Aug 062019
 
Rye Harbour

Nineteen members of the group managed to negotiate the closures of the M20 for our trip to this excellent Reserve.    Established as a Local Nature Reserve in 1970, three years later the ‘Friends of Rye Harbour’ group was formed, over the years these members have played a major role in funding and giving voluntary […]

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 […]

Nov 082016
 
Elmley

Watching the weather forecasts this week I did not expect to be leading the Elmley trip on a lovely sunny morning. On the track to the main reserve we saw marsh harrier, curlew, skylark, and lapwing.    On the sacrificial crop near the farm goldfinch and linnet fed, and a robin ‘ticked’ as it joined them. […]

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. […]

Jan 062015
 

Our first outing of 2015 was a rather foggy affair, but that did not deter 21 people who gathered at Leysdown.   As it was coming up to a high tide we decided to move down to the car park at Shellness and wander towards the high tide roost.   That was not before we […]

Sep 242014
 
Conyer Creek & Oare Marshes

A lovely day out, even though it rained a little this morning.   At Conyer we saw many swallow gathering on telegraph wires ready to migrate.   Hundreds of house martin were feeding up high above us, chattering away to each other (presumably keeping in contact in their family groups).   Surprisingly, we also found […]

Feb 122014
 
Rain, Rain Go Away . . . . Oh how I wish!

I nearly stayed in bed this morning, but that would have been defeatist, so off I went with my binoculars and wet weather gear to find some birds. First stop was Chatham docks – shag and long-tailed duck have been found there in previous years, so there is always a chance of something other than […]

Feb 112014
 
Bird Watching in Essex

Last week was rather different in that I went to Essex to see friends and do some bird watching.   We decided on Fingringhoe Wick.   Although the weather has been pretty ropey recently, we actually had a good day with sunshine and only one short shower of rain. There were spectacular numbers of curlew, […]