Week Ending November 22nd.

Monday, November 17th.  A drab, wet sort of a day which was cooler than of late.  Spent a morning checking ponies on Chailey Common and taking up electric fencing on top of the misty Downs at the NT’s Blackcap – rather damp by the time I’d finished.

Tuesday, November 18th.  Early (for me!) 7am start!  Took the three spare ponies down to Frances Bottom near Beachy Head.  The rough-legged buzzard still performing at Jevington to an appreciative audience.  During the afternoon, wet inland but a different day along the coast with gorgeous colours and contrasts towards sunset.  Over in the Cuckmere valley, a group of birders were closely watching Charlston Reedbed in the afternoon after a great grey shrike had been spotted.  (A clouded yellow butterfly was seen flying today, at Canvey Island in Essex).

Saturday, November 22nd.  A further five ponies arrived at Lullington Heath today from Exmoor bringing our Herd 2 back up to full strength of 18 ponies after removing 12 ponies for the new Herd 5 on Beachy Head.  Hogweed, wild parsnip and greater knapweed still in flower.

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