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Wildlife sightings

Posted on 11th September 2014 by Paul Stevens

Amazing numbers of Sand martins still swarming around the sand martin hide and the scrape areas. There has been around two hundred at any one time with a sprinkling of around 100 House martins as well.  Sightings of [...]

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Great white egret and swooping sand martins

Posted on 1st September 2014 by Paul Stevens

A great white egret has been moving between the Scrape hide and Sand Martin/Ramsar hides since early Sunday afternoon. He has been getting really close to the Ramsar hide giving visitors displays of his fishing prowes. [...]

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More sand martins

Posted on 24th August 2014 by Paul Stevens

During the week numbers of Sand martins at any one time reached around 100 with lots of these perching right in front of the hide. House martins and Swallows were also mixed in with the flock. Other migrants were Common[...]

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Sand martin pit stop

Posted on 15th August 2014 by Paul Stevens

Today brought around 40 Sand Martins outside the sand martin hide. A dozen at a time were perching just outside the viewing windows giving incredibly close encounters of these birds before they leave our shores for Africa[...]

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Weather changes

Posted on 10th August 2014 by Paul Stevens

After all the warm weather it felt more like early Autumn this morning. This was enhanced by the presence of at least a dozen Sand martins busily feeding over the water in front of the Sand Martin Hide, occasionally [...]

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Little egrets

Posted on 3rd August 2014 by Paul Stevens

A pair of Little egrets today to the right of the Ramsar hide were busy preening each other before dispersing to fish alongside a Grey heron. Three Shoveler, several Teal and many Greylag and Canada geese were also [...]

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Signs of Migration

Posted on 27th July 2014 by Paul Stevens

Swallow and martins have been increasing this week with over one hundred over the reedbed this morning. Several Sand martins have been spotted in amongst the flocks. Blackcap singing would also point to some of these [...]

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Kingfisher regulars

Posted on 13th July 2014 by Paul Stevens

We could well be seeing a return of regular sightings of Kingfishers with one known sighting yesterday and two today. All these were seen in different parts of the reserve so could be seen anywhere from the ditches to [...]

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Tern around

Posted on 22nd June 2014 by Paul Stevens

After the sad loss of the male Common tern, it was warming to see another pair briefly around the reserve at the beginning of the week roosting on the new island on Arun riverlife. Was it our female with a …

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Sunshine and heat

Posted on 13th June 2014 by Paul Stevens

The whole reserve is literally buzzing with life. Scores of Canada and greylag geese goslings, Mute swan cygnets, Mallard, Gadwall, Shelduck and Tufted duck ducklings and Black headed gull chicks abound. Swallows are [...]

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