Malcolm

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Nov 142019
 
Group Trip to Dungeness

On a very bright and clear Saturday morning 14 of us met at the Old Lighthouse. Instead of our usual trip straight to the beach, we took a slight detour on the path round the Lighthouse as there had been a report of firecrest and goldcrest being seen in the bushes. Unfortunately, it was not […]

 Posted by on 14 November 2019 at 9:46 pm
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 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 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
Aug 282019
 
Group Trip To Sevenoaks Kent Wildlife Reserve

Looking at the reserve noticeboard on arrival, we could see it had been a very quiet few days on the bird front. Undeterred, our group of 13 set off via the West lake where we saw great crested grebe with young, cormorant, black-headed gull and tufted duck. As we passed over the Darent there was […]

 Posted by on 28 August 2019 at 10:11 pm
Aug 252019
 
Hen Harriers

I recently visited the KWT reserve at Sevenoaks. I always have a look at the donated second-hand books for sale and on this occasion found that they were selling 50+ bound volumes of the journal “British Birds”. I like reading old natural history journals so I bought the lot! And, now that I have also […]

 Posted by on 25 August 2019 at 9:14 pm
Aug 122019
 
Kent Nature Partnership Biodiversity Strategy - 2019 to 2044

Kent Nature Partnership Biodiversity Strategy 2019 to 2044? Yes,  there is such a thing and it is just about readable too! It describes the strategy for the “restoration and revival of Kent’s wildlife“. This can be downloaded as a pdf file (or word file) and your comments are wanted. Just complete the questionnaire. We sent […]

 Posted by on 12 August 2019 at 11:06 pm