Friends of the Forest Nightjar Walk – 29th June 2017

Around 25 members from Friends of the Forest joined members of the Ashdown Bird Group for a Nightjar walk at 8:30pm in Long car park. Once confident everyone had arrived we set out walking down the Airstrip and then turning left and walking through the wooded area to the left of the Airstrip. In this area we heard and saw Tree Pipit and a male Stonechat, further along Chiffchaff and Redstart were heard (more…)

ABG Trip Report – RSPB Dungeness – 24th June 2017

In not the best of conditions, Martin Jeffree, Bob and Judy Johnson , Al Nottage  and Sue Phillips, met at the visitor centre.

Whitethroat and reed bunting had been seen along the entrance track and egyyptian goose earlier at Scotney Pit.  From the car park, chaffinch were on the feeders, then a couple of linnet and a pied wagtail went over.

Since we early and the visitor centre was yet to open, (more…)

ABG Trip to Norfolk 2017 – Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th February

Trip Report by Bob Johnson.

In the end nine members attended the Norfolk Trip, and we had to count ourselves very lucky with the weather, as Sussex was awash whilst our stay in Norfolk remained mainly dry.

We met Thursday morning for breakfast at the Little Chef in Ely, before travelling on to spend the morning at the Ouse Washes RSPB reserve, where we had good views of our target species, Whooper (more…)

Dungeness Trip Report – 26/11/2016

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…)

It’s been a while…

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…)

Bird Group outing to Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve & Bough Beech on 14th Nov 2015

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…)

Pett Level and Pannel Valley – 26/09/15

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…)

Rye Harbour – 22nd August 2015

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…)

Broadwater Warren – 25-07-15

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…)

Bird Group Outing to Pulborough Brooks RSPB on 12th April 2015

Seven members set off at 9:30AM on a bright sunny but breezy day with previousnightingalely 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…)