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A special thanks to Sussex Wildlife TrustFriends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and Flag Ecology for their contribution to the funding of the new RX-wildlife website.

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1:43PM

Charity Bird Watching Event

For more details and entry form click here. 

8:57AM

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.

8:56AM

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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8:39AM

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.

 

8:28AM

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.