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

2018 Wednesday Birding Walks Programme
MEETINGS ARE AT 7PM IN THE SUMMER AND 10AM IN THE WINTER. A £3 DONATION GOES TO THE NEST BOX FUND
  
MORNING WEDNESDAY MEETINGS STARTING AT 10AM FROM SEPTEMBER 2018
SEPTEMBER 12TH – After a weeks break we will start at RECULVER
SEPTEMBER 19TH – OARE MARSHES.  High tide. Mid-autumn migrant wetland birds
SEPTEMBER 26TH – STODMARSH. Should be some hirundines about
OCTOBER 3Rd – OARE MARSHES. Dropping tide with the beginnings of winter numbers
OCTOBER 10TH – DUNGENESS. Migrants
OCTOBER 17TH – STODMARSH. Late autumn wildfowl
OCTOBER 24TH – GROVE FERRY – Half term. Late autumn birds
OCTOBER 31ST – RECULVER. Early winter birds
NOVEMBER 7TH – OARE MARSHES. Always a good site. Rising to high tide
NOVEMBER 14TH – STODMARSH. Early winter wildfowl
NOVEMBER 21ST – PEGWELL BAY. High tide at our local RAMSAR site
NOVEMBER 28TH – MINNIS BAY, BIRCHINGTON. A new local site and a look at the beach
DECEMBER 5TH – OARE MARSHES. Very high tide with the possibility of some raptors
DECEMBER 12TH – DUNGENESS. An excellent winter site
DECEMBER 19TH Final meeting of the year at GROVE FERRY, followed by a break until JANUARY 9TH

 
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

MINNIS BAY, BIRCHINGTON
Meet at the Reculver end of the promenade car park. Promenade, Birchington CT7 9UN

 
BEGINNERS BIRDWATCHING WORKSHOPS
 
Meetings with the RSPB Thanet Local Group: Bird Identification Workshops
TUESDAYS 1-3PM at a larger room 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.

18th September       Introducing the programme. Review of 2018.
25th September       Birding skills and garden birds.
2nd October              Autumn migration through the south-east.
9th October              Autumn migration through Gibraltar.
16th October            Identification techniques - passerines.
23rd October            Winter waterbirds. They’re on their way.
30th October              Birds of prey.
6th November          Coastal birds of Thanet and Pegwell Bay.
13th November        Identification techniques – Waterbirds.
20th November        Identification techniques – Waders.
27th November        Helping birds throughout the year.
4th December          Thrushes and chats to finish off the year.

2019
8th January               The Owl family – everyone’s favourites for the New Year.
15th January             The Finch family – seed-eating passerines.
22nd January            Identification techniques – scarcer birds including buntings.
29th January             Grassland birds – coming to your local golf course.
5th February             Woodland birds including woodpeckers and warblers.
12th February           National Nest-box Week – our results so far and the future.
19th February           Local bird-watching sites.
26th February           Seabirds and where to see them.
5th March                  Spring migration through Gibraltar.
12th March                Spring migration through Israel.
19th March                Warblers, greens and browns and beautiful song.
26th March                Nesting – the most important part of a birds’ life.
Final winter session

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 2018. 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.

SEPTEMBER 8TH SATURDAY OARE MARSHES. Meet at the carpark at the end of the road at 09.00am. This is an excellent time of year for migrant freshwater waders and the chances of some of the scarcer species are good. This is one of the best birding sites in Kent.

OCTOBER 6TH SATURDAY RECULVER. Meet at the Reculver Towers car park at 09.30am. Late autumn migration will be happening here and there will be the chance of some visual migration (vis mig).

DECEMBER 1ST SATURDAY STODMARSH. Meet at the Natural England car park at 09.30am. One of our most popular local reserves managed by Natural England. A good range of winter birds can be found here at this time of the year and the reserve has seen a great deal of improvement in recent year.

RSPB THANET LOCAL GROUP EVENING EVENTS
The Portland Centre, 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.

TUESDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER: FORENESS POINT GRASSLAND PROJECT with Lawrie Sampson –
Lawrie is Conservation Officer for The Making a Buzz for the Coast project, backed by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. Lawrie will be outlining the overall management plans and the progress of the grassland project at Foreness Point

SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER: WINE AND WISDOM EVENING promptly starting at 7pm –
A light-hearted and fun quiz - with no bird questions - for members, guests and their families and friends. Please bring your own food and drinks, plates & cutlery; there will be a 30 minute interval at 8 pm. The hall will be set out with tables for eight per team. Those who attend alone or as couples are very welcome and can join together to form a team, or join another team. Price: £ 6 per person
Telephone: 07768 086318 E-mail: [email protected]

TUESDAY 30TH OCTOBER: BIRDS OF FUERTEVENTURA –
An entertaining talk by a much respected former Thanet RSPB Group Leader. It details his searches for Houbara Bustard, Cream-coloured Courser and other Canary Island endemics.

TUESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER: THE ARCTIC V ANTARCTICA with Pete Findley –
This evenings talk is given by a stalwart of the Thanet RSPB, Pete Findley, who is responsible for our very popular afternoon Bird Identification Workshops. Here he contrasts the physical conditions and species of these superficially similar, and diminishing habitats.

MONDAY 10TH DECEMBER: Christmas Supper – Member’s Evening –
We would like to invite all RSPB Thanet Local Group members and friends to our Christmas get together. This will be based on an American Supper theme (ideally it is where you bring food to share, please prepare food for eight, you choose whether starter, main or sweet). We will provide some non-alcoholic mulled wine and plastic plates and cups. You are welcome to bring your own drink to share. To help enjoy this Christmas time together we are planning a good fun quiz, and to create a festive atmosphere.