Feb 242020
 
Sevenoaks Trip Report

On a blustery and damp day thirteen of us met to explore this hidden gem tucked away just north of Sevenoaks and south of the M26.  The reserve is based around several large lakes, left over from gravel workings in the last century and includes areas of varied woodland and open fields.  The river Darent […]

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 […]

Sep 182019
 
Group visit to Rainham Marshes

Sunshine, twenty four degrees and a gentle breeze welcomed ten of us to this wonderful reserve in Essex. The RSPB acquired this site from the MoD in 2000, who used it as a test firing range and it was officially opened in 2006. After a chat with two of the wardens, Bill and Pat, we […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]