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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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Dungeness reserve update - August 2019

Here is the latest news from the team at the Dungeness RSPB reserve: Reserve News Updates Although this summer has not been as good as last years (where’s the sun?), we’ve managed to see some amazing wildlife on our reserve this month. Over the last few weeks we have been seeing a great number of wading birds and beat a record for number of redshank counted at once. We had 328 redshank last week which beat the previous record of 151 in 1977. 60 greenshank were seen and approximately 30 spotted redshank were recorded over the reserve too. About 10 or so wood sandpiper are currently on the reserve as well as little ringed plover, black- and bar-tailed godwits and a large ...

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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  

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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.  

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Recent Announcements

  • Rainham Marshes
    Rainham Marshes

    Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Sunday, 15 September at Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve. Meet in the reserve car park RM19 1SX (TQ551790). Dragonflies, butterflies, ducks, geese & migrant birds such as hobbies & sandpipers. The meeting starts at 10am and will finish around 4pm. Leaders: Steve & Hazel

  • Sri Lanka  **PLEASE READ for alterations to evening meeting**
    Sri Lanka **PLEASE READ for alterations to evening meeting**

    Our winter indoor programme resumes on Thursday, 12 September at Northfleet School for Girls. The presentation will be “Sri Lanka” by Jonathan Forgham. A brand new talk on the wonderful and special wildlife of Sri Lanka. The meeting will start at 07:30pm and will finish at 09:45pm. **PLEASE READ – […]

Latest Trip Reports

  • Group visit to Rainham Marshes
    Group visit to Rainham Marshes

    Sunshine, twenty four degrees and a gentle breeze welcomed ten of us to this wonderful reserve in Essex. The RSPB acquired this site from the MoD in 2000, who used it as a test firing range and it was officially opened in 2006. After a chat with two of the […]

  • Group Trip to Northward Hill
    Group Trip to Northward Hill

    For our last Tuesday morning trip of this summer we went to the RSPB reserve at Northward Hill. We were  joined by new members Sue and Ron. Julie and Chris also brought along their grandchildren, equipped with binoculars, nets, pots and hand lenses – in fact everything a good naturalist […]

Members’ Posts

  • Hen Harriers
    Hen Harriers

    I recently visited the KWT reserve at Sevenoaks. I always have a look at the donated second-hand books for sale and on this occasion found […]

  • Dungeness reserve update - August 2019
    Dungeness reserve update – August 2019

    Here is the latest news from the team at the Dungeness RSPB reserve: Reserve News Updates Although this summer has not been as good as […]

  • Rose Chafers at Samphire Hoe
    Rose Chafers at Samphire Hoe

    If you have been to Samphire Hoe recently, or have read our recent trip report,  you will know that Samphire Hoe is a great place […]

Group Leader’s Notes