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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
2014-07-30Green Sandpiper7Drayton (nr Abingdon)BJWy
2014-07-29Spotted Flycatcher3-4(inc juvs)Otmoor: Roman RoadMAF
2014-07-28Common Redstart3Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-28Common Chiffchaff8+Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-28Willow Warbler1Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-28Corn Bunting25Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-28Red Kite17Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-24Common Redstart2Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-24Spotted Flycatcher2+Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-24Willow Warbler1Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-24Common Chiffchaff6Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-24Eurasian Hobby3Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-24Yellow Wagtail6+Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-24Green Sandpiper2Radley GPWPB
2014-07-24Rose-ringed Parakeet1LittlemoreTWGD
2014-07-23Common Redstart1fCholseyPC
2014-07-23Eurasian Sparrowhawk3CholseyPC
2014-07-22Black-tailed Godwit1Farmoor Reservoir: CausewayDJo
2014-07-22Common Redstart3Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC
2014-07-22Yellow Wagtail6+Cholsey: Lollingdon HillPC

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