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Rye Harbour

The spoonbill has still been present on salt pool and yesterday was joined by a second bird, with both giving good views from the top of the sea-defence near the caravan park. There was also a flock of around 60 golden plover here and a merlin was seen at the western end of this field (with another nearby the previous day). Also on Harbour Farm a spotted redshank has been heard calling in the field next to Lime Kiln though so far has remained unseen, while raven has been spotted on several occasions. At Castle Water there has been regular great white egret, marsh harrier and buzzard, though no sign recently of the cattle egret which was feeding on the grassland of Castle Farm last week. 


Monthly Beach Clean

Tomorrow, Wednesday 24th October, is our monthly volunteer beach clean at Rye Harbour. 

If you'd like to join us for a stroll, a chat, a look at wildlife and to help keep our marine environment clear of litter, please meet at the Rye Harbour car park at 10am.



And still they come!

The good run of moths continues this week, with a Radford's flame shoulder (below) in the Lime Kiln trap on Monday morning. Normally found in southern Europe and North Africa, this rare immigrant species was first recorded in the UK at Walberton in Sussex in 1983 and has still only been caught here in relatively small numbers in the south and west of the country. There seem to have been a few around in the UK this year, with one or two in Sussex and quite a few in the south-west (Portland Bird Observatory had five in one night!) but this is the first reserve record and the first time one has ever been caught on a Sussex Wildlife Trust reserve.

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Moths at the National Trust

With the nights getting cooler so the moth numbers start to drop, but we are still getting some interesting ones, and ones that are new for our site. Amongst the many lunar underwings last week we also saw a Bloxworth snout (not in the trap, I just happened to disturb it), an L-album wainscot and a feathered brindle , all of which are nationally scarce. We also had our first ever delicate and large wainscot.

Michael Howard, Ranger, National Trust

Bloxworth Snout


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Rye Harbour Moths

I've had a fantastic few days this week with the Lime Kiln moth trap, probably as good as it gets at this time of year. There has been an influx of migrant species, the highlights being maize moth (below), only the second reserve record and the first since 1998 (part of a major influx it seems as several were caught in the area) and the micro Italian tubic (bottom), a recent addition to the British list and the first one ever recorded here. Other 'nice' migrants included several dark sword-grass, scarce bordered straw and vestal one of my top ten moths. It was good for other invertebrates too, with a great silver water beetle, black-bellied water beetle  and the ichneumon Ophion obscuratus, this latter another addition to the reserve list, on the 16th.

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