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March 2017

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Returning migrants

Returning migrants

Two singing chiffchaff seen on Tonbridge water meadows today - they were first heard yesterday.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Latest News from the RSPB's Weald reserves

Latest News from the RSPB's Weald reserves

The first signs of spring have appeared with the presence of butterflies, bees, wildflowers and birdsong. We are graced with red admiral, comma and brimstone butterflies along the sunny rides at our reserves, and the first bumblebee queens have been bumbling about, searching for nest sites. You can't have failed to have noticed the sound of tits, finches and other passerines out on the reserves as of late. We have also seen the first wood anemones opening up at Fore Wood. Spring has even been felt at our workshop where our resident blackbird has begun to build this year's nest.

Tudeley Woods:
Our hard working volunteers have been carrying out scrub removal on an area of the heath that was previously used as breeding territory by nightjars. Hopefully we will soon be hearing the beautiful churring of the nightjars returning to this area of Tudeley Woods. At Tudeley it has also been a case of more ride work. We have been opening up the woodland, allowing more sunlight onto the ground layer, so we are expecting high numbers of wildflowers and the resulting invertebrates come the spring. One of the new clearances is also situated next to a small stream and bank, providing lots of lovely microhabitats that we hope will lead to a different variety of species including dragonflies and damselflies such as the golden ringed dragonfly.

Broadwater Warren:
This past month has seen the first territory surveys for woodlark with them being recorded at various points all around the reserve, including areas where they have not been seen before.

We are due to have the decoy pond 'electrofished', and the carp passed on to a fishery so it looks as if their days terrorizing the local pond life are numbered! The carp themselves are non-native to the UK and whilst introduced for angling and ornamental purposes, have a negative effect upon the pond's ecosystem.

Unfortunately we have had a report of a member of the public's dog being attacked by another dog. We need to stress the importance of dogs being kept on leads and under control, not only to avoid disturbance of nesting birds, but to help prevent incidents like this. If anyone sees anything of note, please do not hesitate to let us know at the office and/or contact the police. We are continually monitoring our policy on dogs.

Volunteering Opportunities - Volunteer co-ordinator

We are looking for a volunteer to help Alan, our Volunteer Co-ordinator and Office Manager (a volunteer himself), in the office here in Eridge. Our volunteer team now totals nearly 90 and we require someone who could give 2 days a week to help with volunteer management. The duties would include:
Attending events to talk about volunteering and recruit new volunteers
Managing the advertising of volunteer roles on the RSPB website, in local media, on social media, etc.
Dealing with enquiries from potential new volunteers
Registering new volunteers on the RSPB's central database
Compiling a volunteer briefing pack/induction booklet
Please get in touch with Alan on 01892 752430 or if you are interested and would like to know more.

Events at Broadwater Warren:
Monday 3rd April - Walk with the Warden - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday 6th May - Dawn Chorus Wildlife Walk - 05:00am to 07:30am
Saturday 20th May - Dormouse walk and talk - 09:00am to 12:00
Thursday 25th May - Learning bird song - 07:00am to 10:00am

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Sound Mirrors Day at Dungeness

Message from Louise Kelly, Visitor Experience Officer at Dungeness RSPB Reserve:

We are delighted to announce that this year's Sound Mirrors Open Day will be held on Saturday 15th July 2017 between 10am and 3pm. We had over 400 people visit Lade for the Sound Mirrors open day last year so we hope that this year's will be just as (if not, more) successful as last year's.

This year we will be charging for entry, which will be the same as what we charge for walking the nature trail. One charge will apply for both entry to the Sound Mirrors site and to the reserve. See the attached document for details.

We are looking for volunteers to help us out on the day. Please let me know if you'd like to join us:
Tel 01797 320588
Mobile 07725 641811

It would be great to have as many of us as possible to engage with our visitors on what we hope will be a busy day!

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