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 […]

May 092017
 
Stodmarsh trip report

Stodmarsh in May – my favourite reserve at the best time of year – what could be better?  A merry band of seven met up and, despite the chilly weather, Stodmarsh once again delivered some great birds, although in some cases with tantalisingly brief views. We started off in the wooded section and proceeded around the […]

Aug 142016
 
Great day at Oare Marshes

Several suggestions were made for the title of this trip report, including ‘Feeding Frenzy’ – but I don’t think you want to read about our picnic lunches!   Perhaps more appropriate is a round-up of a wonderful day out at Oare, enjoying a wide variety of wildlife and attended by over 20 members of the group. […]

Apr 102016
 
Trip report - Rainham marshes RSPB

Our trip to Rainham Marshes RSPB this weekend was well attended with the reserve busy with birders coming to see the ‘lost’ Razorbill as well as many families enjoying the reserve. Suffice to say our group did not see the Razorbill – we thinked it slipped off into one of the many channels while we […]

Oct 112015
 
Homes for Invertebrates

Eleven of the group turned out for our Volunteer activity on Saturday.   We met at Cliffe Pools car park and were soon issued with litter pickers, loppers, forks and spades by Steph of the rspb. Our initial task was to litter pick, trim overhanging branches, and remove dog faeces from along the track!   […]

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 […]

Jul 072014
 
Oare

The old favourite strikes again. Today we realised that all the media speculation about autumn being on its way was probably right, as huge numbers of black-tailed godwit were already gathering in post-breeding flocks.  Many juvenile birds were found including pied wagtail, shelduck, lapwing, coot (over 100), reed bunting, little grebe, starling, mute swan, greylag […]