Dec 282019
Grey Wagtails, The River Darent and Rochester Cathedral

In previous years some of us have made a one day “survey” of grey wagtails along the river Darent. We have shown that at least 5-6 pairs breed successfully between Farningham and Otford. This year we were rather unsuccessful, we found the birds at only two sites and saw only one fledgling. However, as with […]

 Posted by on 28 December 2019 at 3:03 pm
Dec 172019

Several members of the group have recently seen sparrowhawk in the garden.   Some of the birds have been particularly gregarious, staying around and seeming almost curious around the human occupants, maybe young birds? I tend to see sparrowhawk in the garden more often in the autumn than the rest of the year, this is […]

Dec 092019
Elmley Trip 7th December

A bright start to a winters day at Elmley on Saturday, where 18 members of the group met up.   Enjoying the drive along the entrance track had already given us excellent sightings of marsh harrier, buzzard, several hundred lapwing, ruff (including one which seemed to already be gaining its white breeding plumage), black-tailed godwit and […]

Dec 062019
Playing Black-headed Gull Bingo

I have never played bingo but this blog post is about Black-headed gulls on Gravesend promenade. If you have had enough of all of that then look away now! But it is interesting. And all these numbers and letters have got me confused. Sally and I went back to Gravesend promenade. I wanted to say […]

 Posted by on 6 December 2019 at 2:51 pm
Dec 042019
Elmley NNR

Our last outdoor meeting for 2019 takes place this Saturday, 7 December at Elmley NNR. Meet at the reserve car park ME12 3RW (TQ938679) There are a few things to be aware of when visiting Elmley: The gate to the Reserve opens at 9 am.   Although we can stop along the road in, we […]

 Posted by on 4 December 2019 at 12:00 pm