The latest newsletter was sent out, both by email and by post, this week. If you have not received your copy in the next few days please contact Tom Howard-Jones email: Please let me know if you are willing to receive your newsletter by email rather than post. This will save us time and costs. Many thanks. 24th March 2017.

23-03-17 Osprey seen at about 9;30 am – watched for 10 minutes – Brendan Lanigan at the Fishery.

25-03-17 2 Ospreys watched over the reservoir at 18:20 – Janet Wilkinson.

7th April 2017 ~ AGM and Talk.

13th May 2017 ~ Members Walk

2nd July 2017 ~ Open Day

Friends of Weir Wood Society – Members Walk – Saturday 13 May 2017.
A spring flowers and bird walk will be held for members. We will leave the hide car park at 09:15 am to visit the woodland study area. A second part of the walk will leave the car park at 11:00 am to see Whillet’s Meadows, pond and reed bed. It will end about 12:45. Please just turn up – wellingtons/boots recommended.

If you are a member of the Friends of Weir Wood Society, your subscriptions are due from 1st January for 2017. We are most grateful for all your support and we look forward to its continuation. You will be receiving a reminder with your next newsletter. Please add any extra donations that you can – you will be giving valuable assistance to the important work of your Society. The fee is still held at £3 per person. If you joined since 1st October 2016 your fee will cover 2017 as well. You can also get a renewal form by clicking HERE.
Thank you again and all best wishes for the New Year.

We have set up a public Facebook group called “Friends of Weir Wood”. The web address is you can navigate to it by clicking HERE. It is intended for all supporters of the nature reserve. It will have wildlife sightings, photos, news, events, suggestions and comments. Please contribute (but remember that it is a public space). If you use Facebook please request to join the group – then you will receive updates and reminders automatically. We hope you will like it and find it useful.

On 12/8/16 a moth box was put out in Whillet’s Meadows and this micro moth was captured. It has been confirmed by the County Moth Recorder as Pseudopostega crepusculella – a species which is Nationally Scarce and has not been seen in Sussex since 2009. It has never been reported in the North of the County. Although only 5mm long and not an impressive looking moth; it is our first “Nationally Scarce” moth record for the Nature Reserve. Bob Johnson ran the trap and arranged the identification.

Pseudopostega-crepusculella 31-08-16

Pseudopostega crepusculella 31-08-16

Saturday 26 March 2016 – Osprey at the West End.
Sunday 27 March 2016 – Osprey seen on 6 occasions during the day at the West End. See “Photos” for more pictures.

Osprey 2 27-03-16 photo by Andy Marshall

Osprey 27-03-16 photo by Andy Marshall

Thursday 31 March 2016Osprey at the Dam End; reported twice during the day.

Saturday 02 April 2016 – Osprey fishing at the Dam End at 16:15.

Sunday 03 April 2016 – Osprey caught fish near the North Bank.

Tuesday 05 April 2016 – Osprey flew from Pintail Woods to North Bank then headed North (13:05).

Wednesday 06 April 2016 – Osprey seen at both Dam and West Ends (15:30 to 16:15). Between Pintail Bank and the hide (18:00).

Tuesday 12 April 2016 – Osprey seen in the morning.

Sunday 24 July 2016 – Osprey caught a fish at the West End and flew towards Admiral’s Wood (11:15).

Tuesday 26 July 2016 – Osprey seen fishing unsuccessfully at the West End. Record photo follows:-

Osprey 26-07-16    Osprey 26-07-16 by Bob Johnson.

Wednesday 27 July 2016 – Osprey at the West End – photos by Yvonne Taylor.

Osprey 27-07-16

Osprey 27-07-16 Perched in Admiral’s Wood









Monday 15 August 2016 – Osprey at West End.

Tuesday 16 August 2016 – Osprey caught fish at West End about 09:15.

Sunday 21 August 206 – Osprey fishing about lunch time – see “Photos” tab.

Osprey 21-08-16

Osprey 21-08-16 photo by Andy Marshall

Tuesday 23 August 2016 – Osprey seen several times between 11:30 and 17:15 at Whillet’s and the West End.

Osprey 23-08-16

Osprey 23-08-16 photo by Andy Marshall

Osprey 23-08-16

Osprey 23-08-16 photo by Andy Marshall

Wednesday 24 August 2016 – Osprey seen twice at 08:37 and 09:42 from West End car park.

Thursday 25 August – Osprey fishing 16:15-16:30 when it caught a small fish at the West End.

Osprey 25-08-16 by Andy Marshall

Osprey 25-08-16 by Andy Marshall

Saturday 15 October – Osprey at West End (see Photos).