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rspbgravesend – Gravesend RSPB local group

We are the local RSPB group for the Gravesend area

Featured Posts

Saving Sussex's Swifts

The Sussex Wildlife Trust have a zoom meeting next week (Wednesday, 24th February 2021 from 7pm - 8pm) which many of you will be interested in. Learn why Swifts are one of our most incredible birds and about the threats they face. Swifts have declined markedly but we explain how everyone can do their bit to reverse the trend. There is no cost unless you choose to make a donation afterwards. Full details and how to register can be found here. Thank you to Pauline for the "heads up". Alan E

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Tickets available for March talk - 'Winter Wildlife in Northern Japan'

Our next online talk will take place on Thursday 11 March 2021 starting at 7:30pm.  Paul Hale will be taking us on a virtual tour of Northern Japan in winter and revealing the wildlife that can be found there.  From Japanese cranes and Stellar's Sea Eagles to Japanese Macaques bathing in hot springs, while experiencing the Japanese culture. Tickets are available now on a donation basis, with a suggested donation of £3 per person.  Please obtain your ticket in advance of the talk as the sale ends once the talk commences. Go to the Eventbrite site by clicking the link below: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/winter-wildlife-of-northern-japan-tickets-142739937997 I look forward to welcoming you to our next talk. Paul Yetman Gravesend RSPB Local Group Leader.

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Swanscombe Marshes

Swanscombe Marshes

Following several earlier posts regarding the plan for a Theme Park to be built on the Swanscombe Peninsula, there are several things that we can all do to help fight the plan.  It is not only the impact that this development will have on wildlife in the area, the loss of a rare piece of mixed habitat with huge biodiversity, there is also the detrimental affect this will have on the environment for the people who live in the area and the loss of a vital outdoor space for people to enjoy - particularly highlighted in the last year. Work by the RSPB, Buglife, Kent Wildlife Trust, and many local people, including some of our members, have shown that rather than ...

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Big Garden Birdwatch 2021

Just a reminder that the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch takes place over next weekend on the 29th-31st January. Once again the RSPB website has all you'll need to take part, with instructions for taking part, bird identification guides, hints for attracting birds to your garden, and also some printable posters to put in your window to encourage your passing neighbours to get involved. There are also some hints for the photographers amongst us on how to take that perfect picture. To whet your appetite, the RSPB also have a live #BigGardenBidwatch webcam looking at their feeders at RSPB Arne nature reserve in Dorset. You can view it here.      

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Recent Announcements

  • Tickets available for March talk - 'Winter Wildlife in Northern Japan'
    Tickets available for March talk – ‘Winter Wildlife in Northern Japan’

    Our next online talk will take place on Thursday 11 March 2021 starting at 7:30pm.  Paul Hale will be taking us on a virtual tour of Northern Japan in winter and revealing the wildlife that can be found there.  From Japanese cranes and Stellar’s Sea Eagles to Japanese Macaques bathing […]

  • Saving Sussex's Swifts
    Saving Sussex’s Swifts

    The Sussex Wildlife Trust have a zoom meeting next week (Wednesday, 24th February 2021 from 7pm – 8pm) which many of you will be interested in. Learn why Swifts are one of our most incredible birds and about the threats they face. Swifts have declined markedly but we explain how […]

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

  • Distinguished Jumping Spider could help save Swanscombe Marshes

    For anyone who does not have access to the Daily Telegraph either paper or online, here’s some interesting quotes from an article published earlier this […]

  • Swanscombe Marshes
    Swanscombe Marshes

    Following several earlier posts regarding the plan for a Theme Park to be built on the Swanscombe Peninsula, there are several things that we can […]

  • Swanscombe Marshes
    Swanscombe Marshes

    Donna Zimmer, with Barry Wright, has created this brilliant film showing just why Swanscombe Marshes is such a special place and needs to be protected. If […]

Group Leader’s Notes

  • Nature Watch calendar now ready to order
    Nature Watch calendar now ready to order

    **UPDATE** You can now order your copy of the Nature Watch’ calendar directly from the PixaPrint website: https://www.pixaprints.co.uk/designs/ordershared/1209/775acf3508b27a600e25a6d3a12d76b0 Contact Paul via the groupleader email address […]

  • Caterpillar Brains
    Caterpillar Brains

    Well I did ask! In a previous post I said that I only had 85 photographs of cinnabar caterpillars and that I needed more. So […]

  • Another Crab Spider
    Another Crab Spider

    This crab spider should have gone to Specsavers! I will have to go back and have another read of my book. Malcolm

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