Tice’s Meadow under threat

Thanks to the hard work of the Tice’s Meadow Bird Group (TMBG) and other local organisations, Tice’s Meadow is now one of the premier birding sites in Surrey. 

All that hard work could be undone following a decision by Hansons, the gravel extraction company, to sell the site.  Although Tice’s has to be maintained as a nature reserve for a fixed period, there is no stipulation about how the site should be managed.  Hansons have told TMBG that they will make no test of the new owner’s suitability for managing a nature reserve, the new owner will be under no … Read more

Field meeting at Leith Hill

Osprey, Thursley Common (S Ferguson).

Join the next field meeting, on Sunday 27 October, for a morning of visible migration (vis-mig), from the highest point in south-east England.

A group of birders have watched from the tower for the past few years, notching up some impressive counts of migrating birds (including thrushes and finches) along with scoring several Surrey rarities, such as Great Skuas, Common Scoter, Gannet and Great Grey Shrike.

Full details, including where and when to meet, are here.

October 2019

Thursday 31st

Knot, London Wetland Centre (WWT).
Knot, London Wetland Centre (WWT).

Birtley Green: female Black Redstart still at Bonhurst Farm in morning though no sign in afternoon (BirdGuides/P Mattos).

London Wetland Centre: ringtail Hen Harrier flew north-west over Grazing Marsh at 08:25; also 3 Bearded Tits in Sheltered Lagoon, Knot still on Main Lake, 2 Bitterns still on north shore of Main Lake, Jack Snipe and 2 Shelduck (R Dewhurst/S Fogg/D Panchaud/S Patel/WWT).

Palmers Cross: Hawfinch flew west over Tilsey Farm entrance track at 07:51 (E Stubbs).

Tugley Wood: 2 Crossbills (M Lincott).

West Clandon: probable Lapland Bunting flew … Read more