Dec 192014
Plastic Carrier Bags

Writing the last blog post on litter reminded me that back in 2008 the Gravesend Group sponsored and helped organise a “Green Day” at Holy Trinity School in Gravesend. All of the pupils took part in a wide range of activities and workshops. One of the workshops was about replacing plastic carrier bags with re-usable […]

 Posted by on 19 December 2014 at 10:07 pm
Dec 172014
Ravens and Snow Buntings at Reculver

Today we went to Reculver. Snow buntings had been reported and we do not often get the chance to see this lovely bird from the north. However, we had not even left the car park before our attention was drawn to the noisy display of two ravens on and above the Reculver Towers. Ravens, along […]

 Posted by on 17 December 2014 at 10:23 pm
Dec 172014
Plastic Litter

You will remember that a few weeks ago  Sue organised a beach clean along the Thames shore at the Rainham RSPB reserve in Essex. We removed bags and bags of mainly plastic waste – bottles, carrier bags and just about everything else. We did a good job. But just look at this video of plastics […]

 Posted by on 17 December 2014 at 10:00 pm
Dec 172014

On Saturday 10 group members visited Dungeness. As usual we gathered by the Lighthouse and walked the short distance to the shingle seawall and beach. Those of you that have never visited the Dungeness area may not know about the “Patch”. Waste hot water and sewage (treated!) is pumped out from an outfall pipe from […]

 Posted by on 17 December 2014 at 8:35 pm
Dec 162014
2015 Programme and December Newsletter

The full programme of events for 2015 is now ready for publication – you can download your own copy of the programme here. Also available is our December Newsletter – you can download your copy here. New for 2015 we have created a new EVENTS page on our website. This page will be kept up-to-date […]

 Posted by on 16 December 2014 at 11:09 pm
Dec 012014
Marsh Harriers on Sheppey

Last week we visited Elmley NNR on Sheppey. On the drive in we could see that the numbers of golden plover and lapwing had increased greatly since our last visit. We tried counting but gave up and decided that there were “lots”. On the walk to the hide we saw stonechats, heard bearded tits and […]

 Posted by on 1 December 2014 at 8:06 pm
Nov 212014
Short-eared Owl at London Wetlands Centre

So far only one person has had a go at guessing the identity of the mystery bird bathing at the Wetlands Centre (photo by Chris) – see comments for the last trip report post. Alan thought it might be a juvenile herring gull – well it might be,  but he also said that he could […]

 Posted by on 21 November 2014 at 10:43 pm
Nov 182014
Coach trip to London Wetland Centre

  The idea of wildlife thriving in a big city seems unlikely, but this is what the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), founded by Sir Peter Scott, has achieved at Barnes in west London. On Sat 15th 50 keen folk set out from Gravesend to visit WWT’s London Wetland Centre and experience for ourselves this […]

 Posted by on 18 November 2014 at 10:21 pm