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The RSPB are putting on a special Heron Open Day in North Kent this Sunday (13th April 2003) where the public are invited to come and see not only the UK`s largest colony of nesting herons, but also the very rare Little Egret which now nests amongst them. [Media wishing to come and see/film the colony in advance of the event should call Adrian Thomas 01273 763610/ 07773 567 396 or Perry Haines 07811 487 819].
The event is totally free, and people can turn up at any time and for as long as they like between 11am and 4pm to see the colony. It is sited in the sanctuary area of the RSPB`s Northward Hill reserve which for the rest of the year is closed to the public. The whole colony, the wood they nest in, and the hill the wood stands on would all be totally bulldozed if the Government`s proposal to put an airport here was to get the go-ahead. About 20% of the entire UK population of Little Egrets breed in the wood.
Perry Haines, the RSPB`s No airport at Cliffe campaign co-ordinator, said, The Herons and Egrets have come to stand as symbols for everything we are fighting for here. To be able to see them at their nesting site is a privilege that we hope many people will come to share.
Visitors should make their way to High Halstow village, from where blue RSPB signs will lead down the narrow lanes to the Heron car park. There is a short ? mile walk to the viewpoint, where there will be telescopes and RSPB and Campaign Liaison Group volunteers on hand to help show what is going on in the colony. Bring walking shoes and outdoor clothing.
The Heron Open Day launches a
series of free public events on the RSPB reserves this spring that will give people the chance to see for themselves some of the
wildlife that is threatened by the airport proposal.
All events are free, but booking
required on some events. To book or request further information, ring the RSPB Regional Office on 01273 775333
Saturday 4 May, 10-12noon Making
of the Nature Reserve. A guided walk around the RSPB`s Northward Hill reserve near High Halstow, one of the oldest and most varied in
the country, and which would be almost totally destroyed if an airport was built here. Bring walking shoes and outdoor clothes. Walk
of max 2 miles with some slopes. Led by Alan Parker, RSPB Senior Warden. Booking essential
Wednesday 21 May 7.30-9.30
Nightingale Walk. A gentle wander around Northward Hill RSPB woodland near High Halstow listening for spring migrants, and especially
to hear the famous song of the Nightingale. 1 mile walk with moderate slopes. Bring warm clothing. Led by Michael Ellison, RSPB
Warden Booking essential
Created: 11th Apr 2003
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