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Jul 032020
Stag Beetle in Cliffe

A few days ago, Andy sent me this photograph of a male stag beetle that he had found in his garden.   I know that he has a very tidy garden (a subject we have debated together several times!) but he does have several rotting tree stumps. There are very few records of stag beetle […]

Jun 272020
Mason Bees - The Last Post

Not another post on bees. Well don’t blame me, blame Pam! Another of my natural history heroes is Gilbert White (1720-1793). He only wrote one book “The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne”. He is known for his meticulous observation and documentation of Nature. Although he was one of the first to observe migration in […]

 Posted by on 27 June 2020 at 9:53 pm
Jun 212020

We’ve been hearing about potential building development at Conyer for years.   It seems it is now moving forward with an application for 24 dwellings together with associated infrastructure, open space, landscaping, access works and bird viewing tower. The area has breeding turtle dove and nightingale, along with a host of other species which are there […]

 Posted by on 21 June 2020 at 2:32 pm
Jun 172020
Save Swanscombe Marshes

Many of you will have been aware of the proposed theme park development at Swanscombe Marshes which has been discussed for several years.  This is an area that we have visited as a group and several of our members are regular visitors.  Some might remember Peter Beckenham guiding us around on one of our early […]

Jun 112020
Gravesend Garden Birdwatch

Seventeen gardens were surveyed for our 4G Birdwatch. Thanks to those of you that sent in your lists. I hope that you enjoyed taking part. 42 species of bird were recorded and I have separated these into two lists – one of  “typical” garden birds and the other of “flyovers or unusual visitors”. First the […]

 Posted by on 11 June 2020 at 10:10 pm
Jun 042020

Some of you facebook users will know all about the group’s “stay-at-home” group and will know that those members have been counting wildlife in their gardens during lock-down, but for the many who don’t use facebook or those who prefer to stick with the “old” technology like emails and websites (including me 😉 ), here […]

 Posted by on 4 June 2020 at 1:11 pm
Jun 032020
Blue Tits and Blackbirds

Roy has sent me some pictures and video from the camera in his blue tit nest box. The box was put up earlier this year and its first family has already fledged! The photograph shows the last three birds waiting to go. I very nearly bought a camera for one of my house sparrow boxes. […]

 Posted by on 3 June 2020 at 10:13 pm