Trip reports

Scadbury Park, Chislehurst

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

A rainbow of colourful fungi and a host of woodland birds were the stars of the show on our autumn wander through Scadbury Park. More...

Nash, Bromley (local walk)

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Discover the stunning wildlife in Bromley's autumnal countryside. More...

Mote Park, Maidstone (bat walk)

Saturday, 25 August 2018

A superb introduction to Kent's bats by ecologist Simon Ginnaw. More...

White Hill, Shoreham, Kent (butterfly walk)

Saturday, 28 July 2018

A delightful stroll through the meadows of White Hill, which abound with butterflies. More...

RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk (coach trip)

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Visiting Minsmere for the first time is an unforgettable experience, as one of our wildlife-watchers discovers. More...

SWT Old Lodge reserve, Sussex (nightjar walk)

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Searching for mysterious creatures of the twilight in the heart of the Ashdown Forest More...

RSPB Broadwater Warren, Kent (car trip)

Sunday, 3 June 2018

We encountered a host of star birds, including spotted flycatcher and tree pipit, along with a dazzling array of dragonflies and damselflies on our Group's first visit to this new heathland reserve. We look forward to returning! More...

Car trip - Leybourne Lakes Country Park, Kent - Monday 7 May 2018

Monday, 7 May 2018

Our first National Nightingale Festival event of 2018 and what a start! A chorus of these celebrated, but now declining, songbirds accompanied us around the park and we also had fantastic views of hobbies and a garden warbler. More...

Dawn chorus walk - High Elms Country Park, Orpington - Sunday 6 May 2018

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Celebrating International Dawn Chorus Day in the lush North Downs woods. More...

Coach trip - RSPB Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk - Sunday 29 April 2018

Sunday, 29 April 2018

This wetland oasis teems with special wildlife. The stars of the show were cranes, bitterns and cuckoos but there was lots of other wildlife to see as well, including some surprises. More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Saturday, 21 April 2018

A spring walk in glorious weather around Bromley's best kept secret More...

Car / train trip - Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve - Friday 13 April 2018.

Friday, 13 April 2018

This early Spring visit to one of our nearest Kent Trust Reserves produced a splendid, even remarkable morning's birding! A party of black necked grebes, resplendent in full breeding plumage was a wonderful and very rare sighting for the Reserve. How could you possibly top that? Well a singing firecrest comes pretty close! More...

Car trip - RSPB Cliffe Pools, Kent - Sunday 25 March 2018

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Cliffe Pools is an RSPB reserve on the Hoo Peninsula and an approximate 40 minute drive from Bromley. It is a large and open landscape with several walking trails and features both saline lagoons and shallow brackish pools which were created by clay extraction for the cement industry. The reserve also has grassland, saltmarsh, mud-flat and scrub habitat so supports a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. More...

Local Walk - Selsdon Wood Local Nature Reserve - Selsdon - Thursday 8th March 2018

Sunday, 25 March 2018

After a week of snow and Arctic weather caused by the "Beast from the East" the day dawned dry and bright with the weather looking promising for my second visit to Selsdon Wood with Bromley Local Group. The area, saved from development in 1920/30's, is owned by The National Trust and maintained by The Friends of Selsdon Wood working with Croydon Council to ensure that the original aims of the people who purchased the Woods are fulfilled. More...

Local walk - Spring Park, West Wickham - Saturday 10 February 2018

Saturday, 24 February 2018

A visit to this pocket of ancient woodland close to West Wickham, produced a rare sighting of a marsh tit as a major highlight! More...

Coach trip - Lymington and Keyhaven Marshes - Sunday 18 February 2018

Saturday, 24 February 2018

This ambitious new coach trip produced an absolute feast of birds, including dream kingfisher views, for those lucky enough to be there. More...

Local walk - Hayes Parks and Commons - Sunday 14 January 2018

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

This well supported walk, taking a gentle route through small suburban parks and common land produced a good variety of birds. A brutal fight between two coal tits, fortunately with a happy ending, was a highlight! More...

Local Walk - Jubilee Country Park, Petts Wood - Thursday 14 December 2017

Friday, 29 December 2017

Jubilee Country Park is part of a wildlife corridor linking to open countryside via Petts Wood and Scadbury Park along the London Loop. The area is a 62-acre public park, a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. It was purchased by Bromley Council to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977, and opened as a park in 1981 and is now managed by idVerde. More...

Coach trip - RSPB Dungeness, Kent - Sunday 17 December 2017.

Friday, 29 December 2017

This annual coach trip is always rewarding and this year was no exception. The RSPB Dungeness reserve provides a variety of habitats and many water birds, while the scrub around the lighthouse, and the opportunity for sea watching add a possibility of yet more species More...

Trip - Walthamstow Wetlands - Sunday 19 November

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Carol, Lucy and Conner have sent in their reflections on our day's birdwatching at a very sunny Walthamstow Wetlands. For all three this was their first trip with the RSPB Bromley Local Group. Lucy and Conner also sent in a list of the birds we encountered and some fantastic photos. Visit our Facebook page for more photos: www.facebook.com/rspbbromley More...

Local Walk - Kelsey Park, Beckenham - Thursday 9 November 2017

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The weather was dull, drizzle was threatening and the forecast was poor, so for the Bird Walk in Kelsey Park scheduled for 9th November I thought I would have a small turnout, and that I might even finish early! Clearly, local birdwatchers are not to be put off by a little rain, and in the event there was an excellent turnout, with 27 enthusiastic people turning up, including four from our Kelsey Park Bird Group. More...

Coach trip - RSPB Pagham Harbour, Sussex - Sunday 15 October.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Pagham Harbour is a natural harbour or inlet in West Sussex, England. It is south of the city of Chichester and near the towns of Pagham and Selsey.  The Reserve covers 1,500 acres, about half of which is salt marsh and mudflats, while the rest comprises farmland, copses, lagoons, reed beds and shingle beaches.Our coach trip gave us some close views of a good variety of waders as well as an interesting moth, plenty of butterflies and a chance for coffee or ice cream to finish a very pleasant day. More...

Local Walk - Cudham, Bromley - Thursday 12th October 2017

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The countryside around Cudham is some of the best in the borough for declining farmland birds like skylark and yellowhammer. Both of these birds plus a variety of other birds and Autumn fungi were seen on this productive walk. The sighting of a stonechat is noteworthy as this is a bird that is now very hard to find in the borough and the Mace farm area of Cudham is a traditional Wintering site. More...

RSPB Bromley Local Group Walk - Footscray Meadows - Wednesday 27th September 2017

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

On a mild, autumnal morning 10 people assembled in the car park at Footscray Meadows, ready to explore the land which once belonged to North Cray Place and where Capability Brown was employed in the late 18th Century to design the grounds, where he reshaped the River Cray to create a ribbon like lake and the Five Arch Bridge. More...

Car trip - RSPB Rainham Marshes, Essex - Sunday 24 September 2017

Thursday, 28 September 2017

We were very lucky with the weather for our car trip to Rainham Marshes this month, as there was plenty of warm sunshine and we had blue skies for the whole visit. It was a particularly good day for birds of prey. We got a good sighting of a sparrowhawk, several hovering kestrels during the day, a close look at a juvenile marsh harrier with the yellow facial marking showing well, a couple of hobbies and spectacular views of a peregrine disturbing a flock of lapwing. There were also some buzzards wheeling overhead at times. More...

Coach Trip - Minsmere, Suffolk - Sunday 2 July 2017.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Sun, scrapes and some stupendous seldom-seen shorebirds (try saying that quickly)! More...

Local Walk - Hawkwood Estate, Chislehurst - Saturday 17 June 2017.

Friday, 25 August 2017

This was a very enjoyable walk which provided a total of 21 bird species and 8 butterfly species. The most noticeable thing about the walk on this warm day was the absence of the tits, woodpeckers, nuthatch, blackbird and other common birds. Perhaps they were busy raising chicks or it was too hot to fly around! More...

Car Trip - Fingringhoe Wick, Essex - Sunday 14 May 2017

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Spring is surely the best time of year and there is no better place to enjoy the natural wonders of the season than at the Essex Wildlife Trust's Fingringhoe Wick reserve. More...

RSPB Bromley Local Group walk -- Birthday Wood - Thursday 11 May 2017

Sunday, 21 May 2017

One of the joys of local walks is the chance to discover hidden pockets of scenic beauty and biodiversity within the Borough - Birthday Wood certainly lived up to this expectation. The venue was a strip of woodland along a chalk ridge capped with clay running parallel with Rushmore Hill, Pratts Bottom. More...

RSPB Bromley Local Group dawn chorus walk around Chelsfield Green, Orpington - Sunday 7 May 2017

Sunday, 21 May 2017

You had to be up with the larks (quite literally) to join this walk! A group of us met at Chelsfield Green at 6am to take part in the worldwide celebration of birdsong that is International Dawn Chorus Day. More...

Local Group Coach Trip -- RSPB Pulborough Brooks -- 30th April 2017

Sunday, 21 May 2017

The star of ta brilliant day's birding was undoubtedly a singing nightingale that performed its extraordinary repertoire to us at close quarters. No other bird has been so celebrated in literature and it's easy to see why. The song is incredibly powerful and once heard is instantly recognisable. More...

Members local walk --- South Norwood Country Park --18th April 2017

Thursday, 11 May 2017

An unusually dry visit to this typically rather muddy venue, produced some nice birds including at last the oh so elusive bullfinch! More...

Local Group Trip -- Rye Meads RSPB Reserve -- 12th March 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

An enjoyable visit to this reserve North of London produced a good range of birds, with kingfisher and bittern living up to their reputation of elusiveness. More...

Members local walk -- Well Wood -- 9th March 2017

Sunday, 12 March 2017

An early Spring day produced a fine variety of birds and insect life on this attractive and varied walk. More...

Local Group Trip - Abberton Reservoir - Sunday 12 February 2017

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

This reservoir in Essex is renowned for its exceptional Winter duck variety and numbers, and so it proved for our lucky group. More...

Members local walk --- Kelsey Park -- 9th February 2017

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

A cold day produced some handsome ducks, as well as goldcrests and redwings in this well kept suburban park. More...

Members local walk --- Hayes Common and Parks -- Sunday 22nd January 2017

Saturday, 4 February 2017

A cold but fine day produced some ice skating moorhens and a good selection of local birds. An excellent turnout for an enjoyable walk. More...

Members car trip --- Cliffe RSPB Reserve -- Sunday 15th January 2017

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

A chilly, and slightly damp visit to Cliffe Pools produced some good Winter ducks, a variety of waders and on the way home, thanks to a tip off, a bonus flock of waxwings! More...

Local Group Coach Trip -- Dungeness -- Sunday 18th December 2016

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The usual pre-Christmas Dungeness coach extravaganza was blessed with good, mild weather. Perhaps too good and too mild to get the best spectrum of Winter visitors. Nonetheless a good variety of ducks and other birds were seen. The highlight for most was a roosting Long Eared Owl, uncharacteristically in an easily visible location! More...

Members local walk --- Selsdon Wood -- Thurs. 15th December 2016

Saturday, 17 December 2016

On an unseasonably mild December morning a party of twelve set off to explore Selsdon Wood Local Nature Reserve. The Wood, also known as "The Bird Sanctuary", has been owned by The National Trust since 1936 and managed by Croydon Council with The Friends of Selsdon Wood volunteers ensuring the Wood is maintained for the benefit of the flora and fauna and enjoyment of the public. More...

Members car trip --- RSPB Rainham Marshes -- Sunday 13th November

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Good weather, birthday celebrations and a good variety of birds all contributed to a brilliant day's birding! More...

Members car trip --- Oare Marshes -- Sunday 16th October

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

A brilliant day's birding at Oare Marshes produced a feast of eleven species of wader and bonus spoonbill. More...

Members car trip --- Rye Harbour -- Sept. 18th 2016

Monday, 26 September 2016

A pleasant sunny day produced migrant wheatears and a variety of Autumn waders. More...

Members car trip --- Thursley Common --- 12th June 2016

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Despite a pessimistic weather forecast, an excellent day was had at this beautiful reserve with a family of Dartford warblers amongst the highlights. More...

Members Local Walk -- Tuesday 19th April 2016 -- Footscay Meadows

Friday, 22 April 2016

This local walk along the river Cray and surrounding woodland produced Spring Warblers in plenty including confiding blackcaps, a kestrel and a flyby kingfisher. More...

Members Car Trip -- Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve - 17/04/16

Friday, 22 April 2016

This fine new RSPB reserve produced some exciting Spring birds, including the song of the grasshopper warbler and Dartford warble, as well as numerous whitethroats and sedge warblers. More...

Report on Kelsey Park Heron Watch 3rd April 2016

Monday, 11 April 2016

Report on this year's successful heron watch. More...

Members Car Trip -- Cliffe Pools RSPB - 17/01/16

Friday, 5 February 2016

A day that started with a flurry of snow ended with some fine Winter birding. Highlights included a hunting barn owl, displaying goldeneye and corn buntings. More...

Members Car Trip -- Dungeness -- 13-12-2015

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

An unusually calm and mild day for this annual trip produced a bittern and plenty of duck, a frustrating long eared owl and an excellent lunch! More...

Members Car Trip -- Sevenoaks and Bough Beech -- 15-11-15

Saturday, 28 November 2015

A dry , if rather cold and windy day at Sevenoaks Kent Trust Reserve and Bough Beech Reservoir produced a good variety of birds including snipe and the first fieldfares of the season. More...

Members Car Trip -- Ruxley Gravel Pits -- 15-10-2015

Saturday, 31 October 2015

A visit to this former gravel pit Kent Trust reserve give lucky members who attended some great views of the normally elusive kingfishers. More...

Members Car Trip -- Riverside Country Park -- 13-09-2015

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Despite a warning of rain. Those members who made this trip enjoyed some good views of waders, some still moulting from their summer plumage, and departing swallows. More...

Members Car Trip -- Oare Marshes --18th October 2015

Friday, 23 October 2015

A misty start at this polular reserve turned into a sunny day with no wind. Perfect for bearded reedlings to be showing off! More...

Coach Trip --Pagham Harbour -- 21st June 2015 -- A Twitch in Time!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Pagham Harbour - Twitching in Sussex 21st June 2015.Our coach trip to Pagham produced sightings of a very rare wader, but not the one we 'expected'. More...

Members Car Trip -- Stodmarsh -- 15th May 2015

Sunday, 7 June 2015

A bright sunny day at Stodmarsh produced a feast of (or should that be for) hobbies! More...

Members Local Walk -- Sydenham Hill Woods -- Lead by Bob Francis -- 21st May 2015

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Nine members assembled outside the Dulwich Wood House pub on a bright sunny day to walk through an area of ancient woodland not five miles from Charing Cross; Sydenham Hill Woods are as near to our native wildwood as you are likely to get! More...

Members Car Trip -- Rye Harbour 12-04-15

Monday, 11 May 2015

A fine sunny day attracted a large enthusiastic group to the Rye Harbour reserve. Many breeding birds of all sorts were seen, but the highlight was perhaps a beautiful purple sandpiper. An unusual bird in Spring, and in fine plumage. More...

Members Local Walk -- Footscray Meadows -- Lead by Anne Peck -- 27-03-15

Saturday, 11 April 2015

A walk that started in drizzle and ended in the sun produced the usual selection of woodland and waterside birds. More...

Members Local Walk -- Cudham -- Led by Derek McWalter -- 9-04-2015

Saturday, 11 April 2015

A beautiful morning at Cudham produced a host of farmland birds and signs of impending Summer, including the first swallows of the year. More...

Members Car Trip -- Elmley NNR -- 15-03-15

Thursday, 19 March 2015

A members car trip to Elmley and Sheppey produced plenty of duck and waders as well as a close view of a hare, something of an Elmley specialty. More...

Local Walk in Jubilee Park, February 2015

Saturday, 14 March 2015

A dry overcast day at this popular local country park produced a good flock of redwings, but not the hoped for bullfinch. More...

Sunshine at Sevenoaks! - 15/02/15

Monday, 16 February 2015

A bright day at Sevenoaks Kent Trust Reserve produced an odd ibis, several goosanders and a close encounter with snipe. More...

Pre-Christmas Dungeness Coach Trip 14th Dec. 2014

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The traditional pre-Christmas coach outing to Dungeness produced a pair of cattle egrets as well as their Great White cousins, a good selection of ducks all served up with the usual excellent fish and chip lunch. More...

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

Friday, 21 November 2014

A pleasant Autumn walk around Spring park woods with its interesting rare trees and sweet chesnut coppice. Birding highlight was a pair of bullfinches. More...

A productive walk around Cliffe Pools -- 12th Oct. 2014

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Once again the weather proved to be on our side for the visit to Cliffe Pools RSPB. Nine of us turned out for what proved to be a very productive walk. More...

Members car trip to Riverside Country Park, Rochester, 14th September 2014

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A rather windy but enjoyable day at Riverside country park with plenty of waders. More...

Thursley Common Members Car Trip -- 15th June 2014

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

This trip may not have produced a huge species list, but amply made up for it with gems like redstart, crossbill and tree pipit, as well as drumming snipe, and exciting plants. More...

Kelsey Park Members Walk -- 12th June 2014

Sunday, 15 June 2014

A beautiful sunny day produced a rare and exciting sighting of a kingfisher as well as an opportunity to see the park's Mandarin ducks in different plumage stages. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere 13th April 2014

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

A bright and sunny early Spring day at Minsmere produced birding highlights of stone curlew, spoonbill and jumping (well bobbing at least) jack snipe! Oh --- and I think some cake was eaten too. More...

Car Trip to Rye Harbour - 18th May

Sunday, 25 May 2014

A beautiful sunny day produced some excellent birdwatching for the group that made the trip. More...

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Despite high water levels in the scrape, a good variety of waders and small birds were seen. More...

A Bit Late but Remember that December Dungeness Trip?

Monday, 10 March 2014

Our traditional pre-Christmas bash, involving birds, fish and chips, beer (optional!), Christmas shoping and more birds in and around Dungeness RSPB. More...

A Sunny, Calm day on Sheppey! - Sunday 16th February

Monday, 17 February 2014

A welcome break from the terrible weather produced a great day of raptors, waders and wildfowl on the Isle of Sheppey. More...

No Rain at Rainham! - Members Car Trip January 12th 2014

Monday, 13 January 2014

A bright and astonishingly rain-free day at RSPB Rainham Marsh produced a good selection of wildfowl and waders. More...

Cliffe Pools RSPB - 17/11/13 - Waders, wildfowl, and the one that got away?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Report of the November members car trip to Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve More...

Horrid Weather on Horrid Hill! - Sunday 13th October 2013

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Car trip to Riverside Country Park - Sunday 13th October. More...

Jubilee Park Local Walk April 12th 2012

Friday, 4 May 2012

A chilly but fine day produced some Spring visitors and a welcome pair of bullfinches. More...

Kelsey Park Local Walk 9th Feb. 2012

Thursday, 16 February 2012

A chilly day in Kelsey Park with snow on the ground, but well attended with over 20 Mandarin Ducks on view. More...

Local Walk Cudham -- 9th November 2011

Monday, 14 November 2011

This walk in mild unseasonal weather produced exceptional numbers of skylarks as well as buzzard and yellowhammer. This area is one of the best in the borough for farmland birds. More...

Scadbury Park Local Walk --- Thursday 13th October

Thursday, 13 October 2011

A pleasant Autumn walk records some early Winter visitors. More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Friday, 10 June 2011

A pleasant walk in a local country park produces 37 bird species More...

Local walk - Downe Scouting Activity Centre 7th May 2011

Saturday, 7 May 2011

A Spring walk around pleasant Downe woods and fields More...

Straining tower, Lake Vyrnwy

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Stuart was keen to show me better views of the honey buzzards and potentially goshawks as well! More...

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Thursday, 11 March 2010

The main objective Coolings had in establishing the Nature Trail is to manage the area to benefit and encourage as many different forms of native wildlife as possible More...

Tidal reedbed and muddy creek at RSPB Blacktoft Sands nature reserve

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

As soon as I arrived, I stopped on the flood bank that runs along the length of the reserve to check out the reserve's feeders and a friendly tree sparrow came and perched on a fence post about six feet away from me. More...

View over flooded fields at the RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Pulborough Brooks is about to embark on an ambitious scheme of conifer clearance and heathland restoration to attract species such as nightjar and woodlark More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Sunday, 1 June 2008

A hunting barn owl early in the day gets things off to an exciting start. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Foraging in the long grass redwings and fieldfares were seen often in close proximity so that the size and plumage differences could be compared. More...

Great spotted woodpecker on branch

Thursday, 10 May 2007

Dulwich Wood and Sydenham Hill Woods both lie just inside the London Borough of Southwark. Once inside the woods you can sense the peaceful atmosphere with shafts of sunlight peering through the treetop canopy. More...

Great tit perched in small tree

Saturday, 14 April 2007

Our annual local outing continues to be as popular as ever and represents one of the few opportunities for Bromley residents to gain access to the reserve. More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Friday, 16 March 2007

After the war part of the site had become a tip for war damage rubble and the sewage farm had gone into decline so Croydon Council drew up plans to redevelop the site to provide leisure and wildlife facilities . More...