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April 2018

Monday, 30 April 2018

Saying "yes" will keep you in touch with everything you love about the RSPB's work and our cause

Saying "yes" will keep you in touch with everything you love about the RSPB's work and our cause

We need existing members and supporters to opt in before May 2018 (when new rules come into effect) and give their express permission for us to contact them. If they dont, we won't be able to keep in touch directly about our work and developments, about getting involved, and about supporting the RSPB in other ways - for example, through volunteering, supporting an appeal or taking part in an activity or campaign. We will be able only to contact those people about their membership and/or in their existing role as a volunteer.

So if you're a member of our Local Group, your support is invaluable to the RSPB. We'd love you to "Say Yes" and tell us how you want to hear from us in the future. Were we unable to contact you or ask for your help when nature needs it, our ability to work for nature would be greatly diminished.

If youre an RSPB member and receive winter's Natures Home, make sure you read the letter from Mike Clarke and make your opt-in choices online, via our dedicated phone line or by filling in and returning the paper form. If you've already made your choices, thanks very much.

If you aren't a member, as an active supporter you can make your opt-in choices now. Go to or call 0300 777 2610 (open Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm, calls charged at standard rate). Please also help us by encouraging family and friends who are RSPB members or supporters to make their choices too.

The passion and commitment of our members and supporters keeps the RSPB going in our work for nature. Saying "Yes will keep us strong. And please do the same for all those other nature conservation charities you might support. We need to stay together to help save nature.

Thank you!

Friday, 20 April 2018

National evening of celebration of Nightingales - Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Listen too, then help save the nightingales of Lodge Hill

Come and join us for a walk at Berry Court Woods, Lodge Hill, Chattenden, Kent to be enchanted by these iconic birds. Booking is essential as parking is very limited.

Ring Katie (Senior Admin RSPB Northward Hill) for further details and to book your place for this unique event on 01634 222480, thank you.

Our most famous songbird, the nightingale, is once again at risk of losing its most important breeding site to development. If building work goes ahead, it means that other protected places across the country are at risk as well.

With your help, we've made good progress over a number of years to save Lodge Hill from being covered in houses. But Lodge Hill and its nightingales are under grave threat, yet again. We now have until 11 May 2018 to make our voices heard in Medway Council's new consultation.

Every voice counts. Please take ten seconds to send a simple message to Medway Council (see link below) to ask them to save Lodge Hill.

Taken from RSPB Northward Hill Blog 20.03.18
With Kind Permission of Dr Hoo

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings in Sittingbourne

Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings in Sittingbourne

The Bunnings Community Barbecue (aka: 'sausage sizzle') is a popular way to raise money for local charities and community organisations. They are held every weekend throughout the year at the front of the store and back home in Australia they have become a bit of a legend and are great fun.

We will be hosting our very own 'sausage' sizzle on Saturday 7th April (9am - 4pm) and Sunday 8th April (10am - 4pm) at the Bunnings Warehouse store in Sittingbourne (old Homebase site).

So why not pop down to see us and purchase a 'snag' for £1.50 and a cold drink for £1.00. In doing so you'll be supporting a worthy cause.

The store will be open for all your Easter home and garden projects, and there will be other free activities available on the day for kids such as face painting, creative craft, and indoor playground.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

April Bird of the Month - Blackcap

April Bird of the Month - Blackcap

Blackcaps can be found in a variety of habitats, from deciduous woodland with dense undergrowth to areas of scrub, mature gardens and parks. Most are summer visitors and territorial males are often in full song by mid April. There is an autumn arrival of migrant blackcaps and some of these birds overwinter and can be encountered at garden bird feeders.

There are two broods between April-July and the nests, which are hidden in bushes or undergrowth, are neatly built but flimsy cups of dry grass and roots, lined with finer strands of grass, roots and hair. The four to six eggs are incubated by both parents for 10-14 days.

Most blackcaps leave for tropical Africa by September and complete their moult before migrating. This species could be encountered on any of our three walks this month.