Shellness & Capel Fleet (with a little bit of Harty thrown in)

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Jan 062015

Our first outing of 2015 was a rather foggy affair, but that did not deter 21 people who gathered at Leysdown.   As it was coming up to a high tide we decided to move down to the car park at Shellness and wander towards the high tide roost.   That was not before we […]

Jan 262013
A Winter Birdwatching Week

The recent cold weather and snow has meant that my teaching jobs at Rainham this week, have been postponed.   After all, trying to convince students that the ‘outside’ is wonderful, when you’re a step away from hypothermia yourself, can be an uphill task!   So most of this week, it’s been homework and housework […]

In raptures over Raptors

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Nov 072012
In raptures over Raptors

Swale NNR and Capel Fleet were the venue for my regular wander this week with the usual band of hopefuls. We took the journey down the Harty Road slowly, watching the fields as we cruised past. A flock of Fieldfare were feeding amongst a cabbage crop. They were hard to see at first, but as […]

Jan 142012
Shellness and Capel Fleet

Our second outdoor meeting of the year was met with an excellent morning of harsh frost coupled with bright sunshine and clear skies.   With a temperature of -0.5 degrees a certain amount of layering was required to ensure we kept warm. 20 of us joined Jeff on this popular walk, but with a bit of […]

First Resolution Broken!

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Jan 102012
First Resolution Broken!

So four days in and I haven’t kept to my wish – to write up these blogs straight away, whilst you remember all those little details – here were are a week later and I can barely remember where I went let alone what I saw – anyway, here goes: Where did we go for our […]

Super Sheppey

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Nov 022011
Super Sheppey

When I meet new people and discuss where we live I often get “Oh, you’re so lucky to have all those good sites near you”.   Today just confirmed how right they are and how brilliant the area is for getting out and seeing great birds. Having checked a few websites last night, the Sheppey area […]

Mar 232011

Today’s outing was far warmer than any so far this year!   The first (and best) sighting of the day came on the approach to Shellness where two short-eared owls were displaying over the fields (see photos). Superb! Great views had by all from the car.    One caught up with us later near the car […]