crop for wildlife for the past 13 years.  This year for the first time we have six-spot burnet moth cocoons attached to stems in the hay.

The grass contains a lot of bird's-foot trefoil (the larval food-plant) and common knapweed (used by the adults as a nectar source).

11:26AM

Watch out for the all blacks

What was almost one of our nationally extinct bumblebees, Bombus ruderatus the large garden bumblebee, is making a strong return to the western half of the RX area from its nadir in the late 1990s.  So much so that I have had bees foraging on purple toadflax in the garden at Northiam this week.

This individual, a worker collecting pollen, was the all black form of the species.  Note the characteristically short neat fur.

The next picture shows the long face of this bumblebee.  Other all black bumblebees such as the field cuckoo bee and darkened forms of the buff-tailed bumblebee have a short face.

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9:50AM

One of the very few survivors...

The terns are struggling to find enough fish to raise their chicks and nearly all of the Sandwich (600 pairs), common (155) and little (13) have failed at the early chick stage. The photo above shows one of the very few Sandwich tern chicks to have survived (and one of the very few Meditteranean gull chicks, top right). So although predation appears to be the big problem at the moment the underlying issue appears to be lack of food and the almost endless very windy weather is not helping!

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