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Sussex Scrapbook ~ Wildlife walks throughout the year
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Sunday 20th May - Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Rye and Kent

After spending most of the weekend with the scouts on a hike from Pulborough to Billingshurst followed by a camp-out at our HQ, Gill and I took ourselves off to the outmost eastern edge of Sussex to celebrate my 50th birthday. We'd even decided to 'go abroad' as part of the festivities and visit Romney Marsh in Kent.
So, Monday morning saw us wolfing down a huge Full English at our B&B, which included an egg from my nephew and niece's new chickens, before shooting off in the hot sun to Ivychurch in the middle of said marsh.

We stayed just around the corner at the end of famous Mermaid Street.

Here, at the Old Borough Arms.

Rye church at the top of the hill is visible for miles and is a magnet for all visitors, including the many Germans who were here this weekend.

We started off on our Romney ramble from Ivychuch in the centre of the marsh. Some lovely roads for motorcyclists here!

A lot of our walk was through tall fields of Rape interspersed with ditches like this.

St Mary's at St Mary in the Marsh.

A grotesque in the church.

Another footpath sign to our collection.

Birthday cake in the marshes.

Swan and cygnet. We kept hearing Cuckoo and Reed warbler too

An unopened brother or sister!

A Brown Hare - Gill thought he looked like he was having a wee!

Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve


On this side the reserve appears desolate but it's actually teeming with birdlife.

To many birds this is paradise!

Breeding is in full swing and we saw a Black Headed Gull chick being taken by a Black-backed Gull. Nature in the raw.

Common Tern

The other side of the reserve is very different. Lots of water and reeds, lush grass and sheep.
We pretty soon heard a Cetti's Warbler belting out its explosive song as well as Reed and Sedge Warbler singing robotically from the reeds.

A Kestrel at 12 o'clock high.

Reed Bunting

Old 'enry's castle.

And then we started to get views of Cuckoo: at least two of 'em!

At the Bittern Watchpoint,  virtually at the end of the walk, we finally got a really good view of a Marsh Harrier.

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