Dec 092019
Elmley Trip 7th December

A bright start to a winters day at Elmley on Saturday, where 18 members of the group met up.   Enjoying the drive along the entrance track had already given us excellent sightings of marsh harrier, buzzard, several hundred lapwing, ruff (including one which seemed to already be gaining its white breeding plumage), black-tailed godwit and […]


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Nov 082016

Watching the weather forecasts this week I did not expect to be leading the Elmley trip on a lovely sunny morning. On the track to the main reserve we saw marsh harrier, curlew, skylark, and lapwing.    On the sacrificial crop near the farm goldfinch and linnet fed, and a robin ‘ticked’ as it joined them. […]

Trip report – Rainham marshes RSPB

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Apr 102016
Trip report - Rainham marshes RSPB

Our trip to Rainham Marshes RSPB this weekend was well attended with the reserve busy with birders coming to see the ‘lost’ Razorbill as well as many families enjoying the reserve. Suffice to say our group did not see the Razorbill – we thinked it slipped off into one of the many channels while we […]

Jan 212014
Elmley NNR

As we drove onto the reserve we were met with flooded fields and ditches with huge flocks of starling, lapwing and over 50 curlew on one side of the track – a further 60 on the other.   Mute swan, greylag geese, coot, redshank and a marsh harrier were also spotted as we continued along […]

Rainham Marshes – Arachnophobes beware!

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Sep 252013
Rainham Marshes - Arachnophobes beware!

Eight of us met up at Rainham for this Sunday’s walk, ably led by Sue and Ian.   The weather was cloudy but warm, and the car park was busy with visitors.   On our way through the visitor centre we delivered the latest batch of used stamps for the Save the Albatross Fund.   […]

Three new species . . .

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Dec 172012
Three new species . . .

Last Wednesday I added three new species to my year list, and one of them a new bird for me (which after 30-odd years of birdwatching is no mean feat – although it might just say something about the standard of my talents!) With a hard frost the landscape was beautiful with bright sunshine glistening […]