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. […]

Jul 302016
 
Only a week to go!

If you have any doubt about attending next Saturday’s Hen Harrier Day event at Rainham Marshes, take a look at this link. A young aspiring naturalist from Northern Ireland.   His blog is an inspiration, and if that doesn’t convince you to join us, then the linked videos from Chris Packham might just do the […]

Sep 102015
 
A time for change? Part II

Just to keep you up to date with the latest figures: Currently (14:00 hrs 10th September) those signed up to the Government petition to ban drive grouse shooting in the UK is: 15933 Local constituency support now stands at: Gravesham – 31 – a great increase from the previous 12 Dartford – 19 – previously 14 […]

Jan 212014
 
Elmley NNR

As we drove onto the reserve we were met with flooded fields and ditches with huge flocks of starling, lapwing and over 50 curlew on one side of the track – a further 60 on the other.   Mute swan, greylag geese, coot, redshank and a marsh harrier were also spotted as we continued along […]

Jan 072013
 
Shellness and Capel Fleet

The first group outing of the New Year was to Shellness and Capel Fleet.  Twenty-one of us met Jeff near Leysdown as the tide fell exposing large expanses of mud.    Distant waders were identified through the misty morning light, and we soon had a list with Turnstone, Dunlin, Sanderling, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Knot, […]