Birds of Prey of the North Kent Marshes
About the event
The Isle of Sheppey has the highest density of overwintering birds of prey in the county and is one of the UK’s premier sites for species such as short-eared owl, hen and marsh harrier, merlin, peregrine and, in some years, rough-legged buzzard.
The morning will be spent watching birds of prey from the specially designed RSPB raptor viewpoint at Capel Fleet. Advice will be provided on how to observe and identify the various species in the field.
After lunch there will be a photographic presentation on birds of prey in Kent during which we will look again at the key identification features for each species and learn about the characteristics of this fascinating group. The definition of ‘raptor’ and ‘bird of prey’ will also be covered. This will take place in Eastchurch Village Hall. Tea and coffee will be available.
Later in the afternoon we will be outdoors again at Shellness Point or another local site to put the knowledge into practice. As the light fades we will also learn about roosting behaviour.
Led by Tony Swandale, Ornithologist
Suitable for beginners and improvers
NB There are toilets at the Ferry House Inn pub and at Eastchurch Village Hall
This course is now fully booked but you can add your name to the waiting list by clicking on the orange 'Join Waitlist' button further down this page. We will then contact you if a place becomes available or if there is sufficient demand and we decide to run course again.
PriceNormal fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.
Additional booking informationPlease 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 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.
Know before you go
The paths are generally level with gradual slopes and a firm surface. The route may however include a modest hill and muddy patches. The total distance walked on the day will be no more than one mile at a gentle pace with frequent stops.
What to bring
Binoculars/telescope (binoculars can be borrowed if pre-booked - please email us), packed lunch/drink, thermal clothing, walking boots, waterproofs, extra layers.