Trip reports

Acres Down

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Another good turn out and, although views of goshawk were not so good, no one went away disappointed. More...

Pigbush

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Strong winds seemed to be enjoyed by displaying buzzards but not by small birds, which were in short supply. More...

Chichester Harbour Solar Boat Trip 2019

Sunday, 24 February 2019

Quick and quiet way to view the birds in the harbour. More...

Oxey Marsh

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Avocets and spoonbill brighten up a chilly day. More...

Hayling Oyster Beds

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Grebes, mergansers and displaying goldeneye on a chilly morning stroll, but the rain held off! More...

Blashford Lakes

Monday, 7 January 2019

A good turnout for the first walk of the year and we were rewarded with saw great birds including: bittern, peregrine marsh harrier, water pipit and red-crested pochard. More...

Normandy Christmas walk

Friday, 14 December 2018

A circuit of Normandy Marsh in a bracing south-easterly was just what was needed to set us up for Christmas lunch and the Chequers Inn. More...

Farlington Marshes

Sunday, 2 December 2018

A good range of waders seen and four seals. More...

Stanpit

Friday, 23 November 2018

Coots and magpies galore! More...

Warsash and Hook Spit

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Not many birders, not many birds More...

Hengistbury Head

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Grey and drizzly, but a range of shore and woodland birds. More...

Keyhaven

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Low turnout due to the heavy rain, the winter migrants were still coming through. More...

Calshot and Ashlett Creek

Saturday, 29 September 2018

First sighting of winter migrants: wigeon and Brent geese More...

Oxey Marsh and Pennington

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Highlight of the day was watching a hobby hunting amongst a flock of hirundines More...

Hilltop and King's Copse

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Small red damselfly was the star of our August walk More...

Keyhaven evening walk

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Spoonbills and avocet chicks added gloss to a beautiful summer's evening More...

Goatspen Plain

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Nightjar and curlew but no snipe or woodcock More...

Martin Down

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Turtle dove, corn bunting, marsh fritillary, pasque flower and burnt tip orchid - what more could one ask for! More...

Telegraph Hill/Franchises Lodge

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Wood warbler, firecrest and goshawk making a kill were the star auditory events, but few birds were actually seen in the woodland. More...

Garston Wood and Martin Down

Friday, 11 May 2018

Solomon's seal, early purple orchid, purple bar moth, Roman snail and a couple of birds More...

Portland Bill

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Golden oriole, great skua and Manx shearwater easily justified rearranging the trip to Portland. More...

Durlston Country Park

Monday, 23 April 2018

Peregrines close by at eye-level and a lesser whitethroat singing in plain view were highlights of a grand day out (oh, and the the carrot cake!). More...

Winterbourne Downs

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Stone curlew, corn bunting, grey partridge and the first swallows of spring More...

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Cancelled More...

RSPB Arne

Monday, 19 February 2018

The Dorset Reserve produced a good range of woodland and coastal species as usual More...

Hayling Oyster Beds

Saturday, 3 February 2018

14 black-necked grebes and a kingfisher brightened up a dull day. More...

Poole Harbour Bird Boat

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Heavy rain put a bit of a dampener on the trip, but a good range of sea and shore birds were seen More...

Blashford Lakes

Friday, 12 January 2018

A big turnout for our annual pilgrimage to Blashford, where we were rewarded with water rail, great white egret, brambling and water pipit and too many gulls to count! More...

Normandy and Oxey Marshes

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Kingfishers put on a show for our Christmas walk at Normandy More...

Pagham and Medmerry

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Grey partridge and velvet scoter were the highlight of an excellent days birding More...

Stanpit Marsh

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

A good turnout for our annual trip to Stanpit Marsh. More...

Warsash and Hook Spit 2017

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The sun shines on the righteous - eventually and briefly More...

Hengistbury Head

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A good turn-out for a dull overcast day, but birds were more heard than seen. More...

Keyhaven October 2017

Saturday, 7 October 2017

The first of the winter visitors appearing with eclipse plumaged duck and summer plumaged plovers. More...

Portland 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Three American waders were the high-lights of our trip to Dorset More...

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Warblers and waders More...

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Good telescope views of nightjar. More...

Martin Down

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Despite the strong wind, we found a good range of birds and butterflies. More...

Fishlake Meadows

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

No, no egrets. More...

Blackwell Common and Kings Copse

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Few small birds on the open heath, but a wood warbler singing in the copse. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Selborne the cuckoo was elusive but willow warblers plentiful. More...

Oxey Marsh

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

A still morning at the coast and 71 species of bird encountered. More...

Badminston Common

Sunday, 19 March 2017

A good turnout on a dull day More...

Acres Down

Saturday, 4 March 2017

A successful raptor watch with at least three goshawk spotted, with the bonus of a pair of woodlarks. More...

Studland and Middlebere

Monday, 20 February 2017

Spoonbill, black-necked grebe, parakeet, scoter and waxwing, but the star was the ring-tail hen harrier. More...

Hayling Oyster Beds

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Nineteen black-necked grebes, two long-tailed ducks, and two Mediterranean gulls added to the interest of the trip. More...

Ashley Walk/Pitts Wood

Thursday, 26 January 2017

A pleasant walk on a cold, dull day but few birds and no sign of the scarce winter visitors. More...

Blashford Lakes HIWWT Reserve

Saturday, 14 January 2017

A nice welcome from a pair of Peregrines started an excellent day in the field. More...

Farlington Marshes

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Cool and windy but no rain More...

Titchfield Haven 2016

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Frosty start to a pleasant days birding, but where were the small birds? More...

Stanpit Marsh

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

When drawing up the walks programme, consider checking the tide tables! More...

Keyhaven 2016

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Wader numbers starting to build up, first of the waterfowl arriving and migrants passing through plus four separate sightings of Dartford Warbler. More...

Portland Bill 2016

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Some scarce birds present on a bright but blustery outing. More...

Warsash and Hook Spit

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Passage migrants, returning winter visitors and remaining summer visitors added to the local residents to make a good bird count for the day. More...

Moonhills and Kings Copse

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Ten species of butterfly and yellowhammer, hobby and spotted flycatcher More...

Burley

Saturday, 18 June 2016

House martins, Dartford warblers and a green-winged macaw! More...

Martin Down

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Butterflies, orchids, moths - and a few birds More...

Pig Bush

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Good haul of migrants including hobby, redstart, cuckoo and willow warbler More...

Blackwell Common and Kings Copse

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

A taste of Spring More...

Oxey Marsh

Saturday, 9 April 2016

The April weather took us from sweltering to freezing, and dry to drenched, but worth the trip with a short-eared owl being the star bird of the day. More...

Badminston Common

Sunday, 20 March 2016

32 species on a chilly morning More...

Studland and Middlebere

Friday, 26 February 2016

Grebes, loons and parakeets More...

Blashford Lakes

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

A large turnout enjoyed a sunny stroll around the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust reserve at Blashford Lakes are were rewarded with 63 species of bird, but sadly no bittern. More...

Poole Harbour Boat Trip

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Sunshine and black guillemot rounded off a great trip on what had first seemed an unpromising day. More...

Bolderwood and Blackwater

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Fallow deer far outnumbered birds on a wet and windy walk More...

Ashley Walk/Pitts Wood

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Despite the mist two hen harriers and a hawfinch were seen More...

Titchfield Haven

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Sunshine and golden plover, but no penduline tit. More...

Normandy Marsh

Thursday, 17 December 2015

48 species including Slavonian Grebe made for a satisfying, if very windy, Christmas walk. More...

Lower Test Marshes

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Despite shortening the walk due to deteriorating weather, we saw over 40 species. More...

Stanpit Marsh

Saturday, 24 October 2015

High tide brought the shorebirds close More...

Keyhaven

Thursday, 15 October 2015

A chilly Autumnal morning yielded a good haul of raptors and a surprising wealth of small birds More...

Portland Bill

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wild and windy with few small birds More...

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

Sunday, 13 September 2015

A good day but few small birds More...

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

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Summer plumaged waders and marsh harrier were highlights of a pleasant evening walk More...

Burley

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Flying golf balls and hobby More...

RSPB Arne

Thursday, 21 May 2015

A baby tawny Owl was the highlight of the year so far. More...

Martin Down

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Wheatear, corn bunting and abundant skylarks More...

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Cuckoos and redstart More...

Swallow perched on wire fence in Spain

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

67 species seen, including swallows and summer-plumaged waders. More...

Sunday, 29 March 2015

A new walk for us, but strong winds and rain kept the birds away. More...

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Hawfinch, lesser spotted woodpecker and goshawk make up in quality what we failed to see in quantity. More...

Sunday, 25 January 2015

56 species seen/heard including great white egret, but missed some of the winter regulars. More...

Pre-Christmas Field Trip to Normandy Marsh

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The 'score' score before lunch More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Farlington Four venture forth. Where was everyone else? More...

Robin sitting in grass

Sunday, 9 November 2014

A truly WET-land walk More...

Dartford warbler perching on heather

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Book-ended by warblers - Cetti's at the start and Dartford at the end More...

Friday, 4 July 2014

Wet weather waders More...

Trip report for Durlston Country Park

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Raptors, Auks and, eventually, a Lesser Whitethroat More...

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

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Red Knot in the morning More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Sunday, 27 April 2014

A pleasing first visit to the RSPB reserve in Essex More...

Field trip to King's Copse and Blackwell common

Thursday, 17 April 2014

a 'raptorous' day More...

Field trip to High Corner

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Red kite and lapwings in the forest More...

Male goldeneye

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Spring springs at Blasford More...

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Calm seas for our trip 'abroad' More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Windy but not too wet More...

Avocet wading in water

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Blue skies and flat water for the Brownsea safari More...

Nuthatch on branch

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

O ye of little faith! More...

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Is it a Greenshank? Is it a Grebe? No! It's a Granville! More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Blackwits and a Woodpeckers More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Time, tide and tempest at Tanners Lane More...