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  • Forum Thread: Recent sightings

    At this time of year, the wetland birds that visit Northward Hill are beginning to get a little more interesting and varied. Some of the birds noted by the team and members of the public include: Green Sandpiper Common Sandpiper Wood Sandpiper Greylag Geese Avocet Lapwing Heron...
  • Forum Thread: Pictures from our visit on 2nd July 2012

    Here is a photograph of a Buff-Tailed Bumblebee (bombus terrestris) with mahoosive pollen sacs! It's obviously found plenty of delicious flowers to munch on ;-) The rest of the photographs can be viewed by clicking on the blue link below. I haven't quite got around to identifying all the wildflowers...
  • Forum Thread: Recent Sightings

    This months wildlife sightings (May 2010): Birds: Hobby, Turtle Dove, Song Thrush, Cuckoo, Shelduck, Buzzard, Corn Bunting, Bearded Tit, Coot, Moorehen, Red-legged partridge. Animals/Reptiles/Amphibians: Brown Hares, Harvest Mice, Woodmouse, Fox, Grass Snake, Great crested newt(shorne...
  • Forum Thread: Recent wildlife sightings at NHH - 6th to 21st June 2010

    Howdy all, A little (and possibly the last) update from myself here at NHH: Birds: Little Owl, Cuckoo, Blackcap, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Reed Warbler, Song Thrush, GreenFinch, Jay, Swift, Green Woodpecker, Long tailed tits, Dunnock, Whitethroat, Black-headed gull, Little Egret, Rook, Jackdaw...
  • Forum Thread: This weeks wildlife sightings at northward hill Til June 5th 2010

    Birds: Jay, Stock Dove, Common Tern, Little Owl Invertebrates/Insects: Emerald Damselfly (Lestes sp.), Broad-bodied chaser, common blue butterflies, Holly blue butterflies, Brown Argus, Small heath, Azure damselfly.
  • Forum Thread: Spring News Update (And last update from me)

    It's been a very long time since any "work-type" news update was made on the Blog, unfortunately I'm not an 'Official Blogger', so you can all make-do with this more awesome forum post until someone does an official Blog update. As of the 25th of June, I will no longer be working...
  • Blog Post: sightings from Sunday 9th

    Gordon Allison had a phone call from Chris Gibbard on Sunday evening. He'd been to Northward Hill and had seen 28 white-fronts , a marsh harrier & a peregrine from the marshland viewpoint and had then gone down Decoy Hill Lane for dusk, when he had 20 woodcock coming out of the reserve (his best...
  • Blog Post: Reserve update

    After the busy few weeks leading up to the fair things are starting to settle down again at Northward Hill. The fair itself was a complete success. We had approximately 1800 people through the door, and many of them took our sunflower walk out onto the reserve to take part in activities with staff and...
  • Blog Post: Recent Sightings

    Recent Sightings in and around the penisular: 5 Ring ouzels spotted at Cliffe Firecrest at Alan's Pool 2 Short eared owls at St. Mary's Marsh Thanks to local bird watchers for reporting.
  • Blog Post: sightings 7th Nov 2011

    NHH 07/11/11 A huge chattering flock of fieldfare numbering around 400 came into roost at Northward Hill near to the Bromhey office this afternoon, shortly followed by over 100 redwing. Surely, a sign of harsh weather further north and no doubt helped on their way by the recently northerly wind flow...
  • Blog Post: Spring time!

    Our first Swallows of the year were spotted five days ago and since then we have had a steady stream passing through the Northward Hill reserve. Chiffchaffs and Blackcap are now in song and a large fall of Wheatear (50+) this morning, along with our first singing Nightingale, really signaled the start...
  • Blog Post: sightings 30/03/2011

    a small group from the Gravesend Local RSPB Group ventured out to Northward Hill last Wednesday. This is what they saw: Near the office: greenfinch, starlings 60+, B Tit, chaffinch, G. Tit, dunnock, green woodpecker, goldfinch, h sparrow In addition, on marsh; shelduck 23+, wigeon 100+, tufted...
  • Blog Post: "Owl Fest" 20th Feb 2012

    On Monday evening myself and Simon were treated to an unexpected but memorable encounter with a pair of Long-eared Owls at Northward Hill. After checking the heronry roost at dusk, we stopped to admire the large number of Rooks gathering on the marsh. It was at this point that a pair of owls ‘flushed’...
  • Blog Post: sightings 22nd Jan 2012

    Rough legged buzzard. Buzzard. Marsh harrier. 2 firecrests. Woodcock. From veiwpoint in afternoon. thanks to Chris Gibbard for these sightings
  • Blog Post: The Marvels of Mosses

    Walking through the woods today the birds weren’t singing and the bees weren’t flying. But before I cried into my last soggy tissue I took a moment to have a poke around in the undergrowth. The variety and density of mosses was outstanding, and it’s the best time of the year to observe...
  • Blog Post: butterflies at Northward Hill 27-28/06/2011

    a good weekend for butterflies in the woodlands at Northward Hill. We've had sightings of silver-washed fritillary, purple hairstreak and white letter hairstreak. Here are some butterfly photos taken over the weekend by Rolf Williams, communications officer at Northward Hill (pictures show comma...
  • Blog Post: Siskin pictures 15/09/2011

    Find attached a few pics from yesterdays ringing session at Northward Hill. Of particular note were several Scandinavian race Blackbirds and 40+ Blackcaps that were recorded during the day. The highlight however was the first bird out of the bag – a very early juvenile Siskin! Perhaps these...
  • Blog Post: Sightings at Northward Hill

    Avocet Blackbird Blackcap Black-headed Gull Black-tailed Godwit Cetti’s Warbler Chaffinch Chiffchaff Cormorant Cuckoo Dunnock Goldfinch Great Crested Grebe Great Spotted Woodpecker Green Woodpecker Greenfinch Greylag Goose Hobby Jay Kestrel...
  • Blog Post: Northward Hill moths 24/05/2011

    The team at Northward Hill thought you may be interested in knowing what moths are about at the moment. Here is what they trapped on Tuesday night: Northward Hill office moth trap Tuesday night. 24/05/11 Treble Line 3 Shoulder-striped Wainscot 13 White Ermine 5 Burnished Brass...
  • Blog Post: Sightings 15/05/2011

    Another interesting report from David Saunders: As I drove into Bromhey car park a lot Swifts were evident, as I drew up they were not the only hirundines, Swallows and House Martins were there as well. In the car park I met the Gravesend Group, they had been there since 6 am. I envied...
  • Blog Post: sightings 04/01/2011

    Sightings from the Marsh viewpoint at Northward Hill on Tuesday 4th January 2011: White Fronted Goose 85 Bean Goose 1 Greylag Goose 23 Widgeon 600 Teal 60 Gadwall 14 Shoveller 2 Mallard 6 Black Tailed Godwit 8 Lapwing 350 Golden Plover 20 Dunlin 50 Thanks to Les Edwins for these sightings
  • Blog Post: Wildlife and Countryside Fair 09/09/2012

    This Sunday is our annual Wildlife and Countryside Fair at Northward Hill and staff and volunteers have been hard at work getting the reserve ready. Visitors can take part in activities along the explorers trail, go on pony rides, buy locally produced arts and crafts at the marquee and enjoy the fun...
  • Blog Post: sightings 7th January 2012

    Following an afternoon report of a rough-legged buzzard close to the marshland viewpoint, along with short-eared owl and common buzzard, I headed ‘up the hill’ to see if I could get a glimpse. The light was fading fast and although I didn’t see any of the three species reported I did...
  • Blog Post: Reserve closed

    Due to the severe weather, the reserve will be closed until further notice.
  • Blog Post: Little Owls

    One of my favourite residents of Northward Hill has to be the Little Owl, and as the leaves turn to ochre hues I cannot wait to see its startling yellow eyes amongst the flora. If you have ever been wandering through the reserve and heard a squeaky dog toy noise from up above then you have most likely...