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  • 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....
  • Blog Post: The Holly and the Ivy..... (Don't forget the Robin!)

    .....For they are both well known! So the Carol goes, and well! what can I say about the Robin? It was named Britain's National Bird after winning a landslide victory in a huge public vote, beating off the Barrn Owl, Blackbird (my choice I have to be honest) and Wren. Crowned the nation's flying...
  • Blog Post: Fantastic picture

    This is the copy of the Fieldfare I meant to put on my last post. Photography by: Arnstein Rønning
  • Blog Post: Winter Work Begins

    As some of you may have already spotted, here at Northward Hill we have begun our winter work programme within the woodland. Certain areas of the woodland have been ‘coppiced’ which means they have been cleared of the smaller trees to allow sunlight to the ground to encourage flower and scrub...
  • Blog Post: Walking in a winter wonderland...

    It was a pleasure to read my first email of the day! It was from a local chap, new to birdwatching, and keen to share with us his experiences when visiting Northward Hill and Cliffe Pools Nature Reserves yesterday. Thank you Tim Harris for writing to us and for allowing us to publish this for others...
  • Blog Post: A brilliant day out.

    What a brilliant way to spend the day? Building a huge bonfire out in the woods with friends and having a good laugh to boot. How to make it even better? Knowing you a making a huge contribution to local wildlife by clearing brambles and thorny scrub from the Woodland end of the reserve, allowing light...
  • Blog Post: Visit to Northward Hill and Cliffe Pools

    CLIFFE POOLS, NORTHWARD HILL 14.7.2015 Eric Brown, Phil Cliffe, Janet Newiss Weather: cloudy but warm 18c to 23c 9.50am to 3.45pm Defied gloomy BBC website forecasts of heavy showers for the second successive week and were rewarded with another rain-free day. Highlights at Cliffe included...
  • Blog Post: Father's Day: AKA the longest day

    Dave Saunders of the RSPB Medway Local Group visited on Sunday, providing us with tales of his experience. I calculate that Sunday last there were 16 hours and 38 minutes of sunlight which is almost exactly the opposite of the run up to Christmas when we’re lucky to see the light between 8.30...
  • Blog Post: 'Spring is in the air' by Dave Saunders

    Spring is in the air (or The Cuckoo and the Nightingale) After meeting up with the Bird-Ringers and seeing a beautiful long-tailed tit out of the nets, suitably weighed, measured and rung I made my way to the Ernest Hemsley Viewpoint. At least two cuckoos were calling around on the newly leaved Silver...
  • Blog Post: Another good reason to visit Northward Hill

    Why not come along to Northward Hill to see wild birds closer than ever before? A qualified team of bird ringers are on site once a month giving demonstrations to the public and are next here on 14th December to help you get 'hands on' with nature. The Sunday morning activity is based at our...
  • Blog Post: When chopping down trees is a good thing

    The RSPB owns Northward Hill, and the nature reserve is one of the oldest in the charity’s history. The nature reserve comprises a variety of habitats the majority of which is lowland wet grazing marsh, but we also have pools, scrubland and woodland. The nature reserve is managed for biodiversity...
  • Blog Post: Autumn migration has started - meet the bird ringing team Sunday October 12th

    We have had a proper 'Indian summer' this year. I have heard some claiming that we have jumped from summer to winter and missed out autumn altogether! With the weather so pleasant there hasn't seemed much of an impetus for birds to start moving... well, perhaps not from our perspective, but...
  • Blog Post: RSPB Medway Local Group Walk

    Sunday 27th April: RSPB Medway Local Group walk to RSPB Northward Hill Reserve Although the weather didn't bode well the sun almost shone sometimes and the rain stayed away. We started off the morning with a chat to the BTO bird ringers and close ups of a beautiful female blackcap and a whitethroat...
  • Blog Post: Nightingales at Northward Hill

    On bank holiday Monday 4 Nightingale were seen at Northward Hill Reserve, along with 2 sparrowhawk, 2 buzzard, 1 kestrel, 1 hobby, 4 avocet, 1 black-tailed godwit, 10 Mediteranean gull, 2 cuckoo, 3 wheatear and 4 ring ouzel. On the same day, close to RSPB Motney Hill Reserve a turtle dove was seen (at...
  • Blog Post: Easter weekend visit to Northward Hill

    As Rolf Williams said last week Spring has definately sprung. At the Ernest Hemsley view point a few of us enjoyed the rare sight of four Ring Ouzel foraging amongst the sheep and rabbits, three beautifully marked males and a lone female, they were still there at 6pm last night (21/04/14) as the light...
  • Blog Post: Furry friends at Northward Hill

    Local photographer and wildlife enthusiast Tony Peake has kindly shared his recent photos with us, from his visit to Northward Hill at the weekend. This is my favourite...
  • Blog Post: An education in Moths

    Our new interns are very keen to learn, and with the help of the very knowledgeable Roger Kiddie, they have over the past week been using the moth trap at Northward Hill, to learn about the various species that are found here. So far Lucia and Jack have seen Acleris Cristana, Yellow Horned, Agonopterix...
  • Blog Post: Working our wood for wildlife

    You may have noticed that some trees in the woods at RSPB Northward Hill have been marked with painted crosses – what does this mean? The RSPB is routinely visited by regional tree safety advisors who conduct an independent assessment of woods under our management. As a responsible landowner...
  • Blog Post: Bird Ringing at Northward Hill

    Experienced BTO Bird Ringer, Roger Kiddie was at Bromhey Farm for the last two ringing sessions (16th February and 2nd March), in which a total of 54 birds were recorded. They include all the usual suspects including blue tit, great tit, dunnock, robin, chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch (including a bird...
  • Blog Post: Lovely weather for ducks at Northward Hill

    The whole country is under water at the moment, but rest assured that the water lying on the RSPB reserves on the North Kent Marshes, from Gravesend to Whitstable, is all well contained. We are in the business of trying to hang on to water so that the fields are good and wet and therefore soft, for the...
  • Blog Post: Latest sightings from Dave Saunders

    It is always pleasant to be greeted by birdsong at a reserve, especially in the colder months, so the tinkling Goldfinches were very welcome as were their still vibrant colours. So up the hill to the viewpoint and down to the newly inaugurated Gordon’s Hide. From it I could see way out over...
  • Media: Goldfinch

    Taken at Northward Hill this morning (1.3.11)