Meadow Bridge Repairs August – September 2017
The Committee and the Work Parties have just completed a major task – arranging the funds, the materials and the repairs to two of the bridges between the meadows in Whillet’s. We are now able again to take tractors through the meadows to mow them. In particular we are very grateful to the work parties for all their hard work in replacing the large number of timbers.

Bridge Repairs Aug 2017

Bridge Repairs Aug 2017

Bridge Repairs Sep 2017

Bridge Repairs Sep 2017

North Bank Willow Clearance 18-07-17

Southern Water Volunteers 18-07-17

Southern Water Volunteers day – a team from Southern Water helped at our Tuesday Work Session.

The Friends are very grateful to a team of Southern Water volunteers who turned up to assist some of our regular volunteers on a project to start clearing Willow from the waterside edge on North Bank opposite the viewing area. We are increasing the open waterside edge areas to benefit wetland birds and to improve the vegetation. The team worked hard and did an excellent job. A noticeable impact has been made already – bearing in mind that all the cutting was done with hand tools. Further work will be carried out by our regular volunteers in the next few weeks to complete the cutting and clearing tasks. Thank you again to the Southern Water Volunteers. The photos show the SW volunteers during a break (by Tom Ryan) and the improvement in the shore area on the North Bank (by Bob Johnson)

We are often asked for advice on walks around the reservoir. Please see HERE for details and maps of walks around Weir Wood from Fancy Free Walks. We hope it may be helpful but we do not take any responsibility for the information.

We have set up a public Facebook group called “Friends of Weir Wood”. The web address is www.facebook.com/groups/weirwood/ 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.

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.

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).