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 email@example.com 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…)
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…)
Alan and Maureen, Shaun, Alan N, Martin J, Chris M, Jeremy, Deirdre and Sue met at the Barn CP on a warm and windless morning, and headed down towards the Gap. The scrub on either side of the path held many whitethroats, a redstart, a goldcrest, willow warblers, lots of chiffchaffs, blackcap and the other usual suspects. A sparrowhawk provided good views overhead. We found a wheatear on the cliff edge, (more…)
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…)