Jul 312018
Bumblebees with Green Pollen - Revisited

Our bumblebee walk at Dungeness on Saturday produced a worker bumblebee that had collected green pollen. I thought this was really odd (the green colour that is). A google search revealed that Rosebay Willowherb has green pollen. So today I went in search. And it does! I burst open an anther (pictured) and out popped […]

 Posted by on 31 July 2018 at 8:41 pm
Jul 292018
Dungeness RSPB Reserve: From Bumblebees to Bitterns

We recently had an indoor talk from Dr. Nikki Gammans of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust on bumblebees. At the end of the talk she said that she would be happy to arrange for our group to visit Dungeness RSPB reserve to find out more about bumblebees and the conservation work being carried out to reverse […]

 Posted by on 29 July 2018 at 11:35 pm
Jul 292018
Group Trip to Sevenoaks KWT Reserve

On Tuesday we visited the Kent Wildlife Trust reserve at Sevenoaks. We were greeted by an assistant warden who suggested that we visited the Tyler Hide overlooking the East Lake. A common sandpiper and 2 little ringed plovers had been reported from there. We set ourselves up in the hide and carefully scanned the East […]

 Posted by on 29 July 2018 at 9:55 pm
Jul 252018

Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Saturday, 28th July at Dungeness RSPB reserve. Please note this is not the usual starting point for our Dungeness trips as we are going straight to the RSPB reserve. Meet in the RSPB reserve car park at (TR067184) TN29 9NF. Today we are going on a “Bee Walk” with […]

 Posted by on 25 July 2018 at 12:00 pm
Jul 212018

Here is the latest news letter from the RSPB reserve at Dungeness: Reserve News Updates Summer Work Programme Summer is the time of year where we work hard to spruce up our reserve for visitors. The trails are being constantly mowed, we have started giving some of the hides a fresh coat of paint, Makepeace […]

 Posted by on 21 July 2018 at 12:29 pm
Jul 172018
Litter Picking at Cliffe Pools

The Group’s first Volunteer day of the year took place at Cliffe Pools where our main activity was litter picking.   Our enthusiastic team met Will and Ruth from RSPB Northward Hill, and we discussed our plan of action – although it was noticeable that there was far less litter around in the areas we covered […]