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 […]

Jul 082019
 
Samphire Hoe - July trip report

Samphire Hoe is the newest part of the British Isles, created from the spoils when digging out the Channel Tunnel.  It is located close to Dover docks and overlooked by chalk cliffs. It got its name from the rock and golden samphire which are found on the site, following a public competition. Eleven of the […]

Jun 132019
 
Thursley common trip report

The group met up at Thursley common on Sunday, which was the best day of the week weather wise.  Thursley common National Nature Reserve is the largest and most important heathland area in Surrey.  It has a mosaic of open dry heathland, peat bogs, ponds, and pine and deciduous woodlands. As such it holds a […]

May 302019
 
Stodmarsh May trip report

Fifteen of us met in the Stodmarsh NNR car park on Sunday 27 May. The weather forecast earlier in the week had looked like there was the possibility of rain but the day turned out pleasantly sunny. We headed first for the Reedbed hide, then went, via the small woodland, along the lampen walk to […]

Dec 212018
 
Riverside Country Park 16th December

As this was the last trip of 2018 hopes were high as (a lucky) 13 of us set out on a fine, sunny and still winter’s day to see what the Medway Estuary had in store. As it was low tide we were greeted by acres of mud and decided to set out for Horrid […]

May 292018
 
Conyer Creek and Oare Marshes

After the thunder storms of Saturday night it was a relief to wake up to much brighter weather on Sunday morning.   Ten members of the group arrived with eager anticipation of migrants with nightingale and turtle dove high on the list.   The site of Conyer is an old brick works and I was […]

Mar 282018
 
Stodmarsh trip report

Fourteen of us gathered at the Stodmarsh car park and despite the odd shower burst on the drive over, the day was to turn out surprisingly calm and mild.  Due to the recent rain and snow fall I felt that the tracks along the river Stour and across the meadow in the centre of the […]

Jan 062018
 
Shellness and Capel Fleet

Thirteen stalwart (and well wrapped up) members of the Group met at Leysdown on Saturday morning for our first group outing of 2018.   With a biting north wind, we needed those layers.   The tide was out when we arrived.   We were greeted by a pied wagtail on the seawall, and several black-headed […]