Field Reports

Friday 23 June 2017 - FISHBOURNE MEADOWS

Leader John Kelsall

A motley group of 19 comprising CNHS members and Bognor Ramblers (plus two dogs) joined John Kelsall for a walk around FIshbourne Meadows in dry, sunny conditions but with a fresh breeze which kept the temperature down compared with the last few days.
We were regaled with blackcap and wren before entering the meadows where the botanists had a field day, large patches of meadowsweet, mouse eared chickweed and ragwort were seen but the Southern Marsh orchids had virtually finished flowering with only a few showing colour. There were plenty of meadow brown butterflies amongst the grasses.
Moving alongside the stream ( no water voles!) we found fools watercress, rosebay willow herb, marsh woundwort and hemlock water-dropwort  along with collared dove and greenfinch.
From the harbourside meadow we spotted kestrel, buzzard and a cuckoo was heard while on the water were little egret, black headed gulls and lots of mute swans. In the meadow itself were hogweed, perennial sowthistle, sea couch and wild onion.
Along the harbour wall we added yellowhammer, goldfinch, mallard and lapwing along with the seed heads of field scabious. By this time the tide was fully in and any birds were sheltering from the wind on the other side of the water. A singing reed bunting was spotted at the outfall.
By this time the group was well scattered but were all gathered up on the return journey. A large patch of brown bent grass attracted attention and finally a mulberry tree was identified in the church grounds.
Other birds listed were buzzard, sparrowhawk and cormorant and among the insects were marmalade orange hoverfly, buff-tailed bumblebee, green veined white butterfly and lots of grasshoppers.
This was an excellent sociable occasion and worked well as a joint event.
John Kelsall

The best Southern Marsh Orchid we found

      A friendly chat

Reed Bunting

Chichester, West Sussex

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