We are the local RSPB group for the Gravesend area

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Introducing the North Kent Swift Conservation Group

While we might be spending a lot more time indoors at the moment, hopefully you’ve still been able to enjoy some of spring from your home. At the start of every year, many people look out for particular milestones such as the first primrose flower, frogspawn in your local pond, or the first fledgling seen in your garden. For me, the arrival of our swifts in late April/early May is one of those. Having grown up on a street with a thriving colony of these incredible birds, this moment has a deep resonance with me, and signals the start of a glorious few months with their screams filling the skies. Swifts are one of our most charismatic urban birds and incredible ...

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Spring 2020 newsletter now available

Our Spring 2020 newsletter is now available for you to read and enjoy. Click the link above or thumbnail image to open up the newsletter. Thanks to Steve Cullum our Newsletter editor for creating this latest edition.

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Staying in touch and keeping amused

Staying in touch and keeping amused

In this time of national (almost international) lockdown against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, when our meetings and outdoor gatherings are cancelled, reserves and many country parks closed, local groups of all callings are helping people cope in many different ways. As the local RSPB Group we will continue to stay in touch with our members using various 'digital' channels. And furthermore enable our members to connect with each other. We are doing so via our group website - if you have not done so, sign up to our email delivery service to ensure you get the latest posts delivered to your email inbox. We also have an active Facebook page and have launched a private Facebook Group - the 'Gravesend ...

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All meetings cancelled until further notice

Further to the earlier announcement about indoor meetings and our coach trip, we have been advised by the RSPB to suspend all activity until at least September 1st. It may be necessary to suspend our activities beyond that date.

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Recent Announcements

  • Introducing the North Kent Swift Conservation Group
    Introducing the North Kent Swift Conservation Group

    While we might be spending a lot more time indoors at the moment, hopefully you’ve still been able to enjoy some of spring from your home. At the start of every year, many people look out for particular milestones such as the first primrose flower, frogspawn in your local pond, […]

  • Square Bird quiz answers
    Square Bird quiz answers

    So did you manage to work out the “Square Birds” quiz? Here are the answers – first ‘decoding’ the squares into the actual bird pictures and then as a table of their names. Did anyone manage to get more than 20 or even all of them correct?  Let us know […]

Latest Trip Reports

  • Group Trip to Rainham RSPB Reserve
    Group Trip to Rainham RSPB Reserve

    On a bright sunny Sunday morning 17 of us gathered at RSPB Rainham Marshes. It was formerly Ministry of Defence land and was used as a firing range, evidence of which can be seen as we journey through the site.  The RSPB purchased the area in 2000 and it was […]

  • Sevenoaks Trip Report
    Sevenoaks Trip Report

    On a blustery and damp day thirteen of us met to explore this hidden gem tucked away just north of Sevenoaks and south of the M26.  The reserve is based around several large lakes, left over from gravel workings in the last century and includes areas of varied woodland and […]

Members’ Posts

Group Leader’s Notes

  • Nature Recording Apps
    Nature Recording Apps

    During this period of lockdown and while observing the natural world literally on our door step I have been investigating and trying out nature recording […]

  • Osmia bicornis - What's in a name?
    Osmia bicornis – What’s in a name?

    In my post More about Mason Bees I gave the name of the bee species as Osmia bicolor but it should have been Osmia bicornis. […]

  • More about Mason Bees
    More about Mason Bees

    The mason bees (Osmia bicornis) in our garden are still active with the female bees provisioning their mud cells with pollen. In my last post […]