Feb 292012

Do you subscribe to our RSS feeds?    Have you renewed your membership for 2012? membership renewal letter If not, just download the above form and send it to me with your year’s subscription.   You also have the opportunity to add to our funds by entering the raffle for an autographed Kate Humble photo – time […]

Feb 292012

“Carol and Jim Allison would like to express our grateful thanks to all Gordon’s friends and colleagues who have been such a great support to us during the last few weeks. We have been greatly encouraged by all the wonderful cards, letters, emails and comments on blogs, posts etc. We have also been moved by […]

 Posted by on 29 February 2012 at 7:12 pm
Feb 272012
Rainham Marshes 26th Feb 2012

17 of the Group turned up today for our trip to Rainham Marshes. The weather was fantastic and it ended up being really warm and sunny for February. We walked right round the reserve, and saw/heard a total of nearly 50 species during the day. There were many birds around the feeders, including house sparrow, […]

 Posted by on 27 February 2012 at 7:44 pm
Feb 222012
Riverside CP and Motney - the Highs and Lows of Birdwatching

Great “highs” today when my friends and I (sans Malcolm who has man-flu) decided on Riverside Park at Gillingham.   For once we managed to hit the tide absolutely right with a high tide due around 1.30 pm. Setting out from the car park we heard chaffinch, blackbird and a skylark.   On the bay to the […]

Feb 172012
Clowes Wood and Swalecliffe

We had heard that there was a possibility of crossbill at Clowes Wood near Canterbury, so we decided to give it a try. A site we hadn’t been to before, this is yet another part of the Blean area complex and has been managed by the forestry commission with a network of tracks – not particularly […]

 Posted by on 17 February 2012 at 8:05 pm
Feb 142012
Rainham Marshes 12th February 2012

We tried to visit Rainham Marshes last Sunday, but unfortunately it was closed due to the snow, so we had another go this morning. Everything was still frozen, but we had a walk right round the reserve. We stopped near the rifle butts and saw a large flock of fieldfare which were feeding on a […]

 Posted by on 14 February 2012 at 10:47 pm
Feb 122012

Simon Ginnaw gave us an excellent talk last Wednesday evening.   He is currently a residential volunteer at Northward Hill RSPB Reserve. His digital presentation was accompanied by bird song which made us feel as if we were really walking the park through the seaons.   Simon has spent many years exploring his local patch of Mote […]

Feb 122012
Dungeness in the snow

I was leading the group walk at Dungeness this weekend, but as I left home on Saturday morning for the drive to Dungeness I had to question the sense.   It was -7.5 degrees, and the thought of standing on the shingle ridge scanning the patch for vagrant gulls made me shiver.   I anticipated probably half […]