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February 2018

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Barn owl seen in Bromley

Barn owl seen in Bromley

Our latest column in the Bromley Times guides you through our borough's owls, including a rare sighting of a barn owl.

This raises the prospect that barn owls may be returning to our borough - joining tawny and little owls as breeding species.

You can read our column by downloading the e-edition at:

It's on page 6 of the 15/02/2018 edition.

Thanks to idverde for letting us know about the sighting and for sharing this photo. After discovering owl pellets, which suggested that a barn owl was the culprit, RSPB Biodiversity Advisor, Steven Lofting, set up camera traps to try and snap the bird in question. As the photo shows, it worked!

The RSPB and idverde are now building an owl box in the hope of persuading it to take up permanent residence.

For more information on idverde's work managing some of our borough's best places for wildlife you can find their blog and Twitter page below:


Twitter: @idverde_Bromley

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Meet the star birds of the New Forest coast this Sunday

Meet the star birds of the New Forest coast this Sunday

Recent sightings include spoonbills, Slavonian, black- and red-necked grebes, an Iceland gull, great northern divers, goldeneye, loads of golden plovers and dunlins with the occasional ruff, curlew sandpiper, purple sandpiper, black tailed godwits, spotted redshanks etc. There are also at least a thousand brent geese, which have spread out into the neighbouring fields. Lots of winter ducks. A bittern and some marsh harriers have also been seen recently, as well as peregrine, Dartford warblers and bearded tits. The kingfishers have been very active.

We should see quite a lot!

All our events are open to everyone, of all ages: members and non-members, wildlife experts and absolute beginners.

If you would like to come please email or call 07392 790 719. The price of the trip is £20 for an adult, £10 for persons aged 15 or under. The meeting place to pick up the coach is Hawthorne Road, Bickley, BR1 2HH at 8am.