First Cuckoo and Tree Pipits Arrive on the Forest

The first Cuckoo was heard calling around the Stonehill area this morning. Also around the Forest the first Tree Pipits have begun arriving. Woodlarks appear to be in good numbers and despite the Pylons/King Standing/Crows Nest Clump area being burnt there are still Woodlarks present there.

Earlier in the week several people reported seeing Red Kites; mainly over the higher sections of the Forest.

It (more…)

Sheep and Cattle out on the Forest

The sheep and cattle will be out grazing on the Forest from 1st April.

There are notices posted on all gates that say, ‘Please ensure all gates are closed. Dogs must be kept under proper control at all times. If a dog is seen attacking or chasing livestock it could be shot. If you see any problems please ring the Forest Centre straight away Thank You’

During office hours the Forest Centre can (more…)

Forest Blaze

Forest Fire Pano #1

Traveling across the Forest today (around 3pm) past Poundgate I could see billowing smoke coming from the next valley over beyond Crows Nest Clump. Fire engines, 4×4 rescue vehicles and a helicopter were all screaming to the scene. Pulling in at Poundgate with a throng of other people we watched as distant fire fighters tackled the blaze and the helicopter buzzed overhead.

I managed to take (more…)

Spring is Here!

Woodlarks, Chiffchaffs and the first Willow Warbler heard today. Also recently Raven, Woodcock, Skylark and even a Red-Legged Partridge! All the signs that Spring is with us again. The weather the past few days has been glorious and has really brought the birds out, as well as the first “proper” Spring flowers like Wood Anemone, Greater Celandine and Dogs Mercury.

Proposed Clay Pigeon Shooting at Weir Wood

Do you value peace and tranquility? Do you bird watch at Weir Wood? If that was yes then you need to read on!

A planning application has been submitted to Wealden District Council for a clay pigeon shoot and corporate hospitality. It would be situated not far from the nature reserve. Shooting would take place between 9am and 6pm every day, 360 days of the year.

We need your support to help try (more…)

Raptor Rapture

Glyn Evans reports … saw today a Raven over Garden of Eden just outside the Old Lodge Reserve. It was suddenly attacked by a Buzzard and a Kestrel. The latter soon thought better of it but the Buzzard kept on and the Raven turned on it driving it down into the gorse somewhere down the valley. Exciting stuff.

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve – 11th March 2012 – Trip Report

Alan and Maureen, Shaun, Martin, Bob and Sue met at the Reserve on a beautiful morning, and were soon hearing great spotted woodpeckers drumming, thrushes singing, and plenty of ducks. The latter included shelduck, mallard, gadwall, shoveler, a lone female ruddy duck, tufted, and pochard. Overhead, two sparrowhawks and a common buzzard were seen. Other highlights included a singing male reed bunting, (more…)

Firecrest & Great Grey Shrike

The Great Grey Shrike (we can only assume that there is only one this Winter!) was sighted recently in the Isle of Thorns area. This has previously been a good area for Shrikes but this Winter the bird has spent most of it’s time in the Poundgate, Box, Garden of Eden and Wrens Valley areas.

Whilst driving along Priory Road this morning heading towards Goat crossroads I heard a Firecrest singing (more…)

Paul Walker

It is with great sadness that one of our long standing members has passed away. Paul Walker – Chrissie Walker’s husband – died on the 1st February 2012. Many will remember both Chrissie and Paul at our Summer barbeques and Winter drinks. Indeed for many years our Summer social was held at their beautiful house just off Crowborough Golf Course. Paul always had a smile; a lovely guy he will be missed (more…)