Trip reports

Reports from our outdoor trips. Like to find out more? Join us on our next outdoor trip.

Dec 042017
Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill RSPB Reserves

The day started at Cliffe Pools with 10 hardy souls braving the cold weather.  We didn’t move far spending the first 20 minutes at the car park end of Crystal Pool where happily everyone managed to get a good look at the frequently diving pair of Black-Necked Grebe. On the ‘Pools’ were, Ringed Plover, Grey […]

 Posted by on 4 December 2017 at 9:11 pm
Nov 222017
Group Visit to Sevenoaks KWT Reserve

Following on from Saturday’s miserable weather, 19 of us met on a cold but sunny Sunday morning at Kent Wildlife Trust’s Sevenoaks wildlife reserve. This wonderful SSSI was created from former gravel quarries and has a mixed habitat including 5 lakes, ponds, reed beds and woodland. Just outside the visitor centre one of the first […]

 Posted by on 22 November 2017 at 8:24 pm
Nov 052017
Going up in smoke

Thirteen of the group took up the challenge of the volunteers day, this Saturday,  at Northward Hill RSPB reserve.  Under the direction of Ruby, Ruth and Dave, from the RSPB reserve team, our task was to clear a large area of felled hawthorn saplings that ran along a ditch. Removing these will help ground nesting […]

 Posted by on 5 November 2017 at 11:28 pm
Oct 242017
Pulborough RSPB Reserve - Coach Trip

Thirty-one of us boarded the coach at Gravesend railway station, despite the weather forecast for high winds and rain. It was generally felt that the weather could make for an interesting day! We arrived at Pulborough Brooks where we were greeted by Anna, who met us by the feeders and gave us a brief chat […]

 Posted by on 24 October 2017 at 9:46 pm
Oct 102017
Group Trip to Dungeness

Thirteen of us met at the RSPB reserve on a very grey and windy day – the complete opposite to the weather the day before and day after! On the feeders next to the car park were chaffinch, great tit and blue tit.  From the visitor centre there was a lot to observe on Burrows […]

 Posted by on 10 October 2017 at 10:27 pm
Oct 012017
Group Trip to St Margarets at Cliffe and Samphire Hoe

On Wednesday 20th September some of us went to Warden Point on Sheppey. As we looked out to sea we realised that we were witnessing a huge migration of house martins, swallows and sand martins. Later we heard that thousands of birds had passed through Kent that day. So, with high hopes of something similar […]

 Posted by on 1 October 2017 at 9:28 pm
Sep 102017
A Happy Hobby Day at Rainham Marshes

“The best views of Hobbies this year” – said one of our group as we stopped again to admire the aerobatic display of three Hobbies and two Kestrel. The weather was fine and fairly warm with a moderate breeze in open areas. The air was crystal clear, making the most of long views across the […]

 Posted by on 10 September 2017 at 9:32 pm
Aug 272017
Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve - an evening visit

Last Friday the Gravesend RSPB group had an evening visit to the RSPB reserve at Cliffe Pools. A new reserve sign greeted us in the car park. With only about 90 minutes of light left in the day, we wondered how many birds we would be able to see. However, as soon as we arrived […]

 Posted by on 27 August 2017 at 5:29 pm