In the Spring Jetstream Tours kindly agreed to host Fish and Chip cruises with Living River Foundation, featuring guest speakers; local experts to show you the hidden treasures of the Medway and the Thames.
Our first guest speaker was Hayley Tayler from the project Birdwise. She talked through the fantastic array of the birdlife that visit the estuaries to breed or feed. As a site on the north European migration it is important to minimise the disturbance we have on the birds to help their populations stay healthy. The Medway sports “Michelin star mud” for the birds and is really valuable for them.
Hayley shared amazing facts about the estuary and admitted to not seeing the Mediterranean tern yet, despite two years into her role.
After our fish and chips, wrapped in cardboard (of course), we used the opportunity to spot a few birds on the islands out in the medway estuary. We were definitely in breeding season and there was plenty to see, brent geese, oyster catchers, Common Tern and Herring Gull. Then out of nowhere Hayley sees her first Mediterranean Tern….. and it terns (sorry) out since she is now on a roll!
On our return we had a great chance to enjoy lots of picturesque views of the Medway sunset from the water, while the gulls followed the boat back to Rochester.
If you want to join us check out our events calendar or book on Jetstreamtours.com