Mar 292020
 
Danish Scurvy Grass and Mediterranean Gulls

A few days ago Sally and I walked up to our local shop in search of food! We found this plant growing on the pavement by the bus stop in Chalk. We had passed it several times before and wondered what it was. But on this occasion Sally made an effort to identify it and […]

 Posted by on 29 March 2020 at 3:23 pm
Mar 262020
 
Help needed to rescue old UK rainfall records

At a loss to know what to do with your self-isolation time? I saw this on the BBC News website and thought some of you may be interested in helping out: BBC News article – rescue old rainfall records You’re not required to rummage through old bound volumes; the Met Office has already scanned the […]

 Posted by on 26 March 2020 at 4:55 pm
Mar 242020
 
Shieldbugs, Bees, Beetles and More

I am not a great expert on bugs – that is true bugs, species of Hemiptera. This group of insects includes aphids, plant hoppers etc. However, I do like the shieldbugs – there are not too many British species, most of them are fairly big and they come in different colours. Sally likes taking photographs […]

 Posted by on 24 March 2020 at 2:52 pm
Mar 202020
 

I’ve just received this from the team at Dungeness: “As of today, our visitor centre, hides and toilets will be closed until further notice. We have also cancelled our events programme up until the end of May (although we will review this regularly as the situation changes). Anyone who has booked and paid for an […]

 Posted by on 20 March 2020 at 3:23 pm
Mar 172020
 

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus, all our indoor meetings are cancelled until further notice – hopefully, we can resume in the autumn. The coach trip to Minsmere will also have to be cancelled. A decision about outdoor meetings will be made in the next few days. Wishing everyone safe times ahead.  

 Posted by on 17 March 2020 at 8:19 am
Mar 122020
 
Group Trip to Rainham RSPB Reserve

On a bright sunny Sunday morning 17 of us gathered at RSPB Rainham Marshes. It was formerly Ministry of Defence land and was used as a firing range, evidence of which can be seen as we journey through the site.  The RSPB purchased the area in 2000 and it was officially opened in 2006. We […]

 Posted by on 12 March 2020 at 9:34 pm
Mar 092020
 
Orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra

Our next indoor meeting takes place this Thursday 12 March at Northfleet School for Girls. The presentation will be “Orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra” by Alison Bristo. Alison shares stories & experiences gained in voluntary work with Orangutans for the Sumatran Orangutan Society, also describing the personal ‘journey’ that led her to Borneo. The meeting […]

 Posted by on 9 March 2020 at 12:00 pm