Jul 312017
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

Ten members of the Group met at this relatively new site which we have only visited once before.   Created on the site of Mucking Landfill Site, there are still memories of the history of the site, with domed grass and flower meadows, created from the capped landfill and metal cranes which were used to offload […]

Jul 262017
Tuesday Trip to Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve

A large group of members and non-members met at Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve. Some were hoping to see the black-winged stilts that I had mentioned in a previous post and some had heard rumours of a marsh sandpiper…….Inside information sources (ie Norman) had, however, advised me that both of these species were just beyond our […]

 Posted by on 26 July 2017 at 9:57 pm
Jul 242017
Elmley trip report July 2017

On Sunday 16 July the group visited Elmley NNR reserve. It was a warm, dry if humid day where a hat and sunscreen were the order of the day, together with provisions and drink as it is a mile long walk from the car park to the first of the hides around the scrape. With […]

Jul 222017
What Grows in Your Garden?

Steve and Hazel have been keeping their eyes open to discover what birds are breeding in (or very close) to their garden. It’s something that all of us should do more often – and not just in gardens.         It just takes a little bit more effort to actually prove breeding – […]

 Posted by on 22 July 2017 at 8:50 pm
Jul 222017
Cliffe Pools and Black-winged Stilts

Norman and Sandra have been part of the RSPB team on the “Black-winged Stilt watch” at Cliffe Pools since the end of May. Two pairs of black-winged stilts laid eggs and volunteers have been assisting RSPB staff to ensure that the birds  were not disturbed (or worse). Each pair had 4 young and and seven […]

 Posted by on 22 July 2017 at 8:19 pm
Jul 152017
More on Garden Wildlife

Julie decided to do the washing on Thursday – lucky Julie. She found this Toadflax Brocade moth in her IKEA peg basket and sent me the photograph. Now, that’s what I call common! Sally and I also caught one in our garden moth trap last night. This is how I like to have the moths, […]

 Posted by on 15 July 2017 at 7:00 pm
Jul 122017
What a day in our Garden!

Sally and I like to keep an eye open for animals (and plants) that arrive in our garden. In some shape or form we have records going back for almost 40 years! Birds and insects (especially moths) form the bulk of our garden sightings. But last Sunday was rather special  and very interesting too. It […]

 Posted by on 12 July 2017 at 10:02 pm
Jul 052017
Group Trip to Dagenham Chase

On a fresh, cloudy day, fourteen of us gathered in the car park at Dagenham Chase, ready to explore this new venue. Having crossed the road, we first looked at the Eastbrook Pond. There were Egyptian geese, mute swans, mallards, common terns and coots with their chicks. Our walk took us between the lakes, where […]

 Posted by on 5 July 2017 at 9:31 pm