Sidcup Natural History Society - 2015 Field Trips 
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Meetings | Field Trips
The Society enjoys monthly Field Trips to various sites in Kent.

- Or around the Thames Estuary.  Mostly to Nature Reserves and Country Parks.  Some trips are to public green spaces or along footpaths, byways and tow-paths.  Occasionally, we arrange guided walks over private land.

There is no specific charge (barring odd surprises) for any trip except where stated in the programme - things like entrance fees.  However, donations to the Sidcup Natural History Society are always welcome; especially when someone remembers to bring the donations box!

Usually, we can easily accommodate those who choose to leave early; likewise planned late-comers (but do please let the organiser know).  Note that, in peculiar circumstances, times may be adjusted to suit conditions on the day.

Participants must be responsible for their own well-being and safety at all times - or be accompanied by a responsible adult.

All Field Trips welcome members and non-members alike.  Meet at the venue.  It is not necessary to advise of attendance beforehand; though you may wish to do so...  We look forward to seeing you!

A number of venues offer some disabled access; please contact trip organiser to check.  Ditto if you need any further field-trip information or guidance.

(For interest, sample previous programmes may be found among our Downloadable pdf files, in our Library Area, and in our archives section)

2015 Programme-at-a-glance

Indoor Meetings

  • (Jan)Members' Evening
  • (Feb)Short-haired Bumblebee Project
  • (Mar)"Wildlife of Guyana"
  • (Apr)"There's an Old Mill"
  • (May) -
  • (Jun) -
  • (Jul)  -
  • (Aug) -
  • (Sep) -
  • (Oct) -
  • (Nov) -
  • (Dec) -
Jan 10thCliffe Pools RSPB Reserve9:30 - 13:30
The RSPB has made great efforts to develop and improve Cliffe Pools for birds and visitors.  We hope to find a good variety of wildfowl and waders, and perhaps a wintering Hen Harrier...
Directions:meet in the RSPB car park at the end of 'Salt Lane'; no charges.
Post Code: ME3 7SX  No facilities, but Mockbeggar's Farm Shop is conveniently situated en route.
LINKS:journal   Farm Shop
Feb 14thCliftonville, Margate9:30 - 13:30
This part of the North Kent coast, to the east of Margate, with its low cliffs and stretches of rocky shoreline, is frequented in winter by many wading birds including Purple Sandpipers.  While searching for these we will hope to see Divers and Ducks out to sea.
Directions:meet in 'Palm Bay Avenue' (B2051), near 'Princess Margaret Avenue'.  Post Code: CT9 3PP
Mar 14thScadbury Park, Sidcup9:15 - 12:15
This well-hidden local site offers a range of habitats including woodland, pasture and a remnant of heathland...
Directions:meet in the car park at the entrance in 'Old Perry Street' - near the 'Sydney Arms' public house.  Post Code: BR7 6PL
April 11thFoots Cray Meadows9:15 - 12:15
Before the tree canopies become too dense, we will look for early migrant birds and residents like the ever-elusive Lesser Spotted Woodpecker... Perhaps this will be the year!!
Directions:meet in Leafield Lane, off North Cray Road, Sidcup.
Post Code: DA14 5EU   Map ref. TQ 486 719
May 9thMote Park, Maidstone & Marden Meadow9:30 - ????
We will explore the Park, woodland and lake before moving on - after lunch - to Marden Meadow KWT Reserve.  Here, we expect to see a variety of flowering meadow plants including thousands of Green-winged Orchids!
Directions:our meeting place will be the Mote Park car park, at the end of 'Mote Avenue', Maidstone.  Post Code: ME15 7SU
At Marden Meadow (Post Code: TN12 9PZ) there is a very small off-road car-parking area - please park sensibly!
Jun 6thStodmarsh NNR, nr. Canterbury10:00 - 14:00
At this National Nature Reserve, with its large reed beds, we will be looking for Bearded Tits, Cuckoos, warblers and the dashing Hobby.
If the weather is suitable, we may move on to the RSPB woodland reserve at Blean for the late afternoon and evening - where we would hope to find Woodcock and Nightjar.
Directions: meet by the toilets in the car park at the end of the track by the Red Lion pub in Stodmarsh village.  From Canterbury take the A257 (east).  After about 2 miles turn left onto the minor road signposted Stodmarsh, and follow it to the village – approx. 4km.  Post Code: CT3 4BA  Map ref. TL 540 197
{Blean Post Code: CT2 9DD}
Jul 11thKnole Park NT, Sevenoaks10:15 - 14:00
We will be searching the parkland at this National Trust property hoping to find birds such as Redstart and Yellowhammer, and busy bugs and bees...
Directions:meet in the car park by the house.  Post Code: TN13 1HU  Parking is free for NT members, but otherwise £4.
Aug 15thBrookland and Leybourne Lakes, Snodland9:30 - 12:30
Our last visit here provided plenty of interest with many waterside plants in flower and a memorable display by a local nightingale...
Directions:meet in the car park at Brookland Lake, accessed via the narrow lane off 'Brook Street' - look for the brown sign with a boat, pointing left.  Post Code: ME6 5UA
LINKS:our 2012 visit