Trip reports

Field trip to Pett Pools and Pannel Valley

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The sea wall next to Pett Pools is a vantage point for the sea, the shore, the pools themselves and the extensive broad spread of flat meadows backed by the low green rise of Cadborough Cliff. It's a beautiful place to linger on the kind of day we had, largely sunny, mild with a southerly breeze. Moving on, the five of us made a circular walk through the meadows via the Military Canal and the Pannel Valley, before returning to the sea wall.


The level of the pools themselves is quite high, supporting a variety of ducks but few waders. The shore and sea produced scoters, oystercatchers, grey plover and turnstones, and golden plovers and ruffs were amongst a large flock of lapwings on the meadows. Several common buzzards were soaring or perching in the trees.

Full list: common scoter, gadwall, mallard, shoveler, tufted duck, wigeon, Canada goose, greylag goose, mute swan, great crested grebe, little grebe, cormorant, grey heron, little egret, common buzzard, kestrel, marsh harrier, coot, moorhen, curlew, golden plover, grey plover, lapwing, oystercatcher, ruff, turnstone, black-headed gull, great black-backed gull, herring gull, lesser black-backed gull, woodpigeon, kingfisher, swallow, meadow pipit, pied wagtail, stonechat, wheatear, blackbird, cetti's warbler (h), blue tit, starling, carrion crow, jackdaw, magpie, rook, chaffinch, goldfinch, reed bunting.
48 species in all.