Whooper Swan

30 November 2022

Winter is here, the meadows have flooded and the winter-visiting wildfowl have started to arrive. Along with the usual species such as Shoveler, Wigeon, Gadwall and Teal and a small number of Pintail there are an unusual number of Canada Geese this year. However the most unusual arrival this year is a single Whooper Swan.

Whoopers are rarely seen in the valley, the last recorded sighting being 12 years ago. They are about the same size as our familiar Mute Swan but the beak is a bit longer and has yellow markings on it instead of orange. A small number breed in Scotland but their numbers are boosted in winter by an influx from Iceland, their normal breeding ground, although not many venture this far south.

Footpaths - 12 March

Most paths are walkable now the water level has dropped. However, many are still very muddy and a few are only really walkable in wellies.

Report overgrown rights of way to East Sussex and other paths to the Friends of Combe Valley.

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New on this website

April 2022 - A new section, "Nature's Calendar", has been added giving details of what to look out for around the Countryside Park at different times of the year.