Aug 062019
 
Rye Harbour

Nineteen members of the group managed to negotiate the closures of the M20 for our trip to this excellent Reserve.    Established as a Local Nature Reserve in 1970, three years later the ‘Friends of Rye Harbour’ group was formed, over the years these members have played a major role in funding and giving voluntary […]

May 052018
 
Dawn Chorus

Waking up at 4am is not everyone’s idea of weekend enjoyment but that was 9 of us did last Sunday to enjoy the dawn chorus at Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve. With sunrise at 5:30am it was still a dark gloom as we listened to our first songster of the day: a mistle thrush singing from […]

Apr 242015
 
Nightingales and cuckoo in dawn chorus

Our dawn chorus walk this year started from the Cliffe village car park one hour before sunrise and it was dark, very dark. Ten hardy souls had set alarm clocks early and as we walked out of the village and onto a dim Pickles Way the usual pre-dawn suspects were already singing: blackbird, wren and […]

May 152014
 
Four foray to France

So, if you were going out bird watching and left Gravesend at 6.:30 am to catch a train, where would you be going?   Bearing in mind Sally had to get Malcolm out of bed, fed and dressed by then it would have to be special . . . . . . . . . […]

Spring (Almost) Sprung

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Apr 162013
 
Spring (Almost) Sprung

At last a milder day. So off to Grain for some migrants . . . We found the usual suspects in bagfuls around the car park and along the top of the fort and moat.   No new songs could be heard.   The tide was rising and huge numbers of Curlew and Oystercatcher fed […]

Shellness

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Sep 122012
 
Shellness

Bright, breezy, and glorious, a great day to be by the sea and Shellness was our destination today. Swallows met us as we got out of the car at the top of the road just out of Leysdown.    They were swooping over the short grass opposite the seawall, feeding up before their long journey […]

Oare

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Apr 222012
 
Oare

17 of us met in the car park at Oare for our group walk around this KWT reserve on the Swale.    A whitethroat sang from a tree by the side of the car park,  its beautiful clean white throat catching the light – great for a photograph, but I enjoyed watching so much I couldn’t bring myself […]

Dungeness

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Mar 222012
 
Dungeness

Dungeness is always one of my favourite birdwatching sites, you never know quite what might turn up, but just occasionally it more than surprises you – it delights you, so here goes. The omens were not too good, I had two near misses in the car before I had collected my three passengers, and then […]

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