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 […]

Jul 312017
 
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

Ten members of the Group met at this relatively new site which we have only visited once before.   Created on the site of Mucking Landfill Site, there are still memories of the history of the site, with domed grass and flower meadows, created from the capped landfill and metal cranes which were used to offload […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 302014
 
Grey Wagtails

This Wednesday Malcolm had the bright idea to travel the byways of Kent in search of Grey Wagtail territories.   As the driver of a car only washed the day before I was delighted to ramble down narrow country lanes with potholes in abundance – Malcolm helpfully requesting that I avoid them of course!   […]

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 […]

Jun 272013
 
Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

Twenty-one of us joined Malcolm and Sally for this Tuesday walk at the ever-popular wildlife reserve at Sevenoaks.   From the car park we could hear Chiffchaff and Robin singing away enjoying the morning sunlight.   Willow Warbler and Garden Warbler were heard by the leading group, with Wren, Magpie and Jay added in quick […]