I arrived at Lodge car park at around 8:20pm and set off to do the Nightjar survey organised by the Ashdown Bird Group that evening. I had only walked a short way when I saw what I initially thought was a helium balloon sailing across the sky, I watched it start to descend and cross in front of me and with binoculars I studied it in more detail. I then realised that it had what looked like a light (more…)
The Ashdown Forest Centre and The Conservation Volunteers are recruiting volunteer walk leaders for their very popular healthy walks on Ashdown Forest.
Healthy Walks are part of the nationwide Walking for Health scheme which aims to get people healthier and happier by providing free, short and easy led walks. A free walk leader training day will be held on Thursday 2 May in Wych Cross from 9.30am (more…)
This is it, our final day. The last day everyone pretty much does their own thing before heading home and this trip was no exception. For the purposes of this trip report I shall take you through what we did but I will mention that Sue and Bob went to Salthouse again and then to Cley and Holkham Fresh Marsh; Dick, Dot, Martin and Carol spent the afternoon walking out to see the seals on Blakeney Point; (more…)
The third day of our trip. At sun rise it was a glorious start to the day but by 7:15am the sea fog rolled in. Strangely by 9am the fog had rolled out again revealing the sunshine. We all met down in the car park after breakfast and headed out to our first destination – Salthouse.
At Salthouse we expected to see Snow Buntings. Every year so far they have been pretty easy to find. This year however (more…)
After a nights sleep and an excellent breakfast we set off for Titchwell Marshes (RSPB). West Runton is between 5-10 miles further east so the journey took about an hour.
The weather wasn’t bad, dry with patchy cloud and hardly any wind to really speak of. For our Norfolk trips this is almost tropical! It had been agreed that we would head out to the sea straight away and then work back to the visitor (more…)
We all met up for breakfast at the Little Chef just outside Mildenhall early on a dreary, wet and generally miserable morning. Not the greatest of starts especially with the uncertainty surrounding the hotel.
Traffic had been kind to most of us as we sat and planned the days’ events. We left Mildenhall around 10am and headed for our first destination – Thetford for the Black-bellied Dipper (continental (more…)
This is an odd one – but there is a loose Rhea on the Forest. A Rhea is a large ostrich like bird standing about 6′ tall. It has escaped from a farm in Crowborough and has been seen at various locations across the Forest. It is not aggressive but it will startle you if you should come across it. Let us (the Forest Centre) know if you see it.
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…)
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…)
A Red Kite was spotted passing through the Stonehill and Friends Clump area on Friday 23rd. Also it appears that Stonechat numbers are starting to rise again, hopefully they’ll have a good breeding season and start building their population up again.