May 092015

Over the last two weeks Irene, Terry and myself have been privileged to see some wonderful sights on our weekly outings. Last week we were at Reculver and saw three male and two female cuckoo.   Four of the birds were chasing around from the sea wall to the brambles on the marshes.   We […]

May 082015
Stodmarsh - May trip report

Stodmarsh is my favourite reserve, May is my favourite month to visit it and hence I like to volunteer to lead this trip.  So when the promised good weather turned to a rainy, damp morning and a notice in the Stodmarsh car park announced that the section along the Stour was closed again, I was […]

Jun 182014
Minsmere Part II

Minsmere always gives us a great day out and this year’s trip was no different.   A lovely sunny day, and with the added excitement generated by the recent Springwatch programmes, we were all keen to catch up with the avian and mammal stars of the show. We arrived in great time (thanks to our […]

May 052014
Stodmarsh - May trip report

The sun was out today, as were the cyclists (on the road to Stodmarsh), as were other birdwatchers (the car park was near to full) and as were the birds (see below). Seventeen of us gathered and together we did the whole 4 mile circuit up to Grove Ferry, heading out in the direction of […]

Sep 252013
Rainham Marshes - Arachnophobes beware!

Eight of us met up at Rainham for this Sunday’s walk, ably led by Sue and Ian.   The weather was cloudy but warm, and the car park was busy with visitors.   On our way through the visitor centre we delivered the latest batch of used stamps for the Save the Albatross Fund.   […]

Aug 212013
Rainham Marshes

A dozen of us joined Malcolm and Sally for the last of their Tuesday morning walks of the summer.   Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve was today’s destination, and what a great day we had! The weather was warm and sunny and although a large group of mothers and toddlers arrived at around the same time […]

Aug 112013
Cliffe Pools trip report

Our evening walk at Cliffe Pools on Friday began well with cormorants, stock doves, great black-backed gulls and a hobby flying through as we gathered in the car park.   As we moved off, ably led by Neville a green woodpecker called. Jackdaw, wood pigeon, blackbird and starling were all noted by members of the […]

Jun 282013
Cliffe RSPB Reserve

This week our usual walk took us to Cliffe.      We were met with a cacophany of sound from the Black-headed Gulls on the first pool, where there were also Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Coot and Canada Geese.   From the bushes and trees around the car park and along the first part […]