Mar 312016

Dear Gravesend RSPB Supporter North West Kent Local Group of Kent Wildlife Trust – Tuesday 5 April We would like to welcome you to our last indoor meeting of the season, on Tuesday 5 April at 7.30pm. Our very own orchid expert, David Johnson (also of RSPB Gravesend), will be talking about Robert Pocock’s Orchids. As […]

 Posted by on 31 March 2016 at 8:02 pm
Mar 292016
Group Trip to Sevenoaks and Bough Beech

On Saturday a large group met at Sevenoaks Kent Wildlife Trust Reserve. It was rather cold and windy which did not bode well for those of us hoping to see spring migrants. But fairly soon we were hearing chiffchaff and some of us managed to pick up a few notes of a blackcap – if […]

 Posted by on 29 March 2016 at 8:47 pm
Mar 242016
Frog spawn update

Thanks to those of you who sent in information about your 2016 frog spawn. We didn’t get many responses, so not possible to create a meaningful map, but interesting to see that our records show spawning occurring in the same week in late February, the 20th, 22nd, 23rd and 25th – except for one record, Pauline’s on 6th […]

 Posted by on 24 March 2016 at 3:02 pm
Mar 162016
Elmley National Nature Reserve

We arrived in bright sunshine – water levels on the marsh were high due to the fact that water had been pumped on during January to ensure waders have plenty of muddy areas in May and June to feed their hungry chicks. Lots to see on the way in, large flocks of starling, coot, mute […]

 Posted by on 16 March 2016 at 8:38 pm
Mar 092016
Marsh Tits in North West Kent

OK – it has to be said that this is not one of Sally’s best photographs (but I can tell you it is not the worse!). But finding and photographing this bird was brilliant. It’s a marsh tit by the way. For almost two years we have been tracking marsh tits in our area. We […]

 Posted by on 9 March 2016 at 10:16 pm
Mar 082016
Ian's been busy!

More exciting news from Ian, who visited Elmley recently where he saw a jack snipe.   See this beautiful bird in his video here.   The bouncing is diagnostic behaviour of jack snipe on migration. Something to whet the appetite of all those intending to go on the group meeting this coming weekend. Then, just to annoy […]