Leader’s Notes

Notes and thoughts from the group leader.

Mar 292020
Danish Scurvy Grass and Mediterranean Gulls

A few days ago Sally and I walked up to our local shop in search of food! We found this plant growing on the pavement by the bus stop in Chalk. We had passed it several times before and wondered what it was. But on this occasion Sally made an effort to identify it and […]

 Posted by on 29 March 2020 at 3:23 pm
Dec 062019
Playing Black-headed Gull Bingo

I have never played bingo but this blog post is about Black-headed gulls on Gravesend promenade. If you have had enough of all of that then look away now! But it is interesting. And all these numbers and letters have got me confused. Sally and I went back to Gravesend promenade. I wanted to say […]

 Posted by on 6 December 2019 at 2:51 pm
Nov 302019
Bird Notes from Gravesend

One of the benefits of being in a RSPB local group is to meet like minded people and find out what birds and wildlife they are seeing. Recently, Steve B. emailed me to let me know that he had seen a coal tit in his Gravesend garden. So what’s special about that? Well Steve thought […]

 Posted by on 30 November 2019 at 10:59 pm
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