Trip reports

Otter among seaweed

Monday, 11 March 2019

Two grey and threatening clouds hung low as our ferry approached Mull. One was over the island, the other was over my head and I'd brought it with me. More of that cloud later. More...

Goosander on water

Thursday, 28 February 2019

The nice thing about the Attenboprough Nature Reserve is that it's a great reserve, and also, by our group's trip standards it's not too far away, about 75 miles from Worcester. More...

Starling perched on wall

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Across the Somerset Levels and through forgotten villages to RSPB Ham Wall. More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

We set off early from Worcestershire for darkest Essex exchanging tales of the birds we may encounter. More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Our hardy group survived the challenge of Storm Diana and enjoyed some great birding More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Chew Valley Lake opened in 1956 and once farmland, is now a large shallow reservoir which reveals paths and a small stone bridge in times of drought. I used to live not far away and regularly visited the lake before I moved to Worcester. More...

Thursday, 11 October 2018

We set off for a glorious sunny and warm trip to NE Yorks, a welcome change from the wet and windy days at home. More...

RSPB Lake Vyrnwy nature reserve, view of pasture and heather moorland

Monday, 16 July 2018

Elan Valley, an estate near Ryader covering 72 sq miles encompasses 12 separate SSI's and the Claerwen National Nature Reserve as well as reservoirs, rivers, woodland, moor and bog. More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Saturday, 14 July 2018

I awoke and blinked in the bright early morning April sunshine. More...

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Following our successful tour to Poland last year More...

Male goldeneye

Thursday, 5 July 2018

It was going to be the warmest day of the year More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Monday, 14 May 2018

It was a glorious morning for our coach journey through the lush Shropshire countryside to Wales. More...

Belfast Lough view

Saturday, 24 March 2018

The journey to south west Ireland was long and necessitated an overnight stay at a guesthouse in Tagoat near Rosslare. More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Saturday, 13 January 2018

'I must go to Slimbridge one of these days' is something I had been telling myself since moving to Malvern nearly 20 years ago. More...

Male goldeneye

Friday, 8 December 2017

It wasn't the best of days, weather-wise, More...

Tree sparrow on twig

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

The North East is not everyone's idea of an ideal holiday destination, but I love it and a birding trip isn't really a holiday, is it? More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Thursday, 1 June 2017

The trip to this lovely mid-Wales reserve passed fields and verges yellow with buttercups and the occasional red kite was seen from the coach. More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Of all the identification challenges that were likely to present themselves on our trip to the forests and marshes of Eastern Poland, I had not expected Europe's largest mammal to be one of them. More...

Goosander on water

Sunday, 30 April 2017

This energetic alternative to the traditional sponsored birdwatch has become an established annual fundraising event. More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Thursday, 27 April 2017

It was a bright chilly morning in early Spring, cold enough to require frost removal from the car windscreen. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

In February a small party from the Group went an our annual trip to the far north of the British Isles. More...

Male goldeneye

Saturday, 7 January 2017

The visit to the Park was the Group's first trip of the New Year More...

Pair of Scottish crossbills at nest

Saturday, 3 December 2016

December's trip was to the Forest of Dean, a top birding spot in my view. More...

Barnacle geese feeding and in flight, Loch Gruinart RSPB reserve

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Having admired the lovely autumn colours as we travelled north, we reached Scotland with sufficient time to make a few birding stops along the Solway Firth where Caerlaverock is situated. More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Saturday, 17 September 2016

If the title of this piece seems familiar, perhaps you recall the book from your childhood featuring Peregrine Wryneck. More...

Otter among seaweed

Thursday, 17 March 2016

A small group of us had a 6am start for the ten hour journey to Aberdeen where we caught the overnight ferry to Lerwick via Kirkwall in Orkney. More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Sunday, 6 December 2015

A group of us spent a morning at Sandwell Valley reserve; More...

Staff Matthew Tickner surveying birds at Bann Estuary, Northern Ireland

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Well, despite the forecast of rain and yet more rain, we had sunshine when we stopped off on the way to Weymouth at Shapwick Heath on the Somerset Levels. More...

Barnacle geese feeding and in flight, Loch Gruinart RSPB reserve

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Not the obvious place to go in February you might think, but enough of us thought otherwise, and so it was that fourteen of us arrived in Fort William after an early morning start. More...

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Sunday, 7 December 2014

It was not a good start More...

Great tit at birdtable

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

We arrived at Draycote , a large, multi-use reservoir in Warwickshire, hoping to avoid the wet weather that had hit Worcestershire overnight. More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Monday, 18 August 2014

Twentyseven of us were on this trip to Dawlish Warren and after getting stuck in motorway traffic, we were wondering why we had come. More...

Puffin with sandeels in beak

Saturday, 28 June 2014

This Group trip took place five days after we got back from Scilly, so it was a bit of a scramble to get organised for our next foray. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Monday, 19 May 2014

Thirty-seven members of the Group have just returned from a week in the Scillies More...

Sea cliffs near Upper Killeyan, Mull of Oa, Islay

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

At the end of February twelve members of the Group spent eight days on Mull More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

This was an evening trip to see the nightjars More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Sunday, 23 June 2013

A glorious place to spend a few hours birding More...

Nightingale singing

Monday, 22 April 2013

The name sounds uninviting, but this is a great nature reserve More...

View of cliffs and Old Man of Hoy, Hoy RSPB reserve

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Twelve members of the Group enjoyed a trip to Orkney in February. More...

Flock of pink-footed geese at dawn over Loch of Strathbeg

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

In October the Group had a successful few days in Scotland More...

Heather moor at Geltsdale

Monday, 23 April 2012

Group members have just returned from a trip to the Trough of Bowland. More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Fourteen of us set out in the minibus in cold but sunny weather More...

Spotted flycatcher on perch

Saturday, 15 October 2011

A Group trip to Lundy, September 21st to 27th 2011 More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Sunday, 19 June 2011

The Group took a full coach to Radnorshire Wildlife Trust Reserve More...

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Twenty of the Group have just come back from a week in the Isle of Man. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Sunday, 13 February 2011

In January twenty five of us went to east Norfolk stayling in Great Yarmouth More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Nearly fifty Group members visited these RSPB sites in Ribble, Lancashire on 11th December during a lull in the arctic conditions that have had us all shivering over the past few weeks. More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Thursday, 11 November 2010

At the beginning of October sixteen of us spent four days at this Lincolnshire Nature Reserve situated not far from Cleethorpes More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Friday, 20 August 2010

Hilbre Island is actually three islands More...

Crested tit on branch

Friday, 30 April 2010

The Group has just enjoyed another successful trip More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Old Hall Marshes is a wonderful place More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Sunday, 23 August 2009

In August the Group ran two trips on consecutive days, by minibus, to Salisbury Plain to see great bustards More...

Puffin with sandeels in beak

Saturday, 18 April 2009

In April members of the Group spent a week on the Scilly Isles More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Saturday, 13 December 2008

November might not be everyone's idea of the best time to visit the coast and marshes of north Kent - unless you're a birder of course! More...

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Saturday, 12 January 2008

PowickHams was flooded, the flood barriers were up in Upton - we wondered whether we would make it to Somerset. More...

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Saturday, 6 October 2007

The Group had a successful visit to Leighton Moss in April More...

Sea cliffs near Upper Killeyan, Mull of Oa, Islay

Saturday, 6 October 2007

The Group spent 5 days in Criccieth visiting Anglesey, the Lleyn Peninsula and a day on Bardsey Island More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Saturday, 10 March 2007

This was the Group's first trip to Tichfield Haven, a NNR in the Lower Meon Valley in Hampshire. It has a wide variey of habitats including reedbeds, woodland, scrub, flood meadows and scrap More...

Avocet wading in water

Friday, 9 February 2007

Despite heavy snow in the days prior to our departure, we managed to get away. There was no sign of snow in the West Country and although cold, it was sunny as we reached Torpoint via the fe More...

Little ringed plover wading in shallow water

Wednesday, 17 January 2007

The Members Group visited these two sites in South Wales on Sunday 14th January hoping to see ring-billed gulls. Despite days of torrential rain, on the day the weather was kind and jackets More...

Heather at Arne nature reserve

Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Pam Scroop our Group's Hon Treasurer did 2 weeks volunteering in June at RSPB Arne in Dorset where she undertook a variety of tasks - manning the Information Hut in the car park; helping rep More...

RSPB Old Moor nature reserve landscape

Saturday, 30 September 2006

The Group had a very successful visit to the Old Moor reserve near Barnsley. Although surrounded by urban and industrial sprawl, the reserve is a little gem. Situated on a migration route, More...

Osprey in larch tree

Saturday, 22 July 2006

This was a coach trip to Rutland Water which meant an early start and a late return as a cruise on the Rutland Belle was scheduled for 5.15pm to see the ospreys. Starting at Eyebrook, a wal More...