We are the local RSPB group for the Gravesend area

Featured Posts
Tortoiseshell  Butterfly

Big butterfly count 2019

The big butterfly count 2019 is taking place between Friday July 17th and Sunday August  11th. Taking part is easy - simply spend 15 minutes on a sunny day counting butterflies, either in a fixed location like your garden or while out on a walk, then record your sightings online or via an app. The good news is you can take part as many times as you want on different days or different locations. Full details can be found on the big butterfly count website, where you will also find details of previous years' surveys and a handy identification guide if you need to brush up on your butterflies, and also details of the phone app. Have fun! Alan E  

Read More

Sussex Emerald at Dungeness - Louise Kelly

Dungeness reserve update - July 2019

Here is the latest newsletter from Dungeness: Reserve News Updates We’ve had some seabird successes on our islands this year. A total of 75 common tern nests have been recorded across the reserve with approximately 40 fledglings seen so far. This is great considering we had 72 nests in total at the end of last season and there is still time for our terns to have second broods too. Lapwing fledglings have been spotted in our Hayfields. We’ve seen little ringed plover chicks, oystercatcher chicks, common and herring gull chicks and plenty of ducklings and goslings too. Bee wolves have been sighted a lot around the reserve recently. These are one of the largest solitary wasps in the UK which predate on bees, ...

Read More

Rainham Marshes - venue change!

Due to the traffic congestion likely to be caused by the M2 road closures this weekend, we have decided to change the venue of the meeting planned for this Saturday, 20th July. Instead of visiting Stodmarsh, we have decided to visit Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve. Some of the recent sightings at Rainham that influenced the decision: On the Aveley Pools there has been spoonbill and cattle egret! It's also been a good place to see avocet, greenshank, black-tailed godwit, curlew, dunlin, green sandpiper, redshank and lapwing. The bearded tit family have been showing off round by the grit trays. Lots of the smaller birds have been showing well - including the skylark, sedge warbler, reed warbler and many of the garden birds. The birds of prey ...

Read More

Photo taken on Minsmere coach trip by Leslie and Dan McMaster

Coach trip to Minsmere

Arrangements for our second coach trip for this year are now complete, so we are pleased to announce details our visit to Minsmere on Saturday, 12th October 2019. This year we are visiting this lovely reserve in the autumn when migration is in full swing with a continuous stream of birds passing through. Wading birds on the Scrape may include curlew sandpipers, little stints or ruffs and perhaps a rare visitor from North America. The red deer rut is the star attraction on the heath during October. Full details can now be found on our Coach Trips page - book your place early as this will be a popular trip.  

Read More

Recent Announcements

  • Grain coastal path
    Grain coastal path

    Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Tuesday morning, 23rd July at Grain. Meet in car park ME3 0BS (TQ886767). Where the Medway meets the Thames, an impressive muddy shore attracts gulls, oystercatchers & waders. Small birds and migrant warblers in the scrub. The meeting starts at 10am and will […]

  • Rainham Marshes - venue change!
    Rainham Marshes – venue change!

    Due to the traffic congestion likely to be caused by the M2 road closures this weekend, we have decided to change the venue of the meeting planned for this Saturday, 20th July. Instead of visiting Stodmarsh, we have decided to visit Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve. Some of the recent sightings […]

Latest Trip Reports

  • Samphire Hoe - July trip report
    Samphire Hoe – July trip report

    Samphire Hoe is the newest part of the British Isles, created from the spoils when digging out the Channel Tunnel.  It is located close to Dover docks and overlooked by chalk cliffs. It got its name from the rock and golden samphire which are found on the site, following a […]

  • Group Trip to Lullingstone Country Park
    Group Trip to Lullingstone Country Park

    For many of those that joined us for this morning visit to Lullingstone Country Park, the highlight was our visit to the Orchid Bank on the golf course. By the time we reached the bank the sun was shining and lots of butterflies could be seen. The star species was […]

Members’ Posts

Group Leader’s Notes

  • 2019 - Year of the Fly
    2019 – Year of the Fly

    How many of you knew that 2019 is the “Year of the Fly”? Apparently, flies are being celebrated all over the world and here in […]

  • Love Minsmere
    Love Minsmere

    It is no surprise that the RSPB Minsmere reserve is our most visited destination for our group coach trips -it is a wonderful place with […]

  • Access at Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve

    Two of our group members visited Cliffe Pools recently and they report that, after parking in the RSPB car park at the bottom of Salt […]