Leader’s Notes

Notes and thoughts from the group leader.

Sep 012019
Group Trip to Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve

A Friday late evening visit to Cliffe Pools has been part of the group’s programme for many years. In fact we were visiting long before the pools were purchased by the RSPB. Sometimes we have been plagued by midges and mosquitoes but I can’t remember a bad weather trip. For this trip, the weather was […]

 Posted by on 1 September 2019 at 11:41 pm
Aug 122019
Kent Nature Partnership Biodiversity Strategy - 2019 to 2044

Kent Nature Partnership Biodiversity Strategy 2019 to 2044? Yes,  there is such a thing and it is just about readable too! It describes the strategy for the “restoration and revival of Kent’s wildlife“. This can be downloaded as a pdf file (or word file) and your comments are wanted. Just complete the questionnaire. We sent […]

 Posted by on 12 August 2019 at 11:06 pm
Apr 052019
2019 - Year of the Fly

How many of you knew that 2019 is the “Year of the Fly”? Apparently, flies are being celebrated all over the world and here in the UK, as the weather warms up, there are activities that you might like to get involved with. But why bother? Surely flies are just here so that birds can […]

 Posted by on 5 April 2019 at 9:15 pm
Feb 152019
Love Minsmere

It is no surprise that the RSPB Minsmere reserve is our most visited destination for our group coach trips -it is a wonderful place with its varied mosaic of habitats situated on the Suffolk heritage coastline.  A prominent landmark seen from the reserve is the white dome of Sizewell B power station owned and operated […]

 Posted by on 15 February 2019 at 6:26 pm
Oct 242018

Two of our group members visited Cliffe Pools recently and they report that, after parking in the RSPB car park at the bottom of Salt Lane, they were refused entry to the reserve by workmen. I have contacted the RSPB Reserve Office and they have supplied me with the following information. Dumping of rubbish on […]

 Posted by on 24 October 2018 at 9:34 pm
Aug 162018
Some News - And Bits and Pieces.

During lunch, at our recent trip to Sevenoaks Reserve, Derek introduced the topic of the proposed Swanscombe Recommended Marine Conservation Zone (as you do!). If, like me, you thought that Marine Conservation Zones are all about dolphins and sea horses, then think again! The Thames, between Greenhithe and Swanscombe (Broadness Point) has been proposed as […]

 Posted by on 16 August 2018 at 10:06 pm
Jun 102018
More about our Minsmere Trip

Despite all of our binoculars and telescopes we didn’t spend all of our time at Minsmere looking upwards for birds! The reserve is also a special place for plants and many species of insects. It would have been a shame not to have seen some of these. As Steve wrote in his report we found […]

 Posted by on 10 June 2018 at 11:17 pm
Apr 202018

This year the Gravesend Regatta will take place on 16 & 17 June on Gordon’s Promenade. This is a great opportunity for the group to meet members of the public and raise awareness of conservation issues. The Gravesend RSPB group will at the Regatta and we are looking for some help and volunteers. Our theme […]

 Posted by on 20 April 2018 at 9:36 pm