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 […]

Cliffs Pools dawn chorus report

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Apr 272017
Cliffs Pools dawn chorus report

Myself and nine others met in the pre dawn twilight outside Cliffe church. As we made our way down Pond Hill we were greeted by the pre-dawn songsters: wren, blackbird & robin which were soon joined by song thrush with its repeated phrases. A cuckoo called but was not seen in gloom and we continued […]

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 […]

And then there were three …..

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Mar 192015
And then there were three .....

Irene, Terry and I visited a cold, grey and breezy Shellness on Wednesday.    After the bumpy ride down to the car park, we sat in the car watching as two red-legged partridge walked up to the top of the sea wall and then flew inland to the safety of long grass in a nearby […]

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 […]

Mar 122012
Elmley RSPB Reserve

A walk at Elmley RSPB Reserve was our destination this weekend with Clifford and Joan at the helm.   16 of us gathered for this walk, a rather poignant one as it was the first following the sad loss of Gordon Allison the warden.   He was in our thoughts as we gathered in the car park. On the drive […]

Dec 212011
On the trail of the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker!

Those of you who know me well will be aware that I have been trying to catch up with lesser spotted woodpecker in the UK for the last two years.   As one had been sighted at East Blean Wood recently we decided to give it a go. When we arrived there was an eerie silence […]


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Nov 232011

Dungeness rarely disappoints and today as we arrived to warm sunshine – a delight after the grey skies of the last few days – the prospect of a few new birds raised our spirits.   (sorry, Malcolm, getting far too poetical!). At the first hide we saw the usual collection of birds, including snipe, cormorant, pochard, teal, wigeon, shoveler, herring gull, […]