Sep 302011
 
Step up and help safeguard our seabirds at sea

    Step up and help safeguard our seabirds at sea The RSPB is asking you to step up and help give our sealife the protection it so desperately needs. Despite the RSPB’s best efforts, it looks as though some of our most precious sealife, including seabirds, might not benefit directly from the designation of […]

 Posted by on 30 September 2011 at 4:10 pm
Sep 222011
 
Three Women and a Man go to Essex

After our visit to the local garden centre, four of us (Paul being otherwise engaged) ventured off through the Dartford Tunnel to visit the RSPB Reserve at Rainham Marshes.     After checking in we had a cup of tea and a biscuit before getting down to the serious business of bird watching.    On the sea wall […]

 Posted by on 22 September 2011 at 10:10 pm
Sep 222011
 
Millbrook Wildlife Garden

My usual Wednesday walk with friends started at the local garden centre, where they have recently installed a wildlife garden which is due to have an official opening and various wildlife events at the end of October.   Malcolm had agreed to help out so felt we should go and check out the site and plan […]

 Posted by on 22 September 2011 at 9:37 pm
Sep 212011
 
KCC Mineral and Waste Development Plan

The KCC’s Mineral and Waste Development Plan includes a proposal to allow the excavation of 2 million tonnes of ballast from Hollowshore and Ham Marshes.   These marshes lie on the opposite side of the creek from Oare Marshes, and further inland, in the area where the Shipwright’s Arms lie.   For further information on the Plan […]

 Posted by on 21 September 2011 at 9:25 pm
Sep 182011
 
Sandwich Bay Observatory

14 of us joined Jeff for a day at Sandwich Bay Observatory.  We met in the car park, where there was a lot of bird activity in the willow trees nearby.   Most were chiffchaff but there was one willow warbler spotted by a couple of us.   Jeff also saw several house sparrow.    Jeff had arranged with the […]

Sep 162011
 
Collared Doves

Has anyone had collared doves unsuccessfully nesting in their garden? A friend of mine has had a bird in a nest in a palm tree near her house almost without interruption for the last six months.   On occasions eggs have fallen from the tree, unbroken, but there has been no sign of food being brought […]

Sep 162011
 
Cliffe Pools

This week’s Wednesday walk too my friends and  I to Cliffe Pools in search of waders.   It started well, with black-tailed godwit and redshank, joining tufted duck, coot, little egret, little grebe and cormorant on the pool near the car park.   As we scanned the redshank, Malcolm found a potential spotted redshank in amongst them, much […]

 Posted by on 16 September 2011 at 10:44 pm