Apr 242014
Northward Hill - Tuesday outdoor trip

On Tuesday morning we had the first of our Tuesday morning nature walks at the RSPB reserve at Northward Hill. We were met by the site manager Julian, who informed us that up to six ring ouzels had been seen from the view point the day before. Ring ouzels are migrating north at this time […]

 Posted by on 24 April 2014 at 9:47 pm
Apr 232014
Shooting Turtle Doves

Last year I did not hear a turtle dove in Kent. Only one pair arrived at Northward Hill to breed. Like many others I find this unacceptable.Read about how Chris Packham and Bill Oddie are trying to stop the slaughter in Malta. Malcolm   You can view each of the video blogs that Chris Packham […]

 Posted by on 23 April 2014 at 9:37 pm
Apr 212014
Pocock, Swanscombe Marshes and Ravens.

From the recent newsletter (but revised with video – you can’t get that on paper!) Alan has been on at me for several years to go to the marshes on the Swanscombe Peninsula. It’s Alan’s local patch. As some of you will know, Sally and I with others from our group have been working on […]

 Posted by on 21 April 2014 at 3:13 pm
Apr 182014
Bee Fly in the Garden

One of the most conspicuous insects at this time of the year is the Bee Fly (not forgetting, of course, the orange tip butterfly, peacock butterfly, queen bumble bees, brimstone…………..so many good things to see). There is more than one species of bee fly but one of them is common. And now is a good […]

 Posted by on 18 April 2014 at 11:00 pm
Apr 112014

Our latest newsletter for Spring 2014 is now available to download from our website. Click here to download it. Thank you to everyone who has renewed their annual group membership – your support is much appreciated.  If you have not yet renewed your annual membership with the local group (or you wish to join us) […]

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Apr 102014
Elmley National Nature Reserve - 6th April

Last Sunday John and Pauline led a lovely walk around this excellent reserve which is now run by the Elmley Conservation Trust.   Here is their report: Driving down to the car park, there is still a lot of surface water providing nesting and feeding opportunities, a coot on a nest being one.    Many […]

Apr 062014
Rainbows of Horton Kirby

   At the beginning of April some of our Group joined The ‘Rainbows’ of Horton Kirby once again. This group of enthusiastic and talented 5/6 year olds met us at the village hall with their leaders and together we talked about signs of Spring. We made Spring flowers out of paper, card and lots of […]

 Posted by on 6 April 2014 at 7:36 pm