Jun 292011

I went for a walk from Horton Kirby, via Westminster sports field on to Farningham and back on Tuesday 24/6.    A great walk along the river which took me approximately 2 hours .    Birds seen: Wood pigeon, collared dove, blackbird, house martin, jackdaw, skylark, starling, great spotted woodpecker, chaffinch, moorhen, magpie, rook, parakeet, kestrel, wren, mallard, […]

 Posted by on 29 June 2011 at 6:19 pm
Jun 272011

13 keen members turned up and we set off, but unfortunately it started to rain and we hurried off to get in the hide, from which we didn’t see much! After leaving the hide some 20 minutes later, the rain had stopped and it brightened up. We did a complete circuit of Oare Marshes and […]

 Posted by on 27 June 2011 at 9:13 pm
Jun 252011

Wednesday is my day for going out walking, and looking at all sorts of nature.   This week we decided to try a survey of nests of Ground Lackey Moth along the marshes near Elmley.   We first identified their existence in the area last year, and wanted to try to see how widespread they were.  Although […]

 Posted by on 25 June 2011 at 12:15 pm
Jun 242011
Hanningfield Reservoir

Last Sunday, Father’s day ( without a daughter in sight), Terry and I decided to have a day out nature watching. We thought that it would make a change to travel into Essex, after all it is only a short journey through the tunnel, and we headed for Hanningfield Reservoir. This is an Essex Wildlife […]

 Posted by on 24 June 2011 at 12:14 pm
Jun 222011
Ranscombe Farm & Cobham Woods

23 joined Malcolmfor this morning walk at Ranscombe farm, the local Plantlife reserve. From the parking area we saw kestrel, and we were soon seeing swift, swallow, skylark and wood pigeon.   Several chiffchaffs were calling from the tree tops and most folk saw at least one.   A nuthatch was feeding amongst a tangle of distant […]

 Posted by on 22 June 2011 at 9:30 pm
Jun 212011

9th June 2011.   It was sunny day and I was reliving my past!!!    The path from the farm to the river takes you past the motor bike track, the old fireworks site and then the gun club – not forgetting the  the model aerodrome.    Bird sightings were: Canada geese, mute swan, coot, wood pigeon, collared dove, magpie, robin, lapwing, swift, […]

 Posted by on 21 June 2011 at 8:51 pm
Jun 102011
High Elms

This week’s Wednesday walk was at High Elms Reserve near Downe.   As we arrived it started to rain but this soon stopped and we had a good walk with cloud interspersed with sunshine.   We followed the circular walk which takes you through a variety of habitats; past sites where John Lubbock (a young man encouraged […]