As this has a serious impact on the Country Park, we feel that we should make you aware of another planning application by Rocklands Caravan Park. If you would like to comment on this the Link is http://publicaccess.hastings.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=_HSTBC_DCAPR_102182
Friday 14th Nov at 7pm at The History House, Courthouse Street, Old Town Hastings.
A reminder that our last event of the year will be an illustrated talk by Andy Dinsdale of Mallydams Wood RSPCA centre and also local Beachwatch co-ordinator for the Marine Conservation Society.
Some of you may have volunteered to take part in one of Andy's regular beach surveys or clean-ups in our local RX area and will know that he is a really enthusiastic and knowledgeable speaker. This should be a grand finale to our 2014 calendar of events!
There was excitement on East Hill on Tuesday Nov 4th when Andrew Grace, one of the Hastings Autumn Migration Watch team, found a Red Flanked Bluetail in cliff-edge scrub, This robin sized bird breeds from northern Finland across Siberia, and winters in India and SE Asia. This was only the second recorded in Sussex, unfortunately it moved on rapidly and was not seen after Andrew's initial sighting. Well done !
The Annual Autumn Migration Watch Event proved as popular as ever, with 24 people assembling at the visitor centre at 8am. As always, the event was expertly lead by Andrew Grace, who gave everybody an insight into the journeys being undertaken by the birds passing overhead.
There was quite a strong westerly wind blowing at first, not ideal, but even so groups of Meadow Pipits , and larger flocks of Linnets [bound for France or Spain] moved steadily west, with smaller numbers of Goldfinches, Pied Wagtails, Swallows and the odd Reed Bunting. The group was treated to a fine aerial display by a Peregrine and a Kestrel, the Kestrel initially mobbing the obviously larger Falcon, then being chased in turn. No harm done !.
Inspection of the beach below Coastguards, under a threatening sky, revealed a slim dark brown bird sitting near the usual gulls, which after much deliberation [a telescope would have helped], was pronounced a Skua, most likely an Arctic as these are the most regular here and can sometimes be seen chasing Terns until they give up their fish.
As we moved east along the Firehills the heavens opened and we were treated to a demonstration of how such heavy rain stops migration. Everybody cheerfully continued, and as the rain eased slightly a few hardy Meadow Pipits started moving west again.
We arrived back to the car park rather wet but full of admiration for the migrating birds and the knowledge of our leader Andrew Grace.
Last night, over 30 people attended a wonderful talk by David Powell, weather recorder for Hastings Borough council. Many thanks David for such an interesting and informative evening.
We are posting this on behalf of the group 'Save Ecclesbourne Glen':
There will be a Public Meeting - Sunday October 5th, White Rock Hotel 3pm – 5pm
In the light of recent developments we’ve decided it’s time for a public meeting to discuss the next stage in our campaign, to share views and ideas how we can best channel our energy and resources – and to make another public show of our discontent.
Start making your placards…
We will also be looking for volunteers to join the committee, in roles where we need more help and fresh energy.
Specifically we need a Secretary to take the minutes at committee meetings, a Membership Secretary to keep tabs on all that and someone handy with figures to be our book keeper.
We would also welcome more analysts to help Lynne and Bob Okines and Chris Hurrell crunch the tidal wave of documents and information into heat-seeking missiles.
We are now in the process of incorporating the group into a formal entity with subscribing members, a constitution and a bank account, so we can legally take up the generous pledges towards the barrister’s fees already made on the campaign website.
We are now in the process incorporating the group into a formal entity with members, a constitution and a bank account, so we can legally take up the generous pledges towards the barrister’s fees already made on the campaign website.
Don't miss the community event re the new Interpretive Centre which is from 17th – 20th September– a pop-up shop by Marks and Spencer in Priory Meadow. A great chance to hear more about the proposals and give feedback as to what is important to you in this exciting new development for the park.
19 keen photographers joined Naturalist and Photographer Crystal Ray and her husband Pete ( who carried all the equipment!) on a wonderful photo walk in the Country Park yesterday.
Crystal was very knowledgable and was able to inspire everyone at every level whether they owned a state of the art DSLR, a basic compact camera or a camera phone.
Crystal was brilliant at pointing out things that we wouldn't even have spotted and we all came away determined to spend more time noticing and photographing our surroundings at every level.
Thank you Crystal and Pete for a wonderful morning.
Sunny weather with a light breeze made for perfect conditions for the Friends' gentle stroll around Ecclesbourne Glen and meadow last Saturday morning.
Various experts from the Friends were on hand to chat about the history of the area (Steve Peak), the flora (Jacqueline Rose) and the wildlife (Alan Parker). Jill Howell also gave us recipes for some of the hedgerow fruits we spotted on our walk - sloes and blackberries.
All in all a very enjoyable event - wonderful views, good companions and lots of interesting information!