Trip Report: Elmley National Nature Reserve

This was the first visit by the group to Elmley since several years ago, when the reserve was still run by the RSPB.

27 October 2022

The six of us had very unseasonably warm weather for late October, pleasant for us on the day but yet another indicator that climate change is well under way.

There was a £6 entrance charge per person, paid at a kiosk at the start of the two-mile access road, along which we drove slowly with frequent stops, and had quite a list before reaching the car park.

There were plenty of raptors, including Marsh Harriers and Kestrels, a couple of views of peregrines sitting on posts and a buzzard or two. Waders excelled, the highlight being a curlew sandpiper and a green sandpiper seen from South Fleet hide.

Curlew sandpiper

Here’s the full list, 55 in all:

Brent Goose
Canada Goose
Barnacle Goose
Greylag Goose
Mute Swan
Shelduck
Shoveler
Gadwall
Wigeon
Mallard
Teal
Grey Partridge
Pheasant
Woodpigeon
Moorhen
Coot
Great Crested Grebe
Oystercatcher
Lapwing

Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Ringed Plover
Curlew
Black-tailed Godwit
Curlew Sandpiper
Dunlin
Snipe
Green Sandpiper
Redshank
Black-headed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Cormorant
Cattle Egret
Grey Heron
Little Egret
Marsh Harrier
Buzzard

Kestrel
Peregrine
Magpie
Jackdaw
Rook
Carrion Crow
Blue Tit
Bearded Tit
Skylark
Cetti’s Warbler
Starling
Robin
Stonechat
Pied Wagtail
Meadow Pipit
Linnet
Goldfinch
Reed Bunting

Leader: Martin Ellis