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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 on the coach to inform us of the recent sightings and the latest news.  After checking in at reception, the group went their separate ways around this fascinating place. One of our first avian encounters was seeing blue tits using the sand martin nest holes as their own! Excellent to see that these lovely little birds are very resourceful. Just before the wooden bridge, Sally found a birds-nest fungi, the ...

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Dungeness reserve update - October 2019

Here is the latest from the team at RSPB Dungeness: Reserve News Updates Migration is still in swing, albeit a bit slow this year. Some of the birds we’ve had this month are wheatears as well as spotted flycatchers, ring ouzel and redwings. A black-necked grebe and red-throated diver have been seen around on Burrowes Pit and are quite showy. Butterflies and dragonflies are still around, desperately clinging on to the last of the warm weather. All this rain we’ve had during October has helped top up our reservoirs which is good! Much of the work we are starting to get underway is vegetation clearance. We are starting to remove willow from various water pits again, this clears the area of fast ...

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Juvenile Bittern by Dave Clarke

Dungeness reserve update - September 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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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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Recent Announcements

  • Volunteer day
    Volunteer day

    Our next outdoor event is our “Volunteer Day” which takes place on Saturday, 16th November at RSPB Northward Hill. The Meeting point is at Bromhey Farm, Cooling, ME3 8DS at 09:30 (this will allow for the walk to the area where we will be working) The main tasks will be […]

  • Aliens amongst us

    Our next indoor meeting takes place this Thursday, 14th November at Northfleet School for Girls. The presentation will be “Aliens amongst us” by Neil Phillips. Neil is back to tell us about the alien species invading the UK both by stealth and invitation. The meeting will start at 07:30pm and […]

Latest Trip Reports

  • Group Trip to Dungeness
    Group Trip to Dungeness

    On a very bright and clear Saturday morning 14 of us met at the Old Lighthouse. Instead of our usual trip straight to the beach, we took a slight detour on the path round the Lighthouse as there had been a report of firecrest and goldcrest being seen in the […]

  • 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 […]

Members’ Posts

  • Sandwich Bird Observatory 27th October
    Sandwich Bird Observatory 27th October

    Following a very wet Saturday nine members met at Sandwich Bird Observatory on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning. On the drive down the signs of […]

  • Log Piles and Dead Wood in your Garden
    Log Piles and Dead Wood in your Garden

    Steve and Hazel have sent me this photograph of a log pile that they created in their garden. I know that other members of the […]

  • 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 […]

Group Leader’s Notes