Thursday, 21 April 2016
May 2016 Newsletter
30 years ago (26th April 1986 to be precise) an explosion and fire at Reactor 4 of the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl released large quantities of radioactive material into the environment. The area with the highest levels of contamination, now known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, occupies some 4,200 square kilometres across the border of Ukraine and Belarus and required the permanent evacuation of 116,000 people. This has, in effect, created a unique nature reserveand recent studies using techniques such as helicopter tracking and the placement of movement-activated camera traps have indicated that nature has reclaimed the space. More...
Saturday, 16 April 2016
Bird and Birdsong Day at Knole
At the invitation of the National Trust, volunteers from the Group again led two walks from the entrance to Knole House, around the adjacent park. Despite the cold weather, with wind and showers, 25 intrepid visitors of all ages joined us as we explored a range of habitats, including canopy trees, scrub and open grassland. More...
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Friday, 17 June 2016
Old Lodge, Ashdown Forest, 17th June 2016 - report by Anne McGregor
The birdsong was quite impressive, with Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit, Wren, Blackbird, Chaffinch and Skylark prominent. Of particular note were Nuthatches, Redstart and Stonechat feeding fledged young, a pair of Siskins ahead of us on the path and a Bullfinch which appeared to be feeding on the seeds from fallen pine cones. More...
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