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  • Blog Post: Family Fun Day at Northward Hill

    Family Fun Day Hosted by RSPB Medway Local Group Wednesday 1st June 11am – 3pm at RSPB Northward Hill Nature Reserve, Bromhey Farm, Cooling, ME3 8DS A great opportunity for the whole family to explore and learn. Pond dipping, bug sweeping, arts & crafts, bug hotels,...
  • Blog Post: Mini beasts

    Hoverflies. Although these brightly-coloured insects look like bees or wasps, they are in fact true flies and do not sting. Hoverflies are excellent examples of one insect looking like another insect. They generally mimic bees and wasps – insects that sting and also taste unpleasant, so are...
  • Blog Post: Kelly Tolhursts' visit to Northward Hill RSPB

    The nightingale has be gun another breeding season in Kent – but for how long? After having spent winter in Africa, one of our most beloved songbirds, the iconic nightingale, has returned to spend the summer in Kent. They were welcomed home by Nightingale Species Champion Kelly Tolhurst MP at...
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  • Blog Post: Walking at Northward Hill

    This weeks' blog is a little delayed as I was going to wait for an RSPB press release jointly with Kelly Tolhursts office. For those of you who aren't aware Kelly is the MP for Rochester and Strood. She has recently agreed to be Species Champion for Nightingales which is fantastic news for the...
  • Blog Post: Snakes, lizards and turtles (doves that is!)

    Grass snakes are reasonably common round the reserve and can be seen near any body of water beaking around for its favourite food especially abundant at this time, small fish, newts. tadpoles and frogs. It is the countries largest snake growing up to 1.5 metres, but more usually 90cms or 3 foot as we...
  • Blog Post: Turtle Doves, then and now (or where are they now?)

    Why firstly the name, where do Turtles fit into this? Well the wing pattern is reminiscent of a Turtle shell and bear in mind some of these birds go back hundreds of years to a time when some of our species were far more plentiful and just seen as an endless commodity for man's usage as he/she saw...
  • Blog Post: Northward Hills' hill and a shady past.

    The hill of Northward Hill RSPB Reserve dominates the marsh and affords fantastic views over to the River Thames and beyond to Essex. In the distance towards the river can be seen the old disused pub, Shade House seemingly in the middle of nowhere and not the sort of place you would take the family...
  • Blog Post: Lodge Hill and the Nightingales, update.

    What’s happening at Lodge Hill? Written by Stephanie Landymore, Parliamenary Caampaigns Officer. Last year, nightingales were added to the UK red list of endangered birds for the first time; after the last census revealed there are now fewer than 6,000 singing males in our country, a shocking...
  • Blog Post: New arrivals and old friends.

    Well what a week its been here at Northward Hill RSPB reserve. You wait weeks for a migrant to turn then a whole bunch turn up together. As reported earlier in the week, the Cuckoo and the Nightingale are arrriving and there are quite a few Whitethroats here now claiming territories and singing already...
  • Blog Post: Nightingales, Whitethroats and a fantastic male Redstart.

    This weekend has been amazing with the arrival of Whitethroats, the oh so iconic Nightingales and with a guest appearance of the most beautifully marked male Redstart viewable from the Ernest Hemsley viewpoint. It is still the school holidays so why not come and visit the reserve as the shackles of the...
  • Blog Post: Swallows, Blackcaps and Chiffchaff.

    One swallow does not a summer make, an idiom used since the time of Aristotle, nearly two and a half thousand years ago. It is still with a twinge of excitment the first sighting in April of the steely blue and cream streak gives us. It does foretell of sunny days. Until the mysteries of migration were...
  • Blog Post: Frogs, logs and hairy dogs.

    About now as the weather slowly warms up Common frogs are rousing from hibernation and making their way to their home pond. this beautiful green female is in a pond in nearby Strood along with 43 others, they have been there for the last three weeks as has their frogs spawn. They are not however the...
  • Blog Post: No, no Egrets....

    As it's Easter weekend and a time of celebration, I thought it would be good to celebrate the Royal Society for the Prorotection of Birds and remember our history and where we came from and why we are such a powerful voice for nature. History-wise in a nutshell, a handfull of late Victorian ladies...
  • Blog Post: Spring has sprung........

    ........the grass has ris, I wonder where them birdies is? Well there are 'birdies aplenty at Northward Hill rspb reserve and over at rspb Cliffe Pools. Tomorrow is the first day of Spring. Put simply it is known as the vernal equinox and is all about the Earths' relation to the Sun...
  • Blog Post: One a minute.

    Yesterday members of staff at the reserve along with committee members of the rspb Medway local group joined by Martin Jensen Communications Officer for the rspb met at Northward Hill to discuss an event we are planning to hold on the 1st of June 2016, a family picnic day on the reserve. We plan to have...
  • Blog Post: News, views and muse.

    If you stop at the highest point of the road into Northward Hill rspb reserve and look northward on a clear day the towers of finance at Canary Wharf are clearly visible and then slightly beyond and to the left a little is the unmistakeable spike of the Shard. With binoculars it is then possible to see...
  • Blog Post: Things to see on the North Kent Marshes Reserves this weekend.

    Northward Hill RSPB and Cliffe Pools are two of the best places in Kent or even the South East or dare I say it in the UK to see birds up close and personal. Waders, raptors and in a few weeks time warblers, and then the spectacular and iconic cuckoos and nightingales. For those who just enjoy the...
  • Blog Post: Alder young dudes.

    Not Aldi, Audi but Alder the tree, a tree that is common throughout the British Isles and as such on the reserve at Northward Hill. Trees are something we all take for granted, they are massively important to our eco-system, they eat up our bad air and excrete it as good air, you couldnt devise a more...
  • Blog Post: Blackbirds and Sir Paul McCartney (no less), and a tribute to Owen Sweeney. RIP.

    How many birds can boast of having a song written about them by Pop Royalty? Or being sung about by real Royalty, our Heirs to the throne would have, as we all have sung along to 'Sing a Song of Sixpence, a pocket full of Rye. Indeed we sing it to our Granddaughter even now. Blackbird (singing...
  • Blog Post: Northward Hill RSPB, the home of the Heronry

    As the village sign for High Halstow proudly displays, it is the Home of the Heron, nearly 150 pairs of grey herons nest in the trees at Northward Hill. Activity at the heronry starts early in the year and continues through spring, when the young herons begin flying. One of out largest birds and amazingly...
  • Blog Post: The unique nature of Northward Hill

    Waders, warblers and water voles, northward hill rspb reserve has them all. In addition there's a heronry without compare, an historic building and stunning inter-county views. Arguably one of the most charismatic is the avocet, black and white with an upturned bill and blue legs, it is pretty...
  • Blog Post: Nature never sleeps (as a wise man once said!)

    The last of the coppicing was completed yestersday, so I promise this will be the last time I mention it, well until next year anyway I promise. Look at this lovely old oak. How pleased she must be to be relieved of all that annoying scrub around her. Like parasites dragging her down making her struggle...
  • Blog Post: Much-Harriers-in-the-Marsh.

    Yesterday was another volunteer day and so it was back for us to The Sanctuary for more coppicing, clearing of the Blackthorn, Hawthorn and Bramble that so choke the Woodland habitat. On the trek to the woods Will the Warden and I saw a beautiful Male Marsh Harrier quartering the flooded scrapes just...
  • Blog Post: Just working in the rain! (or extreme volunteering)

    As I drove to the reserve for our usual 9 o'clock meeting of volunteers the fields either side of Dux Lane were clearly sodden, but one in particular had hundreds and hundreds of birds spread out across its' several acres, Rooks, Crows, Jackdaws and a large dose of Gulls mainly Black-headed....