Sep 302019
Group Trip to St Margaret's at Cliffe

It was a dry sunny but blustery morning when ten of us met at Bockhill, St Margaret’s at Cliffe near Dover. We had hopes of seeing autumn migration in action. So, we were pleased when we observed many swallows and house martins swirling over our heads looking as if they might be feeding up before […]

 Posted by on 30 September 2019 at 8:20 pm
Sep 272019
Time to don your thinking cap

A friend of mine in Lincolnshire, Ian, recently published his photo of this bird and I wonder if you can I D it. No clues just yet and no prizes for guessing correctly. Open to all and the answer will be revealed next week. Have fun and give it a go.

Sep 222019
Log Piles and Dead Wood in your Garden

Steve and Hazel have sent me this photograph of a log pile that they created in their garden. I know that other members of the group have also created their own. And why not! Decaying wood  is a great bio-diverse habitat providing a home for fungi, insects, spiders and small animals. Wrens enjoy ducking and […]

 Posted by on 22 September 2019 at 11:30 pm
Sep 222019
Minsmere coach trip 12 October: get your tickets

Minsmere is magical at all times of the year.  Our coach on 12 October to Minsmere will find autumn migration in full swing with sandpipers, stints & ruffs on the Scrape and the red deer rut underway on the heath. Contact Hazel by email soon to get your tickets and secure your place on the coach! […]

 Posted by on 22 September 2019 at 11:40 am
Sep 182019
Group visit to Rainham Marshes

Sunshine, twenty four degrees and a gentle breeze welcomed ten of us to this wonderful reserve in Essex. The RSPB acquired this site from the MoD in 2000, who used it as a test firing range and it was officially opened in 2006. After a chat with two of the wardens, Bill and Pat, we […]

Sep 012019
Group Trip to Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve

A Friday late evening visit to Cliffe Pools has been part of the group’s programme for many years. In fact we were visiting long before the pools were purchased by the RSPB. Sometimes we have been plagued by midges and mosquitoes but I can’t remember a bad weather trip. For this trip, the weather was […]

 Posted by on 1 September 2019 at 11:41 pm
Sep 012019
Group Trip to Northward Hill

For our last Tuesday morning trip of this summer we went to the RSPB reserve at Northward Hill. We were  joined by new members Sue and Ron. Julie and Chris also brought along their grandchildren, equipped with binoculars, nets, pots and hand lenses – in fact everything a good naturalist needs in the field. By […]

 Posted by on 1 September 2019 at 10:44 pm