Trip reports

Male wigeon swimming

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Unusually this walk was blessed with fine sunny weather following several weeks of rain. Sixteen members were rewarded with seeing over 30 species of birds while walking round Shinewater Lake. More...

Dunnock on grass

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

With an unpredictable weather forecast it was eventually decided to attempt this walk. Chris Barnett was the leader and ten members set off from Birling Gap and saw a credible 15 species of birds. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

On a very overcast day 19 members set off from Cooden towards the Hooe Levels to see which birds could be seen. Our return route was across the Cooden Beach Golf course making sure we avoided the golfers. More...

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The weather was bright when we set off on our walk. However although a disappointingly low number of birds were seen, this was made up by the wonderful display of wild flowers and butterflies observed. More...

little egret, wading, water

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Only five members turned up at Splash Point for the walk due to the poor weather. Disregarding the weather forecast a longer walk was decided upon, which was enjoyed by all and resulted in observing 37 species of birds. More...

Turtle dove

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Since 2001 a 3,500 acre estate at Knepp has been devoted to a pioneering rewilding project. Our visit was to see what had been achieved. More...

Great tit perched in small tree

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

On a bright day, 16 members enjoyed a walk along the downs below Belle Tout lighthouse, where a total of 25 species of birds were identified. More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

On a breezy morning eleven members set off along the Cuckoo Trail from Polegate and were rewarded with seeing 26 species of birds and hearing a greenfinch. The highlight being the sight of a good number of snipe and redwing. More...

Collared dove sitting in grass

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

16 members attended the walk around Arlington reservoir in fair weather where 39 species of birds were seen. More...

Female house sparrow perched on dead branch

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Eight members of our group saw many birds around the outer harbour and the sea wall. A common seal was also spotted on a mud bank. More...

Female house sparrow perched on dead branch

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Ten members set off westwards from Rottingdean looking for birds along the undercliff walk where we saw 16 different species. Eventually we adjourned for an xmas lunch at the Peacehaven Carvery. More...

Male chaffinch singing on branch

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Due to the poor weather, it was decided to visit the RSPB Reserve at Pulborough Brooks, rather than East Head and Snow Hill Marsh as originally planned. This proved to be a rewarding day resulting in seeing a variety of birds. More...

Collared dove sitting in grass

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Although rain was expected, none came which made the day better for bird watching. Oare Marshes is a birder's paradise with so much to see, and some highlights were observed during the time we had at the reserve. More...

Swallow perched on wire fence in Spain

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Our walk along the Cuckmere river northwards through magnificent scenery resulted in seeing a wide range of birds, but less in the way of butterflies. More...

Saturday Walk: Royal Golf Course, Eastbourne

Saturday, 21 July 2018

An enjoyable walk was made around the footpaths near The Royal Eastbourne Golf Club, but due to the hot weather there were only a few birds. However this was compensated for by a profusion of wildflowers and insects. More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Twelve members set off from the Old Barn on a pleasant warm morning hoping to reach the cliffs at Hope Gap, but were thwarted by a filming crew at the steps to the beach. However we did see a variety of birds and the grassland was delightfully alive with butterflies, moths and wild flowers. More...

Pair of kittiwakes on rock

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

After viewing the kittiwakes on the cliffs at Splash Point, twelve members walked up the western slope of Seaford Head to see a variety of birds, butterflies and wild flowers in glorious sunshine. More...

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Although the day started out rather grey and misty, the 19 birders enjoyed a wonderful day at Rainham Marshes. Later the sun came out and we were rewarded with 59 species of different birds seen under blue skies. More...

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

A variety of birds were seen as we walked from Tidemills to Newhaven East Pier on a sunny morning, and a number of butterflies were also observed. More...

Little ringed plover wading in shallow water

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Although the weather was not kind to us during our visit to College Lake, this was made up by the afternoon visit to Watlington Hill where we saw a magnificent aerial display of red kites. Many other birds were seen as well during our visit to both sites. More...

Blue tit perched on frost-covered conifer

Saturday, 17 February 2018

On a bright sunny, but frosty morning, 13 members set out on the Cuckoo Trail from Horam station and saw a variety of birds and early flowering trees. More...

Saturday Walk: Ouse Estuary/Tidemills

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Although the walk was planned to visit the Ouse Estuary and Tidemills, due to the atrocious weather only the Tidemills were visited. Despite the poor weather a good number of birds were seen. More...

Adult female blackbird on garden lawn

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

On a mild and sunny morning 13 group members walked around Sovereign Harbour, but before starting the walk saw many birds in the car park. Further birds were encountered on the sea shore, including a wading bird which could not be positively identified. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Saturday, 6 January 2018

The first Reserve Visit of 2018 was to RSPB Dungeness where 60 different species of birds were seen on a thoroughly enjoyable day. With excellent guides and bird list contributors, the day was a good start for the birding year. More...

Redshank perched on post

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Starting from the car park by the beach near Sovereign Harbour, many birds and wild flowers were seen during our pre Christmas walk along the beach and around the Harbour. More...

Robin sitting in grass

Saturday, 9 December 2017

A group of 15 birders from the Eastbourne Group visited Pulborough Brooks on a cold, sunny winter's day where we saw 62 different species of birds during our time on the reserve. More...

Collared dove sitting in grass

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Led by Michael Light, fourteen members walked around Shinewater and saw a good variety of birds, the highlight being Cetti's warbler and snipe. Although bright and sunny to start, cloudy conditions appeared later. More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

On a dull November morning twelve members walked around West Rise Marsh, Langney and saw a good selection of birds. For most, the highlight of the walk was seeing the six water buffalo that roam across the marsh More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 30 September 2017

On a grey day we saw a wide variety of birds during our visit, but were rewarded with a distant view of a Spoonbill on one of the islands. More...

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

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Our third consecutive visit to RSPB Minsmere produced a day full of wonderful sightings of a variety of birds. Prominent among them was the elusive bittern, which added to the enjoyment of the visit. More...

Pair of kittiwakes on rock

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

On a hot sunny day 11 members met at Splash Point and saw several hundred kittiwakes on their nesting ledges as well as on posts and on the sea. Later, near the cliff edge, the group saw a number of other bird species as well as a few butterflies. More...

Avocet wading in water

Saturday, 13 May 2017

A visit to this beach reserve in East Sussex near Rye, resulted in seeing a wide variety of birds from the various hides that are positioned around the reserve. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Saturday, 22 April 2017

A visit to Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, once a gravel pit, to see the transformation that has been achieved there. It was also interesting to see the wonderful nature reserve that now exists and the variety of birds that can be seen there. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Saturday, 18 March 2017

A walk along the cliff from Seaford Head to see downland and coastal birds. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Saturday, 18 February 2017

A gentle stroll looking for birds and other wildlife along the Cuckoo Trail from Polegate, walking in a southerly direction towards Eastbourne. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Members and friends were at Hampden Park counting birds at the end of January for an hour as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch event. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Saturday, 21 January 2017

A walk on minor roads looking for winter wildlife. Due to the icy conditions there were two groups of members looking for birds and wildlife. More...

Calling redshank in meadow

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A mid week walk around Sovereign Harbour to look for coastal birds and possibly garden birds around the village of the Harbour area. More...

Great tit perched in small tree

Saturday, 7 January 2017

To start the new year we made our traditional visit to the RSPB Reserve at Dungeness hoping to see waterfowl, waders, herons, egrets and tree sparrows. More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Saturday, 17 December 2016

A stroll along the Cuckoo Trail from Hellingly Station to see birds as an alternative to Christmas shopping. More...

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

A walk along the promenade at Rottingdean to see coastal birds, followed by Xmas lunch at the Peacehaven Carvery. More...

Robin sitting in grass

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Our annual visit to RSPB Pulborough Brooks at Christmas to see waterfowl and woodland birds. Also to take advantage of the seasonal fare at the café after the walk round the Reserve. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Saturday, 19 November 2016

A stroll along the west bank of the River Cuckmere to the sea and back looking for wading and woodland birds in the Cuckmere Estuary. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Saturday, 1 October 2016

A visit to this popular reserve to see waterfowl, waders, sea birds and much more. More...

Reserve Visit: Oare Marshes

Saturday, 3 September 2016

A visit to Oare Marshes to see ducks, waders and gulls. More...

Male chaffinch singing on branch

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Meeting at Splash Point first to see the kittiwakes, the walk progressed up Seaford Head to observe the birds and butterflies along this part of the headland. More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Saturday, 4 June 2016

A visit to Titchfield Haven to see waders and ducks and to partake in tea and cake in the café at the end of the visit. More...

Avocet wading in water

Saturday, 7 May 2016

A long day trip to the RSPB Reserve at Minsmere to see many birds and other wildlife on a warm, sunny day. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Saturday, 16 April 2016

A walk around the farm's nature trail to identify birds by their song. More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

A walk around Shooters Bottom and Horseshoe Plantation to see migratory birds and butterflies. More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Saturday, 2 April 2016

A visit to Rye Harbour Beach Reserve to see spring migrants, with terns a possibility. More...

Male chaffinch singing on branch

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

A walk on a different part of the trail looking for early signs of Spring. More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Saturday, 5 March 2016

A visit to the Fishers Green reserve of the River Lee Country Park to see ducks and hopefully bitterns. There is also a Visitor Centre at this location. More...

Saturday Walk: Tidemills

Saturday, 20 February 2016

A walk around the Tidemills between Seaford and Newhaven, as well as visiting the east pier of Newhaven Harbour to see the variety of birds in the area. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 6 February 2016

A new area for the Group, near West Wittering, to see waders and waterfowl. More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Saturday, 16 January 2016

A walk round Shinewater to see winter wildlife. More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

A walk around the harbour looking for winter visitors. More...

Male goldeneye

Saturday, 9 January 2016

The first reserve visit of 2016 to Dungeness to see waterfowl, waders, herons and egrets. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Saturday, 19 December 2015

A walk around Hampden Park to see the birds at this time of the year. More...

Robin sitting in grass

Saturday, 12 December 2015

A visit to this popular RSPB reserve to see waterfowl and woodland birds. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

An undercliff stroll from Rottingdean followed by an informal Christmas lunch. More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Saturday, 21 November 2015

A walk from Rickney Bridge on the Pevensey Levels to see winter wildfowl. More...

Great tit perched in small tree

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

A circular walk from Birling Gap to Belle Tout to see birds on this stretch of coastline. More...

little egret, wading, water

Saturday, 7 November 2015

A visit to Shellness National Nature Reserve and Harty Ferry to see raptors, waders and passerines. More...

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Saturday, 17 October 2015

An autumn stroll to see the birds of the area at this time of year. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 3 October 2015

A visit to this RSPB reserve to see waterfowl, waders, sea birds and much more. More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Saturday, 26 September 2015

A 4 hour walk from the Cuckmere Valley over the South Downs in search of birds and flowers More...

Spotted flycatcher on perch

Saturday, 5 September 2015

A visit to this Nature Reserve at Rye Harbour in East Sussex lived up to its expectations with many interesting birds seen. More...

Willow warbler

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

A downland walk from Butts Brow mainly to see butterflies and plants. More...

Warren Hill, Eastbourne

Saturday, 18 July 2015

A circular walk from Warren Hill in search of butterflies and flowers. More...

Pair of kittiwakes on rock

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

It was planned to look at the Kittiwake colony, then the wildlife of the downland from Splash Point, Seaford. More...

Dartford warbler perching on heather

Saturday, 4 July 2015

An area for heathland birds, damselflies and butterflies. More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Friday, 12 June 2015

A Nightjar Walk in Abbots Wood More...

Collared dove sitting in grass

Saturday, 6 June 2015

A visit to these reserves to see waders, ducks and passerines. More...

Spotted flycatcher on perch

Saturday, 16 May 2015

A walk around Laughton Wood identifying woodland birds by song. More...

Nightingale singing

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A walk round Abbots Wood specifically to hear nightingales and see butterflies. More...

Bittern walking on edge of reedbed

Saturday, 9 May 2015

A coach excursion to the RSPB Nature Reserve at Minsmere. More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Saturday, 2 May 2015

A coach excursion to Stodmarsh Nature Reserve to see warblers, hobbies and hopefully turtle doves. More...

Wheatear in spring

Saturday, 18 April 2015

A longer than usual walk around South Farm at Rodmell More...

Willow warbler

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Coach trip to Sandwich Bay and Bird Observatory to see spring arrivals, especially warblers. More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Looking for signs of spring along the Cuckoo Trail. More...

Cuckoo Trail Walk

Saturday, 21 March 2015

A walk along the Cuckoo Trail towards Shinewater More...

Male wigeon swimming

Saturday, 7 March 2015

A visit to this RSPB Reserve to see some early spring migrants More...

Saturday Walks 2015: Pevensey Levels

Saturday, 21 February 2015

A road walk around Rickney Levels on the Pevensey Marsh, an area rich in waterfowl. More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A clockwise walk round Arlington Reservoir. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 7 February 2015

A winter visit to Pagham North Wall to see the waterfowl at this West Sussex Reserve. More...

Saturday, 17 January 2015

A winter walk up the River Cuckmere from the Seven Sisters Countryside Centre More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

A walk along the River Ouse passing Piddinghoe Pond More...

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Saturday, 3 January 2015

A visit to this RSPB Reserve where smew is a speciality. More...

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Saturday, 13 December 2014

A coach outing to Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve. More...

Cliffs and seabird colony at RSPB Fowlsheugh nature reserve

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

An undercliff stroll from Rottingdean. More...

Saturday Walks 2014: Hailsham Country Park

Saturday, 19 April 2014

11 group members enjoyed the sights and sounds of Hailsham Country Park. More...

Saturday Walks 2014: Bullock Down

Saturday, 15 March 2014

10 local group members enjoyed a walk over Bullock Down. More...

Saturday Walks 2014: Cuckmere Valley

Saturday, 15 February 2014

After a very wet and windy night, five members met for a walk through the woods along the river. More...

Saturday Walks 2014: Rickney

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Five members got together for a nice stroll to Horse Eye Level and back. More...

Reserve Visits 2014: Dungeness

Saturday, 4 January 2014

22 members braved for what was forecast to be a cold, wet and blustery day. More...

Robin sitting in grass

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Eleven members enjoyed a weekend walk around Firle park. More...

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

Saturday, 2 November 2013

The local group enjoyed a recent trip to Rainham Marshes, including delicious lemon drizzle cake. More...

Reserve Visits 2013: Pagham Harbour.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Our local group recently enjoyed a visit to the Pagham Harbour, where they saw 66 different species. More...

Saturday Walks 2013: Arlington.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Nine group members joined Michael Light for a walk around the Arlington area. More...