Trip reports

Visit to Titchwell Marsh

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The first trip of the new season got off to a good start with a visit to Titchwell Marsh, one of our favourite reserves. More...

Visit to Lakenheath Fen

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Another beautiful day, exactly what is required at this big reserve with very little shelter. More...

Visit to Ynys-hir

Sunday, 24 April 2016

A red fox trotted across the slip-road as we joined the M6 and soon after leaving Telford services on the M54 we were enjoying the sunny Welsh countryside. More...

Visit to Leighton Moss

Sunday, 20 March 2016

The grey skies disappeared as we passed the brown sign on the M6 for Wigan Pier and two hot air balloons drifted slowly along the valley behind the Heinz factory. More...

Visit to Pagham Harbour

Sunday, 28 February 2016

A decent turnout this morning boosted by our friends from the Nuneaton Bird Club. More...

Visit to AW/LRWT Rutland Water

Sunday, 31 January 2016

The forecast was not good having changed several times throughout the week, the turnout was disappointing. More...

Visit to WWT Martin Mere

Sunday, 29 November 2015

With an ominous weather forecast of torrential rain, galeforce winds and ten cancellations we took the M6 north to Lancashire. More...

Visit to LWT Far Ings and RSPB Blacktoft Sands

Sunday, 25 October 2015

A nice lie in this morning due to the end of British Summer Time. More...

Visit to Titchwell Marsh

Sunday, 27 September 2015

The first trip of the new season saw us heading east into dazzling sunshine to visit Titchwell Marsh, an old favourite of the group. More...

Visit to RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Sunday, 17 May 2015

The last trip of the season with friends from the RSPB Coventry and Warwickshire Local Group had one particular very eager birder very excited of the prospect of seeing a huge number of my two favourite sea birds the gannet and the iconic puffin. More...

Visit to New Forest

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Overcast weather but a bright start at the Coventry pickup point with two peregrine on show. One roosting in the vent shaft of the nearby university building and the other somewhat closer on a ring-road lamp-standard giving a brief photo opportunity before taking flight. More...

Visit to RSPB Conwy

Sunday, 29 March 2015

The rain started as we boarded the coach in Coventry and by the time we disembarked at Conwy Visitor Centre it was torrential. A rather wet member of staff greeted us cheerfully and handed out entrance stickers and trail guides. More...

Visti to RSPB Rainham Marshes

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Heading south on the coach, the sun beaming through the windows was joyfully promising us of warmer days to come. The morning was cold but bright and clear, the forecast said rain at 3pm. More...

Visit to WWT Slimbridge

Sunday, 25 January 2015

An excellent day was spent at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in the company of members of the RSPB Coventry & Warwickshire group. More...

Visit to RSPB Strumpshaw Fen & Buckenham Marshes

Sunday, 30 November 2014

A very foggy start to our journey but as we crossed the county boundary in Northamptonshire the sun peeped over the horizon and by the time we reached Cambridge Services the fog had dissipated. More...

Visit to RSPB Frampton Marsh

Sunday, 26 October 2014

I can't remember a trip without any traffic in front of us on every road there and back. The exceptions being the M69 and M1 for the short time we travelled on them. Maybe it was the change back to GMT but I'd have thought everyone would have taken advantage of the extra hour in bed to get an early start! More...

Reedbed and sea at Minsmere

Sunday, 28 September 2014

A new season for the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Group started this month with a trip to the RSPB Minsmere nature reserve. Situated on the Suffolk coast, this was quoted by Chris Packham as one of the best nature reserves in the world during this year's BBC Springwatch! More...

Visit to Elan Valley and Gigrin Farm

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Another Sunday trip with members of the RSPB Coventry and Warwickshire Local Group had us off to Mid Wales. More...

Visit to Dee Estuary - Burton Mere Wetlands

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Allan the driver dropped us off at a lay-by in Puddington Lane as there is no coach access to the reserve. The walk to the visitor centre took us through a strip of woodland adjacent to grazing pasture. More...

Visit to WWT London Wetland Centre

Sunday, 19 January 2014

What better way to enjoy a Sunday than by taking another trip with the "RSPB Coventry and Warwickshire Local Group". More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Sunday, 24 November 2013

A good turnout today for our first group visit to Newport Wetlands in South Wales. Light traffic all the way and a scenic journey through the Wye Valley passing a large herd of mute swans in a riverside meadow. As we approached Monmouth a goshawk was seen gliding above the river, not a bad start to the day. More...

RSPB Old Moor nature reserve landscape

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Yet another ominous weather forecast proved erroneous as we headed north to the Dearne Valley and Old Moor Wetlands in particular. Five years had elapsed since our last visit. The whole visitor centre complex is now in pristine condition and we were warmly welcomed by our Yorkshire hosts. More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Dazzlingly bright sunshine occasionally burst through the early morning mist as we headed east. After a generally uneventful journey, apart from being stuck behind a slow moving horsebox which seemed for an eternity, we eventually arrived at our destination at 10.30am. More...

Visit to Lakenheath

Sunday, 19 May 2013

What a start to what was to become a 'raptorfest'; a peregrine perched on the side of the Coventry University building overlooking the car park. Things would only get better! More...

Visit to Minsmere

Sunday, 28 April 2013

A little more traffic on the A14 this morning, a good turnout of members and the now usual sighting of a red kite just after Kettering. First stop Cambridge services and not a rook in sight; we were tripping over them February. More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 24 February 2013

As we sped once again along the A14 we managed to spot two or maybe three red kite between Kettering and Huntingdon. Cambridge services had the unusual sight once again of rooks wandering about on the pavement. More...

Visit to Ludlow

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Didn't need my passenger Tally Counter today! Just eight fingers and two thumbs. I can't believe a little drop of rain can put off so many hardy nature loving souls. More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Today there were 221 little gull, black-throated diver, 2 ring ouzel, long-eared owl, short-eared owl, firecrest, hawfinch and snow bunting reported in this area. More...

Visit to Titchwell

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Our first trip of the new season got off to an inauspicious start. We arrived at the M6 Junction 2 to find it had been closed off by the police; after three laps of the roundabout we headed for the A45 to Rugby. More...

Visit to Coombes Valley and Tittesworth Water

Sunday, 20 May 2012

The lowest turnout of the season saw us head north to the picturesque county of Staffordshire. More...

Visit to Ynys Hir

Sunday, 29 April 2012

A full coach sped through the majestic Welsh countryside. The bright early morning sun lit up the fresh green leaves sprouting from the hedgerows and trees. More...

Visit to Leighton Moss

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Another disappointing turnout for this journey into Lancashire, to the beautiful sun drenched Leighton Moss reserve. More...

Visit to Rainham Marshes

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Yippee! A coach full of passengers for today's London trip and a good weather forecast. More...

Visit to Strumpshaw Fen and Buckenham Marshes

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Yet another low turnout of members for our trip to Norfolk! Have belt's been tightened or is it time for a new Outdoor Meetings Coordinator? More...

Visit to WWT Martin Mere

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Yet another low turnout of members for our trip to Lancashire. Has the recession finally kicked-in or are looming heating bills taking their toll? More...

Visit to Cley Marshes

Sunday, 18 September 2011

The second lowest turnout of members in recent years had us rattling around in our forty-nine seater coach. More...

Drake teal profile

Sunday, 28 November 2010

After seventeen cancellations the remaining twenty-four brave souls seemed to disappear in the bowels of the warm sixty-one seater coach. Members travelling into the city had recorded temperatures of minus nine degrees centigrade. More...

Visit to Dee Estuary

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Lovely sunrise during our journey north with blankets of mist in the low lying areas and crisp white frost covering the ground. The rising sun accentuated the autumn colours of the woodlands as we passed. More...

Mini-bus Visit to Spurn Point

Sunday, 10 October 2010

I know that you've all heard of long shore drift and the effect it is having on the East Coast of Yorkshire, however I don't suppose anyone in their wildest dreams would have thought that its impact would be such that a trip publicised as a visit to the Severn Estuary would mean a visit to Spurn. More...

Visit to Minsmere

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Overcast conditions and a strong westerly wind announced the first trip of our new season of events. A reasonable turnout for early September, considering many of the group holiday when the children return to school. More...

Visit to Lake Vyrnwy

Sunday, 16 May 2010

We took the scenic route on this particularly quiet Sunday morning and were able to enjoy the sunny welsh countryside. More...

Reedbed and sea at Minsmere

Sunday, 25 April 2010

A long journey east, but Peter the driver didn't have to worry about driving into the low sun because it didn't appear until we headed north up the A12 from Ipswich. More...

Mini-bus Trip for the Black Grouse Lek

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Abandon all thoughts of sleeping in, it was up at 2 am for most of us ready to get the minibus for a quick getaway at 3.15 am. More...

Visit to the Elan Valley and Gigrin Farm

Sunday, 28 March 2010

British Summer Time had arrived and made for an even earlier departure which gave us relatively clear roads all the way to central Wales. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 28 February 2010

A huge area of low pressure was sweeping towards the southeast of England and already passing through the Bay of Biscay with near hurricane force winds. More...

Mini-bus Trip to Northern France

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Luggage stowed we were off by 6.15 am for an extended birding weekend to St Dizier in the Champagne region of France. More...

Visit to Rainham Marshes

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Another good turnout for this 'first' for the group and a hassle free journey down the M1 and along the M25. More...

Visit to WWT Martin Mere

Sunday, 29 November 2009

A rather full coach arrived at the Wildlife and Wetlands Centre about 10am after a brief coffee stop at Knutsford Services on the M6. More...

Visit to LWT Gibraltar Point

Sunday, 18 October 2009

A flock of eight fieldfare flew past us as we walked towards the Observatory and several redwing pecked at the hawthorn berries. More...

Visit to NWT Cley Marshes

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Once the Mecca for British birdwatchers, Cley is teetering on the brink as a freshwater bird refuge, due to climate change. More...

Visit to Bempton Cliffs

Sunday, 18 May 2008

After a good clear run up the motorway by coach we met a light rain shower just south of Bridlington, but by the time we reached Bempton the strong winds had dispersed the rain clouds. More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Sunday, 27 April 2008

There was a small turnout for this coach trip to Hampshire. The weather forecast was a bit iffy and the thunder storm just south of Newbury didn't bode well but we needn't have worried, the rain ceased just before we reached Lyndhurst. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Sunday, 24 February 2008

There was a good turnout for this popular coach trip to north Norfolk. The roads seemed unusually clear and we arrived in good time. More...

Visit to Strumpshaw Fen and Buckenham Marshes

Sunday, 20 January 2008

We set off with much trepidation. Heavy rain, strong winds and floods had dominated the week. The forecast for Sunday was not good. However, this being the local group's monthly outing, the weather was as usual, fine. More...

Visit to WWT Martin Mere

Sunday, 25 November 2007

Skeins of pink-footed geese flew over calling as if announcing our arrival. More...

Ditch at RSPB Greylake nature reserve

Sunday, 11 November 2007

The day did not bode well as the band of travellers waited in the gloom in Earlsdon. More...

Visit to RSPB Gayton Sands Reserve

Sunday, 28 October 2007

High tide at Connah's Quay was in two hours, so we had arrived in plenty of time. More...

Reedbed and sea at Minsmere

Sunday, 23 September 2007

The outdoor season began with one of our favourites, Minsmere in Suffolk. More...

The September Mini-bus Week-end..... or Birding on the High Seas!

Saturday, 15 September 2007

Friday evening all on board, we journeyed north to Bridlington with just a brief stop at Woodall Services on the M1. More...

Stranded boats at sunset in Langstone Harbour RSPB reserve

Sunday, 10 June 2007

Everyone was on time and by 7.30am, we were on our way to Hampshire. It was warm but very misty and only the real optimists had come in their shorts! More...

Visit to RSPB Coombes Valley Reserve

Sunday, 20 May 2007

Scenic, steep-sided valleys with oak woodland and a rocky stream near Leek in Staffordshire. More...