AGM & Talk– Friday 7th April 2017.
The AGM will start at 7:15pm in The Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row RH18 5DZ. It will be followed by a talk on “The Wildlife of the Ashdown Forest and its Management” by Steve Alton – Senior Ranger for the Ashdown Forest. Doors open at 7pm; everyone welcome.
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.
Open Day – 2nd July 2017.
West End:- 2 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 7 Mandarin one of which had 4 very small young, 2 male Reed Bunting, 1 male Bullfinch, 2 Pied Wagtails, 3 Lapwings, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Swifts, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Common Terns 2 chicks seen, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Goldfinch, 1 Moorhen.
Whillet’s:- 9 Whitethroats, 2 male Reed Buntings, 4 Reed Warblers one carrying food, 7 Grass Snakes, 1 Slow Worm, 3 Blue-Tail Damselfly, 16 Ringlet Butterflies.
West End:- pair of Common Terns with 3 chicks on L/H raft looking well, + 1 Common Tern adult seen at R/H raft. 4 Mandarin. Water levels have risen markedly and Martin’s Island is now covered. Most of the Great Crested Grebe nests must have been flooded in the storms. But several nests have been rebuilt higher. Also a probable Downy Emerald Dragonfly in front of the hide.
Dam End:- On Tuesday 21/6 there was a Redshank, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 6 Herring Gulls.
West End: 4 Mute Swan, 2 Canada Goose, Mallard, Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, Woodpigeon, 1 Kingfisher, Jackdaw, 3 Swallow, Chiffchaff, 1 Garden Warbler, Wren, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Greylag Goose, 4+ Mandarin Duck, Pheasant, Grey Heron, 6 Common Tern, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Magpie, Carrion Crow, 2 House Martin, Blackcap, Reed Warbler, Blackbird, Robin, Goldfinch.
The Common Tern record includes the three chicks still doing well on left hand raft. Kingfisher was a male. The Cuckoo was heard calling from the other side of the road near the car park
FOUND:- A key has been found in the car park. To claim please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (21 June 2016, Tom Howard-Jones).
LOST:- A telescope lens/eyepiece was lost in the pumping station car park or close by on 23 April 2016. Please contact Roger Jackson at email@example.com
FOUND:- Binocular Case – A black leather carrying case for a pair of binoculars has been found in the hide. To claim them please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (1st March 2016, Tom Howard-Jones).
West End:- 1 Kingfisher, 4 Mute Swans, 1 Mandarin.
Whillet’s:- 2 Whitethroats with 4 fledged young, 1 Male Reed Bunting, 2 Goldfinch with 1 fledged young. 3 Grass Snakes, 2 Slow Worms,1 Blue-tail Damselfly,1 Four-spotted Chaser.
Dam End:- 3 Grey Wagtails with 2 young, 1 Male Bullfinch, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Goldcrest, 9 Mallard, a couple of pairs of Common Whitethroats with young, 1 Male Beautiful Demoiselle and lots of tiny Toadlets.
West End:- Blue Tit, 8 Cormorant, Great Tit, 20+ Greylag Goose, Rook, Swallow, Carrion Crow, 12+ Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Mallard, Reed Warbler, 3 Woodpigeon.
West End:- 1 Kingfisher, 5 Common Terns + 3 chicks still on left raft, 1 Lapwing, 2 Mandarin, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroats, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Buzzard.
16/6/16 Barn Owl hunting over north bank meadows during the day – seen by Brendon Lanigan.
17/6/16 West End:- 29 Greylag Geese, 1 Buzzard, 1 Mandarin, 1 Coot, Moorhen adult with chick, 1 Lapwing, 1 Black-headed Gull, 1 Juv Great Spotted Woodpecker. Also heard: Garden Warbler; Nuthatch; Blackcap; Reed Warbler & Chiffchaff all at the car park.
17/6/16 Whillet’s: – 1 Juv Kingfisher, 2 Reed Warbler.
The photo shows the new water aerator equipment at the dam end.
New water aerator 17-06-16