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Sunday 2 January 10am – 4pm
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Meet in Reculver car park CT6 6SS. A walk along the promenade to see Brent geese and maybe snow buntings.
Leaders: Irene & Terry

Thursday 13 January 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Northfleet School for Girls

rolf gets rattled!” by Rolf Williams. Encounters with 14 species of rattlesnake in California & Arizona with tips on how to spot them. Also introducing the wildlife of the ‘Sky Islands’.

Saturday 15 January 10am – 4pm
Brooklands lake

Meet in the car park ME6 5BB (TQ707614). A trip to see wintering wildfowl and maybe a kingfisher. Leader: Trevor

Tuesday 25 January 2pm – 4pm
Masonic Halls

A TASTE OF ROMANIA” by Brian Nobbs. An introduction to the wildlife of this intriguing country, from the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania to the lakes of the Danube Delta.

Saturday 29 January 10am – 4pm
Oare Marshes kwt

Meet in the car park ME13 0QA. Waders roosting on the islands and small birds in the reed bed. Leaders: Irene & Terry

Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 Jan 1 hour
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 the three days and enjoy time with nature counting birds.
Submit your results on the RSPB website and be part of the 2022 BGBW!

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Thursday 10 February 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Northfleet School for Girls

“Costa Rica” by Howard Vaughan. Howard works at RSPB Rainham Marshes & is an excellent all-round naturalist. Tonight he tells us about his trip to this beautiful country.

Sunday 13 February 10am – 4pm
Elmley nnr (WC)

Meet at reserve car park ME12 3RW. Wintering wildfowl, raptors, waders and hares in the fields. There is an entry fee and numbers may be limited.

Although some restrictions have relaxed since our visit last year, we still have to limit the group number and we are therefore not able to invite everyone unfortunately. There will be the slightly reduced group rate of £5.00 per person, for those who are not ‘Friends of Elmley’.

If you would like to attend, register your interest with any committee member (N.B. this is applies whether you are a ‘Friend of Elmley’ or not).

As car parking is limited we can only guarantee entry to those cars which have been notified to Elmley as being part of our group. Please give the names of those attending, the car registration you will be using on the day and also whether you are ‘Friends of Elmley’ or not.

Places will be allocated on receipt and if necessary a reserve list will be kept, so if you change your mind nearer the time, please let us know to allow someone else to attend.

Unless you have a confirmation of your place at Elmley you will not be able to get the reduced group rate of £5.00 per person and you may not gain access if they already have a full car park allocation for that day from others who have booked independently.

Leader: Sue

Tuesday 22 February 2pm – 4pm
Masonic Halls

BIRDS IN PARADISE– SEYCHELLES & GALAPAGOS” by John Buckingham. These islands hold teaming populations of exotic & endemic wildlife, including boobies, frigates, tropics, noddies & pitchers.

Saturday 26 February 10am – 4pm
Cliffe Pools RSPB

Meet in the car park off Salt Lane, ME3 7SU. Cliffe attracts winter waders, wildfowl and birds of prey.
Leaders: Peter & Karrie

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MARCH 2022

Sunday 6 March 10am – 4pm
Blean Woods RSPB

Meet in reserve car park CT2 9DD. Flocks of small birds including tits, treecreepers, nuthatch and woodpeckers.
Leaders: Claire & Jim

Thursday 10 March 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Northfleet School for Girls

Antarctic Adventure” by Ralph & Brenda Todd. Cruising from Ushuaia to the Falklands and on to the Antarctic Peninsula, Ralph & Brenda will beguile us with icebergs, penguins, albatrosses & life on board a cruise ship.

Saturday 19 March 10am—4pm

Meet at the sea wall at Leysdown, ME12 4RJ. A walk to the hamlet of Shellness to see the wader roost and maybe a short-eared owl.
Leaders: Norman & Sandra

Tuesday 22 March 2pm – 4pm
Masonic Halls

LOCKDOWN 874” by Jonathan Forgham. For a whole year during the pandemic Lockdown, Jonathan surveyed the natural history of his small rural garden and recorded 874 species!

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APRIL 2022

Sunday 3 April 10am – 4pm
Dungeness RSPB (wc)

Meet at the lighthouse car park, TN29 9NA, for a visit to the beach and observatory. Later to the RSPB reserve, TN29 9PN, for water birds and returning migrants.
Leaders: Sue & Cliff

Thursday 14 April 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Northfleet School for Girls

THE JEWENTER” by Chris Gooddie. A year of visiting the rainforests of SE Asia, Australia, Uganda & Zambia to see the world’s 32 species of pitta & other wildlife.

Saturday 16 April 10am—4pm
Stodmarsh nnr (WC)

Meet in reserve car park, CT3 4BE. Spring bird song in the bushes and reed beds, and hobbies & harriers overhead.
Leaders: Irene & Terry

Tuesday 26 April 10am – 1pm
Northward Hill RSPB (WC)

Meet at Bromhey Farm car park ME3 8DS. Whitethroats, blackcaps & a visit to the heronry to look for herons & egrets.
Leaders: Malcolm & Sally

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MAY 2022

Sunday 1 May 6am – 9am DAWN CHORUS
Cliffe Pools RSPB (WC)

Meet in Cliffe Village car park near the church ME3 7QW, to hear bird song-nightingales, whitethroats, cuckoos, blackcaps and many more!
Leader: Paul

Thursday 12 May 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Northfleet School for Girls

AGM followed by “BIRDS OF HEATHS, MOORS & MOUNTAINS” by John Buckingham. Visiting rare, remote & wild habitats, John travels through Britain seeing warblers, woodlarks, hobbies, hen harriers, ptarmigan & much, much more.

Saturday 14 May 10am – 4pm
Fingringhoe Wick (WC)

Meet in the reserve car park, CO5 7DN. This lovely Essex reserve is a new venue for us. Situated on the River Colne we will see & hear birds such as nightingales, whitethroats & blackcaps as well as all kinds of water wildlife.
Leader: Sue

Sunday 22 May COACH TRIP

A lovely reserve with woodland, heathland, coast & pools full of wildlife. Visitor centre, café & hides. Details on website & at meetings.
Organiser: Hazel Cullum

Tuesday 24 May 10am – 1pm
Cliffe Pools RSPB

Meet in the car park off Salt Lane, ME3 7SU. The islands provide safe nesting for huge numbers of gulls, terns, avocets & other birds at this time of year.
Leaders: Malcolm & Sally

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JUNE 2022

Saturday 4 June 10am—4pm
Swanscombe Marshes

Turn right after Ebbsfleet Football ground into Lower Rd & park beyond ’Britannia Metals’ building, DA11 9BB. This peninsula of land with an industrial past is now a haven for wildlife with a reed bed used by Marsh Harriers, grey herons & reed warblers.
Leader: Sue

Sunday 19 June 10am—4pm

Meet at Sandwich Bay Observatory, CT13 9PF. There will be a small fee to enter the Sandwich Estate taken at the tollgate as you drive in.
Leaders: Maria & Paul

Tuesday 28 June 10.00am – 1pm
GRAIN COSTAL PATH **Please note, this is a change to our published programme**

Meet in Grain car park ME3 0BS. The muddy shore attracts gulls, oystercatchers & waders.
Leaders: Malcolm & Sally

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JULY 2022

Saturday 2 July 10am—4pm

Meet in car park adjacent to Old Lodge Reserve on the B2026, TN22 3JD (TQ469306). Common redstart, woodlark, tree pipit, hobby & spotted flycatcher! More details at
Leaders: Irene & Terry

Sunday 17 July

We hope to visit an area of Kent where Nightjars can be seen. Details of venue can be obtained nearer the time. Trevor will lead the visit & can be contacted about a week before on 07709 925613.

Tuesday 26 July 10am – 1pm

Meet in the car park, TN13 3DH for a Summer visit to see flowers, butterflies & dragonflies and ducks & geese with their young.
Leaders: Sally & Malcolm

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Friday 5 August 6pm – approx. 9pm DUSK VISIT

Meet outside the car park off Salt Lane, ME3 7SX. Passage waders, such as whimbrel and sandpipers, with gulls and terns. Insect repellent recommended.
Leaders: Maria & Paul

Saturday 20 August 10am – 4pm
Oare Marshes KWT reserve

Meet in car park ME13 0QA. Reed buntings, bearded tits & warblers in the reed beds. Early returning waders on the scrape.
Leader: Hazel & Steve

Tuesday 30 August 10am – 1pm

Meet at the visitor centre, DA4 0JF. Yellowhammers, Silver-washed fritillary butterflies, banded demoiselles and maybe grey wagtails on the river.
Leaders: Malcolm & Sally

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Sunday 4 September 10am – 4pm

Meet in Stodmarsh car park, CT3 4BE. Redpolls and siskins in the woodland, returning hobbies & hirundines overhead.
Leaders: Maria & Paul

Thursday 8 September 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Northfleet School for Girls

SHETLAND TO SCILLY, BIRDS OF THE BRITISH ISLES” by Ashley Grove. An exciting journey from the far north of Britain to the furthest south seeing over 130 species of British birds.

Saturday 17 September 10am—4pm
BOCKHILL – ST Margaret’s bay

Meet by the Dover Patrol memorial at the end of Granville Road CT15 6DS. Ravens & fulmars on the cliffs, small migrant birds at Bockhill Farm.
Leaders: Peter & Karrie

Tuesday 27 September 2pm – 4pm
Masonic Halls

A QUEST FOR WADERS” by Rick & Elis Simpson of Wader Quest. A year’s fundraising venture visiting far-flung & exotic places to see wader species. Humorous & alarming, with the conservation issues for waders explained.

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Saturday 1 October COACH TRIP
Pulborough brooks rspb reserve

The Arun Valley is a refuge for wildfowl in winter. Fieldfares & redwings in the hedges, siskins & redpolls in the woodland. Visitor centre & café. Full details can be found here.
Organiser: Hazel Cullum

Thursday 13 October 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Northfleet School for Girls

THE BIRDS OF SOUTHERN PORTUGAL” by Jonathan Forgham. A tour of this wildlife rich area, from the plains of Castro Verde & the hills and gorges of the Alentejo to the dunes, saltpans & lagoons of the Algarve.

Sunday 16 October 10am – 4pm

Meet in the reserve car park RM19 1SZ. Waders & wildfowl and migrants returning south.
Leader: Hazel & Steve

Tuesday 25 October 2pm – 4pm
Masonic Halls

PINEAPPLE PERIL FOR PALEARCTIC MIGRANTS & AFRICAN WOODLAND SPECIES” by Ann Scott. Ann will tell us how a memorial appeal for her husband, Bob, raised money to save some of the Kenyan coastal forest habitat for migrant birds.

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Saturday 5 November 9am—1pm
Volunteer day

Meet in the car park at Bromhey Farm at 9am.

As in previous years, we will be clearing and burning scrub at a site to be determined by the Northward Hill staff. We will finish around 3pm but you are free to leave earlier if you wish.

Bring snacks, drinks and warm clothing, gloves and stout shoes as we could be working in pasture and fields, where the ground is uneven.

Leader: Paul

Thursday 10 November 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Northfleet School for Girls

BIRDING IN KENT IN WINTER” by Barry Wright. Another lively talk from Barry describing his local adventures.

Sunday 20 November 10am – 4pm

Meet in car park TN13 3DF (parking fee). Grebes on the lakes. Redpoll and Siskins in the woodland. Bough Beech after lunch TN8 7AN
Leaders: Karrie & Peter

Tuesday 22 November 2pm – 4pm
Masonic Halls

THE CONSERVATION OF THE CRITICALLY ENDANGERED SOCIABLE LAPWING” by Rob Sheldon. Rob will outline the international work done to safeguard the future of this wonderful bird & the implications for other species.

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Sunday 4 December 10am – 4pm
Elmley nnr (WC)

Meet at reserve car park ME12 3RW. Wintering wildfowl, raptors, waders and owls. There is an entry fee and numbers may be limited.
Leader: Sue

Thursday 8 December 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Northfleet School for Girls

A social evening – A meeting to review the year and enjoy some festive refreshments and quizzes.

Saturday 17 December 10am-4pm

Meet in Bromhey Farm car park, ME3 8DS. Come and enjoy the sight and sound of the corvids coming to roost!
Leaders: Norman & Sandra

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