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July 2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Coach trip to Weeting Heath and Lakenheath Fen. Saturday 15th July

Coach trip to Weeting Heath and Lakenheath Fen. Saturday 15th July

We will stop at Weeting Heath for an hour or so where will hope to see the stone curlews that nest there. This is one of the finest remaining Breckland grass heaths. On previous visits we have also seen hobby, green woodpecker, little owl, spotted flycatcher and stoat there. Woodlark are also a possibility here. There is an entry fee of £3 for non Norfolk Wildlife Trust members. Visitor centre with toilets.

We will then move on to Lakenheath Fen RSPB reserve. The reserve comprises a mixture of wetland and woodland south of the Little Ouse in Suffolk. We can expect to see hobby, marsh harriers can be seen feeding young in midsummer and bittern feeding flights may be visible. Possible sightings may include bearded tit, turtle dove, spotted flycatcher, garganey, shelduck, lapwing, common tern, cuckoo, turtle dove, sedge, reed & grasshopper warblers, swallows & martins. Common cranes have bred here since 2007. There is a profusion of dragonflies and butterflies. There is a visitor centre with toilets. Entry £4 non-RSPB members.

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

For reserve information see:

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Day trip to Spade Oak nature reserve, Bucks, and Cookham, Berks. Saturday 1st July

Day trip to Spade Oak nature reserve, Bucks, and Cookham, Berks. Saturday 1st July

Meet at Paddington Railway Station 9.30am for 9.42am train to Maidenhead (arrives Maidenhead 10.22am) and connection at 10.38am to Bourne End (arrive Bourne End 10.49am).

Walk along the Thames (part of the Thames Path) to visit the Spade Oak nature reserve at Little Marlow (a former gravel pit, now a nature reserve of trees fringing a lake) and return from Cookham. (Anyone coming from West London can join the train at Ealing Broadway at 9.50am if they prefer. If anyone wishes to leave the trip early, they can also return from Bourne End after lunch instead of walking on with the group to Cookham). Red kite, hirundines, common tern, water fowl, possible waders and hobby, plus dragonflies.

Bring packed lunch. Toilets at Maidenhead station and in Bourne End village. Shops at beginning and end of the walk. Pubs near exit of reserve and at Cookham. Leader Catherine Day.