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. […]

Mar 192015
 
And then there were three .....

Irene, Terry and I visited a cold, grey and breezy Shellness on Wednesday.    After the bumpy ride down to the car park, we sat in the car watching as two red-legged partridge walked up to the top of the sea wall and then flew inland to the safety of long grass in a nearby […]

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 […]

Jul 072014
 
Oare

The old favourite strikes again. Today we realised that all the media speculation about autumn being on its way was probably right, as huge numbers of black-tailed godwit were already gathering in post-breeding flocks.  Many juvenile birds were found including pied wagtail, shelduck, lapwing, coot (over 100), reed bunting, little grebe, starling, mute swan, greylag […]

May 022014
 
Wednesday Wanderings

Many of you will know that I and a few friends regularly go out on Wednesday and I had got in the habit of writing about our trips.   Although this did cause a bit of confusion as some thought it was an official group walk that they had missed!   Having had a couple […]

Apr 102014
 
Elmley National Nature Reserve - 6th April

Last Sunday John and Pauline led a lovely walk around this excellent reserve which is now run by the Elmley Conservation Trust.   Here is their report: Driving down to the car park, there is still a lot of surface water providing nesting and feeding opportunities, a coot on a nest being one.    Many […]