News archive

February 2015

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Staff Matthew Tickner surveying birds at Bann Estuary, Northern Ireland

National Beached Bird Survey 2015

We will be patrolling the tideline between Newhaven east and central Bexhill to report any instances of pollution and dead birds washed up. This is part of an annual national survey, and our group always takes part. We always welcome extra volunteers, and if you are interested please contact Michael Light on 01323 441169 (evenings only). We normally work in pairs, with each pair allocated a section of beach to cover.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Eastbourne Bird Summary for January 2015

The Richard's pipit was seen on Pevensey Levels on several occasions, but the levels were also notable for raptors. Daytime birds included marsh harriers, the sadly rare and persecuted hen harrier, and a merlin, while short-eared and barn owls were also prominent. A solitary Dartford warbler was an unexpected bonus. Michael Light encountered most of these birds while cycling from his Hailsham home to work at Herstmonceux.
Sovereign Harbour hosted razorbills and black redstarts, while eight purple sandpipers were counted further east at Newhaven Harbour.
Sedley Underdown led a Big Schools Birdwatch event at West Rise, and although less ducks appeared than expected, a kingfisher made the children's day. Bearded tits also showed well in this area.
Finally the rare rough legged buzzard was still around the Friston to Polegate road near Jevington.