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Nov 192019
 
Black-headed Gull 2L RR

Today Sally and I made a short birdwatching trip to Gravesend Promenade. The first birds to grab our attention were a pair of common gulls parading in unison, with dropped wings, across the mud – all the while giving a very loud raucous call (the birds, not us). This must be some kind of display […]

 Posted by on 19 November 2019 at 9:24 pm
Oct 292019
 
Sandwich Bird Observatory 27th October

Following a very wet Saturday nine members met at Sandwich Bird Observatory on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning. On the drive down the signs of the forthcoming autumn were there to see in the changing colours of the road side trees. We were made aware of a bird ringing session taking place in one of […]

Sep 222019
 
Log Piles and Dead Wood in your Garden

Steve and Hazel have sent me this photograph of a log pile that they created in their garden. I know that other members of the group have also created their own. And why not! Decaying wood  is a great bio-diverse habitat providing a home for fungi, insects, spiders and small animals. Wrens enjoy ducking and […]

 Posted by on 22 September 2019 at 11:30 pm
Aug 252019
 
Hen Harriers

I recently visited the KWT reserve at Sevenoaks. I always have a look at the donated second-hand books for sale and on this occasion found that they were selling 50+ bound volumes of the journal “British Birds”. I like reading old natural history journals so I bought the lot! And, now that I have also […]

 Posted by on 25 August 2019 at 9:14 pm
Aug 152019
 
Dungeness reserve update - August 2019

Here is the latest news from the team at the Dungeness RSPB reserve: Reserve News Updates Although this summer has not been as good as last years (where’s the sun?), we’ve managed to see some amazing wildlife on our reserve this month. Over the last few weeks we have been seeing a great number of […]

 Posted by on 15 August 2019 at 10:46 am
Jul 282019
 
Rose Chafers at Samphire Hoe

If you have been to Samphire Hoe recently, or have read our recent trip report,  you will know that Samphire Hoe is a great place to find rose chafer beetles. Rose chafers are quite big beetles, very friendly, and easy to watch as they feed on the flower heads of wild carrot, large knapweed and […]

 Posted by on 28 July 2019 at 10:21 pm
May 162019
 
Belted Beauty and Eagles Mystery Photograph

What a beauty! But you can be forgiven for not knowing that this is a moth. A female Belted Beauty – and they are wingless! Recently Sally and I were lucky to be taken out to monitor a colony of this rare moth. Alan, the Butterfly Conservation representative and recorder for Mull and Iona (and […]

 Posted by on 16 May 2019 at 11:35 pm
Apr 122019
 

If you are looking forward to our dawn chorus meeting in a few weeks, you might like to whet your appetite with the following RSPB initiative. ‘Let Nature Sing’ aims to bring the plight of our wildlife to a greater audience in several ways, follow the link below to see how you can get help, […]

 Posted by on 12 April 2019 at 11:34 pm