Jan 252015
Wrens in the garden?

Well – how did you get on with the Big Garden Birdwatch? One of the birds that is very easy to overlook in the garden (and indeed anywhere) is the tiny wren. It is actually one of the commonest birds in Britain as it is found in a wide range of habitats from the south […]

 Posted by on 25 January 2015 at 11:28 pm
Jan 222015
Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill

On Saturday we went to Cliffe Pools. 15 people braved the cold. Perhaps they all knew that cold winter conditions often bring more birds to the pools. One of the first birds found was an immature male scaup amongst the many tufted duck, pochard and pintail. However wigeon was easily the most numerous duck species […]

 Posted by on 22 January 2015 at 11:15 pm
Jan 202015
RSPB Big Garden BirdWatch

If you have not already done so, now is the time to fill up your garden bird feeders for the Big Garden BirdWatch this weekend. All you have to do is count the number of each bird species seen during a period of one hour. You must have seen the bird guide and instructions somewhere! […]

 Posted by on 20 January 2015 at 7:38 pm
Jan 112015
Mystery Birdwatcher

Usually I like my posts to be interesting, relevant and inclusive.  (Yes really!). So with apologies for clogging up your inbox here is one that isn’t! We went to a birthday party on Saturday. But whose? Who is this good looking, sophisticated birdwatcher? Answers please. Sally took the photograph and clearly, it is not me. […]

 Posted by on 11 January 2015 at 2:02 pm
Jan 062015

Our first outing of 2015 was a rather foggy affair, but that did not deter 21 people who gathered at Leysdown.   As it was coming up to a high tide we decided to move down to the car park at Shellness and wander towards the high tide roost.   That was not before we […]

Jan 052015
Robert Pocock at Dartford

As most of you must know by now we have been part of the Robert Pocock Herbarium Project. We have just set up an exhibition from the project at Dartford Library (we have used the same material that we used for the display at Millbrook Garden Centre in July). Follow this link to find out […]

 Posted by on 5 January 2015 at 11:22 pm
Jan 022015
Feeding Garden Birds

I spend a small fortune on feeding our garden birds. And then what do they do? Feed on the natural stuff growing in the garden. So what can I do? Grow more native wildflowers and trees. Have a look and see what the woodpigeons and goldfinch are up to. Malcolm

 Posted by on 2 January 2015 at 11:03 pm
Jan 022015
Group visit to Elmley National Nature Reserve

Last Sunday our group visited Elmley NNR on what started as a rather cold day but ended in beautiful late afternoon sunshine (with a short eared owl just starting out to hunt for voles!). As usual birds of prey seemed to be everywhere. We saw many marsh harriers, buzzard, merlin, kestrel, little owl and two short […]

 Posted by on 2 January 2015 at 10:49 pm