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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


RSPB Dungeness sightings

pectoral sandpiper has been in residence in front of Firth hide for the past week.  Other waders of note include little stint, knot and greenshank. The great white egret remains on Denge Marsh and has been joined by a second bird on several days this week.  Hobby and common buzzard were seen over Denge Marsh yesterday and a single black tern was spotted over Burrowes pit.  A redstart was seen between Scott hide and Christmas Dell today.

Our final Moth morning of the year takes place tomorrow.  No need to book - just turn up at the Visitor Centre by  9.30am. Members £3, non-members £6.  We'll also be running an optics demo all weekend.