Trip reports

Green Lanes and Lippitts Hill walk on 15th Sep 2018

Saturday, 15 September 2018

A sunny September morning exploring green paths around the top of the Hill affording views of the surrounding countryside - highlights were singing Treecreepers and hunting Hobbies with Sparrowhawk and Buzzard in the same view. More...

Chingford Plains/Connaught Waters walk on 17th Jun 2018

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Our first evening walk at this local Epping Forest area - summer songs of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler, screaming Swifts, a close Red Kite and even closer Mandarin ducklings were some of the highlights. More...

Minsmere - coach trip on 2nd Jun 2018

Saturday, 2 June 2018

As usual, people from our North East London LG joined the Havering Group on their coach outing - this time to the flagship RSPB reserve at Minsmere which has so many varied habitats plus the sea and the beach! More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Our last visit to this site was back in November, so returning back for the spring, we were hoping to see and hear some different birds with the new season and we were not disappointed. More...

Wanstead Flats walk on 14th Apr 2018

Saturday, 14 April 2018

We were lucky to be greeted by a lovely Spring morning for our annual walk on Wanstead Flats with Tim Harris expertly guiding us around his local patch. Highlights were the singing Skylarks and Meadow Pipits defending territories and three splendid Wheatears passing through on their way north. More...

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

Sunday, 25 March 2018

A walk which started at Redbridge Lakes, then followed the River Roding for part way up the valley. Postponed from the previous weekend due to weather warnings, the group enjoyed better weather and spring birdsong (plus refreshments at the end at the picnic benches overlooking the lakes). More...

Lakenheath Fen - coach trip on 24th Mar 2018

Saturday, 24 March 2018

With big skies, extensive reedbeds and booming bitterns, the group saw first-hand how the RSPB has transformed former carrot fields into a magical wetland home for Kingfishers, cranes, otters and water voles. Thanks to Havering for the write up of the trip. More...

Frampton Marsh - coach trip on 24th Feb 2018

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Another enjoyable day out with the friendly group who go on the Havering coach trips - this time to Frampton Marsh. From the tiny (Little Stint) to the large (Whooper swan) and the spectacular (many hundreds of Brent Geese). More...

King George V Reservoir walk on 18th Feb 2018

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Reservoir walks are often windy and cold but we were so lucky to have a glorious sunny day with NO wind! A good turnout by people and birds - male Smew and Goldeneye in the same telescope view, plus a Scaup and entertaining Goosanders. More...

Dungeness - coach trip on 27th Jan 2018

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Another Havering coach trip to Dungeness with its special habitat and position jutting out into the English Channel. Opportunites to explore the shore and shingle as well as the RSPB reserve and its hides. A day which provided some much sought after birds! More...

Pulborough Brooks - coach trip on 25th Nov 2017

Saturday, 25 November 2017

We joined the Havering coach to this RSPB nature reserve set in the sheltered Arun Valley within the South Downs National Park. An excellent day in glorious sunshine and autumnal colours. More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Fairlop Waters is a local area within easy reach and has nearby public transport so an excellent place to explore - especially as it is Neil's local patch. He and Alan let us know some spots where they have found some exciting birds! More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Sunday, 22 October 2017

We enjoyed a blustery, autumnal walk at this local country park with amazing views over London. Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits battled the wind and we had an interesting Scaup on the lake. More...

Adult male siskin on feeder

Sunday, 14 February 2016

A winter's walk at this local park - very aptly named given the date! Valentino, the Med Gull, wasn't seen to complete the set but Siskins were a good winter bird. More...

little egret, wading, water

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Highlights were the Swifts zooming past our heads and the Kingfisher which obligingly perched three times on the roots of a tree so people could see it through the telescopes. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Tim Harris of the Wren group kindly led this walk looking for our newly-arriving summer visitors. Wanstead Flats is a 'hotspot' for birds passing through on their way to their breeding grounds. More...

Walk at Waterworks NR and Middlesex Filter Beds

Saturday, 18 January 2014

The two Firecrests were definitely the stars of the morning! More...

Valentines Park - Winter Walk

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Valentino may have been keeping his head down but sunshine, nesting Grey Herons and Egyptian Geese, Redwings and a good selection of other birds made this a very enjoyable walk. The food in the new cafe was also very popular! More...

Rainham Walk with Pat Hart

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Sunshine, a leader with entertaining snippets of information, a bird list of around 50 species - including Waxwing, Rock Pipit and Peregrine. What more could you want - well, lunch wasn't bad either! More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Monday, 25 April 2011

We were hoping to encounter some of our recently arrived summer visitors! More...

Walk at Cheshunt Gravel Pits

Saturday, 22 January 2011

A walk searching for wintering wildfowl - we were not disappointed! More...

Walk at Walthamstow Reservoirs

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Short-eared owl and kingfisher before we left the car park! Apologies to those who could not join us as the walk was fully booked. More...

Walk at Bedfords Park

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Our Guided Walks Leader, Tajinder, describes some of the highlights of this October walk. More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Monday, 30 August 2010

The stars of our Bank Holiday walk were Hobby, Whinchat and Spotted Flycatchers - so 'Migrants Moving Out at Wanstead Flats' turned out to be an accurate title in our walks programme! More...

Kingfishers at Rye Meads RSPB reserve

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Success for the kingfishers at Rye Meads which we were all lucky enough to see. More...

Swallow perched on wire fence in Spain

Monday, 5 April 2010

Tajinder reports on this Bank Holiday walk with a special focus on identifying who was singing! More...

Walk at Fairlop Waters & Unexpected Swan Rescue

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Tajinder relates the surprise turn of events on this walk led by Daniel E-H (there is a link to his website with photos of the rescued swan and more info). More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Sunshine, dragonflies and galls as well as the birds! More...

March Trip to Rainham Marshes

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Super Day. Super organisation, Super turn out. Bit Windy! - a participant's thoughts More...