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Sep 262021
Gravesend RSPB trip to Dungeness

On Sunday 19 September 21 of us met at the Old Lighthouse in Dungeness. The weather was overcast but dry and with only a slight breeze. Before leaving the car park a sparrowhawk and kestrel flew over the lighthouse and a peregrine was spotted perching on a pylon. Making our way to the beach small […]

Sep 102021
Group Trip to RSPB Rainham Marsh

It was an overcast morning when 11 of us met in the car park at Rainham Marshes RSPB reserve in Essex. A robin was ticking away but not to be seen as we made our way to reception, which due to Covid, is now situated outside the centre. Here we booked in and were told […]

 Posted by on 10 September 2021 at 10:05 pm
Aug 302021
Group Trip to Sevenoaks KWT Reserve

If you are a fan of the TV programme “Red Dwarf” then you will understand that I feel a bit like Kryten trying to say “Sm…… He…….”. Anyway the first birds that we saw on our group trip to Sevenoaks were two Egy……Goo……. But as it was so good I thought I would start this […]

 Posted by on 30 August 2021 at 12:55 pm
Jul 292021
Group Trip to Allhallows

Who would have thought that a short trip to Allhallows could have produced such interesting finds! It was quite exciting at the time but got even better when we got back home. Fifteen people met up for our first Tuesday walk since 2019. It was good to see everyone again. One of my favourite damselflies […]

 Posted by on 29 July 2021 at 10:34 pm
Jul 182021
Group Trip to Samphire Hoe - Sunday 11th July

One of the good things about visiting Samphire Hoe, near Dover, is that you can get a close – up view of the White Cliffs without getting your feet wet. And one of the best places at Samphire Hoe is an “off limits” area of tumbled chalk boulders that have crashed from the cliffs above. […]

 Posted by on 18 July 2021 at 12:39 pm
Dec 072020
Black-headed gulls - More rings to find

During lockdown we have occasionally walked to Gravesend Promenade for a bit of bird watching. In previous blog posts I have written about the black-headed gulls that have been colour ringed. The last few weeks have seen an explosion of colours – with blue, white and yellow ringed birds. So here is a collection of […]

 Posted by on 7 December 2020 at 10:10 pm
Sep 022020
Mullein - The Plant, The Caterpillar and the Moth

I’ve just read the recent post about caterpillars and thought you would like to hear our story about mullein moth caterpillars. Last year, before lock down, we bought a mullein plant from Lullingstone Roman villa. Mullein is part of our native British flora, sadly not so often seen now in our world of highly intensive […]

 Posted by on 2 September 2020 at 2:18 pm