May 292017
 
Local Birding

On Sunday, Sally and I went out for a few hours in search of yellow wagtail and corn bunting. Both have “Red” status as they are in decline as breeding birds. A population of corn buntings has been breeding near where we live for many many years – one particular pylon has been a favourite […]

 Posted by on 29 May 2017 at 5:25 pm
May 292017
 
Trip to Swanscombe Marshes

Last Tuesday a large group of members and non-members met outside the Pier Hotel at Greenhithe for a walk along the Thames shore to Broadness Point. This was our first group trip to Swanscombe Marshes – an area under threat from development. The large reed bed and pools at the end of the new housing […]

 Posted by on 29 May 2017 at 4:25 pm
May 232017
 
Thursley Common trip report

Thursley Common is a special habitat which is home to a host of specialised plants, insects and birds.  At first sight the sandy heathland with scattered stands of trees and the low lying bogs can seem empty of life, but stand still for a few minutes, or look down closely near where you’re standing, or look […]

May 222017
 
A Bird in my Garden

I often receive photographs of birds from members of our local group. Most of them have been taken on group field trips – using long lenses and expensive cameras. So it is nice to be able to show some “pics”, taken in gardens, with  phones and compact cameras. Pam and Ted sent me several shots […]

 Posted by on 22 May 2017 at 9:10 pm
May 162017
 
2017 AGM update and a round of thanks

On Thursday 11th May we held our Annual General Meeting before handing over to Brian Gallop for a talk on “Nature in Northumberland”. As is our normal practise we try not to spend too much time on the AGM and instead got quickly down to business including presenting our accounts – in a nutshell we were […]

 Posted by on 16 May 2017 at 10:48 pm
May 092017
 
Stodmarsh trip report

Stodmarsh in May – my favourite reserve at the best time of year – what could be better?  A merry band of seven met up and, despite the chilly weather, Stodmarsh once again delivered some great birds, although in some cases with tantalisingly brief views. We started off in the wooded section and proceeded around the […]