Trip reports

Nature Ramble at Forest Farm Nature Reserve

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Some of us saw their first swallow of spring as well as hearing a blackcap singing and seeing dunnocks flitting in the bushes. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Walking beside the bank, rock pipit and pied wagtail were always one step ahead of us, two male goosanders moved into the shallow water and started vertical sky pointing; also observed were shelduck, redshank, oystercatcher and a little egret. More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 12 November 2017

A lucky few of us saw a water rail darting between reed clumps and had good views of a male and female pintail. The male's splendid plumage being very clear in the sunlight with its chocolate brown head and white breast and white neck strip. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sunday 11 June saw a visit to Bargoed Woodland Park, this being a new venue for the group. The park is built on the site of three collieries with the River Rhymney flowing through it, splitting it in half. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Marsh harriers, male and female, quartered over the reed beds on the next stretch of water, also widgeon, black-headed gulls and a lone lapwing. We soon had the spectacle of a glossy ibis dropping into the scrape, looking slightly prehistoric in flight, and spooked two greylag geese from the reeds. More...

Field Trip to WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre

Sunday, 19 March 2017

On the scrapes looking out over the estuary, widgeon were seen sheltering by one of the islands as well as great black-backed gulls, cormorants, a lone little egret and cowering mallard. More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Looking over the beach of Port Eynon bay, we spotted a grey heron fishing along the shoreline along with a little egret and curlew. More...

Field Trip to the RSPB Newport Wetlands Nature Reserve

Sunday, 20 November 2016

We decided to go to Goldcliff Lagoons first of all as it was high tide and we hoped that there would be a large number of waders and waterfowl on the lagoons. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Sunday the 9th October was one of those mornings that you wish would come around more often. More...

Field Trip to Parc Slip Nature Reserve

Sunday, 12 June 2016

At this time of year, you are not quite sure what you might see.... A group of eight of us set off from the car park on a bright sunny morning. Making our way towards the first hide, passing the wild flower meadows alongside the path, marsh and common spotted orchids were flowering well. More...

Field Trip to RSPB Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve

Sunday, 15 May 2016

What a great day's birding thirteen of us had at the Somerset levels, with one of our members noting forty-eight different species! More...

Field Trip to WWT Steart Marshes

Sunday, 10 April 2016

A marsh harrier was spotted as well as oystercatcher on the banks, little egret, lesser-black backed gull, herring gull, cormorant, mallard, widgeon and seven sand martins flew past as we enjoyed the views over the lagoon. More...

Field Trip to the Forest of Dean

Sunday, 20 March 2016

We had splendid views of eight male mandarin ducks and their females. The males were resplendent in their orange multicolour plumage against the quite drab grey-brown colour of the females. More...

Field Trip to Ogmore-by-Sea

Sunday, 31 January 2016

At the river estuary we noted cormorants in breeding plumage and great and lesser black-backed gulls. There were also four male goosanders in their breeding plumage, which is white with a black back and head, without any females. More...

A Field Trip to the WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre

Sunday, 18 October 2015

At the viewing platform we had a very atmospheric view of a pair of mute swans with their young swimming in single file towards us across the still waters of the lake, surrounded by the bare branched trees in the low sunlight of early autumn. More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

We waited in the area in the twilight and heard some more Nightjar churring and then we all had splendid views of a Nightjar flying overhead and circling around very near us. More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Those of us who traveled to Slimbridge in June had a pleasant and rewarding day. On a small island avocet were nesting young chicks of various ages. More...

A NATURE WALK AROUND BRYNNA WOODS AND LLANHARAN MARSH

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Brynna Woods and Llanharan Marsh is a linear Nature Reserve managed by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. The Reserve is noted for its wildlife, particularly Bats and Dormice. The resident Dormouse numbers have declined dramatically due to a reduction in food sources due to overgrazing of the area. More...

Field Trip to Lamby Lake and Hendre Lake

Sunday, 8 February 2015

On the lake we spotted canada geese, moorhens, coots, tufted ducks and also male and female mallards doing their impression of Torvill and Dean as they slid on the ice on the lake. There was also a large flock of mainly black-headed gulls standing forlornly on the ice. Among them were two second winter common gulls with their greenish-yellow legs, herring gulls and lesser black-backed gulls. More...

Bird Watching Boat trip around Cardiff Bay

Sunday, 16 November 2014

It is the third year that we have organised this popular autumn boat trip and we had fine weather again, although it had rained in the days leading up to the trip. More...

Swallow perched on wire fence in Spain

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Popular destinations along the South Wales coast.... More...

Field Trip to Parc Slip Nature Park

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Chance to see a wide range of wildlife... More...

Great Bustard Project in Wiltshire -

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A good day by all... More...

Sedge warbler perched on phragmites

Sunday, 11 May 2014

A dry but blustery day welcomed 6 birders that produced a few wildlife surprises... More...

Adult and child birdwatching

Sunday, 16 March 2014

It started out as a bright but cold day, however it soon warmed up to a glorious sunny day. More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Popular destination at one our local RSPB reserves More...

Birdwatching boat trip around Cardiff Bay

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Annual trip from Penarth Marina via Cardiff Bay and the rivers Ely and Taff... More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Sunday, 20 October 2013

A wide variety of both waterfowl and woodland species. More...

Friday, 10 May 2013

We welcomed Dr Baz Hughes More...

Friday, 15 March 2013

We welcomed Neville Davies who More...

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Popular local sights which produced a few surprises. More...

Friday, 8 February 2013

Alex Pollard from the RSPB, got our 40th anniversary year off to a great start with her fascinating talk on this raptor. More...

Sunday, 20 January 2013

This talk was given by Peter Elkington a familiar face to the group, it included many photos some taken by him and others by the leader of the group. More...

Friday, 12 October 2012

Al Venables made a welcome return to talk to the group. More...

little egret, wading, water

Friday, 14 September 2012

Manager Nigel Williams of WWT Llanelli gave us an insight of the new developments at this popular reserve. More...

Field Trip - Llanwonno for nightjar

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

This was a rare venture for the group - an evening/nighttime trip.. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Half a day walk around the Common looking and listening out for Spring migrants. More...

Whooper & Bewick's swans feeding in ploughed field

Friday, 13 April 2012

Mary Braddock's second talk to the group. An experienced photographer, showing her collection of photos from Eastern Europe. More...

Field Trip to The Forest of Dean

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Afet a chilly start to the day, especially after the recent warm/hot weather, the day steadily improved.... More...

Field Trip to Lamby Lakes and Rumney Great Wharf

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Lamby Lakes are a local birdwatching area which are also close to the river and foreshore More...

Field Trip to Ogmore

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Purple sandpipers and chough are the star attractions at the Ogmore estuary at this time of year. More...

Robins and street lights - Friday December 2nd

Friday, 2 December 2011

Alex Pollard of RSPB Cymru did her doctorate in this subject. So we were looking forward to an informative and entertaining talk More...

Adult whooper swans feeding in fields

Sunday, 20 November 2011

On a not particularly promising day 15 members met at Penclacwydd for this visit to WWT More...

Indoor Meeting - The Lesser Black Blacked Gull

Friday, 16 September 2011

Viola Ross Smith gained her Ph.D. studying this gull on Flat Home. Having been with the RSPB she is now with the BTO still studying the lbb gull. More...

Field Trip to Rudry Common

Sunday, 19 June 2011

It was for this summer one of the better days to be out and about for this visit to Rudry common on the doorsteps of Cardiff and Caerphilly More...

Indoor Meeting- an island odyssey

Friday, 15 April 2011

When Al Venables came to speak at our indoor meeting on Friday 15th April, I straightaway learnt something new. The fact that there are two kinds of islands .............. More...

"A Rocky Mountain Meander"

Friday, 18 March 2011

Paul Denning is a long standing friend of the group and his return was warmly welcomed. More...

Indoor meeting - Skomer Island

Friday, 14 January 2011

Chris is the warden for Skomer and he cane to the group for our first meeting of 2011 to talk about the island and his work there. More...