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  • Painted Ladies and a Painted Lady

    So two weeks ago we had a meeting at Northward Hill of the RSPB Medway Local Groups committee for Public Events for the planned Family Fun Day on Monday the 30th of July, After discussing the finer points of H and S alongside refreshments and walk...
  • Good news and bad news.

    Today James McComiskey, an RSPB volunteer and I drove out onto the North Kent Marsh aiming to go beyond Lower Hope Point and look at the Blythe Sands area on the south bank of the River Thames. The seawall continues on and eventually peters out a little...
  • Big Plastic Clean-up last February.

    (Please visit the site to view this video) Here is a taster of the documentary that was filmed of our Big Plastic Clean-up on the North Kent Marshes last February organised by RSPB Medway Local Group. 80 volunteers collected and cleared just shy of...
  • Third plastic clean-up of the year.

    This one today was a bit of a mini clean-up in the Cliffe Creek area at the top end over the seawall looking across to Tilbury. This time I enlisted the 1st New Barn Scout Group. This was not going to be easy as we were focussing on the old landing...
  • RSPB Gravesend local Group walk NwH.

    Tuesday 26 June 10am - 1pm Northward Hill RSPB (WC) Meet at Bromhey Farm car park (TQ768764) ME3 8DS. A walk around the reserve to see & hear Spring birds; nightingales, whitethroats, blackcaps. Bring binoculars if you have them and a packed...
  • Dusk at Northward Hill RSPB.

    Early evening to dusk is a great time to visit the reserve, it does give a completely different perspective to this unique area of the North Kent Marsh, not that it is a noisy place during the day. Dusk is a good time to hear the Marsh frogs singing...
  • The last Nightingale walk of 2018.

    Yesterday evening was the last of this years ‘Nightingale Season Singing Walks’ and I was always a little worried as their singing period is so short and this was pretty much the extent of that period, never-the-less nearly thirty members...
  • Cliffe Pools Nightingale Walk

    This evening was the 4th Nightingale walk on the North Kent Marshes and it was a privilege to meet and greet 28 people and to give the 20+ or so of them who had never heard, let alone seen a Nightingale the opportunity to change that. So after a briefing...
  • Big Plastic Clean-up May.

    Yesterday was the second of the year's attempts to remove plastic from the foreshore tide-line on the North Kent Marshes. We more or less covered the same area from Redham Mead to Lower Hope Point, however this time the difference was we were aiming...
  • University of the third age (U3A) visit to Northward Hill RSPB.

    Today I had the privilege once again of taking the U3A group from Knole near Sevenoaks on their annual walk at Northward Hill RSPB. We met in the Bromhey Farm car park at 10 am. It was a pleasure to see such a pleasant group once again. I gave them...
  • Nightingale walk Northward Hill

    The 3rd of May saw the second evening walk at the reserve hosted by the Medway Local Group, by 7pm 27 of us had gathered to hear the legendary bird sing, a good two thirds had never heard a nightingale and I promised them a real treat. Up to Sweeney Viewpoint...
  • A few recent images from RSPB North Kent Marshes.

    Avocet swimming, a male cuckoo, little egrets, a sunrise at Cliffe Pools and a sunset over Gordons Hide at Northward Hill. My thanks for the images to Wendy Turner, Colin Oldman Birchall, Andrew Edwards, Chris White and Eliza Saunders.
  • RSPB Gravesend Local Groups' recent Dawn Chorus outdoor meeting.

    Dawn Chorus Posted: 05 May 2018 02:56 PM PDT 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...
  • Dawn Chorus with Gravesend Local Group.

    Gravesend RSPB Local Group - Dawn Chorus at Cliffe Pools Our next outdoor meeting takes place this Sunday, 29th April at Cliffe Pools. Set your alarms for this one as it starts at 5am and will finish around...
  • Nightingale Walk Lodge Hill 24/04/18

    Last Tuesday I had the great pleasuure to lead a walk on the public access routes round Lodge Hill in pursuit of Nightingales. Here is my report back to the RSPB Medway Local Group:- Yesterday evening was the 2 nd Nightingale Walk run by the Medway...
  • Heron Walk Northward Hill 25th of March 2018. A belated trip report.

    I have to admit the weather for the morning didn’t look too promising but at least it wasn’t raining or cold but high expectations of high numbers of birds were not, well, high . So 9 members attended and we were joined by a family of...
  • Nightingale Walk 19/04/18

    So this evening was the first of several walks to illustrate the iconic and uniqueness of this much loved songster thoughout and up to the end of May the main singing period for the males as they establish their territories. I set the dates early to...
  • Medway local group celebration of Nightingale Walks dates and venues.

  • National evening of celebration of Nightingales:- Lodge Hill, Tuesday 24th of April 2018.

    Listen too, then help save the nightingales of Lodge Hill The song of the nightingale, surely too precious to lose from its most important home? Come and join us for a walk at Berry Court Woods, Lodge Hill, Chattenden, Kent...
  • Threat to SSSI at Lodge Hill.

    The anticipated Medway Local Plan Development Strategy was made public on Friday and disappointingly, but not unsurprisingly the development of a revised 2,000 houses directly on and immediately next to the SSSI at the deserted army camp at Lodge Hill...
  • Volunteers required for exciting new RSPB reserve.

    VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY DO YOU HAVE A SPARE FEW HOURS A WEEK OR A SPARE DAY A WEEK? DO YOU FANCY VOLUNTEERING TO HELP OUT AT THE LOVELY RSPB NATURE RESERVE AT GREAT BELLS FARM? WE ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO SPEND A FEW HOURS EACH...
  • The North wind.

    The North wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will poor Robin do then, Poor thing! Go into gardens and find plenty of seeds, fruits and fat balls etc as there aren't so many barns around these days! It is so important to...
  • RSPB Medway Group March Talk.

  • Thames Big Plastic Clean-up Day finally arrives

    Just a reminder of what was there and is now safely bagged and skipped for 100% recycling. Here is the email of thanks, I sent out to the volunteers. Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to filling that huge container/skip with...
  • Thames Plastic Clean-up, latest brief.

    Brief for the day Basically we decided that the problem was too urgent to leave until May especially as this was likely not be a one off; we looked at the tides for the weekends and chose Saturday the 24 th of February 2018 as the weekend tide was...