Trip reports

Coach outing to Abberton Reservoir (Essex Wildlife Trust) 26th January 2020

Monday, 17 February 2020

With black-throated diver, ring-necked duck and long-tailed ducks reported in recent days, plus large numbers of overwintering wildfowl we were looking forward to an excellent day. More...

Coach outing to Freiston Shore (RSPB) and Frampton Marsh (RSPB) 24 November 2019

Monday, 9 December 2019

The weather forecast was good and the number of birds reported at these two sites on the Lincolnshire coast in recent days was very impressive so we set off from Thrapston in anticipation of a great day out and we were not to be disappointed. More...

Coach outing to Lackford Lakes (Suffolk Wildlife Trust) and Lakenheath Fen (RSPB) 28 April 2019

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

We arrived at Lackford Lakes at around 9:30 am and as soon as we stepped off the coach we were serenaded with the song of a Nightingale singing from the scrub which surrounds the car park. More...

Coach outing to London Wetland Centre (WWT) 27 January 2019

Sunday, 27 January 2019

In the WWT car park I noted several green flashes in the distance - yes, Ring-necked Parakeets (the UK's most abundant naturalised parrot) could be seen in and around the buildings. Wow! two minutes in and a life tick!Brian WhytePicture by Peter Miller who noted "The Sparrowhawk was pearched above the Headley Hide, proving the best sightings are not just through the windows!" More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Sunday, 21 October 2018

A misty start with cloudless sky all day. It got even better when we reach the Reserve centre as there were two cattle egrets on the backs' of cattle. More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 23 September 2018

At the actual Gibraltar Point, two spoonbills with a great white and little egret were on a sand bar some distance away with shelduck in eclipse plumage. More...

Nags Head 17 June 2018

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

We arrived at the RSPB reserve at Nagshead soon after 10.00am. The reserve consists mainly of two trailsthrough the woodland with two hides and a visitor centre. More...

Walk around Little Paxton Reserve - 2 May 2018

Thursday, 3 May 2018

We did see a garden warbler posing beautifully in the sunshine on a lower branch of a bush and heard several more on our walk. More...

Coach outing to RSPB Minsmere 22 April 2018

Thursday, 26 April 2018

The bitterns were booming well with some being seen by our group. Marsh harriers were displaying over the reed beds. Sitting on post left from the Mere Hide was an osprey, resting for some time before dropping into the reed bed never to be seen again. More...

Coach outing to Holkham, North Norfolk on 18 February 2018

Sunday, 25 February 2018

There were good sightings of numerous birds but the stars of the day were 9 beautifully marked shorelarks in the eastern part of Holkham Bay. More...

Visit to Welney Wetland Centre - 19 November 2017

Thursday, 30 November 2017

A trip to Welney Wetland Centre is always welcome and this visit turned out to be up to its excellent standard with a frosty start and hazy sunshine most of the day. More...

Coach outing to Pulborough Brooks 22 October 2017

Friday, 27 October 2017

Pulborough Brooks is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and, whilst walking around, you can understand why. More...

Visit to Titchwell RSPB Reserve 24 September 2017

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

It doesn't get much better than visiting one of the best reserves in the country on the nicest of autumn days. Titchwell needs no further explanation. More...

Coach outing to Weeting Heath and RSPB Lakenheath. 18 June 2017

Sunday, 18 June 2017

We had come to see the stone curlew and we were not disappointed. In total, five were showing really well about 100 yards away. More...

COACH OUTING TO SCULTHORPE MOOR & CLEY WILDLIFE TRUST. 23 APRIL 2017

Sunday, 30 April 2017

It has been sometime since our last visit to Sculthorpe Moor, a wonderfully peaceful place that is set due west of Fakenham in Norfolk. Bought by the Hawk & Owl Trust in 2001 much has improved with new hides (full wheelchair access) and boardwalk throughout the site. More...

Coach outing to Freiston Shore and Frampton Marshes. 19 February 2017

Friday, 24 February 2017

Both of the sites are run by the RSPB and are a credit to them as they are well managed and maintained. First visited was Freiston Shore and we were greeted by tree sparrows in the car park. More...

Car outing to Nene Washes 8 January 2017

Thursday, 12 January 2017

As soon as we stepped out of the car, short eared owls were seen quartering over the washes. More...

Coach outing to Poole Harbour, Dorset 20 November 2016

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Watching the weather forecast the night before, I was panicking to see storm Angus was on its way with heavy rain and gale force 9 winds (75mph). With thoughts of being blown out of the water, I put my faith in our leaders and boarded the coach. More...

Strumpshaw Fen, Yare Valley near Norwich 19 June 2016

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Set in the wild and beautiful Yare valley, near Norwich, Strumpshaw Fen is a peaceful haven for wildlife and people. More...

Coach outing to Old Moor Barnsley. 23 May 2016

Saturday, 28 May 2016

With a reserve count of 250 tree sparrows they were not hard to find with their own hide lovely to see them closely as they fed their young at the feeders. More...

Group Coach outing to Minsmere 17 April 2016

Thursday, 21 April 2016

It is always a pleasure visit Minsmere one of the oldest reserves owned by the R.S.P.B. The Reserve never fails to live up to expectations. More...

Group coach outing to North Norfolk 21 February 2016

Thursday, 10 March 2016

First coach outing for 2016! A full coach drove to one of our favourite venues - North Norfolk - with its wonderful atmosphere, tidal creeks, marshes, reed beds and big skies. More...

Car outing to the Nene Washes

Sunday, 10 January 2016

We thought the Wash would be flooded after all the rain so it came as quite a surprise to see meadows with no sign of floods. More...

Coach outing to Freiston Shore and Frampton Marshes

Sunday, 1 November 2015

It was a misty start to the day but by the time we reached Freiston Shore - our first port - of call it had started to clear and the sun, although hazy, had started to appear. On the marsh, a spectacular sight greeted us: thousands of waders were at roost on the scrapes as the tide was in. Waders included knot, godwits, oystercatcher along with lapwing, turnstone and a good number of redshank. More...

Group coach outing to Gibraltar Point (Lincolnshire)

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve is an area of over 1000 acres compromising sandy and muddy seashore, salt marsh and freshwater habitats extending 3 miles along the coast to the southern end of Skegness along the Lincolnshire coast to the Wash. More...

Coach outing to the Goyt Valley, Buxton

Sunday, 14 June 2015

The coach dropped the party off at the Cat & Fiddle pub at (1700 ft) leaving them to walk down the picturesque Goyt Valley to the Errwood reservoir at (850 ft) below. The first couple of hours were spent on the moor close to the Cat & Fiddle. Here plenty of red grouse (some within 50 meters) with curlew and meadow pipits tending to their nests were seen. More...

Nightingale singing

Sunday, 17 May 2015

When we stepped off the coach into the sunshine three Nightingales could be heard singing. All 8 warblers were heard or seen throughout the day. Whitethroats were singing or scratching alongside Lesser Whitethroats which allowed the songs to be compared with one another. More...

Coach outing to Rainham Marshes

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Rainham Marshes is the last stretch of ancient riverside marshland on the inside of the M25. It is an international stop over for thousands of migratory birds as they navigate along the Thames Estuary from all over the world. Little has changed on this medieval freshwater since it was reclaimed from the River Thames, and the MOD used it for the last 100 years saving it from development. More...

Visit to Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Sunday, 25 January 2015

WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre is often referred to as the birthplace of modern conservation. Sir Peter Scott in 1946 set up the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust at Slimbridge as a centre for science and conservation. Uniquely at the time, he opened it to the public so that anyone could enjoy getting close to nature. More...

Potteric Carr

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust site with all kinds of habitat More...

Coach outing to Cley

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Cley has thatched hides with excellent views over the Marsh, starting with a Marsh Harrier as seen from the visitor centre. More...

The Emperor Butterfly

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Everybody was treated to very good views of the purple emperor, one of a dozen or so species seen, together with white admiral and silver-washed fritillary. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Sunday, 8 June 2014

A lovely day was chosen for this trip - warm and sunny with light winds. Lackford Lakes run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust was created from old gravel pits and it really does them justice with good views of the reserve lakes from several hides that are well maintained. More...

Visit to RSPB Minsmere

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Greeting us off the coach was a nightingale singing in a nearby bush: a good start to a memorable day out with the group who had picked an excellent day with long sunny spells and light winds. More...

Coach outing to Holkham North Norfolk

Sunday, 23 February 2014

The weather forecast was not very promising but it turned out to be a really good day out starting with seeing Fulmars were seen over the cliff top at Hunstanton with Turnstone and Oyster Catcher on the grass. More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Sunday, 26 January 2014

The weather was deteriorating as we set off on a trip to Burnham Overy Snaith for the walk to Wells. Plan B was implemented which meant a change of venue to Titchwell with the shelter of the hides and the café where we could get hot cups of tea. More...

Outing to Freiston Shore and Frampton Marsh

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Suddenly a peregrine put everything up as it soared over the marsh. Possibly the stars of the day were a small flock of snow buntings (12) and picked out among them was a lapland bunting. More...

Coach outing to Titchwell

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Titchwell lived up to its name as being one of the best reserves on the North Norfolk coast with skeins of pink footed geese flying over and brent geese on the reserve and beach. More...

Coach outing to Wyre Forest

Sunday, 9 June 2013

The day started off a bit fresh but soon developed into a rare sunny warm day and many bird and butterflies were seen. More...

Twywell Hills and Dales

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

It was the sort of afternoon we have come to expect this summer, dull, none too warm and with every possibility of a shower but butterflies and birds were still enjoyed. More...

Lac de Madine in Lorraine France - Annual "residential"

Thursday, 9 May 2013

The annual weekend outing this year was to one of the group's favourite spots in France, Lac de Madine in Lorraine an area of unspoilt natural beauty. More...

Visit to London Wetland Centre

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Oh it was cold! Even the wild birds were snuggled away somewhere. Ring-necked parakeet were seen and heard - so many now in London. More...

COACH OUTING TO NORTH NORFOLK

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Sunday 27 January 2013 turned out to be one of the best days birding for some time. On to thedunes at Holkham Bay we caught up with 30+ snow buntings - a delight to see as they sorted through the grass and sand for seeds. More...

Visit to Pulborough Brooks

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Pulborough Brooks is a lovely reserve with varied habitats, heathland, woodland and wetlands. Some even saw a lesser spotted woodpecker! More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Our trip to Gibraltar Point was favoured with dry if windy weather. This meant that small birds were few and far between. More...

Visit to Strumpshaw Fen

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Strumpshaw Fen is a wild yet beautiful RSPB reserve, set in the Yare Valley of the Norfolk Broads east of Norwich. Both bitterns and bearded tits were heard and seen and other highlights were butterflies and dragonflies. More...

Trip to RSPB Nagshead and Symonds Yat Rock

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Sightings of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Pied Flycatchers and Hawfinches were enjoyed at Nagshead and at Symonds Yat trip members saw a Peregrine Falcon. More...

27-29 April 2012

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The weekend away was again well supported and would have been perfect if it were not for the weather! More...

Coach Outing to Rainham Marshes

Sunday, 25 March 2012

About 40 of us enjoyed a beautiful sunny spring day. More...

Car outing to Ollie's Farm and The Brecks, Wed 21st March.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Goshawks, siskins and crossbills. More...

Coach outing to Burnham Overy - Holkham - Wells next to the Sea in Norfolk

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Standing room only on the 55 seater bus was very rewarding for those of us who organise the trips. The crisp bright day got off to a fine start with good views of a barn owl from the coach as we passed by Burnham Norton. More...

Coach outing to Welney Wetland Centre

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Star of the day was a peregrine that took a widgeon in front of the main hide giving good views to the chosen few as it had its lunch! We enjoyed good views of the whooper swans on the scrapes in front of the hides. More...

Visit to Pagham Harbour

Sunday, 23 October 2011

The sunny and "warm-for-the-time-of-year" weather was welcome and we saw some good birds. There was an arctic skua not out at sea but travelling up the channel, a Dartford warbler in the gorse bushes along the path and a spotted redshank feeding in its characteristic way along the channel. More...

Visit to RSPB Titchwell Marsh Reserve

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Thirty-three people had an excellent day at Titchwell with fantastic views of up to 15 bearded tits and this excellent start was followed by good views of bittern, little stint and curlew sandpiper. More...

Afternoon walk round Fermyn Wood

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Fermyn Wood (which is part of Fermyn Woods Country Park) is the home of one of the most beautiful butterflies found locally - the purple emperor. More...

Butterflies plentiful at Chelveston airfield

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The butterflies were plentiful with good views of marbled whites, meadow browns, large skippers, ringlets and small heaths. More...

Black hairsteak butterflies at Glapthorn Pastures

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

2011 is a good year for black hairstreak butterfly with up to 28 being counted at Glapthorn. More...

Coach Trip to Goyt Valley

Sunday, 12 June 2011

On the walk to the head of the valley, curlews were the main attraction putting on a fine display. Despite the bad weather, the group still managed to find dipper, pied flycatcher, redstart, treecreeper and a few other birds. More...

Nightingales at Paxton Pits

Friday, 6 May 2011

Paxton Pits never ceases to please. We began our walk and soon heard the liquid tones of the bird we most wanted to find, the nightingale. More...

Visit to Sculthorpe Moor and Holme-next-to-the-sea in North Norfolk

Sunday, 17 April 2011

A barn owl sitting on a post was the first to greet the group at Sculthorpe Moor leading into the reserve. Golden pheasant was showing off in front of the hide and a pair of marsh harriers were soaring above the reedbed being joined by a goshawk at one stage. More...

OLLIES FARM & LYNFORD ARBORETUM

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Ollies Farm is a cracking place for viewing goshawks and it always seems to deliver. It was not long before the first goshawk appeared and perched in a distant treetop. The hawk took to the air and treated us to the best views ever had of a goshawk. More...

Coach trip to Cley Marshes Norfolk

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Cley is the Norfolk Wildlife Trust's flagship reserve and it never fails to deliver. One of the star birds was the shore larks and a party of six or seven were obligingly feeding in the open on the path near the east bank. More...

BLASHFORD LAKES VISIT

Sunday, 28 November 2010

This proved to be a superb reserve with plenty of interest for a full day's birding. From the numerous hides we were able to see all the usual wildfowl species and in particular excellent views of 40-50 goosanders plus redwings, siskins, nuthatches, treecreepers and goldcrests. More...

Freiston Shore and Frampton Marsh

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Freiston Shore was a new venue for the Mid-Nene group. It was a grey morning but a high tide which meant masses of waders: hundreds of oystercatchers, knot and at least 400 black-tailed godwits! Moving to Frampton Marsh a series of shallow lagoons provide sanctuary for varied wader species. A juvenile curlew sandpiper and four little stints were the day's ticks. More...

The Purple Emperor reigns!

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Over 30 people joined us on a walk through Fermyn Woods at a recognised spot for purple emperor butterflies. They were typically elusive to start with but eventually most people had good views of the spectacular male on the ground at their feet. More...

Marbled White butterfly hunt

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Although the butterflies were not as plentiful as this time last year due to the later flowering of the plants along the verges the Mid-Nene Group had good views of marbled whites, meadow browns, large skippers, ringlets and small heaths. More...

Walk to see black hairstreak butterflies

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

The weather was fine and obviously suited the butterflies as everyone had fine views of black hairstreaks, speckled wood, brimstone and meadow brown butterflies. More...

Breckland visit lives up to its promise

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Two special Breckland Reserves did not disappoint the Groups visit on 6 June: a drake garganey, plenty of warbler song, especially chiffchaff, willow and sedge warblers and the highlights were wonderful close views of a pair of nightingales carrying food for young (see photo), and more distant views of a rather elusive pair of stone curlews. A bittern was heard booming and there were fleeting views of bearded tits. Both reserves had a good selection of dragonflies: short-tailed skimmer, broad-bodied chaser and banded demoiselle, to name a few. More...

Pembrokeshire Weekend

Friday, 21 May 2010

Sunshine, Cetti's warblers, reed warblers, bearded tits, chough, wheatears, puffins, Manx shearwaters in the sunset - what a weekend! More...

Visit to Potteric Carr

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Blackcaps were everywhere around the Potteric Carr reserve with the males singing their hearts out and the females listening attentively. More...

Coach outing to Burnham Overy - Holkham - Wells-next-to-the-Sea Norfolk

Sunday, 24 January 2010

77 different species were seen by the coach party visiting Norfolk on a dull day in January - but what species! Bittern, skeins of pink foot geese, barn owls, bittern and woodcock to name but a few! More...

Elmley Marshes and Capel Fleet

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Elmley Marsh is a wonderful, wild area on the Isle of Sheppey. It is sometimes bleak and open to the elements, but it is a magical place for birds. More...

Boston Belle

Sunday, 11 October 2009

A total of 65 species were seen on the trip. The star of the day was a black redstart seen on the top of a grain silo both going out and on the return trip. More...

Gibraltar Point

Sunday, 13 September 2009

An excellent day's birding for all members of the Mid-Nene Group. Everyone had different birding tales to tell: below is the experience of just one member on the outing. More...

Mid-Nene Group Party's in the Park

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Party-goers in Rushden learn about the work of the RSPB. More...

Glimpses of the Purple Emperor Butterfly

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Beautiful butterflies at Fermyn Country Park Northamptonshire More...

Black Hairstreak Butterflies

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Black Hairstreak Butterflies at Glapthorn Cow Pastures enjoy feeding on Dewberry bushes, blackthorn and privet flower. More...