Archive of: Chris Bentley
01 September 2021
Possibly the most exciting find this month were several Large Conehead on Harbour Farm on 26th, with at least 12 singing adults subsequently found on other parts of the reserve on the 29th
22 July 2021
Over the past few years we have seen an increase in spring sightings of Black-winged Stilt on the reserve, but this year, for the first time ever, a pair bred at Castle Water!
01 July 2021
The most significant wildlife event this month was the discovery of two larvae of the Sussex Emerald moth on Harbour Farm, the first ever recorded in Sussex
14 June 2021
The Sussex Emerald (Thalera fimbrialis) moth is a very rare beast in the UK, with breeding traditionally restricted to the disturbed shingle habitats at Dungeness in Kent
01 June 2021
Last August we found a Swallowtail butterfly at Watch Cottage and it laid eggs on Fennel in a garden next to the nature reserve.
19 May 2021
For an insect, dung is a good thing to get into!
04 May 2021
As with many of our birds, the English names of gulls are generally pretty descriptive.
29 April 2021
Bird highlight this month was a White-tailed Eagle which was present over the Beach Reserve on the 19th.
23 April 2021
The sandy areas at the northern end of Castle Water are excellent for early bees associated with sandy habitats and over the last few years we have turned up a range of rare species
31 March 2021
Despite the often cold weather during March, there were definitely signs of spring in the air at Rye Harbour.
15 March 2021
The Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) monitors numbers of non-breeding waterfowl in the UK.
01 March 2021
One of the bird highlights during February (certainly for me) was a Jack Snipe on Harbour Farm on the 23rd.