Trip reports

RSPB Minsmere, Thursday, 20th February 2020.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Unfortunately Daphne was indisposed so Sue led this month's walk. More...

RSPB Field Trip to Breydon Water - South Side Thursday 23rd January 2020.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

The day started damp, misty with drizzle. On the journey and just passed Hopton I was concerned with the poor visibility and how it would be on arrival. More...

RSPB Minsmere

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Eighteen of us met in Minsmere's cafe on a very cold morning - 6 degrees but no rain (or sunshine). More...

RSPB / NWT Thorpe Marshes, Friday, October 18th, 2019

Friday, 18 October 2019

Early morning rain but we continued to get ready to face whatever was coming. Not knowing what the traffic might be to Norwich we left at 8.15 arriving at 9.15. Because of the conditions we checked with the members on our list but all but one declined. More...

Hen Reedbeds

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Ten of us, all members, meet on what started out as a not promising day as far as the weather was concerned. Suitably dressed we started out at the lookout point near the car park. More...

RSPB Strumpshaw

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Seventeen of our group met at Strumpshaw for a walk around the reserve. The weather was warm and dry and the sun came out later . More...

North Cove Suffolk Wildlife Trust 23 May 2019

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Seven nature lovers gathered at the North Cove Suffolk Wildlife Trust on a beautiful sunny morning to walk round this very small nature reserve of only 16 hectares. More...

Carlton Marshes April 25 2019

Thursday, 25 April 2019

How many people are lucky enough to live within a short distance of a good and developing reserve like Carlton Marshes? More...

Carlton Marshes

Thursday, 25 April 2019

How many people are lucky enough to live within a short distance of a good and developing reserve like Carlton Marshes? More...

Thursday, 21 March 2019

A party of 15 members and a visitor gathered at the car park in Kessingland High Street on a mild March day for a walk to Benacre Sluice. More...

RSPB North Warren

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Thirteen members of the Lowestoft & District RSPB Local Group and two guests met up on a cold and frosty morning. More...

RSPB Minsmere

Monday, 21 January 2019

Twenty one of us, including two guests, met at RSPB Minsmere on a mild February morning at 10 am. More...

Christmas Community Birdwatch

Thursday, 27 December 2018

The Christmas Birdwatch for 2018 was a walk from Kessingland to Benacre Sluice with 14 members plus two visitors participating. More...

Stubb Mill November 15 2018

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Nineteen of us, including four guests, met in the Norfolk Wildlife Trust car park at Hickling Broad on a mild and bright afternoon. More...

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Our venue this morning was the Benacre Estate which has been in the ownership of the Gooch family since 1746. More...

Thursday, 9 August 2018

I had added this to our programme as something different that members may not have seen previously and this turned out to be the case. More...

How Hill Trust, Ludham. 20 June 2018

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

On what turned out to be a hot but at times breezy day ten members meet for this special field trip, organised by Simon Partridge, How Hill Director, especially for our group. More...

RSPB field trip to Snape Wetlands and Botany Marshes. 19th April 2018

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Wow, our walk at Snape Abbey Farm was undertaken on a beautiful day. Blue skies, sunshine and warm so it was nice to be able to shed some of our winter clothing. More...

Southwold Marsh Thursday March 15

Thursday, 15 March 2018

We left the cars parked beneath the water tower on the common and headed south down the road towards the river. More...

Dunwich Heath Thursday February 15

Thursday, 15 February 2018

'Twas a bright sunny morn and comparatively warm that a total of 21 nature appreciators set off on a walk led by Membership Secretary Richard Straton. Blue sky above and greens and browns around, while blue-grey seas stretched to the horizon in the east. More...

Christmas Walk 28th December 2017

Thursday, 28 December 2017

On a cool but dry day 24 turned up for the groups Christmas walk. More...

Norfolk Wildlife Trust reserve, Thorpe Marsh, Norwich

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Snow, snow quick, quick snow.Pat Wingate, Daphne Hayward, Sue and I set off for Norwich with snow falling although by the time we arrived it had stopped. More...

little egret, wading, water

Thursday, 26 October 2017

One visitor was welcomed to our walk at Oulton Marshes plus 16 Group members on a pleasant day in October. More...

Strumpshaw RSPB Reserve 29 June 2017

Thursday, 29 June 2017

A dozen people turned up at Strumpshaw hoping for lots of bird sightings. More...

Minsmere May 25th 2017.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Fourteen people (including two who have now joined the Group) met at Minsmere on Thursday May 25th on a dry and warm day and enjoyed a good range of bird species. More...

Carlton Marshes April 27

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Our outing this month was to the Suffolk Trust reserve Carlton Marshes, just west of Oulton Broad. More...

Dunwich and Greyfriars Thursday March 30

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Nineteen members and guests turned up for this, a regular walk for the group. More...

GUNTON WALKABOUT 26 JANUARY 2017

Thursday, 26 January 2017

We had realised that Gunton Woods Community Group would be working in the woods and would be likely to disturb the birds so decided to look at other nearby areas instead. More...

Christmas Fieldtrip Normanston Park to Everitt's Park, Wednesday December 28

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Twelve members and one potential new member meet by Leathes Ham where we were greeted by pintails, shovelers, swan, mallards and other ducks. They gather here because of being fed by visitors. More...

Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Hen Reed Beds

Thursday, 8 December 2016

On the morning of the 8th December we arrived at Hen Reed Beds in dull and damp conditions. While waiting for members to arrive plenty of small birds, goldfinch, greenfinch, chaffinch at close quarters and a goldfinch flitting about (as they do). More...

Dunwich Greyfriars Wood and Mount Pleasant Circular. Thursday 22nd September

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Sixteen group members met at the Dunwich beach car park for a two hour walk. More...

KESSINGLAND TO BENACRE 13 OCTOBER 2016.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

This walk is one we have done as a group many times. More...

Breydon Water August 25th

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Following the hottest day of the year eight members met on the south side of Breydon Water at the rugby club car park. More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Arriving early before the visitor centre was open we decided to have a quick walk to Paul's hide before everyone turned up. More...

North Cove SWT Reserve Thursday May 12

Friday, 13 May 2016

Fourteen nature lovers met on Thursday morning for a walk around North Cove Nature Reserve. More...

Redshank perched on post

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

After what seemed January type weather, it was nice to be out on a bright sunny day with temperatures on the rise. More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Monday, 4 April 2016

I awoke to the sound of rain battering against the window after several mild and sunny days. Typical weather then for an RSPB Lowestoft Group walk! More...

Lynford Arboretum 20th February 2016

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Lynford Arboretum is situated near the village of Mundford, on the northern edge of Thetford Forest.I believe this was the group's first visit to this area, or at least the first for some time. More...

Normanston Park to Oulton Broad Saturday Feb 6th 2016

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Seventeen of us, including one junior member and two guests, met in the car park by Leathes Ham on a blustery but dry Saturday morning. More...

The Lowestoft Group RSPB Christmas walk Monday, 28 December 2015

Monday, 28 December 2015

Unlike the day before this year's traditional Christmas walk was held in dry but blustery conditions with the sun making appearances. More...

Beccles Marsh Trail Monday December 7 2015

Monday, 7 December 2015

Twelve group members and one guest met in the car park by the allotments, just off the roundabout near Morrisons in Beccles. More...

Calling redshank in meadow

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Fifteen of us met on a very dreary day. More...

Dunwich and Greyfriars

Thursday, 10 September 2015

On a very pleasant warm sunny morning with a fresh breeze off the sea..... More...

Corton Waste Water Treatment Works Perimeter August 8 2015

Saturday, 8 August 2015

The title of this walk does not sound very inviting but 14 nature lovers came along to walk round the perimeter of this waste water treatment plant. More...

Lowestoft North Wall, Saturday July 25

Saturday, 25 July 2015

The day before this walk had been most un-July-like. More...

Friday, 10 July 2015

It was a breezy evening but fine. More...

HICKLING BROAD NWT RESERVE June 22nd 2015

Monday, 22 June 2015

It was not the warmest or driest visit to the fine NWT reserve at Hickling, especially as it was the day after the longest day. More...

WHEATFEN NATURE RESERVE, Ted Ellis Trust, Surlingham 25 May

Monday, 25 May 2015

Seven people who turned out for the two and a half hour wander around the nature reserve were awarded with various audible and visual delights. Although the weather was quite cool and cloudy to start with, blue skies emerged and the temperature climbed rapidly. More...

Sedge warbler perched on phragmites

Friday, 24 April 2015

Sixteen group members met in the reserve car park on a cool and rather grey April morning. At least it was dry, and plenty of birds were singing. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 4 April 2015

On a very wet, windy and cool day six hardy members met at the Suffolk Wildlife Trust car park at the Hen Reed-beds,clothed appropriately for the inclement weather but with no high expectations of seeing many species. More...

SIZEWELL BELTS, Suffolk, 16th MARCH 2015

Monday, 16 March 2015

To some of the group members and guests, nineteen in total, on this walk, this was their first visit to this site. More...

BREYDON WATER WEST ... Thursday 19th February 2015

Thursday, 19 February 2015

A party of eleven members of the Lowestoft and District RSPB Group plus one guest met in the signposted Burgh Castle car park. More...

National Trust DUNWICH HEATH, Suffolk. Monday 9th February 2015

Thursday, 12 February 2015

T'was a foggy morning on leaving home, but the weather forecasted was to be clearing fog, blue skies and sunshine. More...

North-side Dingle Walk on Monday 26th January 2015

Monday, 26 January 2015

Eleven members of the RSPB Lowestoft and District Group and a guest from Trimley St. Martin met up in the Hoist Covert car park under a clouded sky. More...

HORSEY MERE and HORSEY GAP Thursday 15th January 2015

Thursday, 15 January 2015

An RSPB Lowestoft and District Group walk led by Charles Goddard was attended by nine additional members and one guest. The party met up at the National Trust car park by Horsey Mill, Norfolk on a cool and breezy day with bright sunshine. More...

RSPB Christmas walk 27 December 2014

Saturday, 27 December 2014

This year's traditional Christmas walk started out in the rain, so much so that when Sue and I left home we had full wets on, including wellies. More...

RSPB Minsmere 8 December 2014

Monday, 8 December 2014

What started off as a cold winter morning turned into a bright, crisp winter's day with 9 members, myself included, of the RSPB Lowestoft Local Group at Minsmere. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Monday, 17 November 2014

Nine hardy souls braved the elements for this walk, which started from the rugby club car park in a heavy shower. More...

RSPB Minsmere 20 Oct 2014

Monday, 20 October 2014

It was a beautiful warm dry autumn morning when nine Lowestoft group members met at 9 am to walk around the Minsmere reserve. More...

NWT HICKLING BROAD & STUBB MILL Thursday 16th October 2014

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Nine watchers set off at eleven o'clock round Hickling Broad reserve under the knowledgeable leadership of Alan and Edwina Beaumont. Fine weather was welcomed, making the scenery and birds to be watched that much more enchanting. More...

SNETTISHAM and TITCHWELL Friday 10th October 2014

Friday, 10 October 2014

A moonlit morning greeted the hardy and the drive from the east of Suffolk to the west of Norfolk was undertaken in dry, albeit frosty, weather. Dawn broke when arriving at Snettisham with early bird calls from wren, robin and greylag geese. Several slightly frosted cars were already parked. More...

Kessingland to Benacre 15th September 2014

Monday, 15 September 2014

Eighteen people turned up for this walk, both members and guests. More...

Havergate Island Thursday 4th September 2014

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Twelve members were taken over to the island by Lindsey Record, the new warden, accompanied by the Area Manager Aaron Howe. More...

Blythburgh Walk August 21st.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

On a glorious sunny day thirteen members met at Blythburgh for a walk along the estuary. More...

Minsmere RSPB Reserve walk

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Nine members enjoyed a warden-led walk mainly in areas not open to the public. More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Thursday, 26 June 2014

On a warm dry evening sixteen people turned out at 8.30pm at Dunwich Forest. More...

STRUMPSHAW FEN - 19 June 2014

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Those who attended the field trip of the RSPB Lowestoft and District Group were Howard & Sue Bayliss, Phil & Chris Jackson, Julie Martin, Richard Straton, David Jeffries, Charles Goddard, Roger & Jane Bond, Sue Hunter and a guest, David Milligan More...

Walk to Surlingham Broad Monday June 9

Monday, 9 June 2014

As the eight of us were early for the 10.30am start we walked around the churchyard. More...

LOUND LAKES - 21st May 2014

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

On this particular field trip we, being eight members of the RSPB Lowestoft and District Group plus a guest, were joined by ten members of the North Lowestoft United Reformed Church. More...

Hollesley Marshes RSPB reserve

Thursday, 15 May 2014

A beautiful warm sunny day with blue sky and a gentle breeze greeted all upon arrival at Hollesley Bay. More...

Snape RSPB reserve

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Six members arrived on a pleasant sunny day at Snape Maltings. More...

Sparrows Nest Gardens and the North Denes, Lowestoft

Thursday, 24 April 2014

The forecast had been for light showers. Of course! It was the day of the group walk around Sparrow's Nest and the North Denes. More...

Cley NWT Reserve

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The sun shone for the eight of us who ventured to the north Norfolk coast and after a reviving cup of coffee we set out for the hides. More...

Outon Marshes and Fisher Row

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Day of the chiffchaff More...

Group trip to Minsmere, Wednesday February 19th

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

On a very pleasant, mild and dry day sixteen members gathered at Minsmere and were joined by a couple from Bury St Edmunds. More...

Christmas Walk Normanston Park to Everitts Park, Lowestoft

Friday, 27 December 2013

It was another wild and windy day for our post-Christmas group walk. More...

Stubb Mill

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

It was a very autumnal November afternoon when we met at Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Hickling Reserve car park at 2pm. Indeed the weather, although blustery with a low wind-chill factor, was much better than I had anticipated. The rain mostly held off and the temperature was a touch milder than on previous days. More...

Breydon Water

Thursday, 10 October 2013

It was a fine day on the Wednesday when three of us had our first work party of the season. More...

Hen Reedbeds in September

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

The Hen Reedbeds just west of Southwold, an area of marsh, reed and open water Can be a great place to see a variety of birds. More...

Ted Ellis Reserve

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

It was a good to have 18 members join me at the Ted Ellis Trust on a cool day. More...

Strumpshaw Fen

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Around twenty members and one guest gathered at Strumpshaw RSPB reserve on one of those days when you were not sure what to wear (or whether to take waterproofs). More...

Minsmere RSPB Reserve Wednesday 22 May

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

A select gathering of members and visitors met at Minsmere RSPB Reserve for our monthly walk. More...

Swallow perched on wire fence in Spain

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Eight hardy people (including two non-members) showed up for a bright but very windy walk at Kessingland, capably led by Bill Whybrow. More...

Minsmere

Thursday, 21 March 2013

It didn't look good for today's trip but the reality was quite different. More...

High Ash Farm

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

I looked at Chris Skinner's web site as it suggested a new place to visit. More...

North Warren and Minsmere

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Three stalwart souls braved the cold for the first walk of the year. More...

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

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Fourteen members turned up to walk along the southern shore of Breydon Water with leader Charles. More...

Dingle Marsh and Pools

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

We met at Dunwich Beach car park on a beautiful sunny morning in September. More...

Heathland at Minsmere nature reserve

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The day was sunny but intermittent heavy showers made me hope they would stop by tea time More...

Heather and scots pine

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The day started with us loading the car at about 7.25am on May 15th More...

Strumpshaw Fen RSPB Reserve 20 June 2012

Thursday, 21 June 2012

We were very fortunate indeed to have such a lovely day for our group outing at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB reserve. More...

Turtle dove

Thursday, 24 May 2012

On a warm sunny morning 14 members met at Hen Reed-beds nature reserve More...

Snape RSPB Reserve

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Eleven members were taken by the warden, David Fairhurst, on a guided walk around the new wetland area. More...

Kessingland to Benacre

Thursday, 19 April 2012

On a very damp cloudy morning 15 people turned up at the beach car park for the morning walk More...

Wheatear in spring

Thursday, 22 March 2012

On a beautiful sunny, warm, calm day in March eleven members and guests set off for a brilliant day of bird watching. More...

Annual Christmas Walk

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

It was a very mild and still morning for our Annual Christmas Walk which made a nice change from being freezing cold like it usually is. More...

Horsey Mill and Stubb Mill

Thursday, 24 November 2011

The permitted footpath opposite the National Trust car park was wet with morning dew. More...

little egret, wading, water

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

A beautiful sunny morning for our walk along the estuary at Blythburgh More...

Dingle Marsh and Pools

Monday, 19 September 2011

What a lovely morning, warm sun and no need for jackets! More...

Strumpshaw Fen

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

It was a very pleasant early summer morning when eleven group members met at Strumpshaw Fen RSPB Reserve More...