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9:02AM

Noctule Bat

This large bat used to be a common sight early in the evening at Rye Harbour, but for the last ten years there have been very few records. This one was found freshly dead at Camber Castle by English Heritage staff inspecting the building. The castle is not very bat friendly as there are few crevices for them to breed or roost in, so I expect this was just a passing individual... Click here for more info.

12:54PM

Sophisticated Travellers...

... is how a new report by Butterfly Conservation has described the Painted Lady butterfly. 

In one of the largest citizen science projects ever conducted, scientists from Butterfly Conservation, the University of York, the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Rothamsted Research amongst others, have discovered exactly what happens to Painted Ladies each autumn.

You can read all about it here http://www.butterfly-conservation.org/article/9/307/painted_lady_migration_secrets_revealed_.html

11:31AM

"Fifty Squid"

For those of us that enjoy a walk along the beach, the washed up remains of cuttlefish are a common sight. Unless you take them home to feed to your parrot (as they are high in calcium!), you probably overlook them. However, pay attention to what’s being washed up and you could find yourself with a cash reward!

Click here to read the full account.

6:25AM

Unusual visitor

This female Common Scoter was an unusual find feeding along the margin in front of the Denny Hide yesterday afternoon. The views of these birds normally at Rye harbour are distant flocks moving up and down the channel or sitting on the sea, so it was good to actually watch one up close. Hopefully the birds sojourn on the quarry does not indicate any prolonged weakness/illness, I could not see any signs of oiling!

 

 

11:43AM

Castle Water

Highlights this morning included at least 28 Bearded Tits, 2 Curlew Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail and a Common Buzzard.