Trip reports

Mid-week Walk on Bookham Commons. 8th July 2021.

Thursday, 8 July 2021

Our July 2021 Mid-week Walk More...

Mid-week Walk art Knepp on 16th June 2021

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Our June 2021 mid-week walk. More...

Weekend Walk at RSPB Otmoor on Saturday 29th May 2021.

Thursday, 17 June 2021

This was our May 2021 Weekend walk. More...

Mid-week walk at Thursley Common on 19th May 2021

Monday, 7 June 2021

Our mid-week walk in May 2021. More...

WITLEY COMMON, DAWN CHORUS WALK - Sunday 9th May 2021, 4 to 8 am

Friday, 28 May 2021

Another view of our dawn chorus walk in early May 2021. More...

Dawn Chorus Walk 09 May 2021

Friday, 28 May 2021

One of our members' impression of this Dawn Chorus walk. More...

Mid-week walk at Farlington Marshes

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Rescheduled from Pulborough Brooks owing to their administration error, Farlington Marshes had plenty to offer. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

A visit to Staines Moor opens our 2021 outdoor meetings season. More...

Mid-week Walk at Moor Green Lakes Thursday 10th December 2020

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Our December 2020 walk at Moor Green Lakes, Sandhurst More...

Mid-week Walk at Farlington Marshes on Thursday 27th February 2020

Monday, 13 April 2020

Our February mid-week walk More...

Rainham Marshes 29th February 2020

Monday, 16 March 2020

Our February weekend walk. More...

The London Wetlands Centre, Barnes. 22nd January 2020

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Our January 2020 mid-week walk. More...

Blashford Lakes Nr. Ringwood Hampshire on Saturday 25th January 2020.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Our January 2020 weekend walk. More...

Weekend visit to RSPB Pagham Harbour on 30th November 2019

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Our November weekend walk. More...

Mid-week Walk at Moor Green Lakes on Tuesday 10 December 2019

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Our December 2019 mid-week walk More...

Mid-week walk around Dick Fock's Common on Thursday 14th November 2019

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Our November 2019 Mid-week Walk More...

Weekend Walk at Oare Marshes on Saturday 26th October 2019

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Our October mid-week walk at Oare Marshes. More...

Weekend walk at Keyhaven Marshes on Saturday 5th October 2019

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Our early October 2019 weekend walk More...

Mid-week Walk at Dorney/Jubilee River on Wednesday 16th October 2019

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Our October mid-week walk More...

Mid-week walk around Staines Moor, Wednesday 11th September 2019.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Our September mid-week walk at Staines Moor More...

Mid-week Walk at the London Wetland Centre, Barnes on 15 August 2019

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Our August mid-week walk at Barnes More...

Mid-week walk at Frensham Little Pond Thursday 13th June 2019

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Our rather wet June walk around Frensham Little Pond More...

Thursley Common on 14th May 2019

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Our May 2019 mid-week walk More...

Week-end Walk at Titchfield Haven 27th April 2019

Friday, 10 May 2019

Walk at Titchfield Haven More...

Mid-week Walk at Farlington Marshes Wednesday 20th March 2019

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Our walk in March 2019 More...

Week-end Walk at Pagham Harbour on Saturday 30th March 2019.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

March weekend walk at Pagham More...

Week-end Walk Rainham Marshes on 23rd February 2019

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Week-end Walk Rainham Marshes More...

Mid-week walk at the London Wetland Centre, Barnes. Tuesday 19th February 2019

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Mid-week walk at the London Wetland Centre, Barnes. More...

Weekend walk at Blashford Lakes 26 January 2019

Monday, 4 February 2019

Blashford Lakes walk on 26th January 2019 More...

Mid-week Walk at Moor Green Lakes on 17th January 2019

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Mid-week Walk at Moor Green Lakes 17JAN19 More...

Mid-week Walk at Thorpe Park 12th December 2018

Monday, 24 December 2018

Mid-week Walk at Thorpe Park on 12th December 2018 More...

Mid-week Walk at the Jubilee River 14 November 2018

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Mid-week Walk at the Jubilee River 14 November 2018 More...

Weekend Walk at Oare Marshes

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Weekend Walk at Oare Marshes 03NOV18 More...

Mid-week Walk at Bushy Park

Thursday, 4 October 2018

A walk around the park during te red deer rut. More...

Weekend trip to Titchfield Haven

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Wetland Reserves need to be wet, and after the long dry Summer this is proving to be a problem as a brief recce to Testwood Lakes in mid-September proved. It was therefore decided to move the planned outing along the coast to Titchfield Haven. More...

Mid-week walk at the London Wetland Centre, Barnes.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

A very enjoyable day with 45 species including lots of hirundines, a garganey, a peregrine falcon as well as the usual "Barnes" suspects. More...

Mid-week walk at Staines Reservoir

Thursday, 30 August 2018

A fine day at Staines reservoir with three types of grebe, common sandpiper as well as the usual suspects; however, rather slim pickings for the time of year but what a difference a day makes! More...

Mid-week Walk at NT Bookham Commons

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

... we were amused when a harassed driver turned up and asked the way to the Downside Services. We gently pointed out... More...

Mid-week Walk at NT Frensham Little Pond

Thursday, 7 June 2018

... we were a select band. We did the usual clockwise walk, starting off with several reed warblers in the reed bed opposite the boat house, following which we were entertained by... More...

Mid-week Walk on Thursley Common

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Eventually we came to an area of thick gorse where a Dartford warbler was flying about, giving fairly close views but not landing in sight. Overhead, two buzzards were circling in a thermal... More...

Mid-week Walk at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Some thirteen of us visited this reserve so there were plenty of pairs of eyes searching for birds. As I parked my car, chiffchaffs and a song thrush were making their presence heard, along with... More...

Great tit at birdtable

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Examples included Bewicks swans, long-tailed duck, lesser white-fronted geese and common scoter. One well-travelled member of the group was pleased to see a Chiloe wigeon again... More...

Mid-week Walk at Farlington Marshes

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

It was just past high tide as we set out from the parking area, so there was no mud at all for the waders in the harbour and we therefore expected the first lake to be pretty busy. Well it was, but not with waders... More...

Saturday, 24 February 2018

From the hide as the ice was melting on Ferry Pool a large flock of wigeon were in the water and surrounding fields. A smaller group of shoveler were also nearby with mallard... More...

Mid-week Walk at the WWT London Wetland Centre, Barnes

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The entrance lake held the usual coots, moorhens and tufted ducks, along with a pair of shovelers. Reaching the first hide just as the rain started in earnest, we settled in for a longer stay than usual and scanned the main lake hoping for a distant bittern... More...

Saturday, 27 January 2018

While we were assembling in the car park a green woodpecker flew across and posed in surrounding trees, and the feeding station in front of the centre hosted blue tits, greenfinches and a goldfinch. More...

Mid Week Walk to Moor Green Lakes

Thursday, 11 January 2018

The feeders in the car park were very busy with a steady stream of blue, great and long-tailed tits, a nuthatch and a great spotted woodpecker, while a wood or yellow-necked mouse scurried around under a waste bin. More...

Monday, 1 January 2018

From the car park we saw several redwings, fieldfares and long tailed tits. As we set out across the bridges to view the river and fields we picked up sparrow-hawk, buzzard, Egyptian geese, heron, siskin, song thrush, wren and great spotted woodpecker. More...

Mid-Week Walk at Thorpe Park

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

... but even so we had redwings and fieldfares flying over while we waited for everyone to arrive... More...

Weekend Walk to Blashford Lakes

Saturday, 25 November 2017

We started at the Tern Hide looking out over Ibsley Water. Ducks on display included pochard, shoveler and a pair of goldeneye which kept... More...

Mid-week Walk at Dinton Pastures

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Our first stop was at the nearby shore of Black Swan Lake, where we were faced by a horde of bread-expectant Canada geese and a solitary... More...

Saturday, 28 October 2017

With the tide low, large numbers of birds were busy on the mud on the Portsmouth side of the harbour. These included the usual.... More...

Mid-week Walk at Bushy Park

Thursday, 5 October 2017

While waiting for the off we were entertained by the roaring of a red deer stag nearby, fit young things doing their workouts and the driver of a swish white 13 plate Porsche who was photographing his vehicle from all angles - possibly prior to trying to sell it. We were waiting for a passing feral pigeon to put down a deposit .......... More...

Mid-week Walk at Staines Moor

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Ten of us took part in this walk, including first-timer Brenda. It was pretty quiet at first, with... More...

Mid-week Walk at Frensham Little Pond on 8th June 2017

Thursday, 8 June 2017

We elected to do the wooded area first while the birds were still fairly active and it also permitted a view along the full length of the pond... (cont..) More...

Mid-week Walk on Thursley Common on 23rd May 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

It was a perfect day for a gentle stroll around the common. This time we took the westerly route around Shrike Hill in order to hopefully catch the smaller birds while they were still active. (cont.) More...

Mid-week Walk at Pulborough Brooks on 19th April 2017

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

We enjoyed a beautiful spring day at Pulborough, albeit a bit on the nippy side out of the sun. Quite a bit of birdsong could be heard... More...

Mid-week Walk at the London Wetland Centre, Barnes on 15th March 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

After a slightly grey forecast earlier in the week, the six of us who made it to Barnes had a brilliant day's birding. The sun shone, the birds were singing, the blossom was... More...

Mid-week Walk at Moor Green Lakes on 9th February 2017

Saturday, 11 March 2017

A small but select band attended this walk on an uninvitingly grey day. As usual, the car park feeders were busy with tits, robins, dunnocks and goldfinches and two of us missed out on a couple of siskins that didn't... More...

Papercourt, New Years Day 2017

Sunday, 1 January 2017

A select five members shook off any late night cobwebs and joined me for the traditional new years day wander around Papercourt. The field... More...

Mid-week Walk at Farlington Marshes

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Despite dismal weather on the journey down, seven of us persevered and had a good day's birding at this coastal site. With the high tide some 17... More...

Mid-week Walk at Dorney/Jubilee River

Thursday, 24 November 2016

... A quick look west from the bridge revealed a few ducks, a great crested grebe and a distant buzzard... More...

Pagham Harbour

Thursday, 27 October 2016

A misty start turned into a fine, clear day for a group of nine members to wander Pagham reserve. Pagham is a large, shallow natural harbour... More...

Mid-week Walk at Papercourt

Monday, 17 October 2016

There was a decent turn-out for this walk around the lock and surrounding countryside. The field opposite the car park held an unusually high number of stock doves.... More...

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Apart from reasonably uncongested roads, a bonus of this visit was an easterly wind - meaning that we... More...

Pennington and Keyhaven in the sunshine

Sunday, 11 September 2016

A beautiful September Sunday saw a small but select group join me to explore the lagoons, marsh and intertidal mudflats... More...

Mid-week Walk at Staines Reservoirs 23rd August 2016

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Not ideal weather for migration as, with perfect conditions, the birds could just keep... More...

Nightjar Walk on Horsell Common

Friday, 17 June 2016

We started by heading through the pine and birch woodland. Those woods yielded chiffchaff, blackcap and a single willow warbler... More...

Mid-week Walk at Thursley Common on 2nd June 2016

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Even before leaving the car park we heard a wren and also a distant curlew calling - a good start. The Moat Pond was pretty...... carefully avoiding the hole left by a dislodged plank... More...

Mid-week Walk at Papercourt on 10th May 2016

Saturday, 14 May 2016

With just a gentle drizzle falling and warm conditions we first checked out the area around the car park. This produced blackcap, wren and chiffchaff in the woodland, while on the pasture were Canadas, greylags, magpies, woodpigeons and jackdaws... More...

Dinton Pastures

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Despite the rather steep new parking charges for the main car parks, nine of us gathered for this walk at a site once visited regularly... More...

Farlington Marshes

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Farlington is a mix of open marsh, reed bed and some pools enclosed by a sea wall, a wall that keeps out... More...

New Year's Day Walk at Papercourt

Friday, 1 January 2016

Starting the new year in traditional fashion, 14 people joined me for a gentle stroll around Papercourt. Some of our members have long memories..... More...

Mid Week Walk at Thorpe Park

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Several small birds were flitting around the farm while we waited for all to arrive but only goldfinches were... More...

Cliffe Pools (RSPB)

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Cliffe is an area of old gravel pits, scrub and open pasture nestled up against the Thames in North Kent. Today it was also.... More...

Mid-week Walk at Dorney/Jubilee River

Thursday, 12 November 2015

As normal we managed to fill all the remaining spaces in the small car park and the area opposite but all were accommodated, although I fear we may have... More...

Staines Moor, Mid Week Walk

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Despite the uninspiring weather there was a good turn-out forthis walk, including several who were not members of ourgroup... More...

Saturday, 3 October 2015

We have been invited to Wisley on a number of occasions, but the Woodfest was a new event for them. More...

Tices Meadow

Sunday, 27 September 2015

A somewhat underwhelming one member joined me for a morning's gentle stroll around one of Surrey's premier birding sites (thank you Steve). We were also joined by.... More...

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Our first indoor meeting of our 2015-2016 season brought Martin Davies to St James Hall.Martin is known, amongst other things, for... More...

Saturday, 12 September 2015

There were two firsts for the Group at this event - first time at the event and... More...

Mid-week Walk at Staines Reservoir on Tuesday 8th September 2015

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Six of us took part in this short walk along the causeway at the reservoir. The north basin has been drained for... More...

Saturday, 5 September 2015

It was our first visit to this event and, in terms of... More...

Mid-week Walk at Barnes WWT

Thursday, 27 August 2015

As we started to move towards reception a large group of Canada geese flew over the car park, with an accompaniment of a handful of noisy ring-necked parakeets. A mute swan and her two cygnets had taken up residence under the statue... More...

Mid Week Walk at Bookham Commons

Thursday, 2 July 2015

The forecasters had been dithering for a week over what the weather was going to be for our walk at Bookham. It ended up being cool and just slightly damp. OK for birds but not for our hoped for butterflies. More...

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Nick Hammond, our speaker for the last indoor meeting of the season, is a former director of communications at RSPB, and one time editor of its Birds magazine. His talk was entitled High Rise Living; Life in the Tropical Forest.( Our new season of talks starts in September - why not join us? ) More...

Horsell Common

Friday, 19 June 2015

A gratifying total of nineteen people turned out on a reasonably fine June evening with nightjars very much in mind. Simon, as the keeper of... More...

Mid Week Walk at Thursley Common

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The car park at The Moat pond is quite large but we managed to take up all available spaces when a record 25 of us turned up for this walk, including quite a few non-group members... More...

Frensham Little Pond

Sunday, 31 May 2015

...a leisurely and enjoyable stroll around the mix of habitats that makes up Frensham Little Pond. That mix comprises the open water of the pond itself, the reeds edging the pond which then give way to largely coniferous woodland and open heath. More...

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

This year's AGM had more significance than normal following the announcement in January that Mary and Dave were standing down as Joint Leaders of the Group. More...

Mid Week Walk to Papercourt

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

As with last year, very few people came on this walk despite the excellent weather. Sometimes it is great to do a walk with a smaller group, so five of us... More...

Titchfield Haven

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Today was my first as 'outdoor leader' in my second incarnation in this role having given up the post several years ago, ably filled by Frank in that period. I had chosen Titchfield as it is a particular favourite... More...

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Swifts, like many of our migrant birds are declining. There are various reasons for this but chief amongst them is the inadequate protection accorded to their city nest sites. As older buildings are demolished or renovated historic nest sites are removed and colonies wiped out. More...

Mid-week Walk at Staines Moor

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

This was our group's first visit to Staines Moor in many years and for many of the around a dozen of us attending it was also new ground. More...

Mid-week Walk at the London Wetland Centre, Barnes

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Weather: Dreary and overcast all day but fairly mild, dry and calm 7C - Despite the uninspiring weather, a record for a MWW of 18 members and guests turned out for this walk, virtually taking over the place as there appeared to be few other visitors when we arrived. More...

Mid-week Walk at Thorpe Park - by Peter Hambrook

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Weather: Bright and sunny after heavy overnight rain. 7C - A very good turn-out had some 15 of us enjoying a beautiful morning at this friendly site - after some initial complications caused by the closure of our usual entrance and parking area due to the barn being dismantled More...

Mid-week Walk at Moor Green Lakes

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Weather: Mainly overcast but dry and very mild with a moderate SW wind. 13C - Eight of us managed to escape the Christmas shopping for a few hours and enjoyed a productive morning checking out the lakes here. Even before getting more than a few steps from the car park we had tits More...

Farlington Marsh - by Neil Bew

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Simon and Mick (oh and Simon's black Labrador) joined me for a gentle lap of Farlington Marsh on what proved to be a mixed morning from the weather viewpoint but an enjoyable one from the bird viewpoint.High tide was due by the end of the morning, More...