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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 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 - 5th May 2012

    Inspired by looking at the BTO Website this lunchtime about the tagged cuckoos returning to Norfolk I thought ' I'll go to Northward Hill and hear one ' as I haven't managed to hear one yet this year! The weather was pretty rubbish I'll have to say with a barely achieved 8c and...
  • Blog Post: Great Expectations by David Saunders

    Great Expectations On such a December morning as this there is no finer place to be than Northward Hill. The driveway from the road to Bromhey Farm car park as with other reserves is often a thrill in itself, with Rooks, Crows and Great Spotted Woodpecker enjoying the winter sun and blue skies overhead...
  • Blog Post: Waxwings 26/12/2010

    12 waxwings seen at Northward Hill today
  • Blog Post: Waxwings at Northward Hill 14/12/2010

    3 waxwings in hawthorns close to the marshland viewpoint (MVP) at 13:00 15 waxwings east over the MVP at 13:40
  • Blog Post: sightings 8th January 2012

    Elmley warden, Gordon Allison, was out and about at Northward Hill & Shorne yesterday. Here's his report: Had a stint at the viewpoint this afternoon, where in addition to at least 1 Rough Legged Buzzard there was also 3 common buzzard , 2-3 marsh harrier , 1F merlin & 1M sparrowhawk ...
  • Blog Post: Rough Legged Buzzard 2nd Feb 2012

    Cracking views of this bird from the marshland viewpoint today. Great aerial display of gliding, hovering etc across fields and reedbeds. David James Lead Field Teacher/Assistant People Engagement Officer
  • Blog Post: sightings 9th Dec 2011

    Highlights at Northward Hill today: Wigeon (5 on reservoir) Sparrowhawk (female by feeders) Buzzard (1 seen over Marshland viewpoint) Barn Owl (1 hunting around reserve) Little Owl (2 calling at dusk) Tawny Owl (1 calling from woodland) Goldcrest (2 heard along Marshland Trail) Redwing and Fieldfare...
  • 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...