Trip reports

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Thursday, 25 November 2021

We were given a very informative morning tour by Shaun Robson the RSPB Warden for the reserve. 36 species were recorded, including Greenshank, Green Sandpiper and Marsh Harrier. More...

Avocet wading in water

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Enjoyable trip in fine weather with 45 species recorded including a Scaup on the River Exe. More...

Snipe perched on fence post

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

41 species recorded on a lovely sunny day at this site, which continues to improve. More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Good to be out on our first field trip since the start of the covid lockdowns. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Weather conditions were far from ideal but Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Marsh Harrier and some Bullfinches were amongst the 28 species seen. More...

Goosander on water

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Plenty of waterfowl on view, including a Long-tailed Duck and a large number of Pintail. More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Great Northern Divers, Black-necked Grebes and an Eider in Portland Harbour and two Black Redstarts at Chesil Cove were the highlights on a dry and breezy day. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Grebes and Parakeets amongst 54 species seen. More...

Lodmoor RSPB reserve

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Our regular annual trip to the local RSPB reserves, with 47 species recorded including the resident Bearded Tit and Marsh Harrier. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Fifty species seen, including 30 Greenshank at Goosemoor. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

A morning visit with 41 species seen. More...

Willow warbler

Thursday, 5 September 2019

A sunny but breezy day for the first trip of the new season with 58 species seen or heard including Eider, Knot, Avocet, Greenshank, Swift, Wheatear, Whitethroat and Willow Warbler More...

Nightjar on ground among heather

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Good numbers of Nightjars seen and heard in ideal weather conditions. More...

Soussons Down and Challacombe Farm, Dartmoor

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

In addition to the birds seen, the weather, landscape and special characteristics of Challacombe Farm made for a memorable day on Dartmoor More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

It's good to report that the group had a very rewarding and enjoyable outing to the Somerset Levels on a day when rain threatened but never materialised and birds in full song were about in good numbers. More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Whimbrel and Lesser Whitethroat included in the total of 27 species seen on a wet morning visit to this coastal site. More...

House martin in flight

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Plenty of newly arrived migrants seen during our visit to the two RSPB Weymouth reserves. More...

Dartford warbler perching on heather

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Dartford Warbler and a Woodlark seen but nevertheless a hard day birding despite the favourable weather conditions. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Plenty of Marsh Tits and Treecreepers, but not the easiest of days for looking for birds. More...

Avocet wading in water

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Good weather for a trip around Middlebere in the morning followed by a visit to Arne RSPB reserve in the afternoon, which resulted in 50 species recorded for the day. More...

Male goldeneye

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Our annual winter visit to this reserve near Ringwood. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A wet morning meant few birds seen. More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

A warm and sunny day for our annual visit to this ever improving area alongside the River Axe in Devon. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Fine weather despite the forecast. Over thirty Greenshank amongst the good selection of waders seen. More...

Martin Down NNR, Hampshire

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Ideal weather for our outing to this wonderful area where we saw a great variety of birds, butterflies and plants including Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Turtle Dove, Marsh Fritillary, Adonis Blue, Grizzled and Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Burnt Tip Orchid, Field Fleawort and Hounds Tongue. More...

Hobby chasing dragonflies

Thursday, 10 May 2018

A visit to Shapwick Heath NNR and Ham Wall RSPB, where good numbers of Hobby, Swift, vocal warblers and a Garganey were the highlights. More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Our annual spring visit to this coastal site. More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Thursday, 22 March 2018

An enjoyable full day trip with 57 species recorded including Spoonbill, Spotted Redshank and Firecrest. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

A pleasant mornings walk around the woods and heathland close to Hardy's Cottage. More...

Goosander on water

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Our annual visit to this series of lakes and woodland near Ringwood, where 57 species were recorded by the group. More...

Dark-bellied brent goose on water at Hayling Island

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Highlights included Divers and Grebes in Portland Harbour followed by Little Owl, Purple Sandpiper and a stunning Black Redstart at the Bill. More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Plenty of gulls and ducks seen on the group's trip to the two local RSPB Weymouth reserves. Highlights included Marsh Harrier, Scaup and a long-staying Lesser Yellowlegs. More...

Seaton Wetlands, Devon

Friday, 13 October 2017

Little Stint, Ruff and Cattle Egret amongst the species seen on the group's annual visit to Seaton Wetlands. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Monday, 25 September 2017

Wet weather for the first trip of the new season. More...

Yarner Wood, Devon

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Redstart, Tree Pipit, Mandarin Duck, Marsh Tit and Pied Flycatchers seen on a cold overcast day. More...

Cogden Beach

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A few Lesser Whitethroats heard and good views of six Whimbrel. More...

Dartford warbler perching on heather

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A lovely day out walking along the Sherford and around Morden Bog where Crossbills and a pair of Peregrines were amongst the birds seen. More...

Heather at Arne nature reserve

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Marsh Harrier, Spotted Redshank and Spoonbills amongst the 42 species seen. More...

Adult male siskin on feeder

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A foggy day enjoyed by the few who made the effort. More...