Trip reports

Ranworth Broad & Lakenheath Fen

Sunday, 11 August 2019

This trip, which for most of the group included a guided boat tour, was an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery and unique flora and fauna of the Norfolk Broads including one of its most iconic species. More...

Strumpshaw Fen & Breydon Water

Sunday, 21 July 2019

The group enjoyed seeing an impressive variety of species, particularly of insects, in one of best locations to see summer wildlife in the region, but with the added bonus of views of a bird very rarely seen in the UK. More...

Summer Evening Walks

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Two thoroughly enjoyable evening walks including an exceptional opportunity to see first hand what a wildlife friendly farm looks like in 2019. More...

Keyhaven, Pennington & The New Forest

Sunday, 16 June 2019

It was a cool and breezy day for this trip to the Hampshire coast but we were still able to enjoy views of some great birds. More...

Evening Walk, Harrold & Odell Country Park

Thursday, 23 May 2019

There are few better ways to spend a fine spring evening than taking a leisurely stroll around a local nature reserve enjoying it's habitats and sometimes surprising wildlife. More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Sunday, 19 May 2019

A thoroughly enjoyable trip with fabulous views of some of the UKs most iconic spring migrants, rounded off with the opportunity to see an extremely rare and particularly flamboyant vagrant. More...

Male chaffinch singing on branch

Sunday, 5 May 2019

A bit of cold weather does not deter the birds from singing at this crucial time of the year. Find out how the group got on this year on our annual dawn chorus walk. More...

Goyt Valley & Peak District

Sunday, 28 April 2019

A fabulous opportunity to see some upland specialists in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, including many species it would not be possible to see closer to home. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Sunday, 24 March 2019

A joint trip with the Bedfordshire Bird Club, this was a day when members enjoyed cracking views of some fabulous birds, but also a very unexpected treat involving one of the UK's favourite and normally most elusive mammals. More...

Holkham and Titchwell

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Undoubtedly one of our most memorable and successful trips of recent times, but did we achieve our target and see over 100 bird species? More...

Drake teal profile

Sunday, 20 January 2019

A day that provided an opportunity to enjoy large flocks of some of our best loved farmland bird species, as well as an intriguing mystery to solve. More...

Trip to Rutland Water & Holme Fen

Sunday, 18 November 2018

We didn't have to travel too far to experience some of the richest winter habitats in the region with a number of the UK's most iconic bird of prey species stealing the show. More...

Trip to Holkham and North Norfolk Coast

Sunday, 21 October 2018

It was a glorious autumn day for this trip to one of the best locations in the UK for spotting rare vagrants and we had fabulous views of what turned out to be a very rare vagrant indeed! More...

Trip to Minsmere and Dunwich

Sunday, 12 August 2018

A thoroughly enjoyable day spent at one of the RSPB's flagship reserves enjoying it's rich and diverse habitats, some great birdwatching moments, and a host of other wildlife. More...

Thursley Common

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Undeterred by the exceptionally warm weather, members enjoyed a range of fauna at this superb Surrey reserve including an exceptionally striking and sadly now very rare bird. More...

Evening Walk - The Lodge, Sandy

Thursday, 19 July 2018

An evening which started with a thoroughly enjoyable summer walk in beautiful surroundings and ended with the opportunity to witness something very special indeed. More...

Evening Walk - Priory Park, Bedford

Thursday, 21 June 2018

A very pleasant and informative walk, with a focus on Swifts in Swift Awareness Week, at this surprisingly diverse country park so close to the centre of Bedford. More...

Late Day Trip to Titchwell and Dersingham

Saturday, 16 June 2018

A day and evening spent in north Norfolk enjoying the opportunity to see species most active at night, including one that was totally unexpected and a real treat. More...

The New Forest

Sunday, 20 May 2018

We had great views of some super bird species and lovely weather on our visit to this unique and hugely important national park. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Thursday, 10 May 2018

A beautiful spring evening spent discovering the many secrets of one of Bedfordshire's less well known nature reserves. More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Perfect weather and fabulous views of some iconic bird species helped to make this an exceptionally enjoyable and rewarding dawn chorus walk. Perhaps the best ever for our group! More...

The Brecks & Chain Corner

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Members who came out on this exceptionally cold March day were rewarded with great views of some classic UK rarities as well as an even rarer vagrant from America. More...

East Norfolk and Stubb Mill

Sunday, 18 February 2018

A beautiful late winter's day spent visiting a range of rich habitats and rounded off with fabulous views of a true avian icon. More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Sunday, 21 January 2018

A cold, wet and snowy day meant a last minute change of plan, but members who braved the weather were rewarded with a surprisingly successful day's birding. More...

Ouse Washes and Welney

Sunday, 19 November 2017

An opportunity to see over-wintering swans and other wildfowl at one of the East of England's most important wetland reserves. More...

Dungeness & Oare Marshes

Sunday, 22 October 2017

An extremely rewarding day in Kent rounded off by fabulous views of not one but two rare vagrants from America. More...

Gibraltar Point & Frampton Marsh

Sunday, 24 September 2017

The sun shone again for this visit to two of Lincolnshire's premier coastal reserves for the chance to see early winter arrivals as well as other migrants passing through. More...

Snettisham Beach & Titchwell Marsh

Sunday, 27 August 2017

An opportunity to see waders at high tide on The Wash and enjoy a glorious late summer's afternoon at the superb Titchwell Marsh RSPB reserve. More...

Sunday, 16 July 2017

July's minibus trip to Rye Harbour and Pett Levels in East Sussex and the Oare Marshes in Kent. More...

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A brief account of our last evening walk of 2017 More...

Turtle dove

Saturday, 17 June 2017

One of the main objectives of this trip was to see the Nightjars of Dersingham Bog in North Norfolk but we had decided to travel to Norfolk via the RSPB Ouse Washes reserve in Cambridgeshire to see the rare Black-winged Stilts which were nesting there... More...

Spotted flycatcher on perch

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Thirteen members left Sandy at 7am on this bright sunny morning heading west toward the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. More...

Sunset over Cliffe, Kent

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Two walks in May - one at dusk and one at dawn More...

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A trip to North Norfolk reserves RSPB Titchwell and NWT Cley Marshes, looking for Spring migrants and breeding birds. More...

Tree sparrow on twig

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Sixteen members of the group left Sandy heading to the nationally important area of diverse habitats on the Suffolk/Norfolk border known as The Brecks. More...

Barn owl looking over its shoulder

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Shore Lark, Velvet Scoter and Long-tailed Duck were being seen in significant numbers at Holkham Beach and the nearby Titchwell Marsh reserve on the north Norfolk coast. It was felt that the opportunity to see these rare birds was too good to miss... More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Sunday, 22 January 2017

A cold but rewarding trip to the Lee Valley reserves of Rye Meads and Amwell. More...

Wheatear in spring

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Despite its proximity to the extensive Felixstowe Port, with its massive container ships and loading gantries, Landguard Point on the south Suffolk coast is a haven for migrant birds on passage to and from the UK. More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Fourteen members arrived at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve at Hickling Broad just after 10am. We walked through the reserve to the edge of the broad where we had a boat trip booked at 10.30... More...

Dartford warbler perching on heather

Sunday, 15 May 2016

A bird-filled day in Suffolk... More...

Wheatear in spring

Sunday, 20 September 2015

It was becoming apparent that this year's autumnal equinox was fast approaching as a group of ten club members met at Sandy just before 7 a.m. in the half light of a September morning, our planned destination - the Lincolnshire coast More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Sunday, 21 June 2015

An unplanned 'twitch' to West Sussex... More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Sunday, 15 March 2015

After a drive west across the country arrived at our first destination, Parkend, in the central southern area of Gloustershire's Forest of Dean. Reports had been received of Dipper... More...

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

Sunday, 22 February 2015

After a trouble-free journey we arrived at our first destination - Fincham Road, Mildenhall. We were on a 'twitch' for a lone Waxwing reported in the area... More...

Adult whooper swans feeding in fields

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Our first field trip of the year was to the Ouse Washes and WWT Welney. More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Once everyone had gathered at the minibus a vote was taken and our itinerary for the day changed - Cavenham first for some Black-winged Stilts, then RSPB Minsmere with the chance of a possible Collared Pratincole More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The main destination for our June trip was RSPB Minsmere, but after hearing news of a summer plumage Rose-coloured Starling in Lowestoft everyone agreed that it was worth a short detour first to try for it... More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Unfortunately, only one driver was available for our May field trip so we made a change to the programme and instead of going to the Peak District as planned, we decided to make the shorter journey to Lakenheath... a very good choice as it turned out. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Sunday, 16 March 2014

An exceptional day's birding... More...

View over flooded fields at the RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Our first sighting was a Kingfisher, initially sitting on a boardwalk post and then doing a large flying circuit enabling all the group good views... More...

Male chaffinch singing on branch

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Our trip to the New Forest on Sunday 21 July started off at Shatterford, Nr Beaulieu ... More...

Spring & summer 2012

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Undaunted by the disappointingly wet, cool weather that we've had to endure this spring and summer, our field trips went ahead as planned... More...

What a difference a month makes!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Our last two trips were in the months spanning the change from winter to spring, February and March - and the two days couldn't have been more different, both in terms of weather and birds seen. More...

Cambridgeshire Washes

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Our first outing of the year is usually a New Year's Day walk round a local nature reserve but this year we decided to break from tradition, and organised a mid-month trip further afield - to the Cambridgeshire Washes. More...

Norfolk Geese

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Think of Norfolk in the autumn and one of the things you must surely also think of is wild geese, and that's exactly what we had in mind when we set off from a foggy RSPB Sandy on 20 November 2011 More...

Fairburn Ings

Sunday, 23 October 2011

On Sunday 23rd October we visited Fairburn Ings in Yorkshire, and the day's birding started early... More...

Autumn Cley Marshes

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Our September trip was billed as Cley and Salthouse, but in the end Cley turned out so well that we never did make it to Salthouse... More...

Spring birding

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Spring has to be one of the best times to go bird watching. Not only are all the summer migrants around, but birds generally are busy with the business of breeding... More...

Wales Weekend

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

The first of our weekend trips this year was to mid Wales, with the main aim being to see the Red Kite feeding session at Gigrin Farm, Powys. More...

Lincolnshire Coast

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Our trip on Sunday 20 March to Gibraltar Point in Lincolnshire began with a brief stop in the Beach car park, having heard that Crossbills were in the area More...

WWT Barnes

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Our first group trip of 2011 was to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust site at Barnes in South London [aka the London Wetland Centre]. More...

Lincolnshire Coast - November

Sunday, 21 November 2010

November trips can be unpredictable when it comes to seeing birds but our most recent trip, to the Lincolnshire reserves of Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore, found the birdlife plentiful even though it was a cold, grey autumn day. More...

North Norfolk - Redstarts & Bluetails

Sunday, 17 October 2010

The destination of our October trip to the North Norfolk coast is usually dependent upon where the best birds have been reported in previous days; and that was especially true of our trip this year... More...

September - North Norfolk

Sunday, 19 September 2010

On a blustery, grey morning we set off from Sandy for a day at the Norfolk coast More...

The New Forest & Minsmere - June & July 2010

Sunday, 25 July 2010

If someone asked 'What do The New Forest and Sizewell Power Station have in common?' your first reaction might be 'Nothing at all', but in fact that's not true. More...

Anglesey - June 25th- 28th, 2010

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

An intrepid group of ten left early on Friday morning for a trip to the very north-west of Wales. More...

Spring Report - Breckland & Rutland Water/Litlle Paxton NR

Sunday, 25 April 2010

After months of cold, wet, snowy weather, our trips in March [The Brecklands] and April [Rutland Water/Paxton Pits] provided much needed optimism that Spring really had arrived. More...

February - Rainham Marshes RSPB

Sunday, 21 February 2010

The feeding station outside RSPB Rainham Marshes Visitor Centre was bustling with birds: More...

Autumn Marshes

Friday, 11 December 2009

Our last two trips of 2009 were to reserves which, although both marshes by name, were quite different by nature. More...

Ibis Odyssey

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Sometimes it pays to take a chance when birding, especially if there's the possibility of seeing something special More...

North Norfok

Sunday, 21 June 2009

And then we heard it - that distinctive, eerie, churring song of a male Nightjar, perched somewhere in the conifers on the other side of the clearing More...

A Spring Trio

Saturday, 30 May 2009

Our third trip of the Spring, to the Peak District on 24 May, certainly had a lot to live up to. The previous two trips [Forest of Dean in March and Fingringhoe Wick in April] had been blessed with fine weather and some excellent birds and wildlife. More...

The Ouse Washes

Sunday, 22 February 2009

The Ouse Washes is an area of seasonally flooding wet grassland or 'washland' stretching 20 miles or so across Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.............. More...

Cairngorms Visit - a Report from Group Leader, Bob Montgomery

Thursday, 18 December 2008

In November 2008, I was very fortunate to be invited to spend 5 days in the Cairngorms National Park. More...

Bedford RSPB Group visit to East Norfolk - Winter Goose Chase

Sunday, 23 November 2008

'We must be mad'. This was Barrie's observation as we stood waiting in the wind and sleet for the minibus to take us to Buckenham. No-one answered him at the time .......... More...

Bedford RSPB Group visit to Titchwell Marsh

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

A visit to Titchwell is almost guaranteed to produce some good sightings and on this late October day the wetland areas were teeming with birds .......... More...

Rainham Marshes

Sunday, 21 September 2008

A report of the group's field trip to RSPB Rainham Marshes on 21st September 2008 More...

Red squirrel in Scots pine tree

Tuesday, 16 January 2007

I knew the weather was going to be poor from the forecast and an early start from Bedford did not allow escape from the rain and high winds that accompanied me on the long drive to Speyside More...