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Monday 1st December 2014

Mist nets taken down & packed away for the winter this morning. A limited amount of time staring out to sea produced south bound 18 Brent, 3 Gadwal, Great-crested Grebe, Shelduck & Golden Plover plus north bound 18 Teal, 17 Greylags, 6 Brent, 2 Gannet, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Kitts & Red-throated Diver. A Snow Bunting was whizzing around calling up and down the beach presumably looking for friends & a couple of Meds were scavenging off the fishermen. The mild conditions have meant that several plants are still in flower with Narrow-leaved Ragwort Senecio inaequidens dominating the splash of colour. This perennial invasive plant, a native of South Africa, was first reported in Suffolk in 2002 and at Landguard in 2004 is now the commonest "ragwort type" species on the reserve.