• Sim Elliott

Birds in Langstone Harbour: the old Oyster Beds & Kench Reserves. 17.01.22

Updated: Jan 23

I visited Langstone Harbour/Hayling Island on a beautiful, sunny and cold day; and saw a large range of overwintering birds; along with some of the islands resident birds. I had first visited Langstone harbour last October, see Langstone Harbour & Hayling Island: Brent Geese 23.10.21. I took the train to Havant and caught the bus (30) to the top of the Island . This time after visiting the old Oyster Beds, I took the bus (30 ) to West Town and walked around Sinah Common, after which I visited the Kench Local Nature Reserve and then walked along the south coast of the island to Sandy Point (by then, 16.30, it was too dark to walk around the edge of the Sandy Point reserve; it is closed to visitors). I took the bus (30) back to Havant station Bus details: 30 Bus Route & Timetable: Havant - Hayling Island | Stagecoach (stagecoachbus.com)

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chichester,_Langstone_%26_Portsmouth_Harbours.svg Hogweard, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Hayling Island map | Fishery Creek Touring Park (fisherycreekpark.co.uk)


Birds seen:


Oyster Beds: Brent Geese, Greenshank, Redshanks, Curlew, Oystercatchers, Grey Plovers, Golden Plovers, Little Grebes, Red-Breasted Mergansers; Mallards, Little Egrets, Black-Headed Gulls, Starlings, Great Crested Grebes, Carrion Crows, Dunlin


Kench: Grey Heron, Brent Geese, Redshanks, Oystercatchers, Shelducks, Little Egrets, Black-Headed Gulls; Herring Gulls, Carrion Crows, Dunlin, Rock Pipit, Stonechats


Sinah: Magpies, Pied Wagtails, Woodpigeon, Long-tailed Tit, Dunnock


Brent Geese, in the bay at the top of Hayling Island, just to west of the road onto the Island.


Brent Goose eating weed


The remains of the bridge of the former Hayling Billy railway line, see: History (haylingbillyheritage.org)


Little Egret, on the way to the Oyster Beds


Conservation grazing by Highland Cattle on Creek Common


The old Oyster Beds (West Hayling) Nature Reserve


See Langstone Harbour Nature Reserve, Hampshire - The RSPB for details of the old Oyster Beds reserve


The management of the RSPB Langstone Harbour reserve focuses on providing the best possible home for its host of breeding seabirds, wintering wildfowl and waders. Principle recent projects have been the EU Interreg funded Little Tern habitat restoration (2012-2015) and the EU Life funded Little Tern project (2015-2018). The successfully completed aims of these were to first partially restore and then maintain the tern nesting habitat within the harbour.


During 2017, an experimental (and extremely successful) Tern Nesting raft was placed at the West Hayling Oysterbeds with funding from EU Life and the Hampshire Ornithological Society. The regular conservation work on the reserve includes preparing the habitat pre breeding season each spring, intensive breeding colony monitoring, maintaining the offshore islands free of disturbance, adding to scientific studies and public engagement.


(January is the wrong time of the years to see Terns; they'll be back in the spring)


A Greenshank on the inland pool


Oystercatchers and Grey Plovers at the top of the most northern spit of the Oster Beds


Curlew


Starling



Brent Geese


Pintail


Dunlin



Red-Breasted Mergansers


Brent Geese


Redwings


Red-Breasted Mergansers


Oysetrcatchers


Oystercatcher and Red-Breasted Mergansers


Oystercatchers


Golden Plovers

Detail:


Red-Breasted Mergansers


Little Egret


Dunlin


Little Grebe


Brent Goose and Carrion Crow


Red-Breasted Mergansers


Little Egret


Brent Geese


Oystercatchers


Oystercatchers and Little Egret


Juvenile Great Crested Grebe


Dunlin


Little Grebe


Rock Pipit


West side of Langstone Harbour: Brent Geese and Portsea (the island of Portsmouth)


North side of Langstone Harbour - Farlington Marshes and Portsdown Hill,


Walking around Sinah Common


Long-Tailed Tit


Woodpigeon


One of the Solent Forts from Sinah Common. See: List of Palmerston Forts at Portsmouth - Wikipedia



The derelict Fraser Range, Eastney (Portsea) opposite (west) Hayling Island see: The Derelict Miscellany :: Fraser Range; location for the 1972 Dr Who serial The Sea Devils: Fraser Gunnery Range - The Locations Guide to Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures (doctorwholocations.net)


Brent Geese flying over the Fraser Range and Portsea


The entrance to Langstone Harbour


Magpie


Fraser Range and the entrance to Langstone Harbour


Pied Wagtail


Dunnock, in the shrubs around the carpark of the Ferry Boat Inn


Starling on the roof of the Ferry Boat Inn


The ruins of a Mulberry Harbour phoenix tower; World War II, see: Mulberry Harbour construction site, Hayling Island – The D-Day Story, Portsmouth (theddaystory.com)


Grey Heron, by the walkway to the Hayling-Portsea Ferry jetty


Starlings in the areal on the roof of the Ferry Boat Inn



Ferry Boat Inn


The Kench Nature Reserve (south west Hayling Island)


Oystercatcher


Brent Geese


Looking north to the top of the Langstone Harbour from the Kench


Herring Gull and Redshank


A rotting boat in the Kench


Second World War defences



Little Egret


Dunlin


Oystercatcher and Carrion Crows


Shelducks and a Redshank


Shelduck


Oystercatcher


Redshank


Turnstone


Herring Gull


Stonechats





Pied Wagtail


Sunset at East Stoke/Sandy Point


Sunset over the Isle of Wight


The Woof Fullmoon


Portsmouth from East Stoke



West Wittering (on the other side of Chichester Harbour (the Manhood Peninsular, West Sussex) from Sandy Point.


Bembride (Isle of White, from East Stoke (Hayling Island)


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