With Storm Barra abated, on December 8th, 2021, eleven members of Haywards Heath U3A bird group enjoyed a sunny morning walk around the wonderful Warnham local nature reserve, expertly lead by the leader, Ian. He noted that an addition from the group's last visit is the magnificent Discovery Centre which has a wide glass frontage giving extensive views over the mill pond and comfortable seating. Further improvements had been made to paths, boardwalks, plus additional hides. See https://warnhamnaturereservefriends.org.uk/
Notable amongst the birds seen were the Grey Wagtail, Bullfinch and Pochard.
Thirty species of bird were spotted;
Blackbird, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Coot, Tufted Duck, Dunnock, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Little Grebe, Greenfinch, Black-headed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Grey Heron, Jay, Magpie, Mallard, Moorhen, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Robin, Mute Swan, Song Thrush, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Grey Wagtail, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Woodpigeon, Wren, Pochard.
In January, the group plan to visit Ardingly Reservoir.
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|A distant Pochard|
|Mallard and Black-headed gulls|
Warnham is home to several of the UK’s fastest declining butterflies. No less than six of the UK’s Priority Species of butterfly can be found at various locations in the Parish.
I just wish to check the situation crossing the A24 before posting this walk.