Jun 062022
 
Swanscombe Marshes Trip Report

Nine members of the group enjoyed the delights of Swanscombe this weekend.   With windy weather forecast it was always going to be a challenge to get good views of the birds, but we managed a creditable selection of birds and plants from this excellent wildlife site. Before we set off some had seen kestrel, […]

May 162022
 
Fingringhoe Wick Trip Report

Eleven of the group met at this Essex Wildlife Trust reserve on the River Colne.  After several windy days we were met beautiful sunny day with an almost cloudless sky.   This reserve has a mix of habitats including woodland, scrub, marsh and a relatively new intertidal area where the river wall was breached to allow […]

Apr 072022
 
Dungeness Trip Report - 3rd April

Fourteen of us gathered at the Old Lighthouse, Dungeness, on a very cold but sunny and clear day.  We were met by Jack, one of the Dungeness National Nature Reserve wardens, who gave us a briefing on what we may see around the area and at the RSPB reserve. Making our way out to the […]

Mar 072022
 
Group Trip to Blean Woods RSPB Reserve

Expectations were low as fourteen of us gathered in the RSPB car park on this cold, windy but dry day! On the leaders’ recce only eleven species had been spotted so the first target was to see at least one bird species for every member attending.    The second target was to find the notoriously […]

Jan 162022
 
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 the other.   Trying to look […]

Sep 232018
 
Rain in Rainham!

Autumn has arrived and a merry band of seven well prepared group members met at Rainham Marshes on a very wet Sunday morning.  It seemed as if the house sparrows were feeling in a similar mood – as we gathered in the shelter of the visitor centre, they were gathering under the bird house feeder […]

Dec 202017
 
Leybourne Lakes Country Park

Sunday 17th December: Wendy and I woke up to find we could barely see the end of our garden for fog and it was wet and cold.   Oh well, knowing the intrepid Gravesend Group birders someone was bound to be at Leybourne so we packed a flask and set off.  On our way down […]

May 092017
 
Stodmarsh trip report

Stodmarsh in May – my favourite reserve at the best time of year – what could be better?  A merry band of seven met up and, despite the chilly weather, Stodmarsh once again delivered some great birds, although in some cases with tantalisingly brief views. We started off in the wooded section and proceeded around the […]

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