SOS Bird Race 2015

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 secretary@sos.org.uk or ring (more…)

Bird Group Outing to Dungeness RSPB – 6th Dec 2014

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 gullpheasantcarrion crowredshank (in Rye), curlew (Camber golf club) and jackdaw along the way and prior to our arrival at the reserve, we had all (more…)

Tawny Owls Being Killed on Ashdown Forest Roads

It has been reported (East Grinstead Courier, 30/09/14) that at least 10 Tawny Owls have been killed on the roads around Ashdown Forest in the last 6 weeks alone. The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) sent out a plea to motorists to slow down at night after having to deal with and care for the Owls at the road side. It is a sad fact that a lot of our wildlife gets maimed or (more…)

Ashdown Wildlife Facebook Group

For anyone wishing to post or find sightings, pictures or general Forest-related information please visit and join our new Facebook group Ashdown Forest Wildlife (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ashdownwildlife/)

It is an open group so anyone can join and post and openly discuss the wildlife of Ashdown Forest. We ask you to please be polite, posts be relevant to Ashdown Forest and to refrain from (more…)

Eagles – Yes Eagles!

It would seem that our “Eddie the Eagle” is possibly not alone. Although he’s moved away from the Forest for now there appears to be a reports that there may actually be more than one bird, with one reported in Pig Bush area of the New Forest and the other (albeit unconfirmed at this time) over in Kent near Canterbury. The plot thickens! We await to see if “our” Eagle comes back.

Eagle Watch

Both Gills Lap and Long/Airstrip have had many avid bird watchers and twitchers virtually camping out waiting for views of the Short-toed Eagle, some come every day to watch. The bird eats snakes and other reptiles so it has hung around an area where there are a fair amount of both but especially lizards. There is only a finite amount of these so food may become a problem, this is probably when the (more…)

Short-toed Eagle – Gills Lap / Wrens Valley

Short-toed Eagle on Ashdown Forest, 15th June 2014We were glad to see that the Short-toed Eagle returned to Ashdown Forest for another tour around. A number of the group managed to see it, others unfortunately dipped, although there’s nothing to say it won’t hang around or come back again! At around 13:30 it was circling and looking for a meal over Gills Lap and Wrens Valley, then slowly it drifted over Old Lodge. It’s not every day the Forest gets (more…)

Trip Report – Dungeness, 31st May 2014

Bob P, Al, Martin and Sue met at the Reserve car park, to be greeted by a pair of very noisy common gulls on the roof of the Centre, behaving in a natural, if unseemly, manner. We were lucky to see a tree sparrow and a recently fledged young bird on the feeders, and while we drank our first cup of coffee, a Mediterranean gull flew over, calling. We’d seen lesser and greater black-backed gulls at Scotney (more…)

Parrot Crossbills in Old Lodge SWT Nature Reserve

Several members of the Ashdown Bird Group went in to Old Lodge to see the 9 Parrot Crossbills that have been showing well (although mobile) around the top and down towards the access road. We all had good views and Bob Pask managed to get some excellent pictures that you’ll find at the bottom of this post!

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