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Cattle Egret at Dungeness

Dungeness Reserve update November 2018

Here is this month's news from the RSPB reserve at Dungeness: Reserve News Updates Our winter work programme has started on the reserve and this mainly consists of maintaining our Oppen Pits. These pits are natural dips in the shingle ridges which built up over time when the Dungeness peninsula was created by the wind and waves. These pits are important natural bodies of water on the reserve. We look after the wildlife that inhabits these pools, particularly the protected great crested newts who use the Oppen Pits to breed in. The Warden and work parties time is spent cutting dominating willow away from the edges of the pools, dragging it off the shingle and burning it. The removal of the willow ...

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Giant Owls

Peoples Walk for Wildlife/Launch of the Manifesto for Wildlife

What a brilliant day Saturday 22nd September 2018 was - the first Peoples Walk for Wildlife took place! Over 10,000 people who support and care about wildlife in all its forms gathered at the Reformers Tree in Hyde Park at 10.00 am.   The stage was set, with many wildlife organisations present including the RSPB, Wildlife Trusts, Friends of the Earth, Woodland Trust, WWF, Zoological Society of London, League Against Cruel Sports, Population Matters, Save the Asian Elephants, The Green Party.  People from all areas of wildlife interest were also present including bird watchers, botanists, scientists, farmers, hunt saboteurs, activists and others who were coming together regardless of their area of interest. Many had dressed up, others wore masks or carried placards ...

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Newsletter - August 2018

Our latest newsletter is now available for you to enjoy. Please click on the image below to read it in full.

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Coach trip to WWT London Wetland Centre Sunday 18 November 2018

What a great way to spend a November day ….. only 25 minutes from the centre of London, the reserve owned by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust supports a wealth of wildlife, including kingfishers, bitterns, water voles and migratory birds. Discover some of the prettiest ducks, geese and swans from around the globe - plus a couple of otters - on a stroll through Wetlands of the World. And find out how WWT's conservation work around the world is helping to protect wetlands and the amazing wildlife that depends on them. There is also a good visitor centre with cafeteria serving hot and cold food. The coach will leave Gravesend Rail Station, Clive Rd, Gravesend, (opposite Debenhams) at 8.30 am and return ...

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Recent Announcements

  • Social evening meeting
    Social evening meeting

    Our last indoor meeting of 2018 takes place on Thursday, 13th December at Northfleet School for Girls. This reminder is going out earlier than normal to give you time to prepare… The meeting will be our “social evening”, and we invite our members and their friends and family to: Bring […]

  • Cliffe Pools RSPB

    Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Saturday, 1st December at Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve. Meet in the car park off Salt Lane, (TQ724763) ME3 7SU. We hope to see wintering waders & wildfowl, including avocet, godwits, goldeneye ducks & grebes. The meeting starts at 10am and will finish around 4pm. […]

Latest Trip Reports

  • December Trip to Cliffe Pools
    December Trip to Cliffe Pools

    Ten members met at RSPB Cliffe Pools car park. Although it was not too cold, it was very murky and raining heavily as we all arrived. Whilst getting sorted out, woodpigeon, herring gull and a magpie were seen. At 10am, miraculously, the heavy rain almost ceased as we went and […]

  • Group Trip to London WWT Wetlands Centre
    Group Trip to London WWT Wetlands Centre

    On a fresh, but sunny Sunday, thirty two of us arrived at this little gem of a place in South West London. WWT London Wetland Centre is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in the Barnes area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames by […]

Members’ Posts

  • Black-headed Gulls on Gravesend Promenade
    Black-headed Gulls on Gravesend Promenade

    If you go down to the Prom today – you will see black-headed gulls. But have you ever wondered where they come from? Where do […]

  • Rainham Marshes Christmas fair
    Rainham Marshes Christmas fair

    Looking for something to do this Sunday and would like to find that special gift for someone, then why not visit Rainham Marshes? They are […]

  • Mystery Bird
    Mystery Bird

    Having seen all of the wonderful pictures of birds on our website, Sally has been thinking about taking up bird photography herself. And now that […]

Group Leader’s Notes