Sep 252018
 
Beluga whale in the Thames

A beluga whale has been seen swimming in the River Thames. It was first spotted by ecologist and ornithologist Dave Andrews, who said it had been feeding around barges near Gravesend in Kent. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation said it was “obviously very lost and quite possibly in trouble”. Vessels are being kept clear, with […]

Sep 162011
 
Collared Doves

Has anyone had collared doves unsuccessfully nesting in their garden? A friend of mine has had a bird in a nest in a palm tree near her house almost without interruption for the last six months.   On occasions eggs have fallen from the tree, unbroken, but there has been no sign of food being brought […]

Jun 102011
 
High Elms

This week’s Wednesday walk was at High Elms Reserve near Downe.   As we arrived it started to rain but this soon stopped and we had a good walk with cloud interspersed with sunshine.   We followed the circular walk which takes you through a variety of habitats; past sites where John Lubbock (a young man encouraged […]

May 282011
 
Stodmarsh

15 joined Paul for the walk at Stodmarsh today.   The weather was cloudy, overcast and very windy which didn’t set itself up for the best of birdwatching days, but spirits were high.   On arrival the banter was flowing freely in the car park – some folk just don’t understand the limits of a 1.2 cc […]

May 062011
 
Swifts arrive on Polling Day

Thursday 5th May 2011 was polling day, it was a balmy evening with a lovely sunset as a backdrop to stroll down to the local polling station and exercise one’s democratic right. But what made the evening special for me, was the sight and sound of swifts back in our road in Gravesend. For the […]