EAST KENT WILDLIFE GROUP
Combining birding, ringing, censusing, butterflies, dragonflies, mammals, reptiles, plants, fresh air, fun
Birding - Collecting information from what we see, hear, identify and count.
Outdoor meetings are held throughout the year at sites that will yield the best in birdwatching.
We record  everything we see and hear. All birds are identified and counted though there will, no doubt, be some that "got away"! All our bird records are submitted to the Birdtrack site organised by the British Trust for Ornithology. This puts our efforts into a national context and makes them more valuable for the conservation and understanding of the birds we enjoy watching. We make a special effort to count, or estimate, as accurately as possible. The more experienced birders will explain why and how they identified a particular bird. There are several photographers who also record the birds we see and their photos can be seen in the Gallery. We have lots of fun counting flocks of birds as accurately as possible and everyone can have an input.
One of the aims of the outdoor meetings is to see as wide a variety of species as possible. This means visiting as wide a variety of habitats as possible. These are some of the sites that we have visited in the past and will do so in the future. Visit the calendar below to find out when we are birding at these sites. If you would like to come along and join us, you would be most welcome.
 
STODMARSH NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE (NATURAL ENGLAND) Freshwater wetland, good all year round.
GROVE FERRY NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE (NATURAL ENGLAND)Freshwater wetland, good all year round.
OARE MARSHES (KENT WILDLIFE TRUST) Freshwater wetland, good all year round.
PEGWELL BAY (KENT WILDLIFE TRUST) Estuary. Good July to February
DUNGENESS (ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS) Sea-watching, gravel pits and marshes. Good all year round
QUEX PARK Subject to regular surveys
ORLESTONE FOREST (FORESTRY COMMISSION) Specialised surveys
RECULVER Something to see at all times of the year
KINGS WOODS Summer specialities like Nightjar

FIELD MEETINGS AND TALKS
Below is a list of activities:-
1. Wednesday walks - mornings in the winter and evenings in the summer
2. Tuesday afternoon 1-3pm Birdwatching for Beginners Workshops with the RSPB
3. RSPB Thanet Local Group Saturday walks, mostly in the mornings
​4. RSPB Thanet Local Group Events

2019 Wednesday programme –
March to September
ALL MORNING MEETINGS ARE ON WEDNESDAYS AT 10am FOR A 2 HOUR BIRDING WALK.  A £3 DONATION GOES TOWARDS THE NEST BOX FUND – OVER 520 UP SO FAR.
APRIL 10TH AND APRIL 17TH – EASTER BREAK; NO MEETING
APRIL 24TH – GROVE FERRY. Beginning of the breeding season.
MAY 1ST – Last “winter” meeting in the morning at PEGWELL BAY
ALL EVENING MEETINGS ARE AT 7PM ON WEDNESDAYS.
MAY 8TH – First summer evening meeting at 7pm. GROVE FERRY
MAY 15TH – STODMARSH, for a warbler-sorting session
MAY 22ND – KINGS WOOD, for Marsh Tit, Nightjar and Tree pipit
MAY 29TH – ORLESTONE FOREST, for a Nightingale survey
JUNE 5th – STODMARSH, reed-bed species
JUNE 12TH – OARE MARSHES, open marshland breeding birds and perhaps late migrants
JUNE 19TH – GROVE FERRY, More reed-bed specialities
JUNE 26th – RECULVER, the Sand Martin colony and its environs
JULY 3rd – NO MEETING, mid-summer break
JULY 10th – STODMARSH, juveniles
JULY 17TH – GROVE FERRY, more juveniles
JULY 24TH – OARE MARSHES, for the first autumn migrants. HT 6pm.
JULY 31st – RECULVER, with a chance of Little Owls
AUGUST 7th – OARE MARSHES for marshland migrants. HT 6.15pm.
AUGUST 14th – PEGWELL BAY – a low tide, peak time for terns
AUGUST 21st – OARE MARSHES, for freshwater wader-fest.
AUGUST 28th – GROVE FERRY, LAST EVENING MEETING of 2019

SEPTEMBER 4th – NO MEETING. THE NEXT ONES WILL BE IN THE MORNINGS
MORNING MEETINGS ARE ON WEDNESDAYS AT 10am.  A £3 DONATION GOES TO THE NEST BOX FUND
SEPTEMBER 11th– OARE MARSHES, mid-autumn migrant wetland birds. HT 12:00

SITE DIRECTIONS:
OARE MARSHES – Turn off the London Road (old A2) at the roundabout signposted Oare between Ospringe and Teynham. At the junction turn left and just past the “Three Mariners” turn right. After about a mile park in the car-park at the end of the road just after the lagoon. ME13 0QD. There is a loo at Sainsbury’s on the way.
STODMARSH – Park in the Reserve car-park down the track behind the triangular village green. There is a loo here. CT3 4BB.
GROVE FERRY - Meet at the car-park next to the pub car-park. CT3 4BP. Loo available. There is a day-time car parking charge.
RECULVER Meet at the Reculver Towers car-park near Herne Bay CT6 6SU. There is a small car-parking charge but there is a loo.
PEGWELL BAY. Meet on the old A256 (Sandwich Road) in car-park opposite the Sportsman Pub CT12 5JB
ORELSTONE FOREST. Main Forestry Car-park, Malthouse Lane, off Birchett Lane. TN26 2EL
KINGS WOOD. Main Car-park. White Hill, Challock TN25 4DG

 
BIRDWATCHING WORKSHOPS
 
Meetings with the RSPB Thanet Local Group: Bird Identification Workshops
TUESDAYS 1-3PM upstairs at the Queens Road Baptist Church Community Hall, Broadstairs presented by Pete. The cost will be £4 per session and this includes tea/coffee and a bicky ably provided by Dave and his team. Please bring your bird field guide. The Collins Guide is recommended.

2019
STARTING AGAIN IN SEPTEMBER

The programme for each meeting is as follows – welcome and signing in, what have you seen and your questions answered, news from the world of birds, what’s that bird – how we identify selected birds, the main event and a break about half-way. All are welcome and we will use your best friend (your field guide) throughout.

RSPB THANET LOCAL GROUP SATURDAY WALKS

SATURDAY WALKS 2019. These walks are organised on behalf of the Thanet Local Group. The leader is Pete Findley and walks are chosen to match good times of year to good places. Most take place in the mornings and last for two hours or so. The £3 donation goes towards local nest-box projects currently for owls and to the RSPB.

2019 Saturday walks program lead by Peter Findley open to all
cost £3 per person
 
11th May                 RSPB Dungeness Reserve 10am. Meet at reserve car park TN29 9PN
8th June               Kings Wood for Nightjars 9pm. Meet at in car park. White Hill Road TN25 4DG
13th July                 Stodmarsh NNR 10am. Meet at the reserve car park CT3 4BA
10th August            Oare Marshes KWT reserve 9.30am. Meet at bottom car park ME13 0QD
14th September      Pegwell Bay 2pm. Meet at the car park opposite Sportsman Pub CT12 5JB
12th October          RSPB Dungeness Reserve 10am. Meet at reserve car park TN29 9PN
9th November         Oare Marshes KWT reserve 10am. Meet at bottom car park ME13 0QD
14th December       Grove Ferry NNR 10am. Meet in the public pay and display car park CT3 4BP

RSPB THANET LOCAL GROUP EVENING EVENTS
St. Peter's Church Hall, Hopeville Avenue, St Peters, Broadstairs, CT10 2TR. TUESDAYs: 7.30 pm (except the Wine and Wisdom and Christmas Supper)  - Price: £ 4 members £6 non-members.

APRIL 8TH Thanet Local Group AGM & Northern Lights, by Brian Short
Location: St Peters Church Hall, Hopeville Avenue, St Peters, Broadstairs
Postcode: CT10 2TR (Google map)
The Annual General Meeting where you can hear all the news of the Group's achievements in the past year. You will have the chance to apply for a post, vote for various appointments, scrutinise the accounts and generally have your say on the way the group is run and future projects. This is your time to be heard and we value your input.
Time: 7.30 pm
Price: No fee
Telephone: 07768086318

Read more at https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/thanet/events/#jb1PXeS5Ur3bvgU0.99