Sep 232018
 
Rain in Rainham!

Autumn has arrived and a merry band of seven well prepared group members met at Rainham Marshes on a very wet Sunday morning.  It seemed as if the house sparrows were feeling in a similar mood – as we gathered in the shelter of the visitor centre, they were gathering under the bird house feeder […]

Dec 202017
 
Leybourne Lakes Country Park

Sunday 17th December: Wendy and I woke up to find we could barely see the end of our garden for fog and it was wet and cold.   Oh well, knowing the intrepid Gravesend Group birders someone was bound to be at Leybourne so we packed a flask and set off.  On our way down […]

Apr 252015
 
Grain in the Sunshine

This week our group met for the first of our Tuesday morning walks.    It was at Grain Coastal Park and it was a beautiful sunny day if not a little cold with a brisk easterly wind blowing. Sally and Malcolm were keen to show those of us who had met, some of the early […]

Oct 132014
 
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park – Birding in the Autumn Sun

Packing waterproofs seemed essential as Saturday dawned and the heavy grey skies seemed to have a bountiful supply of rain just waiting to wash out the day.     How wrong can you be? Eleven of us turned up at the Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, looking across the Thames to Kent as we donned all […]

Jun 262014
 
Sevenoaks

Sevenoaks  Wildlife Reserve was the venue for our Tuesday walk this month and although the traffic was quite bad, 14 of us met up near the tea bar.   Whilst some watched a kingfisher from the nearby hide, others enjoyed a relaxing cup of tea whilst listening to chiffchaff, robin, blackbird and blackcap (amongst others). […]

May 152014
 
Four foray to France

So, if you were going out bird watching and left Gravesend at 6.:30 am to catch a train, where would you be going?   Bearing in mind Sally had to get Malcolm out of bed, fed and dressed by then it would have to be special . . . . . . . . . […]

Feb 022014
 
Sevenoaks

Twenty of us gathered in the car park at Sevenoaks today for Sue & Cliff’s debut as walk leaders, and what a great job they did!   With all the recent rain, it was no surprise to find that access to various parts of the reserve was restricted with Carter Hide under water and much […]

Jan 152014
 
Team Work . . . . .  always pays off in the end!

When we set off this morning, the weather was overcast, and rain threatened, but with Malcolm’s “it’ll be sunny by 11:30” ringing in our ears we decided on Blean Woods to start and then Reculver. Our thoughts were that if we were likely to see a lesser spotted woodpecker this year then we needed to […]