Trip reports

Coach Trip to Holkham and Wells

Sunday, 20 October 2019

An impressive selection of wildlife kept us all happy during our visit to Holkham and Wells More...

Coach trip to Rye Harbour SWT (Joint trip with RSPB Stevenage Local Group)

Sunday, 15 September 2019

We enjoyed glorious weather and some great wildlife during our group visit to Rye Harbour, on the East Sussex coast. More...

Own Transport Visit to College Lake and the Tring Reservoirs

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Despite tropical temperatures we managed to find plenty of birds on the Hertfordshire/Buckinghamshire border More...

Half Day Visit to RSPB Lakenheath Fen and Thetford Forest

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Our final field trip of the season did not disappoint, despite some heavy and prolonged rain showers. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Our final coach trip of the season provided a fabulous finale at the amazing RSPB Minsmere reserve.. More...

Coach Trip to Frensham Common and Ponds

Sunday, 19 May 2019

We enjoyed an excellent visit to this Surrey heathland habitat. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Pagham Harbour (Joint Trip with RSPB Stevenage Local Group).

Sunday, 14 April 2019

We saw 83 bird species, including an excellent selection of waders, when we visited RSPB Pagham Harbour reserve. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Frampton Marsh

Sunday, 17 March 2019

We enjoyed an excellent day out at this splendid RSPB reserve. More...

Coach Trip to Abberton Reservoir EWT and Tollesbury EWT Reserves

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Super birds at Abberton, combined with a pleasant walk by the Blackwater Estuary at Tollesbury, made for a varied and enjoyable day out, with over 80 bird species seen. More...

Coach Trip to Lackford Lakes SWT and Lynford Arboretum

Sunday, 20 January 2019

We had a great day out at two Breckland reserves. More...

Own Transport Visit to The Lee Valley, including RSPB Rye Meads

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Our final field trip of 2018 saw us visiting three reserves along the River Lee valley. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Old Moor

Sunday, 18 November 2018

A coach full of RSPB Hitchin and Letchworth and RSPB Stevenage Local Group members had a great day out at RSPB Old Moor reserve in South Yorkshire. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Dungeness and Dungeness NNR

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Beautiful weather, birds, butterflies and dragonflies were all enjoyed on our visit to the two nature reserves at Dungeness on the south coast of Kent. More...

Coach Trip to Cley NWT Reserve

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Otter, arctic skua, arctic tern and pink-footed geese were some of the highlights of our first coach trip of the season, to Cley NWT. More...

Own Transport Visit to Rutland Water

Sunday, 26 August 2018

We saw some cracking birds on our first field trip of the 2018-19 season, to Rutland Water. More...

Coach Trip to Stodmarsh NNR and RSPB Blean Woods

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Two reserves in Kent provided us with a wealth of wildlife on our final coach trip of the season. More...

Coach Trip to The New Forest

Sunday, 20 May 2018

The sun shone, the birds sang and we had a great time in The New Forest. More...

Coach Trip to Titchfield Haven NNR (joint trip with RSPB Stevenage Local Group)

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Water vole and great white egret were amongst many highlights of our visit to Titchfield Haven. More...

Coach Trip to Fingringhoe Wick EWT

Sunday, 18 March 2018

The 'Mini Beast from the East' failed to deter (most of) us as we visited the beautiful Fingringhoe Wick Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Pulborough Brooks (joint trip with RSPB Stevenage Local Group)

Sunday, 18 February 2018

We enjoyed a pleasant day at one of the RSPB's flagship reserves, with the star bird being an over-wintering Temminck's stint. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Fen Drayton and WWT Welney

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Rain, sleet and snow all day failed to prevent our members from having a good day out at two (fairly) local reserves. More...

Own Transport Visit to Paxton Pits and Woodwalton Fen

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sadly, this trip was cancelled on the day due to adverse weather conditions (snow and ice, hazardous driving conditions and a forecast of further rain, sleet and snow throughout the day). More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Rainham Marshes

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Local Group enjoyed a cold but sunny and calm bird-filled day by the side of The Thames, recording over 80 species of bird. More...

Coach Trip to Holkham and Wells (joint trip with RSPB Stevenage Local Group)

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Great birds and fantastic weather followed us again on our visit to Holkham and Wells, on the North Norfolk coast. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Titchwell Marsh

Sunday, 17 September 2017

RSPB Titchwell Marsh 'produced the goods' again, including 17 different species of wader, on a brilliant warm and sunny day. More...

Own Transport Visit to RSPB Lakenheath Fen

Sunday, 27 August 2017

We enjoyed glorious summer weather, some fine birds and a wide variety of insect life on our first field trip of the new season. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Strumpshaw Fen

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Our final coach trip of the season, in sweltering heat, provided an extravaganza of insects and some good birds as well. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere

Sunday, 21 May 2017

RSPB Minsmere in May is at its zenith and, on a gloriously sunny day, we recorded 99 bird species and a host of other plants, mammals and insects. More...

Coach Trip to Frensham Common

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Most of this Surrey heathland's special birds showed themselves well on a lovely sunny day. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Frampton Marsh

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Despite the strong wind we had an enjoyable visit to a top RSPB reserve in Lincolnshire. More...

Coach Trip to WWT Slimbridge

Sunday, 19 February 2017

We enjoyed an excellent day's bird watching at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust's flagship reserve, adjacent to the Severn Estuary. More...

Coach Trip to West Stow CP and Lynford Arboretum

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Despite poor weather we still managed to have an enjoyable visit to two Breckland Sites. More...

Own Transport Visit to Rutland Water

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Ten local members enjoyed a wonderful day's birdwatching at Rutland Water, with an exceptional selection of rare wintering grebes and wildfowl being seen. More...

Coach Trip to HIWWT Blashford Lakes

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Our first visit to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Blashford Lakes reserve provided an excellent day's birdwatching, despite the very wet conditions. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Dungeness and Dungeness NNR

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Despite some hold-ups on the way down we were able to spend nearly 5 hours at Dungeness, enjoying good views of a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. More...

Coach Trip to NWT Holme Dunes

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Our first coach trip of the season proved to be enjoyable for all, with no fewer than 91 bird species seen together with a host of other wildlife. More...

Own Transport Visit to RSPB Sandy and Grafham Water

Sunday, 28 August 2016

The new season got under way with a morning visit to 'HQ', followed by a trip to the shores of Grafham Water. More...

Coach Trip to NWT Hickling Broad

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Our final coach trip of the season took us to Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Hickling Broad reserve, where most of us enjoyed boat trips on the broad and all of us saw some great wildlife. More...

Coach Trip to The Peak District

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Our longest trip of the season saw us in Staffordshire, enjoying the magnificent scenery and upland breeding birds of this special National Park. More...

Coach Trip to Rye Harbour

Sunday, 17 April 2016

We encountered lots of recently arrived passage migrants and summer visitors during an excellent day at Rye Harbour on the East Sussex coast. More...

Coach Trip to Attenborough Gravel Pits

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Our visit to Attenborough was blessed with good weather, excellent birds and even a few butterflies. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Titchwell Marsh

Sunday, 21 February 2016

One of our very favourite reserves didn't disappoint when we shared a visit to RSPB Titchwell Marsh with the Stevenage Local Group. More...

Coach Trip to Lackford Lakes SWT and RSPB Lakenheath Fen

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Our first coach trip of the New Year took us to two Suffolk reserves which hosted an impressive variety of bird species. More...

Own Transport Visit to Stockers Lake and Amwell Gravel Pits

Sunday, 13 December 2015

A few of us braved cold and cheerless weather to visit two Hertfordshire nature reserves and were rewarded with some good bird sightings. More...

Coach Trip to Elmley Marshes NNR

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Our first visit for some time to Elmley Marshes NNR was full of interesting sightings and enjoyed by all. More...

Coach Trip to Gibraltar Point NNR

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Our visit to Gibraltar Point NNR (near Skegness in Lincolnshire) provided an interesting mixture of passage migrants and commoner birds. More...

Coach Trip to Cley NWT

Sunday, 20 September 2015

We had a wonderful trip to Cley NWT on the Norfolk coast. Not only did we have cracking weather, but we also managed to see nearly 90 species on the day! More...

Own Transport Visit to College Lake and the Tring Reservoirs

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Two whinchats, eight spotted flycatchers and a host of wading birds were highlights of our first field trip of the 2015-16 season, to College Lake and the Tring Reservoirs. More...

Coach Trip to Stodmarsh NNR and RSPB Blean Woods

Sunday, 21 June 2015

We concluded our 2014-15 season with a highly successful field trip to two reserves in Kent. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere

Sunday, 17 May 2015

We found a fantastic variety of wildlife on our recent coach trip to RSPB Minsmere. More...

Coach Trip to Sculthorpe Moor and Pensthorpe (Fakenham)

Sunday, 19 April 2015

We enjoyed a visit to two reserves near Fakenham (Norfolk), neither of which we had visited before! More...

Coach Trip to Abberton Reservoir and Tollesbury Wick EWT Reserves

Sunday, 15 March 2015

We had an enjoyable visit to two Essex Wildlife Trust reserves on Sunday 15 March More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Rainham Marshes

Sunday, 15 February 2015

We enjoyed a full day visit to an excellent reserve on the banks of The Thames. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Fen Drayton and WWT Welney

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Cloudless skies and some cracking birds made our first field trip of the year very enjoyable. More...

Own Transport Visit to the Lee Valley

Sunday, 14 December 2014

We signed off 2014 with an excellent day's bird watching in the Lee Valley's nature reserves More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Frampton Marsh Reserve

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Afternoon rain did not dampen the spirits as we enjoyed an excellent day's birdwatching at the RSPB Frampton Marsh reserve near Boston, in Lincolnshire. More...

Coach Trip to Holkham and Wells

Sunday, 19 October 2014

We enjoyed a bird-filled visit to the North Norfolk coast More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Dungeness and Dungeness NNR

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Our visit to Dungeness produced a whole host of excellent sightings, including glossy ibis, black-necked grebe, great white egret and whinchat at RSPB Dungeness and porpoise, gannet and lots of wheatears at Dungeness NNR. A thoroughly enjoyable day! More...

Own Transport Visit to Rutland Water

Sunday, 31 August 2014

The first field trip of our new season was filled with interesting sightings at three locations around Rutland Water and benefited from excellent weather. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Strumpshaw Fen

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Our final coach trip of the season featured many highlights, including a fishing osprey and a pair of mating swallowtail butterflies. More...

Coach Trip to the New Forest

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Hot, sunny weather and beautiful birds were highlights of our visit to the New Forest. More...

Own Transport Visit to Paxton Pits

Saturday, 3 May 2014

We had good views of nightingales and many more bird species when we made our annual morning visit to Paxton Pits in Cambridge shire. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Pagham Harbour

Sunday, 13 April 2014

We enjoyed a memorable day on the West Sussex coast, with glorious weather and wonderful wildlife. More...

Coach Trip to Fingringhoe Wick EWT

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Fantastic weather (for March), some excellent birds and a supporting cast of adders, mammals and five species of butterfly made our visit to Fingringhoe Wick EWT a memorable one. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Old Moor, Yorkshire

Sunday, 16 February 2014

We made our first ever day visit to Yorkshire when we travelled to the excellent RSPB Old Moor reserve. More...

Coach Trip to Lynford Arboretum and RSPB Lakenheath Fen

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Our day at Lynford and Lakenheath started spectacularly with a sighting of two otters at Lynford Lakes and finished fantastically with three male hen harriers coming in to the dusk roost at Joist Fen, Lakenheath. The bit in the middle wasn't too bad, either! More...

Own Transport Visit to Little Paxton Gravel Pits and Woodwalton Fen

Sunday, 15 December 2013

We rounded off the calendar year in style with bird-rich visits to two contrasting reserves. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Although the reserve was a little 'quiet' for our visit, we nevertheless enjoyed our time at one of the RSPB's flagship reserves. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Titchwell

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Good birds and better than expected weather made for an enjoyable coach trip to RSPB Titchwell Marsh. More...

Coach Trip to Holme NWT

Sunday, 15 September 2013

An enjoyable time was had by all on our first coach outing of the 2013-14 season. More...

Own Transport Trip to RSPB Sandy and Grafham Water

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Some interesting birds, mammals and insects were seen on our first field trip of the new season. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Fifty bird-watchers from RSPB Hitchin and Letchworth and RSPB Stevenage Local Groups had a fantastic day at RSPB Minsmere, seeing well over 100 bird species, on our final coach trip of the season. More...

Coach Trip to Frensham Ponds

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Our coach trip to Frensham Ponds provided good weather and some excellent bird and general wildlife sightings. More...

Coach Trip to Rye Harbour

Sunday, 21 April 2013

A fantastic day out on the East Sussex coast provided us with a list of 100 bird species! More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Snettisham and Hunstanton Cliffs

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Our visit to two parts of the coastline of The Wash provided us with some excellent bird-watching and presented one or two conundrums. More...

Coach Trip to WWT Slimbridge

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Our first Local Group visit to WWT Slimbridge for well over 20 years was an unqualified success, with 48 of us enjoying wonderful views of both wild and captive birds in glorious sunshine. More...

Coach trip to Lynford Arboretum and Lackford Lakes EWT

Sunday, 20 January 2013

We braved Arctic conditions on our first coach trip of the year and were rewarded with a good selection of birds. More...

Own Transport visit to Eyebrook Reservoir

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Seven smew were the highlight of our final trip of 2012, an 'own transport' visit to Eyebrook Reservoir. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Frampton Marsh

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Excellent weather and great birds made for a very enjoyable day out on the Lincolnshire Wash. More...

Coach Trip to Dungeness RSPB and Dungeness NNR

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Our joint trip with the RSPB Stevenage Local Group was a great success.....despite the weather! More...

Coach Trip to Cley NWT

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Good weather, good sightings and some stunning wading birds were highlights of our first coach trip of the 2012-13 season. More...

Own Transport Trip to RSPB Lakenheath Fen

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Cranes, bearded tits, hobbies and lots of butterflies and dragonflies were amongst the highlights of our visit to RSPB Lakenheath Fen. More...

Coach Trip to Stodmarsh NNR and RSPB Blean Woods

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Our final coach trip of the season, to two nature reserves in Kent, was a treat for the all-round naturalist with rare butterflies, damselflies and snails (!) observed in addition to a great selection of birds. More...

Coach Trip to The Peak District

Sunday, 20 May 2012

We found plenty of birds and other wildlife to enjoy when we visited the Staffordshire Peak District on 20 May. More...

Coach Trip to Walberswick NNR

Sunday, 15 April 2012

A Local Group visit to Walberswick NNR on the Suffolk coast produced plenty of interesting wildlife. More...

Coach Trip to Titchfield Haven NNR

Sunday, 18 March 2012

A full coach of members of RSPB Hitchin and Letchworth and RSPB Stevenage Local Groups spent an enjoyable day bird-watching on this attractive Hampshire reserve adjacent to the Solent. More...

Coach Trip to Gibraltar Point NNR

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Three sub-species of brent goose, barn owls, porpoises and seals were some of the highlights of our visit to Gibraltar Point NNR in Lincolnshire. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Fen Drayton and WWT Welney

Sunday, 15 January 2012

We enjoyed another excellent coach trip to two well-managed reserves. More...

Own Transport Visit to Stockers Lake

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Local Group members enjoyed a pleasant stroll round Stockers Lake on the morning of 11 December. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Elmley Marshes

Sunday, 20 November 2011

We found short-eared owl, peregrine, merlin, hen harrier and excellent weather on our joint visit with Stevenage LG to Elmley. More...

Coach Trip to Holkham and Wells

Sunday, 23 October 2011

We joined the sun-worshippers along the North Norfolk coast for a most enjoyable day of birdwatching at Holkham and Wells More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Titchwell Marsh

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Our first coach trip of the new season was a great success with pleasant, mild weather, almost 100 bird species and some interesting sightings of other wildlife. More...

Own Transport Trip to Rutland Water

Sunday, 28 August 2011

We started the new 2011-12 season of outdoor meetings with a pleasant visit to the Egleton reserve at Rutland Water. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Strumpshaw Fen

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Our final coach trip of the season delivered exciting birds, reptiles and amphibians, rare dragonflies and a few swallowtail butterflies. More...

Coach Trip to the New Forest

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Redstarts, cuckoos and pearl-bordered fritillary butterflies were highlights of an enjoyable trip to the New Forest National Park. More...

Own Transport Visit to Paxton Pits

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Despite some rain (!) a good turnout of Local Group members enjoyed their annual morning visit to Little Paxton Gravel Pits. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere

Sunday, 17 April 2011

We enjoyed a fantastic day out at Minsmere, with great sightings of some of this reserve's special birds. More...

Coach Trip to Attenborough

Sunday, 20 March 2011

We enjoyed a bird-rich day on the banks of the River Trent at Attenborough. More...

Coach Trip to RSPB Titchwell

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Despite a coach breakdown on the way we still managed to find over 80 bird species in our 5 hour visit to the fantastic Titchwell Marsh reserve. More...

Coach Trip to Lynford Arboretum and Lackford Lakes SWT

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Our first coach trip of 2011 took us to two attractive locations in the Breckland region of East Anglia. More...