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Forthcoming Field Trip to Thorney Island, West Sussex on 3rd August 2014
The meeting time for this walk is 10am at Os Ref: SU757049. This location can be found by turning south off the A259 in Hermitage. This is the only road leading on to Thorney Island. After 1km a lane turns off left, the only one (if you reach the MOD checkpoint you have missed the left turn). There is parking off road at the junction for 7 or 8 vehicles, but further along the lane there is additional roadside space for a few other vehicles. Whilst this site is exceptional in Winter it does have some interest in summer too. It used to be the stronghold for Little Egret when they first colonised our island a few decades ago, with hundreds being found there. However this situation has altered as this species has dispersed and become more widespread. Birds that breed in the area include Sandwich, Common and Little Tern as well as Mediterranean Gull. Little Tern numbers are well down but are still around in small numbers, I fear people pressure in the area, on the beaches and on the waters of the harbour has taken its toll in the past 3 decades. Hope to see you there.
Added 05/07/2014

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03/08/2014 (Sun)
Thorney Island, West Sussex

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Date Species Count Site Who
2014-07-22Black-tailed Godwit1Farmoor Reservoir: CausewayDJo
2014-07-22Common Redstart3Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-22Yellow Wagtail6+Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-22Lesser Whitethroat1Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-22Willow Warbler1Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-22Spotted Flycatcher5+Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-22Eurasian Hobby1Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-20Common Gull1 adultFarmoor ReservoirDJo
2014-07-20Mediterranean Gull2 juvFarmoor ReservoirDJo
2014-07-20Whimbrel1Farmoor ReservoirDJo
2014-07-18Black Tern 2Farmoor Reservoir: Farmoor IIDJo
2014-07-18Common Redstart1Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-16Eurasian Hobby1KidlingtonRCA
2014-07-16Sandwich Tern1Farmoor ReservoirDJo
2014-07-16Common Swift25Milton-under-WychwoodCB
2014-07-16Common Redstart1Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-16Willow Warbler1Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-15Eurasian Hobby1Radley GPWPB
2014-07-15Eurasian Oystercatcher3Radley GPWPB
2014-07-15Green Sandpiper3Radley GPWPB

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