I have set up this blog to record my bird and general wildlife sightings in the 5 mile radius of my home. This includes my local patch - New Hythe/Leybourne Lakes. This is an inland area of West Kent, a few miles from Maidstone. I rarely stray more than a few miles from this area these days. I live in a village called Birling which is at the foot of the North Downs and about 1.5 miles from New Hythe.