Springtime at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust

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New nest box

Spring is finally beginning to make itself felt at Sandwich Bay.


At the time of writing, we have seen our first Swallows and the mix of birds around our reserves is beginning to change as winter visitors depart for breeding grounds and summer visitors begin to arrive to start breeding here. Plants are beginning to emerge from their winter dormancy with catkins abundant. There is frog spawn in our ponds and more insects about.

We have been supported by CJ Wildlife in providing us with woodpecker proof nest boxes (pictured right) at a good discount and these have been installed on our reserves to replace those which have been damaged/destroyed by the woodpeckers.

We have also been successful in being accepted for the Big Give Green Match Fund. This means that for every £1 we can attract in donations through the special donations button we will receive £2. We already have some £500 pledged. The button will be located via our website for just one week from 18th to 25th April so if you would like to help us improve our reserves for wildlife and for people, please do remember to go to our website at www.sbbot.org.uk during that week with anything you may be able to give.

We have various activities to enable members and visitors to experience the nature of our area: we run our RSPB Wildlife Explorers and Phoenix children’s groups on the last Saturday of each month and our next activity for families who home-school is on 25th April.

We have lots for adults too – come and join us for our free Sunday morning bird-watching walk exploring our reserves every Sunday at 9am starting from our Field Centre at Guilford Road Sandwich Bay CT13 9PF. The private estate only charges £1 entry for those attending one of our activities. Later in the year we have our ever-popular moth evenings and Dainty Damselfly walks. Please see our website for details and to book – www.sbbot.org.uk

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