Wednesday, 20 July 2011

July 20th (New Hythe)

A quick visit to the Sunken marsh and river this morning produced (1) Oystercatcher,a calling Water Rail,4 Bullfinch and (6) Pochard,the latter were seen on Abbey Mead.Song was heard from (2) Song Thrush(4) Reed Warbler and (1) Blackcap.

All you bird watchers out there who visit Leybourne Country Park please let your views be known on the 2012-2016 management plan by filling in the comment forms and sending them back to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council.Download from the internet,send them back by the end of this month.Our very important population of Nightingales need a proper long term management plan,not just a general three year rotation plan of cutting scrub and grassland,which appears to take no account of key species.We have lost four Nightingale territories over the past two years due to this plan.

This morning I had a third garden sighting for the year of a Hummingbird hawk moth.


  1. Will do Alan, thanks for the reminder.

  2. Hi Phil,the more who comment on the plan the better,thanks Phil.I also made a comment on the packs of dogs running loose all through the wildlife habitats,I say keep dogs on their leads in all areas of the Park.