Trip reports

Pulborough Brooks - coach trip on 25th Nov 2017

Pulborough Brooks - coach trip on 25th Nov 2017
Kestrel with prey - Alan Shearman

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Many thanks to Havering for this write-up of an excellent day out in glorious weather:-

"Thirty one of us alighted from the coach just before 10 am and we had six hours to explore this wonderfully diverse nature reserve.

The shaded areas had a layer of frost still and typical of many a frosty winter's morning the sun was shining and the sky was blue as we headed out on to the reserve. The volunteers and staff in the visitor centre gave us all a friendly and warm welcome and offered tips to help us make the most of our visit.

As soon as you leave the centre the views are spectacular looking down across fields and vast flood meadows to the south down hills in the distance with a perfect pond in the immediate foreground. You just have to stop a while and drink it in. Along with corvids, wood pigeons and pheasants feeding in the fields there are stock doves too and the occasional buzzard glides over and causes panic among our avian friends.

The reserve is well set out and although you are walking down in to a fairly steep valley, the way the paths have been created to meander left and right makes for an easy descent and walk back. The paths are hedge-lined and lead to viewing areas and hides where you can relax and explore the view. In the hedgerows we spotted goldcrests and many people's favourite bird bullfinches!

The flooded meadows were teeming with wildfowl mainly wigeon, teal, shoveler and a few pintails including the stunning drakes. There were also a good number of black-tailed godwits along with lapwings and a few ruff and dunlin. We saw a good range of raptors too, with peregrine hunting the wet meadows, more buzzards, three red kites, kestrel, sparrowhawk and marsh harrier.

The wooded and restored heathland areas held green and great spotted woodpecker along with both nuthatch and treecreeper, some of our group spotted siskin and redpoll too.

A superb day was had by all with over sixty bird species noted and a number of mammals including fallow deer, weasel and of course the enigmatic highland cattle!"

The next coach outing is on 27th January 2018, but it is to the very popular Dungeness Nature Reserve and early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.