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RSPB Stort Valley group resumes nature walks

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RSPB Stort Valley Group members are feeling chirpy this week after the successful relaunch of their outdoor ornithology.

Around 20 twitchers, including three new recruits, walked from Castle Gardens to Cannons Mill Lane and back on Sunday (October 10). It was their first such stroll in 18 months because of the coronavirus crisis.

Acting leader Peter Allen said: "Unfortunately, the birds were a little quiet but a good number of species including chiffchaff, coot, moorhen and long-tailed tit were seen and pleasingly the local kingfisher greeted us, albeit fleetingly."

RSPB Stort Valley group (52135301)
RSPB Stort Valley group (52135301)

Lee Jaques, who organises the group's walk programme, provided expert guidance.

Peter said: "Returning back to the Castle Gardens, we were able to reflect on a most sociable walk and how lucky the town is to have the river so close to the town centre. It is hard to believe that within 100 yards of the Causeway the river takes on a very rural look.

"As we disperse,d three red kites soared above us - something that would have been unthought of in the recent past when they were such an endangered species. Hopefully an omen for the future of our group!"

Lee Jaques, makes a point (52135293)
Lee Jaques, makes a point (52135293)

The next indoor meeting, a lecture by Indie Nature Notes columnist Jono Forgham, will take place on Tuesday, November 9, from 7.30pm. He will be talking about birding on the North Norfolk coast at Bishop's Park community centre.

The next outdoor activity is on Saturday, November 20, with a visit to RSPB Rye Meads in Hoddesdon, meeting at the reserve at 10am.

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