Jul 272008

On Saturday members of the group, local residents and people from as far as Sittingbourne cleared rubbish from the shore of the Thames at Higham Bight just east of Gravesend. The shoreline of this bay is owned by the RSPB and forms part of the complex of RSPB reserves in north Kent. Higham Bight is one of the most important feeding areas along the Kent shore for migrant and wintering wading birds, such as dunlin, redshank and curlew. But no-one had brought binoculars or a telescope! – however we could hear whimbrel, oystercatcher and curlew calling and common terns were flying over our heads all afternoon. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the shoreline a better and safer place for wildlife. Special thanks to Carol Donaldson, RSPB Community Officer, for organising the event and to our neighbouring landowner, Bretts Aggregates, for the final removal and safe disposal of all the rubbish.