Trip reports

Coach Trip to Frampton Marsh, 6th February.

Coach Trip to Frampton Marsh, 6th February.
Lapwing by John Bridges (rspb-images.com)

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Frampton Marsh is in the South West corner of The Wash, near Boston in Lincolnshire. We've not run a coach trip there before, the feeling being that it was just too far away. As it turned out we arrived after a relatively easy journey at 11.15am, albeit aided by a 50mph tailwind. Our first view from the window of the visitor centre was of a flock of tree sparrows, a yellowhammer and reed bunting, barely 15 feet away in the grass. Worth the trip just for that perhaps, but there was plenty more to see.

The weather forecast had been frankly dire - heavy rain and winds gusting to 50mph. Fortunately the rain never arrived, but it was windy. Frampton has excellent hides, particularly the 360 hide. This is large, round and very spacious, with room for a coach full of people to get window seats and with picnic tables in the middle. It looks out onto scrapes all round with nice views of ruff, goldeneye, black-tailed godwit, dunlin, ringed plover, brent geese and lapwings.

A small party went on ahead and by the time the rest of us arrived, they had seen a peregrine, a male hen harrier and a bittern. Sadly they did not reappear, but something was putting up the large flocks of golden plover and lapwing, wheeling in the wind. A few spotted a merlin from the visitor centre. There was a full suite of duck species and a couple of spotted redshank. The reserve is surrounded by a really substantial sea wall, with views from the top over miles of salt marsh to The Wash, somewhat lost in the misty distance. On a less windy day this would be a great place to watch marsh harriers.

Many thanks to Jill and Jeremy Aldred for suggesting this as a destination and for assisting with the recce. This reserve is likely to become a regular on our programme.