Trip reports

Redshank perched on post

Sunday, 8 March 2020

A lost hat and an unpromising start, but it was worth getting out to spot 45 species! More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Saturday, 22 February 2020

58 species seen / heard, including the iconic avocet and a selection of plovers. More...

A winter's day birdwatching on Dartmoor

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

36 species seen, and a sociable lunch with Exeter Group members More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Thursday, 2 January 2020

A good tally on our first trip of the New Year More...

Avocet wading in water

Thursday, 5 December 2019

A morning walk in the Topsham area with 51 species seen, including a rare North American wader. More...

A walk at Slapton followed by a farm visit

Saturday, 23 November 2019

A morning field trip to Slapton Ley, followed by an afternoon visit to Rickham Farm, to learn how the farm is managed to support the local cirl buntings. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Saturday, 2 November 2019

A lovely sunny morning with 57 bird species seen. More...

A morning walk at Emsworthy Mire

Saturday, 19 October 2019

In search of ring ouzels, and other thrushes. More...

A morning walk from Passage House Inn to Hackney Marshes

Monday, 7 October 2019

A visit to the upper Teign estuary before lunch More...

Afternoon visit to Seaton Wetlands

Sunday, 15 September 2019

A late afternoon visit, hoping to see a barn owl as well as a range of waders More...

A morning walk to Bowling Green Marsh

Thursday, 22 August 2019

A circular walk around Topsham, visiting Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor More...

Lyme Bay boat trip

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

A beautiful calm morning for a boat trip More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Dodgy weather but Ham Wall delivered More...

Wheatear in spring

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Wind and rain, and a wheatear ... eventually More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Saturday, 18 May 2019

The woods were alive with the sound of ... More...

A morning trip to Yarner Wood

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Was there a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker or not? More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Birds and cake ... what more could you want? More...

A day trip to Tamar Lakes

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Will there be Willow Tits? More...

A morning trip to Stover park

Friday, 8 March 2019

News of changes for the lake More...

A morning trip to Exminster Marshes

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Geese and ducks galore, including an interesting rarity More...

A day trip to Ham Wall and Greylake

Sunday, 3 February 2019

OK it was cold, but when did the Avalon Marshes ever disappoint? More...

A morning trip to Powderham

Saturday, 5 January 2019

A new year walk and a Cirl Bunting - what more could you want? More...

A morning trip to Topsham

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Bowling Green Marsh never disappoints More...

Male goldeneye

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Pochard and goldeneye in numbers More...

A morning trip to Dawlish Warren

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A truncated but still satisfactory walk More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

A great way to work up an appetite More...

A day trip to Soar and the South Hams

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Birds, butterflies and bugs More...

A morning trip to Black Hole Marsh and Colyford Common

Sunday, 2 September 2018

As ever, a very popular venue More...

A day trip to Topsham

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Not just gulls and godwits More...

Lyme Bay cruise

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Brixham, Berry Head and beyond More...

A morning trip to Aylesbeare Common

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Birds or butterflies? How about both? More...

A day trip to South Dorset

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Breezy but brilliant More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Thursday, 7 June 2018

A very successful night... More...

A morning trip to Venford reservoir

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Lots of well hidden birds but well worth the effort to find them More...

A morning trip to Yarner Wood

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Well worth the early start More...

A day trip to Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Can this place get any better? More...

A day trip to Berry Head and Torbay

Sunday, 8 April 2018

A good mix of sea and woodland birds More...

A morning trip to Dunsford Woods

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Could this be woodpecker wonderland? More...

little egret, wading, water

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Where's the egret? More...

A morning trip to Bowling Green Marsh

Thursday, 22 February 2018

There's more to the Exe than Avocets More...

A morning trip to Broadsands

Saturday, 10 February 2018

A bit damp! More...

A boat trip up the Exe to Topsham

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

What a day for waders! More...

A day trip to Greylake and Ham Wall

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Water, water everywhere ... and lots of birds to watch More...

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Good birds, good company and a great place More...

The pre-Christmas trip to Dartmoor

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The Dartmoor Dash More...

A morning trip to Dawlish Warren

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Which Birds of the Day to choose? More...

A day trip to Steart

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Wind and waders More...

A morning trip to Exminster Marshes

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Where were all the small birds? More...

A morning trip from Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

Saturday, 14 October 2017

A dreary Dartmoor day More...

A morning trip to Bowling Green Marsh

Thursday, 14 September 2017

A poignant reminder of just one of the things that our group leader, Roger Tucker, did for us More...

A day trip to Soar

Saturday, 2 September 2017

In search of a Little Owl More...

A morning trip to the Axe Estuary wetlands

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Water, water everywhere ... and lots of birds as well More...

A morning trip to Aylesbeare Common

Saturday, 5 August 2017

There's a lot more to an RSPB reserve than birds More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Seeing nightjars is always a bit special More...

A day trip to South Dorset

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Corn buntings and Little Terns - could it get any better. Well, an Alpine Swift would be nice. More...

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

A really resourceful reed bed More...

A day trip from Bennet's Cross to Challacombe

Sunday, 21 May 2017

From Adder to Wheatear, and lots more in between More...

A day trip to Lundy

Saturday, 13 May 2017

All aboard the MS Oldenburg More...

A trip to Labrador Bay

Saturday, 22 April 2017

A Cirl Bunting bonanza More...

A full day trip to Prawle Point

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Birds, butterflies and ice creams - who could ask for more? More...

A morning trip to Stover Park

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

An unexpected treecreeper and a sought after crossbill more than made up for the not-quite-right nightjar. More...

Otter Estuary trip

Friday, 17 March 2017

A day of two halves More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 25 February 2017

... and then on to Slapton for the whale! More...

Avocet wading in water

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Exeter's jewel in the crown More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Saturday, 31 December 2016

What a water rail! More...

A Christmas trip around Dartmoor

Friday, 16 December 2016

From Bovey Tracey to Princetown and back again More...

A morning trip to Powderham

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Cirl bunting surprise More...

A day trip to Isley Marsh and neighbourhood

Sunday, 30 October 2016

No pelican but a sleepy spoonbill More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Sunday, 16 October 2016

From waders to warblers More...

A morning trip from Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam

Saturday, 1 October 2016

A ravishing riverside walk More...

Spotted flycatcher on perch

Sunday, 18 September 2016

The birds and the butterflies More...

A morning trip to Black Hole Marsh and Colyford Common

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Peregrine vs Dunlin - no contest! More...

A morning trip to Bowling Green Marsh

Sunday, 21 August 2016

After a windy spell, a chance of unusual birds? Oh yes! More...

A morning trip to Aylesbeare Common

Saturday, 23 July 2016

A home for nature, not just birds More...

Barn owl looking over its shoulder

Monday, 11 July 2016

For Barn Owls and other wildlife More...

A day trip to Ham Wall and the Somerset Levels

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Not just the heron family but also ... More...

A morning trip to Exminster Marshes

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Warblers anyone? More...

A day trip to Brownsea Island

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Springing into action More...

A day trip to Slapton and Start Point

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Nothing ventured nothing gained More...

A day trip from Steps Bridge to Clifford Bridge

Sunday, 20 March 2016

All target birds seen; kind weather; a good field trip! More...

Drake teal profile

Friday, 26 February 2016

No rain but still good weather for ducks and geese - including a cackler! More...

Day trip to Steart

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Wet and windy and waders More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Mud on the boots, birds on the water. More...

Morning trip to Bowling Green Marsh

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Were we mad? More...

Morning trip to Broadsands

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Only 1 Cirl Bunting but so much else besides More...

Male wigeon swimming

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Not too wet but still a day for ducks More...

Day trip to Isley Marsh and Fremington

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Kate and the cakes More...

A morning trip to the Otter Estuary

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Drizzly but successful More...

A day trip to Berry Head and Clennon Valley

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Great tits, Guillemots and a Grey heron More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Saturday, 3 October 2015

A misty murky morning, but all's well that ends well More...

Swallow perched on wire fence in Spain

Sunday, 13 September 2015

and still there were swallows ... More...

Morning trip to Dawlish Warren

Saturday, 5 September 2015

It was a funny old day ... More...

Spotted flycatcher on perch

Sunday, 16 August 2015

To twitch or not to twitch? More...

A morning trip to Venn Ottery Common

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Not too many birds but insects galore More...

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Sunday, 28 June 2015

A damp start but what an end! More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Nightjars and more More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Sunday, 24 May 2015

An encounter with a Cuckoo More...

Morning trip to Exminster Marshes

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

It's all about the habitat More...

Dartford warbler perching on heather

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Was that a Dartie? More...

Day trip to Prawle

Saturday, 11 April 2015

A chilly day but the Cirl Bunting didn't disappoint More...