Nov 242013
Birding in the Rain

Another wet Wednesday! Where should we go to avoid the worse of the rain? Roger had sent me a wonderful photograph of two species of redpoll that he had ringed earlier in the week at Northward Hill. I have never seen a Common Redpoll.  I knew exactly which alder tree they were feeding in and […]

 Posted by on 24 November 2013 at 10:14 pm
Nov 212013
Woodvilles Halls Talk - Hope Farm

On Tuesday we had our regular monthly talk at the Woodville Halls in the Kent Room. Our speaker was Ian Dillon, Farm Manager for the RSPB managed farm in Cambridgeshire. Ian explained that he worked the farm in a conventional way and his aim was to make a good profit. What he did however was […]

 Posted by on 21 November 2013 at 12:16 pm
Nov 172013
BTO Bird Atlas

My copy of the new BTO Bird Atlas 2007-11 arrived yesterday. Its big and beautiful with over 700 pages and thousands of maps with information about the populations of our British birds. Evidently about 40,000 volunteers contributed their bird records over the five year period. Sue, Irene, Sally and myself all contributed (a tiny tiny […]

 Posted by on 17 November 2013 at 9:42 pm
Nov 172013
Pulborough Brooks - report

On Saturday the group visited the RSPB reserve Pulborough Brooks in Sussex. The highlight of the day was the weather! Warm and sunny and very still – a real delight after the last few overcast days. The flooded meadows were full of wigeon, teal and other wildfowl and an immature marsh harrier made sure that […]

 Posted by on 17 November 2013 at 9:04 pm
Nov 152013
Elmley NNR

We started our day with a barn owl and finished, the Sun setting, with a short-eared owl! It was a very mild day for a visit to Elmley NNR. This reserve is often at its best when its freezing cold and you can barely look out of the hide windows because of the wind off […]

 Posted by on 15 November 2013 at 9:20 pm
Nov 102013
Robert Pocock Herbarium Project

Some of you may remember that I gave a talk to the Gravesend RSPB group (and the North Kent Local Group of the Kent Wildlife Trust) on the subject of Robert Pocock. No – not the Gravesend pub, but the 19th century botanist and naturalist that the pub is named after! I mentioned that we […]

 Posted by on 10 November 2013 at 4:43 pm