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April 2015

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Bird song bonanza - a Tuesday morning stroll with Pulborough Brooks volunteer Gary...

Bird song bonanza - a Tuesday morning stroll with Pulborough Brooks volunteer Gary...

If you need any encouragement to come on our trip to Pulborough Brooks, read this from their website. The early mist cleared to reveal a warm cloud free day. In the car park as soon as I opened the car door the song of a nightingale hit me, and in the trees surrounding the Centre two blackcaps were competing and I still in the car!

The whole reserve was bathed in song from numerous chiffchaff, blackcaps galore, at least seven singing nightingales, two whitethroats, but only one willow warbler. Linnet, chaffinch, bullfinch and song thrush added the mix.

Skylark, meadow pipits and reed buntings needed a bit of finding out on the Brooks, as were three little-ringed plover. Unfortunately, two marsh harriers and a red kite didn't stay around long. Amongst the wigeon, teal, shoveler and gadwall on the North Brooks was also twenty-two shelduck; can't wait for their "humbug" ducklings.

I was a little surprised to see two adders even though there were so many people present trying to hear/see the nightingales, and I was also pleased to see my first green-veined white butterfly of the year.

The above was posted on the Pulborough Brooks website on the 15th April -

Thursday, 16 April 2015

The London Marathon will affect our coach trip to Pulborough Brooks on 25th April.

The transport system seems to be conspiring against us. Although the London Marathon takes place on Sunday 26th April, road closures will begin early on Saturday 25th. Our coach company has advised that they do not foresee any problems with our morning pick up at Embankment. We will pick up there as usual at 8am. They are concerned that there will be congestion around Embankment in the evening. We have therefore decided that the coach will not return to Embankment in the evening, but will drop all passengers at Balham Station.

Balham is on the Northern Line and it takes 15 to 20 minutes to travel to Embankment by tube from there. Balham also has national rail connections to Clapham Junction for TFL Overground and to Victoria. Balham to Victoria takes around 15 minutes.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Coach trip to RSPB Pulborough Brooks, Saturday 25th April.

Coach trip to RSPB Pulborough Brooks, Saturday 25th April.

Pulborough Brooks is set in the sheltered Arun Valley within the South Downs National Park in West Sussex. It is the ideal place to welcome in the spring. In the scrub and hedgerows expect spring migrant birds, including nightingales, blackcaps, garden warblers, whitethroats and lesser whitethroats.

On the brooks expect displaying lapwings and redshanks, passage waders and the last of the wintering ducks. It is possible that we might see all three species of woodpecker, cuckoo and peregrine falcon. Great display of bluebells and other flowers in the woodland. There is an excellent visitor centre with café, book and optics shop. Entry for non-RSPB members £5.00.

Booking essential. Contact Derik Palmer on 07768 121 435, or email
Paid up Central London Local Group members £18.00, non-members £20.00.
Meet outside Embankment Underground Station. Coach leaves at 8am.

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