Trip reports

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Monday, 18 June 2018

This national nature reserve near Canterbury is a firm favourite with Egrets, and offers a wide diversity of flora and fauna in wetland marsh, reedbeds and woodland. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Friday, 25 May 2018

On a glorious spring morning, 14 members made the now annual visit to the Knepp Estate where we had a very rewarding experience, seeing over 50 bird species. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

21 of us arrived at Godstone Green at 7.15 on Sunday morning for the annual trip to Minsmere. Checking the weather a week earlier it had not been good as rain was forecast. But on the day the cloud and showers that were due in the morning, did not appear and it turned out to be a good day for weather and birding. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Friday, 4 May 2018

10 members of the East Grinstead Local RSPB Group made the relatively short trip to Seaford Head. The weather was kind and we saw chaffinch, goldfinch, rock dove, great tit, carrion crow, jackdaw and great spotted woodpecker from the car park. More...

Little ringed plover wading in shallow water

Thursday, 29 March 2018

10 members made the long journey down into Hampshire and were joined there by 4 guests. The main attraction was at Acres Down, where we expected to see goshawks, before moving on to Blashford Lakes in the afternoon to look for a number of the interesting birds that had been sighted there recently. More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Monday, 8 January 2018

The strong winds and flooded roads had a devastating effect on numbers for our December outing to RSPB Dungeness. More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Friday, 1 December 2017

Another great turn-out for our November visit to RSPB Pulborough Brooks. On a crisp, cold, autumnal day, 17 members were rewarded with an interesting trip, with over 50 species seen. More...

Drake teal profile

Monday, 30 October 2017

A large group congregated in the main car park on a cool and blustery day, but luckily the rain of the previous day had abated. Initial ticks for the day included blue tit and great tit on the feeders, pheasant below, and siskins drinking from a puddle. More...

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

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A few of us arrived early to enjoy the sunshine at low tide. With little wind it was surprising there were no sightings of bearded reedling feeding on the abundant seed heads in the perfect conditions. The soft purring of a turtle dove revealed its location south of the West Flood. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Friday, 11 August 2017

A handful of Egrets turned up for the trek around the Warren on a damp but relatively mild morning with our Alan L, who spends most of his time either on site or in the "office" and Matt, the Manager at Broadwater. More...

Turtle dove

Monday, 19 June 2017

It was third time lucky for most of us when we visited the Knepp Estate on Sunday. Our two previous visits had been very interesting and worthwhile but had failed to deliver the star species - the very rare turtle dove. This time we were more fortunate. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Monday, 5 June 2017

12 members of the East Grinstead Local RSPB Group met in the reserve car park. The skies looked threatening and thunder was heard in the distance. Undeterred we made our way down the path towards the first hide. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Sunday, 4 June 2017

19 members of East Grinstead Local RSPB Group met at 7:15 am at Godstone to catch the coach which was shared with members of the East Surrey RSPB Local Group. A further 3 members / guests met us at the reserve. More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

17 of us made the journey to North wall at Pagham arriving at 9.30 in the morning and, apart from a quick shower on the way down to Pagham, fine weather was the order of the day. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Friday, 24 March 2017

This reserve located on the flood plain of the river Meon is one of the Egrets' favourites, and aptly named. It is a haven and once within , one easily forgets that to the north is the busy M27 and almost surrounded by growing development to the east and west . The southerly aspect is the bonus with views to the Isle of Wight and seascape either side. More...

Avocet wading in water

Friday, 3 March 2017

Our annual trip to RSPB Rainham Marshes attracted a bumper following with 19 members making the long journey up to Essex. More...

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

Monday, 30 January 2017

With an early start on a crisp and clear morning, a group of us descended on the reserve at 9.30, a cold hard frost not clearing in the shade and ice to the edges of the pools. More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

15 hardy souls met in the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve car park on a cold but thankfully dry morning. Rain and strong winds were forecast for later in the day but we set off hoping to be back well before then. More...

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

Monday, 31 October 2016

14 members of the Group met at Sidlesham RSPB Reserve for our October outing on a bright and sunny morning only tempered by a chilly north easterly wind. More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Monday, 26 September 2016

6 members met by St Bedes School on a dry but blustery morning and our first port of call was Whitbread Hollow spotting large numbers of swallows and house martins overhead. More...

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

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Situated on the River Swale estuary , Oare offers good birdwatching all year , and is one of Egrets' favourites to visit. More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Saturday, 25 June 2016

10 of us met in the car park at Rainham Marshes and were greeted by the unmistakable sound of a Cetti's warbler. We also saw collared doves, house sparrows along with the usual robins, starlings and magpies.We all arrived early - for a change - and as the visitor centre doesn't open until 9:30am we decided to walk up to the Thames riverbank and one of the RSPB volunteers kindly pointed out a yellow-legged gull on the far side of the river. First sighting this year for many of us. More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

14 egrets arrived in hope of a good day despite the cool breeze and overcast skies, having departed from home in sunny weatherTarget species for the day ...turtle dove, hobby, bittern, water rail, bearded reedling and a marsh warbler which we had been alerted to as present. More...

Group Trip to Hindleap - 20.45 to 22.00, Tuesday 7th June 2016

Monday, 13 June 2016

Our annual nightjar walk, this time around Hindleap, attracted a following of 14. We co-opted Shaun's dog Joel for the event to appease the superstitious members who didn't like a group size of 13. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Our second mid-week outing of 2016 took us to the Knepp Castle Estate, a 3,500 acre site just off the A24 south of Horsham. As this was a new venue nobody really knew what to expect and excitement levels were high amongst the 9 members who turned up. More...

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Friday, 27 May 2016

Twenty one members of the Group met at Godstone Pond for the annual coach trip to Minsmere with the East Surrey Group on a bright, sunny morning with the promise of a warm day ahead of us. More...

View over flooded fields at the RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve

Monday, 25 April 2016

A cracking morning at Pulborough Brooks produced a species count in excess of 60.Weather conditions were ideal with sunshine and no wind. 14 of us made the trip and we were rewarded with some excellent birding. More...

Field Trip Report - Outing to Titchfield Haven on Saturday 19.03.16

Monday, 21 March 2016

7 of us, including newcomers Elizabeth and Mark from Cowden, made the long journey to Titchfield Haven in Hampshire where we were rewarded with a great day's birding, involving 67 species. More...

Wheatear in spring

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

12 of us met in the car park at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve where we were greeted by a bitterly cold and gusting wind! More...

Drake teal profile

Monday, 29 February 2016

On Tuesday 16th February, twenty four of us made the long trip down to Poole on a very bright frosty morning, assembling on the quay side and wondering what the day would bring. More...

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Monday, 18 January 2016

On a Sunday in January, eleven of us assembled at the RSPB Reserve Dungeness visitor centre. It was cloudy, the rain was heavy and blowing sideways, and we all wondered if we should perhaps pursue another hobby for the New Year! More...

Flock of birds over flooded fields, Cliffe pools, Kent

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Eight of us met up at the appointed car park, with the weather to start the day, light cloud, breezy but very mild, so far so good.As we started off towards Crystal Pool it was an unpleasant navigation of seemingly industrial amounts of doggy does, worse than I can recall, another "fine example" of the care for the environment that some local Kent people display !!!!!. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Despite snow blizzard on the way and a gale force and freezing cold wind 14 hardy souls from East Grinstead RSPB Local Group met at Shellness More...

October 2015 Outing to Beachy Head

Monday, 5 October 2015

On a fine, sunny, day 10 members ventured down to the south coast at Beachy Head. The itinerary included a visit to the bird-ringing station at Whitbread Hollow prior to a walk down to Cow Gap. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Saturday, 6 June 2015

East Grinstead RSPB Group joined forces with the East Surrey RSPB Group for the annual 'pilgrimage ' to Minsmere on the Suffolk coast, one of the flagship reserves of the RSPB. More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

17 of us made the trip down to the south coast for a day's birding at Rye Harbour and Pett Level. The biting northerly winds meant that the temperature felt much colder than the 8C showing on the thermometer. Nevertheless the sun was shining and the light was good. More...

Staff Matthew Tickner surveying birds at Bann Estuary, Northern Ireland

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Fourteen members made the trek across to the Isle of Sheppey to Shellness on a slightly warmer Sunday morning. I use the word 'warmer' as a purely relative term here - it was January after all. One member arrived early and parked in a different place. We knew Bob was there somewhere though and eventually he found us - he had found the car park right at the end of the lane next to the shore, sensible man. More...

Friday, 19 December 2014

After the recent spell of wet and windy weather 11 of us were very pleasantly surprised to see a fine, still morning at the RSPB Reserve at Dungeness, one of the most exposed places in the South East of England. More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

10 of us arrived today having travelled through patchy fog en route, so were unsure as to the potential for today's trip. Luckily the murk was starting to lift so we set off in hope for a good day. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Sunday, 2 November 2014

A small group of members met at the car park at 9.30, fine weather without wind. Our first and most interesting stop was in the Hide just past the Visitor centre, where we stayed for some time. More...

Wheatear in spring

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

13 members met at the Sidlesham Visitor Centre for our September outing to an old favourite in Pagham Harbour, with the added attraction of a first visit to the new RSPB reserve at Medmerry. This has been created by breaching the sea wall to flood areas resulting in brackish lagoons and some freshwater pools. More...

View over flooded fields at the RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Blue sky day, and light breeze, 13 members and Shaun's dog, target bird of the day ,Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, recent sightings in the vicinity of the ancient round barrow viewing area opposite the centre, amongst mixed deciduous and fir trees. More...

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Monday, 24 February 2014

After all the recent downpours we were fortunate to choose perhaps the best day of 2014 so far for our field trip to Church Norton & The Burgh. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

A final total of thirteen members met at Rye Harbour on Sunday 19 January, a fresh, dry day, with the bleak marshes brooding under an overcast sky. Despite the dry prognosis, several members donned waterproof trousers to ward of not just any renegade rain but a playful coastal breeze that cut the knees not a little. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Monday, 6 January 2014

We started in Dennis's hide whilst waiting for the centre to open, and straight away picked up 16 species ,( with first for me in the UK) ,a Great White Egret and later on 4 Chiffchaffs foraging around in nearby bushes; were they passing through late or would they now overwinter here we wondered. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

14 hardy souls met in the car park at 9:30 (ish!) at the Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve. The forecast was not great but the morning was pleasant enough and we had high hopes of seeing a couple of rarities including a reported Yellow Browed Warbler and Little Stint. More...

September 2013 Field Outing to Pagham Harbour

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Seven members braved a not very good weather forecast for our first outing of the season to Pagham Harbour. More...

May 2013 Outdoor Meeting

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

10 members met at the carpark on a bright but breezy morning. Our first stop was at the Reedbed Hide. This was rather quiet (Common Terms at a distance plus Mute Swans) so we soon moved on, listening to but not finding a very close Nightingale. More...

August Field Outing to Beachy Head

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

What a fantastic morning - seven members met in the café layby at 7.30 am before a gentle stroll out to Whitbread Hollow to meet Bob Edgar and his team of 'Ringers' at the Beachy Head Ringing Station. More...

July Outdoor Meeting to Seaford Head

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Splash Point at Seaford is well worth a visit if only to see the breeding Kittiwakes More...

Coach Outing to Minsmere Sunday 12 May 2013

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Once again we joined forces with the East Surrey Group for our annual trip to Minsmere, the RSPB's flagship reserve. As one of our members was heard to say, "Minsmere is the RSPB's Mecca; every RSPB member should visit Minsmere at least once a year." More...

Wheatear in spring

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

A visit to Rye Harbour is one to which I particularly look forward. This large area of land is a mosaic of habitats beside the sea with shingle, saltmarsh, sand dunes, rivers, pits, grazing marsh, reedbeds and farmland. More...

RAINHAM MARSHES.....................17TH MARCH 2013.....by Lyn Maggs

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Despite dire weather forecasts, 7 of us took a chance and met up as planned, and under brightening skies we started off in an anti- clockwise direction around the reserve. More...

Outdoor Meeting Saturday 16 February 2013

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Much to our surprise, when searching for the Iceland Gull we found a Mediterranean Gull in full breeding plumage. It was a job to know where to look. More...

Outdoor Meeting Sunday 20 January 2013

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

We had planned an Outing to Elmley Marshes on the north Kent coast but once again the weather was against us with four inches of snow and freezing temperatures. More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Saturday, 8 December 2012

What a wonderful day, we were so lucky with the weather for our Field Outing to the RSPB Reserve at Pulborough Brooks in the morning, The Burgh in the afternoon. More...

November 2012 Outdoor Meeting

Sunday, 25 November 2012

A very fast flying Red Breasted Merganser. More...

October 2012 Outdoor Meeting

Saturday, 27 October 2012

We arrived at the first hide, glad to get out of the wind and the first bird we saw was not one but three Great White Egrets. More...

Woodpigeon over water

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Despite the repeated forecasts throughout Saturday for foul weather during the course of Sunday, 6 stalwart and very keen members met at Beggars Bush car park for what turned out to be an enjoyable walk with very few birds. More...

Minsmere Coach Outing May 2012

Monday, 20 August 2012

No more than twenty minutes in to our walk round the Reserve we were treated to a very 'Special Moment'. More...

March Indoor Meeting

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

A Talk with a difference, musice played to the slides being shown. Pictures of red kites swooping down on meat put out by the owner at Gigrin Farm in mid-Wales was accompanied by 633 Squadron. More...

March 2012 Outdoor Meeting

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Just one very 'Special Moment' to make yesterday one of the most merorably day's Birding I've had for many a long year. More...

March 2012 Outdoor Meeting

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Just one very Special Moment making this one of the most memerable day's Birding I've had for many a long year. More...

November 2011 Outdoor Meeting

Sunday, 13 November 2011

The quality of the light was brilliant and showed the birds plumage to perfection More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Our first 'Special Moment' came as we were walking back along the wall, a merlin flying low and fast from west to east across the Reserve. More...

October Indoor Meeting

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Chris visited the only monitored breeding grounds for this enigmatic bird at Meinypil'gyno and actually discovered an hitherto unknown breeding population. More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

A 'twitch' taken by a pike!! surely not More...

September Indoor Meeting

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Obvious success stories are the red kite, common buzzard, and marsh harrier. More...

Our Eleventh A.G.M.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Matthew Kirk nominated for a Presendent's Awad More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 7 August 2011

A Wood Sandpiper - a first ever for a couple More...

June 2011 Indoor Meeting

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

LOOK UP! LANDING NEAR YOU SOON More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Sunday, 26 June 2011

The weather forcast promised a very hot day and it was. More...

May 2011 Indoor Meeting

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

There are at least 23 species of whale and dolphin that frequent British waters. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Sunday, 8 May 2011

A Swimming Bittern and Marsh Harrier 'Sky-Dancing' over the reed beds More...

Male merlin perched on old fence post, Shetland

Sunday, 20 March 2011

We started the day at RSPB Elmley Marshes with good numbers of waders including a much discussed Kentish Plover More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Kingfisher and two scaup to start. A good day despite to gloomy weather. More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 7 November 2010

3/4,000 Dunlin gave a wonderful aerial display together with a roost of upwards 400 Avocets More...

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

At the October indoor meeting the Group was treated to a talk by Al Dawes of the Great Bustard Group. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Saturday, 9 October 2010

We enjoyed good sightings of Marsh Harriers, both male and female, with possible juveniles. More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Maureen C found a Water Rail in good view and then a first for everyone, we spotted a Chick. More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

.A cold but rewarding day's birdwatching at the RSPB Reserve, Cliffe Pools . This 237 ha reserve, aquired by the RSPB in 200, comprises a complex of saline lagoons and brackish pools created by old clay diggings and river dredging. More...