Penny Green will be giving a talk about the Rewilding of the Knepp Estate on Friday 13 March 2020 after our (brief) AGM. Full details are given HERE.
The Winter 2019 Newsletter has been sent out by email (02-01-20) and by post (04-01-20). If you have not received your copy in the next few days please let me know – Tom Howard-Jones (email@example.com).
Membership fees for 2020 are now due. All existing members will get a renewal form with the latest Newsletter 87. If you have any questions or would like to join for the first time please let me know – Tom Howard-Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org). Best wishes for the New Year.
3rd January 2020.
A report on our fungus survey on 09-11-19 with photos and a full list can be found HERE.
AGM and Talk – Friday 13th March 2020 – speaker Penny Green talking about the wilding of The Knepp Estate.
Spring Walk – Saturday 25th April 2020 – for members (please check details nearer the date).
Birding Walk with The SOS – date to be fixed May 2020.
Open Day – Sunday 12th July 2020 – (please check details nearer the date).
FOWW – Silver Anniversary Book
We have started work on the book that will commemorate our 25th anniversary in 2021.
It will be a celebration of the wildlife and history of the beautiful Weir Wood site.
The contents will range from: the geography & history of the site; water – fish and water birds; edges – vegetation and shorebirds; trees and woodland – fungi, insects, lichen, birds; Whillet’s – meadows, ponds and reedbeds; the history of the Friends and our role in the conservation of the reserve.
Our aim is to complete the writing by the spring of 2020 and to publish early in 2021.
We are very keen to gather any suggestions, memories, photos and contributions that you may have. We are looking for pictures, maps and anecdotes. Don’t worry that you are not a writer. We will be pleased to meet with you and capture your thoughts with minimal effort on your part.
Please contact Tom Howard-Jones (email@example.com): if you have anything that might be of interest; if you know someone else who might be able to help or if you would like to be involved.
We are particularly hoping someone may have photos or memories from the 1950s of the developing reservoir which we could possibly use in the book.
The results for our small nest boxes for 2019 can be found HERE.
A note with photos covering our Open Day on 14th July 2019 can be seen HERE.
Members Spring Walk 27 April 2019.
Some 18 Friends enjoyed a walk through the Study Area and Whillet’s Meadows in spite of the chilly wind. We were treated to a beautiful panorama of bluebells plus a wide range of plants, birds and other animals. A report with photos can be read HERE. Many thanks to Bob, Phil, Alan and Mike for showing us around and revealing some of the secrets of the reserve.
20-09-19 2 Ospreys at 11:00 over flying East.
15-08-19 Osprey juvenile over flying South 10:20
04-06-19 Osprey seen by Work Party.
28-04-19 Osprey seen over dam just after 4pm (John Hunt).
24-04-19 Osprey reported (Bob Taylor)
04-09-18 Osprey flying over the West End
14-08-18 3 Ospreys (adult plus 2 young) at The Dam
29-07-18 Osprey flying over reservoir.
01-05-18 Osprey reported at 10:15 flying off to the North – anonymous on RBA and Birdguides.
02-04-18 Osprey seen at about 09:00
04-10-17 Osprey seen by Alastair Gray about 11:30 at the West End.
09-09-17 Osprey seen by Brendan Lanigan at the Dam End 7:30am.
04-09-17 Osprey seen by fishermen near Admiral’s Wood 7am.
31-05-17 Osprey reported at Dam End.
08-05-17 Osprey at Dam End in morning.
04-05-17 Osprey flying NE at Dam End (about noon).
01-05-17 Osprey headed North over Dam (09:30).
27-03-17 Osprey reported at Dam End late morning.
25-03-17 2 Ospreys watched over the reservoir at 18:20 – Janet Wilkinson.
23-03-17 Osprey seen at about 9;30 am – watched for 10 minutes – Brendan Lanigan at the Fishery.