Friday 20 May 2011 - Peter Challis from the Sussex Biodiversity Centre visited Red Barn Field to give a training session on surveying hedges. It was a fascinating morning when we learned which parts of a long hedge to survey for woody plants and how to fill in the forms. We were pleased to find that two of the hedges we surveyed in Red Barn Field were "species-rich" and look forward to spreading out to survey other hedges in the parish. There were lots of small tortoiseshell butterfly caterpillars on an isolated patch of nettles and several common lizards were spotted. Later, Colin Boyd sent a photograph of a Tree Bee, a type of bumblebee which was first seen in this country 10 years ago. See "bee" page.
Friday 13May 2011 - Just 3 months after planting the fruiting hedgerow, we were able to photograph some gooseberries - the first fruits of our labour. There was plenty of yellow rattle in flower too.
Wednesday 16 February 2011 - Led by Tree Warden, Cllr Pat Martin, Sedlescombe schoolchildren and District Councillor Tony Ganly helped plant the fruiting hedge. Pre-school children visited the site during the morning.
Saturday 12 February 2011 - a small group of pensioners prepared the ground for planting a fruiting hedge given by The Tree Council on the boundary of the Field and the Village Hall.
January 2011 - John Bartholomew installed the interpretation panel on the notice board.
Mid-October 2010 - David Blowey cut and baled the Field.
Monday 23 August 2010 - Hastings Botany Group carried out a plant survey in the Field. More..
Saturday 14 August 2010 - Chris Bentley of Rye Bay Nature Reserve identified the 40 plus moths in the moth trap that he had set up the previous evening. Several members of the public were present. More..
25 July 2010 - Hastings Conservation Volunteers removed bracken.
April 2010 - Ralph repaired the gate near Balcombe Green.
February 2010 - Drainage work by Phil Dann.
July 2008 - Sedlescombe schoolchildren produced posters to advertise the value of the Nature Park.