Jul 312013

10 of us met at the Old Lodge Nature Reserve on a bright sunny, but cooler day. Within a very short space of time we saw a common redstart, with its gingery tail clearly visible when it flew away from us – this was the first of many redstarts which we found while walking round […]

 Posted by on 31 July 2013 at 10:30 am
Jul 222013

We’ve been sent a couple of mini trip reports by one of our members, Sharon Norman: 19th July – Oare Marshes What a spectacular sight this afternoon couldn’t believe there were at least 1,000 Dunlin on the scrape at one time they took flight circled and relanded. There were 4 Little Egrets 6 Cormorants, 1 […]

 Posted by on 22 July 2013 at 11:32 am
Jul 162013

My wife and I were on board the Thistle Thames Barge, moored on the new pontoon at Gravesend Town Pier last Saturday at 7am, and we saw a kingfisher flying around. Twice it flew right alongside the barge and it was clearly a kingfisher. It perched a couple of times on the steelwork under the […]

 Posted by on 16 July 2013 at 10:18 am
Jul 142013
Artist helps save threatened turtle dove

Fresh from giving a series of ‘spotting & jotting’ talks at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, artist and illustrator Matt Sewell has teamed up with the RSPB to help raise vital funds for their work across the southeast. Matt’s distinctive and enchanting pop-art watercolours and innovative descriptions first appeared in 2009 as the ‘Bird of the […]

 Posted by on 14 July 2013 at 5:43 pm
Jul 112013
Visits to KWT Oare Marsh and KWT Burham

On our last Wednesday trip out we decided to visit Kent Wildlife Trust reserve Oare Marsh where we were surprised to see 150+ Black-tailed godwits, still in their lovely red breeding plumage. It seemed early for them to be returning from their breeding sites.  A welcome sight nevertheless, along with almost 60 other species of birds. Redshanks, avocets, and at least one […]

 Posted by on 11 July 2013 at 7:46 pm
Jul 042013
Hanningfield Reservoir

  It was a bright and mild day last Saturday when 15 of the group met in the car park at Hanningfield Reservoir. Hanningfield is an Essex Wildlife Reserve to be found in Downham, Billericay. It has a very pleasant visitor centre from which it is possible to watch some of the local birds on […]

 Posted by on 4 July 2013 at 8:17 pm