Trip reports

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

Feb 222018
Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill RSPB Reserves

On a beautiful sunny day, twenty-four of us gathered in the Salt Lane car park and welcomed four new faces – Mandy, Paul, Carol and Graham. The usual array of wood pigeon, collared dove and crows flew overhead as we made our way to the Crystal Pool. There were coot, tufted duck, great crested grebe, […]

 Posted by on 22 February 2018 at 4:25 pm
Feb 062018
Group Visit to Elmley NNR

Elmley is a family run farm with marshland rich in wildlife, home to large numbers of wintering wildfowl and breeding waders – over 40 species of birds breed and raise young here. The winter rain had filled the ditches rills and pools and near the entrance sheep were grazing and brown hares could be seen […]

 Posted by on 6 February 2018 at 9:54 pm
Jan 252018
Group Trip to Dungeness

Eight of us met at the old lighthouse on a miserable overcast day.  However, despite the apocalyptic forecast, the morning proved not to be too bad.  We walked out to the beach and saw sparrows, starlings and blue tit in the scrub on the way.  We decided not to go as far as the patch […]

 Posted by on 25 January 2018 at 3:07 pm
Jan 062018
Shellness and Capel Fleet

Thirteen stalwart (and well wrapped up) members of the Group met at Leysdown on Saturday morning for our first group outing of 2018.   With a biting north wind, we needed those layers.   The tide was out when we arrived.   We were greeted by a pied wagtail on the seawall, and several black-headed […]

Dec 202017
Leybourne Lakes Country Park

Sunday 17th December: Wendy and I woke up to find we could barely see the end of our garden for fog and it was wet and cold.   Oh well, knowing the intrepid Gravesend Group birders someone was bound to be at Leybourne so we packed a flask and set off.  On our way down […]

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