Jun 302016
Geoff Wright

It is with great sadness that I announce that Geoff Wright passed away on Tuesday afternoon 28 June 2016 aged 92. Geoff was an integral part of the group since its inception in 1977 and its trusted treasurer for many years. Even more so he epitomised the group with his cheery enthusiasm and welcoming nature. […]

 Posted by on 30 June 2016 at 11:15 pm
Jun 262016
Coach trip to Titchfield Haven on Sunday, 9th October 2016

Here are the details of our next trip to Titchfield Haven on Sunday, 9th October 2016: Titchfield Haven covers 369 acres of wetland habitats, including fens, pools, meadows, and reedbeds in the lovely Meon Valley. Birds include bearded tits, kingfishers & many different ducks and waders on the scrapes & pools. There is easy access […]

 Posted by on 26 June 2016 at 7:40 pm
Jun 212016
Seen at Wicken Fen

I have been asked to identify the bumble bee (no chance) and I have been asked to identify the orchid (even less chance) – so can someone tell me? Taken at Wicken Fen on Saturday – by Alan on his phone. Malcolm

 Posted by on 21 June 2016 at 11:16 am
Jun 192016
House Sparrows - Do Something Great

Springwatch has been brilliant this year with some extraordinary film. The blue tit nest box and the stoat family were my favourites (especially the astonishing sequence of the green woodpecker chicks being removed from the nest). And I think the Springwatch “Do Something Great” for nature is well worth promoting. From talking with people at […]

 Posted by on 19 June 2016 at 9:43 pm
Jun 192016
Wicken Fen - Trip Report

Wicken Fen is one of Britain’s oldest nature reserves and it has been a National Trust property since 1899. Home to thousands of species it provides a glimpse of what the fens of East Anglia must have been like before they were drained. Our group arrived just after the reserve opened at 10.00am and we […]

 Posted by on 19 June 2016 at 8:59 pm
Jun 052016
Ashdown Forest

After a week of very cool conditions (to put it mildly) warmth returned at last for our trip to Ashdown Forest. Oaks, birches, bracken and beeches, all green and fresh, held the birds and wildlife we had come to see. And we soon heard the songs of wren, willow warbler, chiffchaff and chaffinch, with mistle […]

 Posted by on 5 June 2016 at 8:00 pm
Jun 042016
Hen Harrier Day 6th August - Rainham Marshes

Mark Avery, Chris Packham have been confirmed as two of the speakers and Henry Hen Harrier will also be there for ‘selfies’ with children and adults alike. If anyone is interested in volunteering on the day, please let me know as soon as possible.   There could be a very large crowd on the day, […]

 Posted by on 4 June 2016 at 9:45 pm