On Wednesday Richard Black from the RSPB popped over to plan his event for the 12th February when the RSPB will be running a guided walk through Knowlands Woods which borders the Secret Campsite and is run by owners Nick and Harriet Lear as a nature reserve. Nick kindly guided us through the woods and it was great fun walking through the woods with 2 experts who pointed out a wide range of species. We saw a small flock of varied Tits including coal tits and long tailed tits, Fielfdfare and Redwings were massed in flocks hopping between the large trees on the edge of the meadow, a Treecreeper circled around a brand oak, several Jays screeched as they darted from tree to tree and a small flock of nosiy Starlings tagged along with the Fieldfares and Redwings. Starling numbers have dropped alarmingly in recent years so it was great to hear them. As we returned to the campsite we saw the ever present Kestrel surveying the dismantled railway track and our parting gift was a small flock of Lesser redpolls flying over one of the pitches and into the the trees on the edge of the ancient woodland to the north of the Secret Campsite. We were also glad to see one of our family of buzzards who are often heard circling over the campsite by their mewing call or the chattering of the Rooks chasing them away from the rookery
Activity will start to hot up in Sussex over the coming months as birds move through the county to their seasonal grounds for feeding and breeding. We are very lucky that the campsite is surrounded by such a wonderful wildlife resource which spills out into the camping meadow to feed and raise their young.
For more information on the walk