Dam End:- 3 Meadow Pipits, 3 Pied Wagtails.
West End:- 3 Gadwall,2 Green Sandpipers.
Whillet’s:- 2 Stonechat, 1 Kingfisher, 65 House Martins, 1 Swallow, 3 Reed Buntings, 3 Siskins, 5 Chiffchaffs.
West End:- 24 Teal, 3 Snipe, 3 Lapwings, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mandarin, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 60 House Martin, Marsh Tit heard.
Dam End:- 1 Hobby, 3 Meadow Pipits, 2 Chiffchaff heard, 4 House Martin, 2 Egyptian Geese.
Whillet’s:- 1 Stonechat, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Ravens, 1 Green Woodpecker. (Brown Hairstreak eggs found).
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).
West End:- 3 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpipers, 3 Lapwings, 10 Teal, 5 Buzzards, 60 House Martins.
LOST:- A camera lens hood with a camouflage sleeve for a Nikon 200-500 lens was lost recently. If found please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Howard-Jones 24-09-19).
FOUND:- A pair of spectacles in a soft, black Specsavers case were found in the hide on 6/7 August 2018. Please contact email@example.com.
FOUND:- A watch has been found in the car park. To claim please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07703 280 238 17-April-2018 Tom Howard-Jones).
FOUND:- A pair of Specsaver reading glasses found in the hide. To claim please contact email@example.com (11 December 2017, Tom Howard-Jones).
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 it please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (1st March 2016, Tom Howard-Jones).
Whillet’s:- 9 Linnets, 1 juv Hobby, 10 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff, 5 Greenfinch.
West End:- 3 Teal, 2 Gadwall, 1 Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 1 Green Sandpiper, 6 Buzzards.
Dam End:- 1,200 House Martins East late morning, 1 Common Sandpiper.
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.
West End:- 420 Greylag Geese + 11 hybrids, 9 Mandarin.
West End:- 18 Teal, 4 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 23 Lapwing, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher.
Whillet’s:- 1 Stonechat, 1 Hobby, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcaps. Also 3 Stonechat and a Wheatear in Vineyard.1 Brown Hairstreak in Meadow #2.
Whillet’s Meadows:- Slow passage this morning with Blackcap and Chiffchaff being the majority. A juvenile Reed Bunting moulting into adult male plumage was caught. This was the second juvenile caught in the last week. They were at significantly different stages of moult and so probably came from different broods.