Trip reports

Deenats and Connah's Quay

Saturday, 11 January 2020

On a blustery day, 12 brave souls braved the approaching showers. More...

Moore Nature Reserve

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Have you ever tried to mow your lawn when it's frosty? More...

Crosby Coast and Lunt Meadows

Saturday, 12 October 2019

First, we took a long and careful look through the railings to the scrape area of Seaforth docks. More...

Hilbre Island High Tide

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Norman had given Liz kittens on the way in the car asking if she had taken British Summer time into account when checking the tides More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Saturday, 22 June 2019

When I was a young whippersnapper, the area at the bottom of Stones Manor Lane in Hartford was no more than a dirty stream More...

Woolston Eyes

Sunday, 12 May 2019

The Woolston Eyes Nature Reserve is a 645-acre strip of land between the River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal More...

Robin sitting in grass

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

The weather forecast was for very heavy showers and gusty winds at times during the day and one member had cancelled as a result More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Storm Hannah had caused a most miserable Saturday in Cheshire on the original day we had fixed for this walk. More...

Hope Mountain and Alyn Waters

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

In early April a small group of members ventured out on a field trip to Hope Mountain and Alyn Waters More...

Llanfairfechan and Spinnies

Sunday, 10 March 2019

I looked out of the window around 7.30 am and snow had lightly covered the car. More...

Marbury Country Park

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Marbury Country Park lies at the heart of Northwich Community Woodlands, the lime avenues and the arboretum are a legacy of the days when Marbury was a grand estate. More...

Mere Sands Wood & Marshside

Saturday, 12 January 2019

...shelduck, looking for the world as if some child's plastic toy had been placed on the front of its mouth. More...

Greenfield, Flint and Bagillt

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Although early signs weren't good, our day out in North Wales eventually produced some rewards. More...

RSPB Dove Stone

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Following a week of high winds and lots of rain, Ian's wise choice of field trip days held yet again as we encountered no rain although a decidedly cool temperature. More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Marford Quarry is a disused sand quarry which has naturalised with trees, mainly silver birch on the slopes, with oaks and others lower down and many interesting plants, some of which are rare, e.g. the tuberous pea and the milk vetch (liquorice plant). More...

Coach Trip - Leighton Moss

Saturday, 16 June 2018

"I promise you sightings of marsh harriers", said the nice man greeting us on arrival at Leighton Moss. More...

Anglesey

Sunday, 3 June 2018

The thick cloud covering North Wales cleared at the coast and all Anglesey making the weather perfect for the day. More...

Warburton's Wood

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

The way we advertised it online must have looked very appealing, as we were joined by two birders who had driven down especially from Bury! More...

Dawn Chorus

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Even those that moaned about the inordinate hour seemed to enjoy it. More...

Halebank

Sunday, 8 April 2018

I saw my first swallow of the season darting over the cultivated fields feeding on early insects. More...

Pair of Scottish crossbills at nest

Saturday, 24 March 2018

This is a field trip that almost never happened! More...

Festival Gardens and Sefton Park

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Off we went, Richard and I not sure where we would end up as the map John D was looking at appeared to be older than him. More...

Point of Ayr

Sunday, 4 February 2018

The day dawned frosty, bright and sunny with a little breeze, a very pleasant and fortunate change from recent winds and rain. More...

Pennington Flash

Saturday, 6 January 2018

There was much talk of a sighting of a marsh tit - or was it a willow tit...? More...

Port Sunlight River Park

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Ian - I told you not to worry! More...

Little Orme and RSPB Conwy

Sunday, 10 September 2017

... and two Phoca vitulinas as well! More...

Anglesey and Puffin Island Cruise

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

After a short walk down through the woods we came out between the two bridges over the Menai Straits. What truly spectacular views are afforded here, together with a fascinating early 15th century church on a little island More...

Burton Marsh

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

As "newbies" to the RSPB Chester Group, the visit to Burton Marsh was our first experience of a group trip and will certainly be the first of many. More...

Coach Trip - RSPB Ynys-hir

Saturday, 3 June 2017

We ventured to RSPB Ynys-hir reserve on a smaller coach than usual because bigger a coach cannot get around the sharp bend on the final section of track. More...

Chester Meadows

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

This evening walk was made around the "local jewel" that is Chester Meadows. More...

Sandstone Ridge

Saturday, 6 May 2017

At the ungodly hour of 8 am, with an uncomfortably cold temperature of 9 C and thick cloud, we met four others at Caldy More...

Farndon Bridge and Crook of Dee

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

We drove onto the car park with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation! More...

World's End

Sunday, 2 April 2017

On a cold Sunday morning nine brave souls met at Caldy Valley at 6 am and then left to meet one other at World's End near Minera. More...

Moore Nature Reserve

Saturday, 11 March 2017

There was a feeling of Spring about the weather as 18 of us (and Shelly the dog!) gathered for the day trip to Moore Nature Reserve. More...

Male goldeneye

Saturday, 18 February 2017

On a grey, rather cool morning of Saturday 18 February 10 members of our Group set off in three cars down the A41, past Whitchurch over the A5 and following the little map Alan had given us all, we arrived at our destination. Now under the control of the West Midlands Birding Group More...

Flint and Deenats Reserve

Sunday, 29 January 2017

On a cool, crisp morning in January, about ten hardy souls turned up at Flint Castle for our outing to this part of the Dee estuary. More...

Parkgate and Heswall Gutters

Saturday, 17 December 2016

First stop, Thurstaston Country Park. From the top of the cliffs you get a great view over the upper part of the estuary, and although the birds aren't all that close to you, telescopes or even binoculars reveal a wide variety of species. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Our Owl Watch trip to Chester Meadows had morphed into one to the marshes at Neston More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Venus Pool? I had never been before - until I had done the recce. More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Off to see the seashore migrant birds More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Saturday, 18 June 2016

An impressive evening walk round this little known country park in the heart of Chester More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Sunday, 12 June 2016

34 members and friends went on this trip on a rather doubtful day from the weather aspect More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Saturday, 7 May 2016

In search of wood warbler, pied flycatcher and redstart More...

Lake Vyrnwy

Sunday, 10 April 2016

A field trip to find goshawks More...

North Wales Coast

Saturday, 12 March 2016

A field trip that endeavoured to sight a hawfinch which is More...

View across the pool and reedbed at the RSPB Lakenheath Fen nature reserve

Sunday, 21 February 2016

I don't know how I fell for this job. I can only put it down to Roger's charm! If you haven't been, I strongly More...

Mere Sands Wood and RSPB Marshside

Saturday, 30 January 2016

January 30th 2016 was not a day for the faint-hearted. Cold and windy with sleet showers! So it was no surprise that while More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Saturday, 21 November 2015

It was a cold, windy day when 8 members met up in the Greenfield Valley car park at Holywell but thankfully it was dry. Will More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Sunday, 18 October 2015

We met on a rather noisy Marsh Lane bridge over the M56 and we walked down towards More...

Redshank perched on post

Saturday, 26 September 2015

We set off from Caldy Valley on a sunny October morning for our trip to New Brighton. Since we had last More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Thursday, 6 August 2015

This event was advertised with a flexible date to attempt to get the best weather conditions; this plan More...

RSPB Coombes Valley and Tittesworth Reservoir

Monday, 15 June 2015

The trip was always going to be different because it was the first More...

Male chaffinch singing on branch

Saturday, 9 May 2015

The one thing I didn't manage to find on this trip was More...

Field Trip To Moel Arthur

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Today's trip was enhanced by the weather, which despite being a little on the cold side, remained sunny and dry for the duration. A fine day indeed, in all respects, particularly for the variety More...

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Well, the weather was predicted to be spring-like and it was lovely in Chester. Norman spotted three More...

Nuthatch on branch

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The forecast for the day of the trip which should have been to More...

little egret, wading, water

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Well, this is my first literary trial regarding the Chester RSPB group and I hope that it appeals to all those reading. Forgive the More...

Little Orme & RSPB Conwy

Saturday, 13 September 2014

This was an exclusive trip - five turned up for the assault on the Little Orme. We set off More...

South Stack,Cemlyn Bay and Penmon Point,July 2014

Sunday, 6 July 2014

My wife, June and I attended the field trip to Anglesey with More...

Great Orme

Saturday, 17 May 2014

The troop of Cestrian birdwatchers assembled in the tiny car park outside St Tudno's church built in More...

Aber Falls - 26 April 14

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Sixteen people headed off in cars into Wales to explore the Aber Falls (or to give them their Welsh name Rhaeadr fawr) and find More...

Hockenhull Platts

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

On a very pleasant spring evening (remember those) around twenty folk turned up to have a gentle stroll through the Hockenhull Platts nature reserve.Some folk call it More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

This being our first field trip with the Chester RSPB Group, we were not sure what to expect. On arrival at the Llandegla Forest Visitor Centre, we were met by our RSPB guide and a number of volunteers who had excellent knowledge of the area's birdlife. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Twelve members converged on the car park at Talacre and by 10.30 am, we were ready to move off. As the high tide was not until 1.30pm, we spent some time checking the area of scrub and trees behind the dunes. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Our first outdoor trip of the season was a visit to Hilbre Island on Saturday 1st October. We set off weaving our way around More...

Bittern walking on edge of reedbed

Saturday, 8 January 2011

What a treat! A day out, with good birding, good company and amazingly good weather. The previous day had been cold with snow and rain More...