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Puffarazzi: People-powered puffin conservation from home

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Known as the 'clowns of the sea' or 'sea parrots' these colourful characters are one of our favourite seabirds. Now they need our help to protect them from extinction, and we need your help to understand the threats they face. Puffins are tough and resourceful birds, spending most of their time out at sea. They only come to shore to form large colonies and raise their families during spring and summer. Puffins dig nesting burrows in soil or nest in cracks and cavities on cliffs, laying one egg in April or May, which both parents look after. The species breeding along our coastline is the Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica), and as the name suggests, can be found throughout the colder waters of the North Atlantic Ocean from Russia, across Northern Europe, through to Canada. Sadly, their numbers have plummeted, and they've become threatened with global extinction. More...

March 2020 Newsletter

Monday, 23 March 2020

Due to the unprecedented events of the last few weeks, we havebrought this issue of the Newsletter forward to keep our members, whom we value very much, abreast of current plans. More...

CANCELLATION OF EVENTS

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

We regret that, in compliance with Government advice regarding social gatherings, we have cancelled all Sevenoaks Group indoor and outdoor meetings for the time being.We very much hope that we will be able to recommence with the September indoor meeting. If this is possible, we will announce it on this website, and in the August issue of our Newsletter.We will aim to keep the website up to date with information, so please keep a check on it. More...

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Latest trip report

Castle Water, Rye - report by Anne McGregor

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

My highlight was the very vocal Cormorant colony, which has relocated to right outside the Castle water hide where they were busy putting the finishing touches to their nests. I've previously failed to appreciate what attractive birds Cormorants are. When seen up close in their full breeding plumage they're really striking - punk style mini crests, red patches beneath the eye, beautiful bronzey wings, and the contrasting white head and thigh patch make for a really handsome bird. The on nest displays were impressive too, with tails cocked up and heads back like a Goldeneye. More...

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