Marsh Harrier in Flight - Gary Cox

Marsh Harrier in Flight

© Gary Cox

Autumn Migration in North Kent

Location:
Observe and find out how to identify wetland birds. Discover how birds navigate and learn about the remarkable migrations they make.

Event details

Meeting point

Oare Marshes Local Nature Reserve main car park at the end of the Harty Ferry Road in Oare Village near Faversham Post code: ME13 0QD (then continue for ½ mile to end of road).

Date

Time
10am - 4pm
A static map of Autumn Migration in North Kent

About the event

Much of the day will be spent in the field observing and learning about wetland birds and their key identification features.  This will be timed to coincide with high tide when the maximum number of birds use the reserve’s floods and scrapes for roosting and feeding.

During the middle part of the day there will be a presentation on the subject of “Autumn Bird Migration” covering the reasons why birds migrate, how they navigate and prepare for their incredible journeys and the routes they take.

Information and advice will also be provided on binoculars, field guides and other birdwatching equipment.

This is one of the best areas in the UK for observing birds of prey and the Swale estuary is regularly used by ospreys on passage to Africa. Other typical species at this time of year include marsh harrier, peregrine, merlin, common buzzard, hobby and occasionally Montagu’s harrier. 

Participants will be given instruction on how to identify the various species in the field together with information about the characteristics, habitats and behaviour of these birds. 

By the end of the day it is expected that participants will be able to answer the following questions:

1.    What are some of the characteristics used to identify waders and other wetland birds.?
2.    Autumn migration – why do birds migrate?
3.    How do birds navigate over such prodigious distances?

Led by Tony Swandale, Ornithologist

Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Please note that there are no toilet facilities at this reserve.

 

Booking

Phone number

01622 662012

Price

Normal fee: £33 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Additional booking information

Please make every effort to turn up on time - arrive at 9:45am for a prompt 10:00am start.

The study day will go ahead unless informed otherwise and will normally only be cancelled in exceptional circumstances. In the unlikely event of unavoidable cancellation or a change in the arrangements participants will be informed by phone a minimum of one hour before the scheduled start time or by email the previous day.

Suitable for

Adults, Beginners

Know before you go

Dogs

No dogs permitted
(dogs on leads are permitted at this reserve but are not appropriate for this activity)

Mobility

Level paths, gentle slopes, firm surface. Up to 2 miles covered, gentle pace with frequent stops.

What to bring

Binoculars/telescope if you have one (can be borrowed if pre-booked). All weather clothing, walking shoes/boots, waterproofs, packed lunch and drink.

Parking information

Oare Marshes main car park - ME13 0QD (then continue for 1/2 mile to end of road)

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012