Dam End:- 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Lapwings, 5 Common Terns, 93 Black-Headed Gulls, 4 Herring Gulls, 15 Pied Wagtails, 1 Marsh Tit.
West End:- 1 Brown Hawker Dragonfly.
Whillet’s:-  4 Mistle Thrush, 1 Golden-ringed Dragonfly, 1 Brown Hawker Dragonfly, 2 Southern Hawker Dragonfly, 1 Emperor Dragonfly, 4 Common Darters, 1 Four Spotted Chaser, 2 Blue-tailed Damselfly, 1 White-legged Damselfly.

White-Legged Damselfly 18-07-16

White-Legged Damselfly 18-07-16

West End:- 26 Great Crested Grebe with 4 pairs carrying at least 5 young between them, 11 Cormorant, 1 Little Egret, 1 Grey Heron nest still has 3 young and is a late brood, plus several Grey Herons around the reserve, 8 Mandarin, 6 Mallard, 9 Lapwing, 2 Moorhen, 4+ Common Tern, 2+ Stock Dove, Also 1 Terrapin seen.
Whillet’s:-  At last a reasonable butterfly transect check (over 40 butterflies), 1st Gatekeeper of the year, 2 fresh Comma, Red Admiral, several Large & Small Skippers & Large Whites, 18 Ringlet &  13 Meadow Brown.  Also 1 Cinnabar Caterpillar & 2 adult Brown China-mark moths. Also seen – 1 Buzzard, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Reed Bunting, 1+1Juv Goldfinch.

Dam End:- 48 Pied Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 53 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Heron.
West End:- 3 pairs of Great Crested Grebes with at least 4 young, 1 Teal, 5 Mandarin, 1 Lapwing, 2 Grey Herons, 11 Common Terns including 3 fledged young, 1 Moorhen.

West End:-  30 + 2 chicks (5 pairs still nesting) Great Crested Grebe,  4 Grey Heron,  4 + 3 fledged Common Terns, 1 Herring Gull flying over (mobbed by Terns), 1 Little Egret, 3 Lapwing, 2 Moorhen, 3 Mandarin, Song Thrush and Blackcap and Chiffchaff heard, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Southern Hawker dragonfly.
Whillet’s: 1M Kestrel, Moorhen pair with 2 chicks, 2 Whitethroat, 1F Reed Bunting, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Bullfinch heard, 1 Blue Tailed Damselfly.

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) are planning to change the way they work with Weir Wood Local Nature Reserve. They have issued a Proposal for Consultation on their Countryside Access Strategy. Their consultation period ended on 29 July 2016. ESCC manage some 2000 miles of public rights of way and 10 countryside sites – including our Weir Wood LNR. In 2015-16 these activities cost £1.8M. They are charged with saving over £70M in the next 3 years. So they are looking to pass the management of their countryside sites to other (as yet unspecified) organisations in order to save money. Your committee is very concerned about the possible implications for our valuable site.

Please take a look at the consultation document – click HERE for a copy.

We will monitor the situation and bring you further news when we get any. If you wish you can contact Tom Howard-Jones at tomhoward1jones@gmail.com to discuss the situation.

The East Sussex CC web site is eastsussex.gov.uk [Original post 8th July 2016; updated 30 July 2016].

West End:-  Great Crested Grebe with 2 young, 4 with 3 juvenile Common Terns, 8 Cormorants, 1 Little Egret, 4 Grey Heron, 8 Mandarin Duck, 9 Mallard, 9 Stock Dove, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 9 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Swallow, 3+ House Martin, 1 Pied Wagtail, Dunnock with 1 young, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Chaffinch.
Whillet’s:-  2 Raven + 1m Reed Bunting.
Dam End:-  1 Common Sandpiper, 6 Pied Wagtail, 9 Black-headed Gull, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 4 Herring Gull, 3 Kingfishers (seen by B Lanigan).

Some Open Day sightings
West End:- Great Crested Grebes have 6 active nests – an adult was also seen swimming with 2 young chicks on its back. The heronry is still active with the chatter of young from some late breeding pairs. 4 Common Terns with 3 young almost fully grown and starting to fledge. 20+ Greylag Geese, 4 Mandarin, 8 Cormorant, 2 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, Lapwing, juv Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap & Chiffchaff heard, 4+ Goldfinch, 2 Ravens.
Highlights at Whillet’s: 3 Kingfishers, several Reed Warblers, Reed Bunting, pair of Bullfinches and Whitethroat.

West End:- 3 Common Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 7 Mandarin + 3 well grown youngsters, Mallard with 4 well grown young, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Garden Warbler, Robin and Wren both carrying food, 5 Common Terns + 3 well grown young, 34 Herring Gulls (flying over), 1 Black-Headed Gull, 4 Stock Doves.