Trip reports

Saturday, 24 November 2018

If you haven't been to Slimbridge you very well might when you see what you missed. More...

Lemsford Springs & Panshanger Park

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Two delightful and nearby sites were visited. More...

Hunstanton, Welney, Titchwell & Cley

Friday, 19 October 2018

A very rewarding weekend in many ways. More...

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Some 16 members enjoyed a very pleasantly sunny and warm outing. More...

Saturday, 8 September 2018

This was a shared car trip in which both Amwell and Rye Meads were visited and both have a rich variety of wetland habitats making for a very interesting and successful trip. More...

Saturday, 19 May 2018

On the same day as the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in Windsor Castle we journeyed to Paxton Pits to hopefully see and hear the romantic nightingale. The weather was hot and stunningly beautiful all day and some of us were lucky enough to hear (but not see) not one, but two of these songsters for about 20 minutes . Their song was varied and the most melodious that I have ever heard. More...

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Our trip to St James's went well on Wednesday .The vibrant colours of flowers, birdlife and even the palace guards and band showed London at its springtime and ceremonial best! All told we saw over 36 species of birds and had a special day in the heart of London More...

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

Saturday, 14 April 2018

This is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Local Nature Reserve, a Special Protection Area and a Ramsar site. In spring or autumn rare migratory birds are often seen. Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve covers 1,450 acres of salt marsh, mudflats, farmland, copses, lagoons, reed beds and shingle beaches. It did not disappoint and we saw 43 different species of bird on our day out. More...

Saturday, 10 March 2018

A very select group of 5 enjoyed a dry day in Lincolnshire with great sights, albeit at a distance, of hundreds of Brent geese and lapwing and thousands of golden plover whose peace was occasionally disturbed by peregrine falcons. The common pintail were immaculate in breeding plumage as were the 30 odd gorgeous avocets and stunning shelduck. Some 50 different species were spotted. More...

Ver Valley Trip 10th February 2018

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Overall, a very pleasant walk along the River Ver characterised by relatively few species sightings, but those we did see were generally in relatively large numbers. Thus, it was a day of 'flocks', notably: red legged partridge, lapwing, fieldfare, red kite, teal, and pheasant, but also a solitary grey wagtail. More...

Thames Barge Trip along the Blackwater

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Despite the very early start, the trip was much enjoyed by 12 members, who benefited from great food and unexpected warm sunny conditions, perfect for a sail. More...

Shared car trip to Brandon Marsh, Warwickshire

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Brandon Marsh Nature Centre is the headquarters of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Set in 220 acres, the Reserve, consists of large pools created by gravel extraction. The Visitor Centre is a great place to visit including a Tea Room and well stocked gift shop. More...

Shared car trip to RSPB Otmoor

Saturday, 10 June 2017

For a change we had excellent dry, warm and sunny weather for our trip to RSPB Otmoor. We were fortunate both to hear and see turtle doves at close quarters ... and indeed quite a number of sedge warblers and of course numerous species of butterfly. In excess of 50 bird species were seen. More...

Sea View,. Littlehampton and RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Saturday, 22 April 2017

A shared car trip to Puborough Brooks with the primary aim of hearing and seeing nightingales. Were we successful? .... read on! More...

St James's and the Serpentine 29th March 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The journey into London on the Greenline 758 bus took just an hour to Hyde Park Corner. We crossed the Mall from Green Park into St James's Park and were welcomed by 12 gorgeous red crested pochard near to the small island at the western end of the lake. A black swan with a white band around its red bill and an immaculate common pintail paddled a few feet away from us and a barnacle goose sat on a nest on the small island. ..... More...

Report on Somerset Levels weekend 10 -12th March 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017

We witnessed a series of wonderful spectacles over the 3 day trip. Thousands of starlings foraged the surrounding fields waiting for the signal to join the murmuration. Up to a dozen booming bitterns echoed around Ham Wall and Shapwick Moor and we had our best ever close views of glossy ibis just 50yds away. More...

Gadespring, Hemel Hempstead, Sunday 26th February 2017

Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Boxmoor Trust has undertaken and is still undertaking considerable and impressive work on the reserve. Apart from new fencing and scrape works, a lot of undergrowth clearance work has been undertaken and there are new metal entrance gates. A further hide, overlooking the new scrape when it is finished, seems to be a future possibility. More...

Abberton Reservoir and Fingrinhoe Wick, Saturday 11th February 2017

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Despite the intense cold and absence of the sun, we experienced an excellent days birding and collectively saw a total of 67 different species. Amongst the bird highlights were goosanders, smew, goldeneye and egyptian geese. The new Margaret Hide, some 30 minutes stroll from the Visitor Centre at Fingrinhoe Wick, adds a wonderful experience to this impressive reserve. More...

Sunday, 29 January 2017

As mentioned in our last visit to Gadespring on 30th October 2016, Boxmoor Trust are in the process of developing the old watercress beds in Old Fishery Lane into a local nature reserve. The area called Gadespring is open on the last Sunday of every month from 11.00am to 2.00pm More...

Lemsford Springs, Amwell & Rye Meads, Saturday 14th January

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Summary ReportThe last outing was a shared car trip to Lemsford Springs, Amwell and RSPB Rye Meads. Sixty species were logged. The highlights seen at Lemsford included close up views of several 'resident' green sandpipers feeding in the old watercress beds. One of them even 'posed' for us for a while, when quite close to the hide. More...

WELNEY 12th NOVEMBER 2016

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Twelve members joined our trip to the Welney Wetland Centre near Wisbech and it certainly lived up to its name; it poured down for most of the day but we had great views of migrating swans and feeding marsh harriers through the rain More...

GADESPRING SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2016

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Boxmoor Trust are in the process of developing the old watercress beds in Old Fishery Lane into a local nature reserve. So far areas of scrub have been cleared and a hide built overlooking a new scrape with perches for kingfishers.The area called Gadespring is open on the last Sunday of every month from 11.00am to 2.00pm. Today an additional early bird watch from 8.30am to 10.30am took place and 8 members of the group were present. More...

RUTLAND WATER 15TH October 2016

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Twelve members of our Group drove up to Rutland Water Nature Reserve which is run by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. This is an extensive reserve with a multitude of hides and we spotted 64 species including good views of two great white egrets. On the way home we visited Eyebrook reservoir and spotted large flocks of greylag geese and red legged partridge. More...

Rushmere Trip Report 20th April 2016

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Our former Group Leader, Paul Green, introduced 19 members of our group to his local patch, Rushmere Country Park near Leighton Buzzard. We now understand why he is so enthusiastic about the place! More...

Brandon Marsh SSSI Saturday 9th April

Saturday, 9 April 2016

This was a grand trip to Coventry to visit Brandon Marsh which is the HQ of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. The reserve covers some 220 acres and contains many large pools which result from gravel extraction. We saw 63 species in total with many songsters from warblers to song thrush. More...

Saturday, 12 March 2016

The day started brilliantly when we spotted a tree creeper on a willow by the Gade at our rendezvous point at Two Waters. After a substantial breakfast at Sainsbury's at Lakeside, we travelled a short distance to the Rainham Reserve which encompasses on of the few remaining ancient landscapes near London; these medieval marshes were closed to the public for a hundred year being used as a military firing range. Very appropriately we heard the explosive song of Cetti's warblers as we left the visitor centre and a pair were spotted almost immediately. The day was going to get better and better! More...

Visit to Titchfield Haven on 13th February 2016

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Fourteen members of the Hemel Hempstead local group made a shared car trip to Titchfield Haven NNR and, despite stormy predictions earlier in the week, enjoyed a rain free visit and spotted 48 different species. The Reserve covers 369 acres of the Meon Valley, encompassing a mosaic of natural habitats. River, fen, pools, reedbed and meadow are carefully managed, giving protection to a range of special wildlife. More...

London Wetland Centre Saturday 9th January 2016

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Despite the poor weather forecast, we all had a dry and mostly sunny day, only starting to rain as we left for home. On arrival in the car park we were greeted by the screeching calls of the resident parakeets and a sparrow hawk briefly perched on a wooden fence. The undoubted highlight for most of us was seeing a bittern from the Wildside Hide which took off and passed in front of us; at the very end of the day we got great views of a second bittern from the Peacock Tower. All in all, a good day's birding! More...

North Norfolk Reserves

Saturday, 28 November 2015

20 members of the Hemel Hempstead group spent a couple of nights in the comfortable YHA Backpackers Hostel at Hunstanton. We visited, inter alia, Snettisham, Titchwell, Holkham and Cley. The weather was cold and blustery albeit the rain largely held off, but the coastal reserves of the North Norfolk coast did not disappoint. More...

WWT Slimbridge

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Twenty two group members visited the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust's flagship reserve at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire for what turned out to be an excellent day's birding. Slimbridge is halfway between Bristol and Gloucester on the estuary of the River Severn. It was opened on 10 November 1946 by the artist and naturalist Sir Peter Scott. More...

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Brownsea Island offers a variety of habits ranging from lagoon to woodland and is partly owned by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. Red squirrels are a key attraction. More...

Paxton Pits

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Paxton Pits is an area of active and disused gravel pits near St Neots in Cambridgeshire.It's an environmental education centre run by the Beds, Cambridge and Northants Wildlife Trust and surrounded by a great nature reserve. More...

RSPB Frampton Marsh

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Frampton Marsh is at the leading edge of visitor and habitat nature conservation planning. A major new extension to this coastal wetland reserve includes a reedbed, large freshwater scrapes and wet grassland, all created to bring the wildlife of the Wash closer to the observer. More...