Archive of: Chris Bentley

  • Denizens of the Dark

    Denizens of the Dark

    At this time of the year there is always much excitement around the appearance of the first bumblebee or the first butterfly, and why not?

  • February 2020 - Rye Harbour wildlife

    February 2020 - Rye Harbour wildlife

    Despite the fairly dreadful weather during February, this month did see several signs of the oncoming spring on the reserve.

  • December 2019 - Rye Harbour Wildlife

    December 2019 - Rye Harbour Wildlife

    It was good to see a Smew on the reserve this month, with a ‘redhead’ (i.e. female or immature) present on the Quarry from the 9th until the end of the month.

  • Gnats All Folks!

    Gnats All Folks!

    This year I have been carrying out a survey of the invertebrates of the saline lagoons at Rye Harbour and am currently in the process of identifying the samples collected during the summer.

  • A Remedy for the Winter Blues

    A Remedy for the Winter Blues

    I spent a very rewarding couple of hours with trust ecologist Graeme Lyons and visiting naturalist Ryan Clarke last weekend looking for invertebrates on the Beach Reserve.

  • Ivy League

    Ivy League

    At this time of the year when relatively few plants are still in flower, Ivy is an excellent late season nectar source for many insects.

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