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.

Pseudopostega-crepusculella 31-08-16

Pseudopostega crepusculella 31-08-16

Raptor watch from North Bank (09:45-12:15):- 1 Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, 6 Common Buzzards, 2 Ravens, 2 Bullfinch including a juvenile, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap.

West End Hide evening visit:- 5 Pipistrelle Bats, Tawny Owl heard, 300+ Geese – Canada & Greylag came into roost, 5 Mandarin , 2 Teal, 34 Mallard, 40+ Sand Martin (over), 5 Swallow, 5 Pied Wagtail.

Dam End:- 179 Canada Geese, 2 Coot, 25 Lapwing, 2 Common Sandpiper, 230+ Black-headed Gull, 12+ Pied Wagtail.
West End:- 61 Great Crested Grebe, 63 Greylag, 3 Mandarin, 3 Buzzard, 7 Moorhen, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Sand Martin, 2 House Martin.

West End:- Osprey fishing 16:15-16:30 when it caught a small fish. Honey Buzzard glided high over, Peregrine briefly over trees on north bank, 6 Buzzards, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Lapwing, 2 Kingfishers.

West End car park:- 195 Greylag Geese, 15 Canada Geese, 15 Cormorant, 3 House Martin, 2 Swallow, 15 Great Crested Grebe, 13 Mallard, 3 Moorhen, 1 Mandarin, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Wren, 1 Robin, 2 Kingfisher. Osprey seen twice at 08.37 and 09.42 briefly, Woodpigeons numerous, 5 Black-headed Gulls.

Osprey seen several times during the day from about 11:30 to 17:15 at Whillet’s and the West End.

Osprey 23-08-16

Osprey 23-08-16 by Andy Marshall

Osprey 23-08-16

Osprey 23-08-16 by Andy Marshall

West End:- 71 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Osprey at 17:15, 1 Buzzard (4 seen by Andy Marshall), 10 Lapwing, 1 Common Sandpiper (seen by work party).
Whillet’s:-  1 Osprey at 16:00, 1 Green Sandpiper.
Meadow Pond:- 1 Ruddy Darter, 1 Emerald Damselfly, Brown Hawker Dragonfly egg laying.