Trip reports

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Thursday, 25 November 2021

There were waders galore along the estuary coast. More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Saturday, 20 November 2021

How did the cattle egret get its name ... More...

Avocet wading in water

Saturday, 23 October 2021

A very productive trip to Oare, including an eider, unusual to see in Kent. More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Thursday, 23 September 2021

There were big flocks of avocets and godwits, and a special one ... More...

Yellow wagtail in winter wheat

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Rye Harbour nature reserve rarely disappoints, and Saturday was no exception. Beautiful weather and lots of birds ... More...

Orchid spotting at Queendown Warren

Thursday, 24 June 2021

I thought we might find three or four species, but we found six! More...

Dartford warbler perching on heather

Saturday, 19 June 2021

All our favourites, and a first! More...

House martin in flight

Wednesday, 19 May 2021

The sight and sound of nightingales on an unexpectedly sunny morning. More...

Turtle dove

Saturday, 15 May 2021

Despite the showers, a rewarding visit to this huge inland reed-bed on the River Stour More...

Wheatear in spring

Saturday, 24 April 2021

Our first nature walk after lockdown, to one of our local reserves, produced some unusual sightings More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

We saw 40 species of birds on our trip to Dungeness. More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

We had a warm and sunny day for our visit to Stodmarsh on 21st May. The marsh frogs were in full voice in the morning, but reed and sedge warblers seemed strangely quiet, and we saw very few hirundines. We did hear and see plenty of both in the afternoon, though. All in all, a pleasant place and good company on a lovely May day. More...

Coach Trip to Minsmere

Saturday, 11 May 2019

A total of 88 species were seen at Minsmere including Bar headed goose, Dartford Warbler and Savi's Warbler. An otter was also seen. A great effort by Tonbridge RSPB! More...

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Highlights from this trip include seeing a Mediterranean gull and a willow warbler, and hearing a reed warbler. More...

Tree sparrow on twig

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

It was an enjoyable trip last Wednesday with fine weather and little wind. Amongst the highlights were marsh harrier, ruff, tree sparrow and woodlark. More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Wednesday group had a good list of 42 species, including pintail - such smart ducks! They also saw redwing, fieldfare, snipe and curlew. More...

Goosander on water

Saturday, 15 December 2018

36 species were seen at this local reserve, including 8 magnificent goosander and two kingfisher. Well worth a visit! More...

Field trip - Rye Harbour

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

The Wednesday group saw the great white egret and three spoonbill. They also saw some fieldfare and had a total of 51 bird species. More...

Field trip - Rye Harbour

Saturday, 20 October 2018

A count of 64 species for the Saturday group, including great white egret and spoonbill. More...

Field trip - Oare Marshes

Saturday, 29 September 2018

The Wednesday group were lucky enough to see a spoonbill, along with ruff and a Clouded Yellow butterfly. More...

Field trip - Oare Marshes

Saturday, 22 September 2018

The Saturday group had 45 species including spotted redshank and water rail. More...

Nightjar Walk

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Some twelve people enjoyed an evening walk round Broadwater Warren and a successful dusk search for nightjar. More...

Field trip - Seaford Head and Newhaven

Saturday, 16 June 2018

The Saturday trip was very enjoyable as it was a warm day though with a very stiff SW breeze. The highlights were the kittiwakes and excellent views of skylarks and linnets. There were a great many wildflowers on the cliff-tops. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Saturday, 12 May 2018

The coach trip to Lakenheath was a rewarding visit with fifty birds seen or heard including kingfisher, bittern, hobby, common tern and cuckoo. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Nine people enjoyed an early start on Sunday to hear the woodland birds at Tudeley Reserve. More...

Yellow wagtail in winter wheat

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Six of us enjoyed a day which was mainly bright and sunny, with a strong south-west wind and only one squally shower! As usual, Rye produced a good variety of species including avocet, Sandwich tern and wheatear. The yellow wagtail was a pleasant surprise. More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Saturday, 24 February 2018

On a sunny but cold and windy day, 49 species were seen. Highlights were merlin and peregrine hunting and corn bunting. More...

Field trip - Dungeness RSPB reserve

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

A really good day for the Wednesday group with golden plover, black-throated diver, smew and Slavonian grebe on their list. More...

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

39 birds were seen by the Wednesday group including siskin and snipe. More...

Saturday, 16 December 2017

43 species were seen by the Saturday group. The highlight was close and repeated views of a sparrowhawk flying near the car park. More...

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

The Wednesday group saw 41 species, with a good number of waders, including grey plover, golden plover and ringed plover. More...

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

On a beautiful sunny day 35 bird species were seen including golden plover and marsh harrier. More...

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Here's the list of birds seen by the Wednesday group. More...

Field trip - Pett Level and Hastings Country Park

Saturday, 23 September 2017

On a lovely warm sunny day, with a light breeze, 56 bird species were seen. The highlights were superb views of spotted flycatcher. Lots of swallows. 12 Buzzards in the air at once. More...

Field Trip to Rye Harbour

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Wednesday group saw 47 species including Whimbrel and Wheatear. More...

Field trip to RSPB Rainham Marshes

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

48 species were seen by the Wednesday group, including marsh harrier, buzzard and snipe. Other highlights include pintail, black-tailed godwit and stonechat. More...

Field trip to RSPB Rainham Marshes

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Report from the Saturday group, who had superb views of a short-eared owl, flying right in front of them. Also really good views of a water pipit. More...

Field trip to Dungeness

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

The Wednesday group saw 50 species on a very cold but dry day. More...

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Highlights: Unquestionably the superb views of bearded tits at Hookers. Close second were the drake ring-necked duck and drake smew. More...

Field Trip - Mote Park, Maidstone

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Six people enjoyed this trip with interesting sightings including several kingfisher, grey wagtail and redwing. More...

Field trip to Riverside Country Park

Saturday, 17 December 2016

The Saturday group went to Riverside Country Park near Gillingham, where they had very good views of the ducks, waders and geese. More...

Field trip to Sheppey

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Despite the cold wind, a small group went to Shellness on the Isle of Sheppey where they had very good views of snow bunting. More...

Field trip to Dungeness

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

In view of the cold weather, most of the Wednesday group went to Dungeness in November, so they could shelter in the hides. They saw 51 bird species including Slavonian grebe, a ring-necked duck, goosander and a long-eared owl. More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Saturday, 19 November 2016

The Saturday group had a great day with excellent views of buzzard, marsh harrier, peregrine, merlin & short-eared owl and common crane. More...

Field trip to Oare Marshes

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Fifteen people came on this trip which gave us close views of water rails, spoonbill, bearded reedlings and little stint. A total of 52 bird species were seen or heard. More...

Field trip to Oare Marshes

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Long-billed dowitcher was a first for everybody, but extremely close views of water rail trumped this. More...

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

It was a sunny autumnal day, but very windy. Twelve people enjoyed excellent views of wheatears, waders and swallows overhead. 42 species were seen altogether, including little stint and yellow wagtail. More...

Field trip to Broadwater Warren for nightjars

Monday, 27 June 2016

A grand total of FIVE nightjars were seen, with good views for everyone. A woodcock was also seen and there were glow worms in the car park. More...

Field Trip to Splash Point, Seaford and Newhaven Tide Mills

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Despite disappointing weather of low cloud and drizzle in the morning, we enjoyed seeing the nesting kittiwakes, a raven on the cliffs and a perched common tern. More...

Field trip to Cliffe Pools

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Best sighting of the day was probably the two drake garganey, but avocets came a close second, especially the young chicks. We did see quite a few cuckoos, both male and female, and it was really good to hear a female's bubbling call, not often heard. More...

Coach Trip to Minsmere

Saturday, 14 May 2016

A total of 80 species was seen on this trip with superb view of bittern flying towards Island Mere Hide enjoyed by some. Little & roseate terns were also seen. More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Fifteen of us enjoyed a guided walk round Broadwater Warren, with some then going on to Old Lodge. Highlights were tree pipit, wood lark and redstart for those who went on. More...

Field Trip to Broadwater Warren and Old Lodge

Saturday, 23 April 2016

35 species were seen in total. Woodlark and tree pipit were seen at both sites. There were superb views of a male redstart at Old Lodge, which we watched for ages. More...

Field Trip to Grove Ferry

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

45 species were seen on this field trip, the highlight being water pipit and good views of Cetti's warbler, peregrine and marsh harrier ... More...

Field trip to Dungeness

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Sixteen people went on this trip to Dungeness - a decision having been made to go there rather than Elmley as the Dungeness trip had to be cancelled in January. Highlights include: Slavonian grebe, bittern, great white egret, smew, merlin, long-eared owl and bearded tit. More...

Field trip to Elmley

Saturday, 20 February 2016

A total of 53 species were seen on the Saturday trip to Elmley. More...

Male goldeneye

Saturday, 23 January 2016

A good day with 54 species seen including drake smew & goldeneye. Hannah, the new RSPB intern at Dungeness, joined the group and it was very helpful to have the benefit of her knowledge of the reserve. More...

Field Trip - Leybourne Lakes Country Park

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

A very relaxed field trip - 33 species were seen including fieldfare and redwing. More...

Field trip to Rainham Marshes

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The highlights of this field trip were short-eared owl, peregrines and marsh harriers. Fifty-two bird species were seen in total. More...

Field trip to Rainham Marshes

Saturday, 21 November 2015

52 species seen in the teeth of an extremely cold north-east wind. Highlights were brief glimpses of a short-eared owl and excellent close views of snipe, gadwall and teal, sufficient to see the wonderful feather detail. More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

The rain cleared to a lovely day and the four people who believed the weather forecast were rewarded with sightings of a short-eared owl, large flocks of black-tailed godwit and a rock pipit. More...

Field trip to Oare Marshes

Saturday, 24 October 2015

On an overcast day with showers in the afternoon, we saw 66 species with superb views of a kingfisher flying around near the jetty, perching & hovering. Also around 16 seals on Horse Island. More...

Wheatear in spring

Saturday, 19 September 2015

A fantastic day with some fantastic birds including whinchat, wheatear, yellow wagtail and spotted fly-catcher...a total of 76 bird species More...

Field Trip to Queensdown Warren and Tyland Barn

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

This enjoyable event resulted in sightings of 24 birds, 30 different wildflowers including Lizard Orchid, Bee Orchid and Fragrant Orchid and eight different butterflies including the beautiful Adonis Blue. More...

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Wednesday field trip to Stodmarsh Nature Reserve produced 40 birds including sightings of a red kite. Both bittern and water rail were heard. More...

Field Trip to Rye Harbour

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Aroound twelve members enjoyed the trip to Rye Harbour. Highlights were delightfully close views of a female wheatear and the colony of Sandwich terns, interspersed with a few common and just a couple of little terns. Whimbrel were also clearly seen and a couple of us had good views of a recently arrived cuckoo resting in a bramble bush. More...

Field Trip to Northward Hill

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

On a bright sunny morning with a light north wind twelve group members enjoyed a field trip to Northward Hill. 48 bird species were seen. Highlights were the impressive rookery and heronry and the buzzards flying low overhead. More...

Field Trip to Rainham Marshes

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

12 RSPB members enjoyed a dry winter's day of birding with some sunshine and light south westerly winds. Highlights were a brief view of a kingfisher, a couple of ruff, several marsh harrier sightings and handsome pintail ducks. More...

Field Trip to Dungeness

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Ten local RSPB members enjoyed great views of male and female smew, kingfishers perched close by and a male scaup. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Saturday, 24 January 2015

The report from the Saturday trip, when it was a sunny day, though there was a chilly breeze, includes drake smew & goldeneye, 3 (possibly 4) bittern coming in to roost, a good selection of wildfowl plus excellent views of 2 peregrines over ARC car park. More...

Field Trip to Sevenoaks Reserve and Bough Beech Reservoir

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Nine RSPB members with one young person enjoyed a fruitful day of birdwatching, with white ibis as the main highlight amongst several good sightings. The weather was kind with a mild day, very light breeze and some sunshine. We did not feel cold even at Bough Beech Reservoir! More...

Field Trip to Elmley National Nature Reserve

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Eight members braved a grey misty day with a light breeze and were rewarded with large numbers of waders and wigeon and a good number of marsh harrier sightings. More...

Field trip to Pett Pools and Pannel Valley

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Wednesday group saw 45 species, and were delighted to have found a ring ouzel on migration. More...

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The five members who went on the Saturday trip saw 48 species including scoter, grey plover and golden plover, ruff and buzzard. More...

Field Trip to Oare Marshes

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

52 different bird species were seen on this trip, the highlight being the end of the afternoon in warm sunshine when we found little stint and curlew sandpiper on the main pool. More...

Field trip to Trosley Country Park

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Not so many birds on this field trip, but a number of butterflies and many flowers including orchids and chalk downland specialities. More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

23 species were seen on this field trip - the highlights being redstart and wood lark. More...

Saturday, 10 May 2014

68 bird species were seen on this trip, with brilliant sightings of the bittern, marsh harrier, bearded tit and hobby. More...

Field trip - Grove Ferry and Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

A group of 14 enjoyed a sunny day at Stodmarsh and Grove Ferry with good views of hobby catching dragonfly and reed warblers singing. A pair of bearded tits also put on a short display. More...

Field Trip to Rye Harbour

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Five of us from Tonbridge local group enjoyed a great day at Rye Harbour. The star bird was undoubtedly the black-necked grebe and a close second, a pair of yellow wagtails ... More...

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

On a dry sometimes sunny morning with a cold north-east wind, eleven RSPB members enjoyed excellent birding, with highlights of hen harrier and spotted redshank. We finished at 2 o'clock as heavy wintry showers swept in. More...

Field Trip to Rye Harbour

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

On a rare sunny day with medium winds 16 RSPB members enjoyed good views of waders and wildfowl. Highlights were long-tailed duck, avocet and golden eye. More...

Field trip - Dungeness

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

An enjoyable though wet day at Dungeness with 39 species seen. More...

Field trip - Bedgebury Pinetum

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

A sunny, still afternoon with frost lingering in shady spots and beautiful autumnal colours on the trees in the old Pinetum. All the hoped-for species were seen, albeit briefly in some cases! More...

Field trip - Oare Marshes

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

A total of 52 bird species were seen by the group of thirteen, which included three new attendees. Highlights included raptors, large numbers of snipe and close views of reed buntings. More...

Field Trip to Reculver and Grove Ferry

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A surprisingly warm October day but with strong south-westerly winds. Fourteen members had an invigorating walk at Reculver and then headed inland to Grove Ferry. More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Weather: Windy, rainy but mild. A good selection of waders with 54 species seen and/or heard in total. List compiled by leader Geoff Shoebridge. More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Geoff Shoebridge reports on the Saturday field trip, which was a great day, reasonably warm but cloudy, with a brisk breeze at the top of the cliffs. 65 species were seen. More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

It was a cool day with strong winds and so the eight who came were lucky to see so many summer migrants. The highlights were a perched hobby with scope views and also super views of sand and house martins flying very low near to the hide. More...

Yellow wagtail in winter wheat

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

A total of 44 species were seen with a good number of summer migrants. Highlights include: great white egret, little gull, common tern, spotted redshank, swallow, swift, chiffchaff, sedge warbler, whitethroat, willow warbler and yellow wagtail. More...

Field Trip to Pagham Harbour

Saturday, 20 April 2013

60 species were seen. The main highlight without doubt was the superb view of the roosting long-eared owl. There was also a good selection of summer migrants, including whimbrel, wheatear & warblers. More...

Field Trip to Oare Marshes

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

A group of 8 members ventured out on a very cold day with light NE winds. 50 Bird species were seen and there was a grey seal in the Swale. More...

Field Trip to Isle of Sheppey

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Nine people braved a cold winter's day with a stiff NE wind and temperatures of 2-3 degrees C. Highlights include the waders at Shellness and a merlin. More...

Field Trip to Dungeness

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

A mostly sunny day, though very windy, with 55 species seen in total including Great White Egret, Merlin and Smew. More...

Field trip to Sevenoaks Reserve

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

A mild breezy morning, with rain by lunchtime, so only half a day's birding. More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Egyptian Geese are a speciality at Sevenoaks, and we had excellent views of Snipe. This was a half-day trip. More...

Male goldeneye

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Some less common ducks about: Pintail, Goldeneye and Scaup ... More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Sunday, 25 November 2012

It was the large flocks that impressed, particularly the Black-Tailed Godwits, and so many Little Grebes in one place was unusual. More...

Starling perched on wall

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The previous Saturday's trip was rained off, but better weather allowed a few to see bird ringing. More...

Field trip to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

In contrast to the previous Saturday, a challenging day of weather, and no raptors, but excellent views of Spoonbill. More...