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rspbgravesend – Gravesend RSPB local group

We are the local RSPB group for the Gravesend area

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Your Group NEEDS YOU!

Is anyone interested in volunteering for the Group?   Or do you know anyone who might be able to help us?We currently have vacancies for a Treasurer and a Newsletter Editor.   If you are interested in either role, please contact Paul, our group leader via email here.   See further details of each role below: Group TreasurerNeville, our current Treasurer, stands down at the end of the current financial year, March 2022.   As a charity the group is not able to operate without a Treasurer in place and we need to find someone to take over this role urgently. If you want to find out more about the role please follow this link to the rspb vacancies page. Neville has also ...

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Reminder of indoor meeting Covid prevention measures

Our indoor meetings this year commence on Thursday at 7:30pm with Rolf Williams 'rolf gets rattled' at Northfleet School for Girls.  We look forward to welcoming you.  If you have not been recently, please note that the entrance to our meeting room is on the far-right hand side of the school building looking from car park B. To keep us all safe, please review and follow our Covid prevention measures below when attending our indoor meetings: - Do not attend if you have a raised temperature or any other signs of COVID. As an extra precaution please take a lateral flow COVID test prior to attending a meeting and ensure this shows a negative result.  Lateral flow test kits can be ...

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Swanscombe marshes

Swanscombe Marshes SSSI - your action requested

You will be aware of Swanscombe Marshes and its recent notification as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) - this recognises the sites national importance for its breeding birds, invertebrates, plants and geological features. As part of the process, Natural England, the government’s nature conservation agency, must formally consult on this notification, which runs until the 12th July, until it is officially designated. There is therefore an opportunity for organisations and individuals to support this. The more people who can respond to the consultation and commend Natural England for taking this decision the better. We would be delighted if you could take ten minutes of your time to follow the guidance on Buglife’s page here to support the notification. ...

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Swanscombe Marshes – What can you do?

Swanscombe Marshes - What can you do?

Hot on the heels of the previous post where Natural England have recognised that the area should be designated as a SSSI, it is important to remember that this in no way means that the London Resort Development will not go through. The final decision on the development will be made by the Secretary of State and it is vital that we continue to work towards protecting the area.   With that in mind, what can you do to help the campaign to Save Swanscombe Marshes and peninsular? There are lots of ways you can get involved. Join campaigning groups on social media (Facebook, Twitter etc) Save Swanscombe Peninsula being an excellent start.  Follow our updates, and those of the central RSPB Community Follow the ...

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Recent Announcements

  • Oare Marshes

    Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Saturday 29 January at Oare Marshes. Meet in the car park ME13 0QA. Waders roosting on the islands and small birds in the reed bed. The meeting starts at 10am and will finish around 4pm. Leaders: Irene & Terry

  • Big Garden Birdwatch

    Don’t forget this weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Take part in the world’s largest wildlife survey and do something great for nature. Just choose an hour any time over any of the three days (Friday-Sunday) and enjoy time with nature counting birds. Submit your results on the RSPB website and […]

Latest Trip Reports

  • Group Trip to Brooklands Lake - 15th January
    Group Trip to Brooklands Lake – 15th January

    14 members of the group met up at the Brooklands end of the Leybourne Lakes complex near Snodland.The weather was foggy but we were determined not to let that stop us! Our walk began along a raised path through trees with a stream on one side and Brookland Lake on […]

  • Colour-ringed Common Redshank at Reculver
    Colour-ringed Common Redshank at Reculver

    I have had a reply regarding the colour-ringed common redshank seen by members of the group at Reculver on 2nd January. The colour rings were seen really well on Steve’s photograph: left leg: yellow over blue flag right leg: green over white The information has come back confirming that the bird […]

Members’ Posts

Group Leader’s Notes

  • Your Group NEEDS YOU!

    Is anyone interested in volunteering for the Group?   Or do you know anyone who might be able to help us? We currently have vacancies […]

  • Caterpillar Brains
    Caterpillar Brains

    Well I did ask! In a previous post I said that I only had 85 photographs of cinnabar caterpillars and that I needed more. So […]

  • Another Crab Spider
    Another Crab Spider

    This crab spider should have gone to Specsavers! I will have to go back and have another read of my book. Malcolm