Jun 132019
 
Thursley common trip report

The group met up at Thursley common on Sunday, which was the best day of the week weather wise.  Thursley common National Nature Reserve is the largest and most important heathland area in Surrey.  It has a mosaic of open dry heathland, peat bogs, ponds, and pine and deciduous woodlands. As such it holds a […]

May 302019
 
Stodmarsh May trip report

Fifteen of us met in the Stodmarsh NNR car park on Sunday 27 May. The weather forecast earlier in the week had looked like there was the possibility of rain but the day turned out pleasantly sunny. We headed first for the Reedbed hide, then went, via the small woodland, along the lampen walk to […]

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 […]

May 092017
 
Stodmarsh trip report

Stodmarsh in May – my favourite reserve at the best time of year – what could be better?  A merry band of seven met up and, despite the chilly weather, Stodmarsh once again delivered some great birds, although in some cases with tantalisingly brief views. We started off in the wooded section and proceeded around the […]

May 102016
 
Dawn chorus report

It is never easy to leave a comfortable bed at 4 o’clock in the morning to go on a dawn chorus walk, but myself and nine others stealed ourselves and were rewarded with a memorable start to the day.  This year’s dawn chorus took place 3 weeks later in the season than that from last […]

May 152014
 
Four foray to France

So, if you were going out bird watching and left Gravesend at 6.:30 am to catch a train, where would you be going?   Bearing in mind Sally had to get Malcolm out of bed, fed and dressed by then it would have to be special . . . . . . . . . […]

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 […]