For the 2018-19 season our indoor meetings will be held at Laurel Avenue Community Centre, Laurel Avenue, Durham DH1 2EY. This is in the Sherburn Road Estate, about a mile from the city centre. Indoor meetings are on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 pm. Entrance is £1. All Welcome!

Our planned programme of outings for the 2018-2019 season includes a mixture of local trips and excursions further afield.

Trips usually start from the Stockton Road entrance to the University of Durham Science Site, but we sometimes meet on Moor Crescent, Gilesgate Moor, DH1 1DL or at the car park close to the Newton Hall Co-op at Carr House Drive, Newton Hall, Durham. Timings may vary.

Advance booking is not usually required for car trips, but further details can be obtained from David Sowerbutts Tel. (0191) 3867201.

August 2019


Day trip to Teesmouth

Location: Meet at the Stockton Road entrance to the University of Durham Science Site, Durham

Latitude/longitude: 54.768707,-1.569863 (Google map)

This outing is likely to include a visit to the RSPB Saltholme Reserve, so remember to bring your RSPB membership card!

The autumn wader migration will be well under way. We may well see a dozen or more species ranging from saltmarsh and mudflat feeders such as grey plover, knot, bar-tailed godwit and possibly whimbrel, through more generalist species like redshank, dunlin and curlew, to those most likely to be found on brackish or freshwater pools, including little ringed plover and black-tailed godwit. Common terns now breed regularly on the North Tees marshes, while other tern species from the more northerly colonies visit Teesmouth on their way south and may be feeding offshore in Tees Bay. A number of the waterfowl species which breed in the area will be observed. In addition, there are likely to be good views of the seals which frequent Greatham Creek, and, if the day is sunny, butterflies and dragonflies should add to the interest.

Time: 9 am, returning to Durham from late afternoon.

Price: Travel with be in member's cars

Telephone: 0191 3867201