Jan 282018

Please note that the date for the Cliffe Pools Beach Clean is now 24th February (not May as previously stated)! Other details are all available on our previous post here Please contact Katie Thatcher direct to register your interest at: northkentmarshes@rspb.org.uk Look forward to seeing you there  

An extra volunteering challenge for your diary!

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Jan 262018

Some of you (who get the South East BBC News rather than London) may already be aware that Dave Saunders, Simon Ginnaw and several others are setting up a beach clean along the River Thames at Cliffe Pools.   Full details are on the links highlighted below, however, the aim is to clear the accumulation […]

Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill

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Feb 182016
Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill

A large group met in the car park at Cliffe on Sunday morning.   Amazing, given the weather forecast the day before which was for rain all day.   It could not have been different; although cold, we had a bright day with sunshine and when we could get out of the wind it was […]

Sep 222015
2015 Volunteer Day - Saturday 10th October

This year we are going to our local RSPB reserve,  Cliffe Pools, for our volunteering day.  After our success at Rainham Marshes last year,  we now have a reputation to uphold so please come along and join us!   Ben Newton, who is the RSPB Assistant Warden for North Kent Marshes, was involved in our Beach Clean event […]

Cliffe Pools trip report

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Aug 112013
Cliffe Pools trip report

Our evening walk at Cliffe Pools on Friday began well with cormorants, stock doves, great black-backed gulls and a hobby flying through as we gathered in the car park.   As we moved off, ably led by Neville a green woodpecker called. Jackdaw, wood pigeon, blackbird and starling were all noted by members of the […]

Jun 282013
Cliffe RSPB Reserve

This week our usual walk took us to Cliffe.      We were met with a cacophany of sound from the Black-headed Gulls on the first pool, where there were also Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Coot and Canada Geese.   From the bushes and trees around the car park and along the first part […]

Feb 032013
Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill

Today 16 members of the Group walked at Cliffe Pools and then Northward Hill. The Cliffe Pools Reserve has always been a great place to see large numbers of water birds in the winter and today was no exception. With huge flocks of Wigeon, Gadwall, Little Grebe, Coot, Lapwing, Shelduck, Shoveler, Teal, Pintail and Greylag […]

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 […]