Trip reports

RSPB Arne

Saturday, 7 March 2020

A most enjoyable day out at RSPB Arne reserve. More...

Pennington and Oxey Marsh

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

A BRIGHT CLEAR MORNING'S BIRDING More...

Hayling Island Oyster Beds

Saturday, 25 January 2020

GLOOMY WEATHER BUT STILL A GREAT TRIP More...

Blashford Lakes

Monday, 6 January 2020

WONDERFUL WINTERING WILDFOWL More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Friday, 20 December 2019

A GREAT MORNING'S BIRDING AT NORMANDY MARSH IN THE SUNSHINE, SQUALLY SHOWERS AND BLUSTERY WIND More...

Titchfield Haven

Sunday, 1 December 2019

It felt cold enough for snow, but the only sign of it was the snow bunting on the beach. More...

Farlington Marshes

Friday, 22 November 2019

The weather always seems to be against us when we plan a Farlington visit, and this year was no exception. However, plenty of geese, waders and passerines were around, if not so many group members. More...

Portland Bill

Thursday, 17 October 2019

No real rarities but signs of summer migrants leaving and winter ones arriving. More...

Keyhaven

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Last walk of the 2018/19 year and the winter visitors and passage migrants were appearing including wheatear, greenshank, knot and little stint. More...

Testwood Lakes

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

A quiet day bird-wise with house martin and common sandpiper being the stars. More...

Denny Wood

Monday, 22 July 2019

Valezina, flycatcher and marsh tit, not bad for a summer stroll. More...

Evening at Keyhaven

Thursday, 4 July 2019

It's not everyday you see a peregrine family harassing a marsh harrier. More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Saturday, 15 June 2019

The surprise was not that we found nightjars, but that we found our way back to the car park in the dark. More...

Martin Down

Thursday, 6 June 2019

No frogs or bees, but butterflies and burnt-tips, turtles and buntings, and amazing adonis blues. More...

Franchises Lodge

Monday, 20 May 2019

Wood warbler in full song capped a great morning at the new reserve. More...

Winspit

Saturday, 11 May 2019

It's not often that the star species is not a bird, but the pod of bottle-nosed dolphins even eclipsed the puffin. More...

Portland

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Brisk south-westerlies failed to bring much sea passage at the Bill, but a pleasant and surprisingly dry stroll around Portland. More...

Fishlake Meadows

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Despite the amount of new housing development in the vicinity, Fishlake Meadows is developing into an excellent reserve and well worth a visit. More...

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...