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Next meeting, Tea is by GOLF GROUP.

This is a NEW Group.  Dave Denman is the contact

In response to some enquiries I am forming a new group for our Meopham U3a  . 
It will be known as “ Local Nature Appreciation Group “ and its  interests will include  Bird Watching  ,
Flora and fauna ,  Butterflies  etc  , incorporating  an element of photography .There will be local , monthly visits  , to  Reserves ( RSPB , Kent Wildlife etc )   , most of which are easily accessible to us .

Should you be interested in joining then I will act as  Group Contact,  

Dave

 

Local Nature Appreciation Group .Gordons Promenade 15th Nov, for pictures click HERE.
The weather on Tuesday meant that we had to rearrange the meeting place , as fields were too muddy and slippery for walking.Eleven of us met on a sunny ,
breezy morning as the high tide was coming in .Various species of gull were on show, along with feral and Wood pigeons, Crows , Starlings.
A beach search showed distant Dunlins, Lapwings, Black tailed Godwit, viewed through our telescopes .
Dunlins , initially active , moved from view with the tide.A stroll through gardens have us Moorhens , Chiffchaff, Blue tits and a singing Goldfinch plus two late butterflies,
Small White and Red Admiral .
The lake held more Mallards , and a surprise of two Egyptian Geese ..being dive bombed by gulls !
A quick for a Kingfisher at the canal ended our first get together ...
Thanks to all who attended and hopefully enjoyed the day .
Steve, Hazel

Local Nature Appreciation Group trip to Sevenoaks 24.01.2024,  for pictures click HERE
Six of us met at this Kent Wildlife Trust owned reserve, on a  bright ,clear morning. From the car park, our first stop was at the look-out point,
where Teal, various gulls, Canada and Greylag geese and Lapwing were spotted.
A Robin sang close by as we had a leisurely walk along the track towards the Jeffrey Harrison hide.
Blue and Great Tits were scuttling around the trees in search of a snack and a Wren made a brief appearance.
From the hide, at least five Common Snipe were seen on one of the islands, with Cormorant, skittish Lapwing, Coot, Moorhen, Gadwall,
Pochard and three sightings of a Kingfisher! An amazing colourful little bird and always nice to see.
The Tower hide gave us good views of Mute Swans, Tufted ducks and a Great-crested Grebe.
A walk in the wooded section produced excellent sightings of male and female Siskins for us all, with a Great-spotted Woodpecker
drumming close by. Long-tailed Tits were seen and a Goldcrest flitted about at its normal fast pace.
A ‘squealing pig’ sound indicated that a Water Rail was close by and sure enough, on a low lying pond, it ran from one section of reeds to another.
Not always the easiest bird to see. On our way back to the car park, a Chaffinch called from a nearby tree and showed itself for a few seconds.

In all, 32 species were seen / heard, which is a good total for the few hours that we were there.

After lunch, we had a  walk to the Willow hide. Along the way, we heard a Nuthatch calling, but had good views of a Treecreeper, Goldcrest and Redwing.

Additional information from Steve, also posted on the Meopham u3a Facebook Page

My name is Steve Cullum and as a nature enthusiast, I have been involved in setting up a new group which will encompass our lovely, local wildlife.
There are various opportunities to seek out the richness of our wonderful countryside, including birds (identifying and listening to their calls) butterflies,
insects, mammals and trees. I don't claim to be an expert, however, together we can enjoy the great outdoors, learn a few things and importantly, have fun along the way. My wife Hazel and hopefully, some of our knowledgeable friends, will endeavour to show you some lovely places nearby. The pace will be very leisurely and if, like me, you have a camera, then what better way to record your day out.
The trips would normally last approximately 2 to 4 hours, with plenty of time to have a natter along the way.
My photos show some of the wildlife that we could possibly see during the year.
We hope to see you soon.
Pictures, click HERE
From left to right : Great-spotted Woodpecker - Dunnock - Meadow Pipit - Marbled White.

Please use the bluebird above to contact DAVE.