Trip reports

Frampton Marsh - coach trip on 24th Feb 2018

Frampton Marsh - coach trip on 24th Feb 2018
Brent Goose - Alan Shearman

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Another enjoyable day out with the friendly group who go on the Havering coach trips - this time to Frampton Marsh. One of the highlights for me was watching the Little Stint make its way around the edge of one of the islands - it had a Dunlin for company most of the way!
An excellent opportunity for comparing the size of these two waders.

Here's the detailed report Havering posted:

"We arrived at the reserve's car park just before 11 am, Frampton is the furthest journey in our coach outing calendar, but we still had six hours to explore the reserve. An overnight frost had left the ponds near the visitor centre frozen, but the sun was shining and the skies were blue and remained so throughout the day.

After a warm welcome from the reserve's staff and volunteers, armed with information of where to go and what to look for we headed off. First stop was the bird feeders beside the centre where goldfinches were the star attraction among other species. Unfortunately no tree sparrows were to be seen, but a lot of work had recently taken place to hopefully encourage them back with a number of new nestboxes installed.

In the field beside the car park were lapwings, wigeon and golden plover one of which gave excellent close views. With more than 3km of accessible footpaths to explore and three hides - two with 360-degree views we headed off.

One of the first things that struck you were the number of wigeon, literally hundreds of them whistling away with many showing very closely. The next stunning spectacle were the brent geese again in their hundreds if not thousands. Skeins of them were continually moving from the salt marsh to the freshwater lagoons and as you stood on the seawall stunning views were afforded as they flew right above your heads! Four barnacle geese were spotted among the brents and bearded tits showed extremely well for some near the sea bank car park.

From the 360 - degree hide we saw redshank, dunlin, curlew and an obliging little stint whose diminutive size was evident as it fed alongside the dunlin! During the circular walk around the reserve a few birds of prey were spotted including marsh harriers, a ring-tail hen harrier, two peregrines sparring over the saltmarsh, kestrel and buzzard, not a bad cast eh!

We saw collectively 72 different species with the final addition being six whooper swans seen as we arrived back at the visitor centre for a warm drink before boarding our coach for home. Thank you all at Frampton Marsh for a truly spectacular day."