Events

We are always happy to see new faces (young and not so young) on our friendly, easy-paced walks. Advice is always on hand with identifying birds, flowers, butterflies and other wildlife. Many of the walks are suitable for the whole family and the less-abled. Walks typically last 3-4 hours and are conducted at a leisurely pace. We recommend bringing a packed lunch with you so that you can enjoy light refreshments during or after the walk. Please remember to bring your RSPB membership card with you to gain free entry to RSPB reserves (otherwise a nominal fee will be charged by the reserve). Occasionally a walk may have to be cancelled at short notice because of adverse weather conditions. If you have any questions regarding the walks then please contact the walk leader or Sue Carter (medwayrspb.walk@btinternet.com or 01795 427 854) in advance.

September 2021

Tue
21

September Illustrated Talk by Kevin Thornton - Birding in The Southern Medway

Location: Parkwood Green Community Centre, Gillingham. ME8 9PN
Postcode: ME8 9PN (Google map)

Kevin will be known to some of us, having been an active member of our group back in the 1980s. Medway born and bred, Kevin has always birded the estuary (giving an AGM talk many years ago on several local 'hotspots'.

Since 2013, almost daily, Kevin has been out on the southern shoreline studying how internationally important numbers of wildfowl and waders use our estuary's waters, mudflats and islands, through a tidal cycle. The talk will touch on his findings, but the main focus is about passing on his tips and tricks for getting the very best out of any visit to the estuary. From St Mary's island at the head of the estuary, round to the mouth at Sheerness and out into the deep water channel beyond. Kevin will take us through the highlights of a typical year's birding available close to home.

Kevin's presentation to the RSPB Medway Local Group is titled BIRDING OF THE SOUTHERN MEDWAY.

The presentation, which is open to non-members, will take place on Tuesday 21 September at Parkwood Green Community Centre, Gillingham. ME8 9PN. 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Doors open 7.00pm. Everyone welcome. Entry pay at door, £3.50 each for members and £4.00 each for non-members. Including tea, coffee or squash during the interval.

For more www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway or https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/
or email medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Des & Carol Felix
Publications
RSPB Medway Local Group

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.50 0r £4.00

E-mail: medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Wed
22

Free Walk with Nature on Wednesday 22 September at Medway Council's Riverside Country Park.

Location: Meet in the car park off the B2007. There are toilets and a cafe here.

Please note that these walks will be carried out in compliance with relevant Covid guidelines, plus any requirements a particular site may have.



Postcode: ME7 2XH (Google map)

Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

There's always something to see at this local site and you are in the capable hands of former warden Dave Hale! We'll stroll around the park and Eastcourt Meadows looking at birds in the bushes and on the Medway with the tide rising.

On our walks, everyone is welcome and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us on: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/ or please go to www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

or field trips organiser Warren Mann
Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com
07845 484 754

to confirm that the field trip is going ahead.

Walks take place throughout the year in different weather conditions and over many varied terrains. Please ensure therefore that you have suitable clothing and footwear for the occasion.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free

E-mail: Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com

Sun
26

Free Walk with Nature on Sunday 26 September at St Margarets Bay and Bockhill.

Location: Take the A2 towards Dover turning left onto the A258 towards Deal, then 1st right onto the B2058.
Turn right at the T-junction and proceed through St. Margaret's (toilets are in the car park on the right). At the top of the hill turn left into Glanville Road and continue to the end.



Postcode: CT15 6DT (Google map)

Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

Leaders Sue and Steve

With the English Channel only 22 miles wide at this point, this area is a noted migration hotspot. We will look for wryneck, ring ouzel, buntings and warblers around the fields and in the copses.

On our walks, everyone is welcome and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us on: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/ or please go to www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

or field trips organiser Warren Mann
Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com
07845 484 754

to confirm that the field trip is going ahead.

Walks take place throughout the year in different weather conditions and over many varied terrains. Please ensure therefore that you have suitable clothing and footwear for the occasion.

Please note that these walks will be carried out in compliance with relevant Covid guidelines, plus any requirements a particular site may have.

Time: 9.00 am

Price: Free

E-mail: Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com

October 2021

Sun
3

Free Walk with Nature on Sunday 3 October Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory.

Location: On arrival at Sandwich Bay Estate toll booth please advise the attendant that you are visiting the Observatory and you should only be charged a nominal £1.

There will be a suggested donation of £2 per head for SBBOT.


Postcode: ME7 2XH (Google map)

Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

We always get a warm welcome from the staff and volunteers at the Observatory, where there are full facilities. It is an excellent place to be with migration in full swing. Hopefully, the weather will be suitable for ringing, and we may find something exciting in the mist nets as we watch the ringers at work. We will also visit the Elms Copse and the revamped and greatly extended Restharrow Scrape, as well as doing a sea watch.


On our walks, everyone is welcome and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us on: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/ or please go to www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

or field trips organiser Warren Mann
Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com
07845 484 754

to confirm that the field trip is going ahead.

Walks take place throughout the year in different weather conditions and over many varied terrains. Please ensure therefore that you have suitable clothing and footwear for the occasion.

Please note that these walks will be carried out in compliance with relevant Covid guidelines, plus any requirements a particular site may have.

Time: 8.00 am

Price: See above site charges

Wed
20

Free Walk with Nature on Wednesday 20 October at Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve.

Location: Meet in the reserve car park off Salt Lane. There are no facilities here.
Postcode: ME3 7SX (Google map)

A few years ago, Cliffe was the centre of attention for the birding fraternity with the confirmed breeding by black-winged stilts and a surprise visit by a rare marsh sandpiper. What will we find this time?

On our walks, everyone is welcome and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us on: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/ or please go to www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

or field trips organiser Warren Mann
Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com
07845 484 754

to confirm that the field trip is going ahead.

Walks take place throughout the year in different weather conditions and over many varied terrains. Please ensure therefore that you have suitable clothing and footwear for the occasion.

Please note that these walks will be carried out in compliance with relevant Covid guidelines, plus any requirements a particular site may have.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07845 484 754

Sun
24

Free Walk with Nature on Sunday 24 October at Stodmarsh and Grove Ferry.

Location: Meet in the car park at the Stodmarsh where there are toilets. There is an optional parking charge paid using the RingGo app, and a charity box. We may decide to walk or drive round to Grove Ferry later. There is a charge for parking in the council run carpark. There are plenty of hides, which have been updated.
Postcode: CT3 4BE (Google map)

A new time of year for this walk but it's a delightful place to be in any month and there is always something to see

On our walks, everyone is welcome and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us on: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/ or please go to www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

or field trips organiser Warren Mann
Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com
07845 484 754

to confirm that the field trip is going ahead.

Walks take place throughout the year in different weather conditions and over many varied terrains. Please ensure therefore that you have suitable clothing and footwear for the occasion.

Please note that these walks will be carried out in compliance with relevant Covid guidelines, plus any requirements a particular site may have.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free except for site charges

Telephone: 07845 484 754

November 2021

Sun
7

Free Walk with Nature on Sunday 7 November at Capel Fleet and Swale NNR.

Location: We'll meet up at the Raptor Viewpoint before heading round to Swale National Nature Reserve. Please park on the hard standing on the left just before the church.

There are no facilities or cover on this walk so please come prepared.

Postcode: ME12 4BQ (Google map)

At the Raptor Viewpoint look for merlin, buzzard, peregrine and hen harrier before heading round to Swale National Nature Reserve to try to identify the wildfowl and geese which should be present.

Time: 8.30 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07845 484 754