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Under the washing line!

For some reason one of the best places on our lawn for orchids is under the washing line!  This is one of several self-sown plants.  I assume the water dripping off the clothes is what favours them, and they are at their best at the moment.


Nettle beds

Common Nettle beds are a good place for a wide variety of insects to hang out. This afternoon at Castle Water I had no trouble finding 17 species in a short space of time. A female Ruddy Darter, Large Skipper and a gravid female Scorpion Fly were the most obliging for pictures.

 Gravid female Scorpion Fly 

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New RX-wildlife website now live.

Welcome to the new RX-wildlife website. The old site will not be updated anymore so this is now your port of call for the latest wildife sightings, conservation news and comment for the Hastings, Rye Bay to Dungeness area.

The RXwildlife website has been running now for over 7 years since 2nd November 2004 when the first post was added. RXwildlife was one of the first community wildlife blogs, if not the first, and it was about time for a re-vamp and new look. Hopefully we will have another 7+ years of quality wildlife news and comment at its new home.

We hope you enjoy the new website.


Kestrel v Black-headed Gull


During the last week a female kestrel has been visiting the nesting seabirds regularly and taking small chicks. This morning repeated atempts resulted in a small chick being recycled, despite the valiant effort by one parent.

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Avian highlights

Avian highlights from the Beach Reserve over the past few days included 28 Little Tern on flat beach, Harbour Farm pools attracted 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Little Ringed Plover, 17 Avocet and a Green Sandpiper. Two Cuckoo and several Grey Partridge have been regular along the shingle ridges near Ternery Pool and a Peregrine passed overhead yesterday. Despite all the bullying and killing there are some peacefull moments.