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Juvenile Bittern by Dave Clarke

Dungeness reserve update - October 2019

Here is the latest news from the team at Dungeness RSPB reserve: Reserve News Updates September is a time to reflect back on our successes from this years breeding season. We’ve had the best year since the 1990’s for the number of common terns which have nested here at Dungeness, all due to the new islands and rafts installed on Burrowes Pit and the raft at ARC. We have also had a really successful year for bitterns with three booming males, 2 confirmed nests and two juveniles fledging from the nest by Hooker’s Pit/Denge Marsh. Marsh harriers have also been successful in rearing three chicks to adulthood! We’re still collating data from the hundreds of breeding songbirds on the reserve but it’s ...

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Minsmere coach trip 12 October: get your tickets

Minsmere coach trip 12 October: get your tickets

Minsmere is magical at all times of the year.  Our coach on 12 October to Minsmere will find autumn migration in full swing with sandpipers, stints & ruffs on the Scrape and the red deer rut underway on the heath. Contact Hazel by email soon to get your tickets and secure your place on the coach!  Make cheques payable to Gravesend RSPB Local Group and send, enclosing sae please, to Hazel Cullum.  Tickets also available at our Group meetings. Further details are here. Tickets cost £18 - please remember to take your RSPB membership card , as there is an entry charge for non-members. Paul

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Our summer newsletter has arrived!

Our summer newsletter has arrived!

Our latest newsletter has arrived for your enjoyment.  Download your copy by clicking on the front page image below: Then sit back and enjoy the read! Paul

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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 its varied mosaic of habitats situated on the Suffolk heritage coastline.  A prominent landmark seen from the reserve is the white dome of Sizewell B power station owned and operated by EDF Energy. EDF are currently have consultation out for the building of a third nuclear power station on the Sizewell estate. This could be a huge threat to this special place.  Despite years of the RSPB working with EDF to try to minimise the impacts on nature, EDF still have not provided sufficient evidence that their proposals will not have a significant impact on Minsmere. Please ...

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Recent Announcements

  • Costa Rica birds and wildlife

    Our next indoor meeting takes place this Tuesday, 22 October at the Masonic Halls, Gravesend. The presentation will be “Costa Rica birds and wildlife” by John Buckingham. The special scenery, birds and flowers of this wildlife paradise with an expert naturalist-traveller. The meeting starts at 2pm and finishes at 4pm. […]

  • Minsmere Coach Trip
    Minsmere Coach Trip

    If you have a ticket already you will need no reminding of our second coach trip of the year to Minsmere RSPB reserve which takes place this Saturday, October 12th. Autumn migration is in full swing with sandpipers, stints & ruffs on the Scrape and the red deer rut underway […]

Latest Trip Reports

  • Coach trip to Minsmere
    Coach trip to Minsmere

    A few slight coach hiccups and rain didn’t deter our avid members on this Autumn visit to the fantastic reserve on the Suffolk coast. We were also joined by a few people from the Medway group, who are always welcome.  Ian, a visitor experience officer from the RSPB, greeted us […]

  • Group Trip to St Margaret's at Cliffe
    Group Trip to St Margaret’s at Cliffe

    It was a dry sunny but blustery morning when ten of us met at Bockhill, St Margaret’s at Cliffe near Dover. We had hopes of seeing autumn migration in action. So, we were pleased when we observed many swallows and house martins swirling over our heads looking as if they […]

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