Jan 312016
Swanscombe Marshes

I joined the walk with Peter Beckenham today on Swanscombe Marshes, an area of unique habitats which is being threatened (as are many other areas nearby at the moment) by development.   Here the proposal is for a theme park between Greenhithe and Northfleet on the Swanscombe peninsular. There are more photographs on my blog but I […]

Jan 292016

The proposed Lower Thames Crossing Consultation is now out.   This gives everyone the opportunity to have their say about the proposals.   The impacts of any development will give uncertainty, but in such a precious habitat as the North Kent and South Essex Marshes with its unique species it is vital that all points are […]

 Posted by on 29 January 2016 at 5:01 pm
Jan 282016

Don’t forget this weekend (30th and 31st January) the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch event takes place. Everyone can join in this event. Watch and record each species of wildlife you see in your garden or local park over a one hour period. Submit your results on-line via the RSPB website and be a part of […]

 Posted by on 28 January 2016 at 12:00 pm
Jan 272016
Oare Marshes

Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Saturday, 30th January at Oare Marshes KWT. Meet at the car park, TR013647 (ME13 0QD). Large roosts of wintering waders use the pools, waiting for the tide to turn. Avocets, godwits, dunlin & plovers are all easily seen. We may also see stonechat, bearded tits and reed bunting. […]

 Posted by on 27 January 2016 at 12:00 pm
Jan 242016

The RSPB have devised this way for you to let your MEP know how important the continued defence of nature is.   Quoting from their website: “Environment Ministers from across the EU have sent a clear signal that the Nature Directives are vital and should be properly implemented, not weakened, and now we need our […]

 Posted by on 24 January 2016 at 6:49 pm
Jan 222016
Shellness and Capel Fleet - outdoor trip

On a very cold but bright day 17 hardy souls gathered by the sea wall at Leysdown where our first spot was a couple of turnstone on the beach.  We decided against pursuing the Richard’s Pipit (although congratulations to Ian and Sue who did see it), but instead walked down towards the private estate where […]

 Posted by on 22 January 2016 at 3:49 pm
Jan 162016
BTO Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey

The BTO are looking for people to carry out a survey of non-estuarine waterbirds. The survey of 2km stretches of coastline finishes on the 31st January 2016.   So if you have some spare time, and are interested in taking part follow the link here.   The website will put you in touch with the survey organisers […]

Jan 152016
New North Kent Shoreline

A contribution from Steve Webb, one of our members “I took a walk today out to the sea wall at Cooling, just West of Egypt Bay. This is where the sea wall is to be breached in July to create a new area of salt marshes. This is “mitigation” ie., to compensate for the loss […]

 Posted by on 15 January 2016 at 12:28 pm