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So what biodiversity projects are going on in Hastings at the moment?

Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve Restoration Project

The largest and most significant project is the Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve restoration project. We are restoring heathland and coastal grassland, improving farmland for wildlife and have a busy schedule of biodiversity monitoring underway.

Marline Valley Nature Reserve and St Helens Park Nature Reserve Invertebrate Survey

The field work for the invertebrate survey of Marline Valley Nature Reserve and St Helens Park Nature Reserve has just been completed and the project report is currently in progress. This will give us valuable information on the invertebrate fauna of some of the best grassland in Hastings and some baseline data on the gill stream in Marline Wood.

Habitat Improvements within Alexandra Park

The Rangers have been undertaking work with Ian Standivan, local ornithological consultant, and a great team of volunteers to improve the Buckshole Reservoir catchment ponds for wildlife. A bird ringing study has also been started at Shornden Meadow with some subsequent habitat management to improve the meadow and pond edge scrub for birds.

Hastings Weald Landbird Migration Study

A Hastings Weald Landbird Migration Study is being coordinated by local naturalist Andrew Grace to put together some coordinated data on the bird migration that takes place in the skies over Hastings every autumn.

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There has been a bit of a discussion about the Hastings town centre roost of pied wagtails on the wildhastings egroup. As my route home from the office at Aquila House takes me past the locations of our pied wagtail, turnstone and starling nocturnal roosts I have acquired quite a good understanding of the formation of these roosts over the years.

It gives quite a different perspective of the towns buildings and beach studying these birds, which have come from different areas around the globe, that have chosen Hastings to spend the winter.

The pied wagtails have probably come from breeding areas around Britain, maybe even as far north as Scotland. The pier roosting starlings probably breed on the near continent, maybe even Scandinavia, whereas the turnstones that roost on the beach near the pier or opposite Marine Court breed as far afield as Greenland.

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