Bob and Judy, Bob and Sue, Al and Jill met at the Centre car park at 9.30 on what had started out as a rather grey and foggy morning. (It seems the Visitor Centre opens at 10.00 now, and the Reserve itself was locked until 9.30.)
We had a look at the dipping pool and swiftly located the long eared owl. Scans from the first three hides were productive, with two goosanders being found, along with (more…)
As the title suggests it’s been a while since we last posted anything on our website. I was reminded by an e-mail that came through from someone asking if the Bird Group was still active as there had been little activity on this website. The truth is that social media has taken over, we shall make more of an effort to update the website with posts from social media. You can find our public Facebook (more…)
Shaun, Bob and Judy, Bob H, Bob P, Alan N and Sue met at Sevenoaks on what turned out to be an increasingly wet morning, with grey skies and poor visibility. However, we set out in good spirits, and were able to log some 44 species – including a number of sightings of goldcrests, the usual three species of geese, and the usual varieties of duck. Al found a small party of siskins on the alders near (more…)
Shaun, Alan, Al and Sue met at Toot Rock, Pett in bright sunshine. Shaun and Alan saw a peregrine at Cliff End; Sue and Al had been slightly delayed by the spectacle of many warblers in berry-laden hawthorns and brambles near the sewage farm , where lots of blackcaps and chiffchaffs, with a few whitethroats, were feasting.
Setting out from Toot Rock, we again saw many chiffchaffs, a fieldfare, and (more…)
Only five of us turned up for this event – Alan N, Alan and Maureen, Bob P and Sue P. It looked promising, with bright sunshine – though unfortunately the temperature rose steadily as the morning went on, meaning that we’d all had enough by lunchtime!
Most of the best sightings were from the first hide, where we could see dunlin, ringed plovers, juvenile pied wagtails and ditto wheatears. Mipits, (more…)
Shaun, Alan and Maureen, Martin and Carol, Bob and Judy, Bob H and Sue, and Bob P and Sue P met Alan Loweth, who had very kindly agreed to lead us on a guided tour of the Reserve. Alan was an excellent guide, being both expert and enthusiastic. It was interesting to hear of the continuing restoration work which has so transformed the area, which now consists of approximately 450 acres split almost (more…)
Seven members set off at 9:30AM on a bright sunny but breezy day with previously reported Scarce (Yellow Legged)Tortoiseshell butterfly and Nightingales being high on the “to look for” list.
The rare butterfly was not reported that day, but Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Brimstone were seen. Some of the party only stayed until lunch time, and up to that point the Nightingales (more…)
It is here at last! Sorry for the delay. The ABG Members’ Events calendar is now available to view here: http://www.ashdown-forest.co.uk/events-calendar/
There’s still time if anyone is interested in getting a team together for the annual SOS Bird Race. The Race is to get as many species of bird in one day and raise money through sponsorship, all in the name of charity of course! Teams can pick any day from 1st January to 11th January 2015. Monies raised go to the SOS.
If you are interested please contact Val Bentley on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring (more…)
On a bright, sunny, but crisp morning, Sue, Martin, Bob, Judy, Maureen, Alan, Jeremy, Deidre and Al met at the visitor centre.
Sue, Martin and Al had already seen nuthatch, feral pigeon, goldfinch, blackbird, collared dove, starling, black headed gull, pheasant, carrion crow, redshank (in Rye), curlew (Camber golf club) and jackdaw along the way and prior to our arrival at the reserve, we had all (more…)