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  • 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....
  • 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...