Broadwater Warren – 25-07-15

Shaun, Alan and Maureen, Martin and Carol, Bob and Judy, Bob H and Sue, and Bob P and Sue P met Alan Loweth, who had very kindly agreed to lead us on a guided tour of the Reserve. Alan was an excellent guide, being both expert and enthusiastic. It was interesting to hear of the continuing restoration work which has so transformed the area, which now consists of approximately 450 acres split almost (more…)

Bird Group Outing To Hope Gap And Arlington Reservoir – 07-09-14

Alan and Maureen, Shaun, Alan N, Martin J, Chris M, Jeremy, Deirdre and Sue met at the Barn CP on a warm and windless morning, and headed down towards the Gap. The scrub on either side of the path held many whitethroats, a redstart, a goldcrest, willow warblers, lots of chiffchaffs, blackcap and the other usual suspects. A sparrowhawk provided good views overhead. We found a wheatear on the cliff edge, (more…)

Buchan Park & Warnham NR – 13th April 2014

Shaun, Alan and Maureen, Martin, Carol and Rebecca, and Bob P and Sue met Alastair on a warm(ish) sunny day for a walk around Buchan Park, which five of us had never visited before. Alastair very kindly led us, and we were soon picking up most of the woodland species (robins and blue tits being very much in evidence), including blackcap, goldcrest, willow warbler and chiffchaff. As we approached the (more…)

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, 30th March 2014

Alan and Maureen, Bob P, Al, Sue and Shaun had an enjoyable walk round the Reserve on a day which started with us all feeling cold, and then having to peel off a few layers at lunchtime! There were plenty of birds about – including our first little ringed plover. A female goldeneye, many tufted duck, a pair of gadwall, some shoveler, mallard and teal were found, as were little and great crested grebe, (more…)

Rye Harbour – 15th June 2013

Alan and Maureen, Shaun, Bob and Sue met at RHNR and were glad to have brought extra trews, hats and coats, as it was very windy. Dunnock, pied wagtail, house sparrow, herring gull, feral pigeon, chaffinch, jackdaw, blackbird, wood pigeon and collared dove were noted in the car park, and as we began our walk a whitethroat was seen and heard singing. A rock pipit was in full song somewhere on the salt (more…)

Scotney Pit, Dungeness, Camber, Pett Pools – 31st January 2013

Al, Martin, Mick and I set forth at about 08.45 on a bright but blustery morning. Birds seen on the way were collared dove, song thrush, house sparrow, blackbird, magpie, herring gull, rook, crow, jackdaw, robin, black headed gull, mute swan. Camber produced a flurry of sanderlings on the shoreline, and oystercatcher. On the way to Scotney Pit, we saw a big flock of fieldfares. We were hoping to see (more…)

Birling Gap, Hope Gap, Cuckmere Valley, 8th September 2012

Alan and Maureen, Shaun, Bob P, Richard P, Bob P and Sue met at Birling Gap on a brilliantly sunny morning, and began searching for birds from the free car park. Stonechats, meadow pipit, linnets, many swallows and two perched buzzards got us off to a good start. A fellow birder pointed out a high flying hobby – the only one seen all day. A sparrowhawk flew over, pursued as usual by a cross corvid.

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Old Lodge Nature Reserve – 12th August 2012

Al, Alan and Maureen, Shaun, Bob Pask, and Sue met at the Reserve on a lovely sunny morning. The birch trees near the car park were full of willow warblers and chiffchaffs, with a couple of long tailed tits and the odd chaffinch making up the numbers. Robin, wren and great spotted woodpecker (the first of several) were added, and a flock of greylag geese flew east over the valley. Coal tit and green (more…)