Events

Our Field Trips are open to anyone - beginners and experienced birders, new participants and regulars. Dark waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear are strongly recommended. Covid-19 regulations in force at the time of any field trip will be adhered to.

Field Trips are graded: "A" generally level walking, "B" some gradients, "C" steep in places. Approximate distance is given and "WC" indicates that toilets are available at or near the start point of the trip.

Field Trip entries have details of the trip and a link to Google Maps for help in finding the meeting place.

Field Trips marked as "booking essential":

To apply for places, if you are a Local Group member, please contact Mike Crow at mec.crow@btinternet.com or phone 01722 717833 with your request and give a contact phone number.

Minibus Trips:

Fourteen places are available for Local Group members on a shared cost basis payable on completion of the trip. For the time being, we are specifying that MASKS MUST BE WORN whilst on board the minibus.

Departure is at 8am from the Britford Park and Ride site (free parking) on the A338 Downton Road. Return to Salisbury is generally by 6.15pm

If you have to cancel, please notify Mike Crow on 01722 717833 as soon as possible or, if on the morning of the trip, telephone Steve Oakes on 07851 199601 after 7am.

Own Transport Trips:-

For the time being we are not able to offer lifts.

For all Field Trips, we hope you will not object to making a small contribution towards RSPB funds. We are suggesting £2 per trip, payable on the day to the trip leader.

TALKS: We have a terrific programme of talks right through to April 2022; for the time being we expect them to be on Zoom, most likely until March 2022 at least. However, all our speakers are flexible and can either speak on Zoom or at our local venue. As soon as conditions allow and we feel the time is right, we will resume live talks. In the longer term a combination of Zoom in the winter months and live talks in autumn and spring may be the solution.

Monthly Zoom meetings are on TUESDAY evenings at 7.30 pm and you can join them from 7.10 pm. For the group to cover the cost of our Zoom charge and the speaker's fee we suggest a donation after each meeting. You can pay online: account name: RSPB South Wilts LG, sort code: 30-90-79, account number: 34020860, ref: Zoom Talk. OR you can send a cheque, payable to RSPB South Wilts LG, to our Treasurer: Marlene Ryman, Avocets, 4 West Lane, North Baddesley, Southampton SO52 9GB.

January 2022

Sun
23

Garston Wood Winter Coppicing

Location: We meet at 10 am in the main public car park at the northern end of Garston Wood, one and a half miles north of Sixpenny Handley on the Bowerchalke road (SU 003195).
Latitude/longitude: 50.975014,-1.996202 (Google map)

Woodland work for wildlife continues at Garston Wood, on Sundays and Wednesdays, throughout the winter. Staff from RSPB Arne will run these work parties - tools, work gloves and supervised training are all provided. Covid-safe working practice will be maintained as and when necessary over the season.

The work undertaken is vital to maintain the rich diversity of plant and animal life in this beautiful RSPB reserve, and is also healthy good fun - visiting the "Green Gym!" or "Natural Health Service!".

Bring your own drinks and a packed lunch if you can stay all day, but do come if you can only spare a half-day.

Time: 10 am to 3.30 pm if you can stay all day.

Price: FREE, with tools, gloves and training provided

Telephone: 07887625107

E-mail: Anthony.Smith@rspb.org.uk

Tue
25

Studland and Shell Bay - Minibus Field Trip - Booking essential

Location: Around Shell Bay, Studland, Dorset.
Latitude/longitude: 51.051980,-1.7828043 (Google map)

A full day's coastal birding, searching particularly for wintering grebes, divers, wildfowl and waders.

2.5 miles, A, WC

Time: Meet at 8 am at Britford Park and Ride (SP5 4DS, off Downton Road, FREE PARKING - click Google Maps link) ONLY if you have booked

Price: Suggested RSPB donation £2, in addition to the shared cost of the minibus

Booking essential

Telephone: 01722717833

E-mail: mec.crow@btinternet.com

February 2022

Wed
2

Garston Wood Winter Coppicing

Location: We meet at 10 am in the main public car park at the northern end of Garston Wood, one and a half miles north of Sixpenny Handley on the Bowerchalke road (SU 003195).
Latitude/longitude: 50.974764,-1.996251 (Google map)

Woodland work for wildlife continues at Garston Wood, on Sundays and Wednesdays, throughout the winter. Staff from RSPB Arne will run these work parties - tools, work gloves and supervised training are all provided. Covid-safe working practice will be maintained as and when necessary over the season.

The work undertaken is vital to maintain the rich diversity of plant and animal life in this beautiful RSPB reserve, and is also healthy good fun - visiting the "Green Gym!" or "Natural Health Service!".

Bring your own drinks and a packed lunch if you can stay all day, but do come if you can only spare a half-day.

Time: 10 am to 3.30 pm if you can stay all day

Price: FREE, with tools, gloves and training provided

Telephone: 07887625107

E-mail: Anthony.Smith@rspb.org.uk

Tue
8

Mediterranean Birds by John Buckingham, on Zoom

Location: In the comfort of your own home, via Zoom!

Bee-eaters, rollers and a host of other wonderfully colourful species will brighten this February evening. We can expect some beautiful images and informative commentary having enjoyed John's excellent first talk for the group last summer. John is a Trustee of the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory where he gives regular talks.

If you haven't used Zoom before you'll need to register on their website - it's free with no obligation.
Access to the Zoom meeting is via Meeting ID: 969 461 3527 and Password: RSPB
Local Group members are emailed a reminder a day or so beforehand.

We hope that if you aren't already a member of the RSPB or our Local Group you might consider joining, particularly if you enjoy this talk! To join RSPB South Wilts Local Group if you aren't already a member go to The RSPB South Wilts website and on the Join Page DON'T fill out the obvious blank form but click the link to download a new printable form with details of how to pay by bank transfer or cheque. It's only £5 and you will get a Zoom meeting reminder every month through 2021 and into 2022.

Time: Zoom Meeting opens at 7.10 pm for a 7.30 pm start. The format is two 35 minute halves with a 10 minute interval.

Price: FREE but "Zoom" donations are very welcome! You can pay online: account name: RSPB South Wilts LG, sort code: 30-90-79, account number: 34020860, ref: Zoom Talk. Or you can send a cheque, payable to RSPB South Wilts LG, to our Treasurer: Marlene Ryman, Avocets, 4 West Lane, North Baddesley, Southampton SO52 9GB

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

Thu
10

Slimbridge - Minibus Field Trip - Booking essential

Location: Slimbridge
Postcode: SP5 4DS (Google map)

A chance to enjoy the wintering swans, geese, ducks and waders (and maybe a crane or two) plus the wildfowl collection. Entry fee payable on the day for non-WWT members.

1 mile, A, WC

Time: Meet at 8 am at Britford Park and Ride (SP5 4DS, off Downton Road, FREE PARKING - click Google Maps link) ONLY if you have booked

Price: NB Entry fee payable on the day for non Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust members, currently £12-16 per person, plus shared cost of minibus.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01722717833

E-mail: mec.crow@btinternet.com

Sun
20

Garston Wood Winter Coppicing

Location: We meet at 10 am in the main car park at the northern end of the reserve, one and a quarter miles north of Sixpenny Handley on the Bowerchalke road (SU 003195).
Latitude/longitude: 50.975014,-1.996202 (Google map)

Woodland work for wildlife continues at Garston Wood, on Sundays and Wednesdays, throughout the winter. Staff from RSPB Arne will run these work parties - tools, work gloves and supervised training are all provided. Covid-safe working practice will be maintained as and when necessary over the season.

The work undertaken is vital to maintain the rich diversity of plant and animal life in this beautiful RSPB reserve, and is also healthy good fun - visiting the "Green Gym!" or "Natural Health Service!".

Bring your own drinks and a packed lunch if you can stay all day, but do come if you can only spare a half-day.

Time: 10 am to 3.30 pm if you can stay all day

Price: FREE, with tools, gloves and training provided

Telephone: 07887625107

E-mail: Anthony.Smith@rspb.org.uk

Mon
28

RSPB Franchises Lodge - am only - Own Transport Field Trip - BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Location: Go down the track opposite the Telegraph Hill car park (on the B3078) and bear right down to the car park for Franchises Wood, New Forest ONLY IF YOU HAVE BOOKED.
Latitude/longitude: 50.949461,-1.6763265 (Google map)

Our first visit to this "Secret Forest" to look for the resident species, which include hawfinch, firecrest and goshawk.

25 PLACES available - restricted parking.

3 miles, B

Time: Meet: 9.30am Franchises Lodge car park, accessed via an unmarked track (SU228167) off the B3078, just east of the junction of the B3080 and B3078 roads SE of Downton - ONLY IF YOU HAVE BOOKED A PLACE/S

Price: Suggested RSPB donation £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01722717833

E-mail: mec.crow@btinternet.com

March 2022

Tue
1

River Avon (Bonnymead Reserve) Amesbury - Own Transport - Booking ESSENTIAL

Location: Meet at Amesbury Recreation Ground car park. The postcode for Recreation Road is SP4 7BB and the OS reference for the turning into Recreation Road is SU149412. Follow the road down the hill into the car park.
Postcode: SP4 7BB (Google map)

Mark Barrett will lead a roughly 2 hour walk around the River Avon Bonnymead reserve, limited to 10 people only. We will meet in the Amesbury Recreation Ground car park by 10am and the walk will be approximately 2 hours in duration. The Bonnymead reserve is owned by SADAC (Salisbury and District Angling Club) whose members are trying to manage the reserve for the benefit of all wildlife. Mark and Club members have put up a number of bird, dormouse and bat boxes and there are otters and water voles on the reserve. This is a private site which the public cannot normally access.

Book in the usual way via Mike Crow.

Time: 10am

Price: Suggested RSPB donation £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01722 717833

E-mail: mec.crow@btinternet.com

Wed
2

Garston Wood Winter Coppicing

Location: We meet at 10 am in the main public car park at the northern end of the reserve, one and a half miles north of Sixpenny Handley on the Bowerchalke road (SU 003195).
Latitude/longitude: 50.975014,-1.996202 (Google map)

Woodland work for wildlife continues at Garston Wood, on Sundays and Wednesdays, throughout the winter. Staff from RSPB Arne will run these work parties - tools, work gloves and supervised training are all provided. Covid-safe working practice will be maintained as and when necessary over the season.

The work undertaken is vital to maintain the rich diversity of plant and animal life in this beautiful RSPB reserve, and is also healthy good fun - visiting the "Green Gym!" or "Natural Health Service!".

Bring your own drinks and a packed lunch if you can stay all day, but do come if you can only spare a half-day.

Time: 10 am to 3.30 pm if you can stay all day

Price: FREE, with tools, gloves and training provided

Telephone: 07887625107

E-mail: Anthony.Smith@rspb.org.uk

Tue
8

Land of the Somer People by Mike Read, on Zoom

Location: In the comfort of your own home, via Zoom!

Mike's talk takes us through a year on the Somerset Levels; this low-lying land is highly managed and much altered since Stone Age man first set foot there. Today the many nature reserves contribute to the success of the breeding and wintering birds. And, as well as birds, there are images of flowers, insects and mammals in a talk that will appeal to a broad range of interests.

If you haven't used Zoom before you'll need to register on their website - it's free with no obligation.
Access to the Zoom meeting is via Meeting ID: 969 461 3527 and Password: RSPB
Local Group members are emailed a reminder a day or so beforehand.

We hope that if you aren't already a member of the RSPB or our Local Group you might consider joining, particularly if you enjoy this talk! To join RSPB South Wilts Local Group if you aren't already a member go to The RSPB South Wilts website and on the Join Page DON'T fill out the obvious blank form but click the link to download a new printable form with details of how to pay by bank transfer or cheque. It's only £5 and you will get a Zoom meeting reminder every month through 2021 and into 2022.

Time: Zoom Meeting opens at 7.10 pm for a 7.30 pm start. The format is two 35 minute halves with a 10 minute interval.

Price: FREE but "Zoom" donations are very welcome! You can pay online: account name: RSPB South Wilts LG, sort code: 30-90-79, account number: 34020860, ref: Zoom Talk. Or you can send a cheque, payable to RSPB South Wilts LG, to our Treasurer: Marlene Ryman, Avocets, 4 West Lane, North Baddesley, Southampton SO52 9GB

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

Thu
17

Keyhaven - am/optional pm extension - Own Transport Field Trip

Location: Start at Keyhaven
Latitude/longitude: 50.721878,-1.567765 (Google map)

A superb area of the Hampshire coast - our visit is timed both for remaining winter visitors and the first of the spring migrants which may include wheatears.

3.5 miles, A, WC

Time: Meet at 9.30 am at Keyhaven public car park (SZ306914 or near SO41 0TP)

Price: Suggested RSPB donation £2. Keyhaven car park costs about £8 for all day parking.

Telephone: 01725 510497

E-mail: steve31oakes@btinternet.com

Sun
20

Garston Wood Winter Coppicing - LAST of the Season!

Location: We meet at 10 am in the main public car park at the northern end of Garston Wood, one and a half miles north of Sixpenny Handley on the Bowerchalke road (SU 003195).
Latitude/longitude: 50.975014,-1.996202 (Google map)

Woodland work for wildlife continues at Garston Wood, on Sundays and Wednesdays, throughout the winter. Staff from RSPB Arne will run these work parties - tools, work gloves and supervised training are all provided. Covid-safe working practice will be maintained as and when necessary over the season.

The work undertaken is vital to maintain the rich diversity of plant and animal life in this beautiful RSPB reserve, and is also healthy good fun - visiting the "Green Gym!" or "Natural Health Service!".

The LAST session of the season! Bring your own drinks and a packed lunch if you can stay all day, but do come if you can only spare a half-day.

Time: 10 am to 3.30 pm if you can stay all day

Price: FREE, with tools, gloves and training provided

Telephone: 07887625107

E-mail: Anthony.Smith@rspb.org.uk

Wed
30

Blashford Lakes - Own Transport Field Trip (am/optional pm extension)

Location: Blashford Lakes

Latitude/longitude: 50.873486,-1.7864199 (Google map)

An early spring visit to this popular reserve where there should still be plenty of wintering birds, but also early spring migrants such as little ringed plovers and sand martins.

2.5 miles, A, WC

Time: Meet: 9.30am Blashford Lakes reserve car park. From Salisbury, turn left at Ellingham Cross on the A338, 2 miles north of Ringwood. After 500m turn left into the main car park by the Tern Hide at SU151082. Note that this is opposite the turn to the Education Centre (where the WC is located).

Price: Suggested RSPB donation £2

Telephone: 01725 510497

E-mail: steve31oakes@btinternet.com

April 2022

Tue
12

Spitsbergen, Land of the Polar Bear by Paul Stanbury

Location: In your home, on Zoom. However, it is possible that we may have returned to an Indoor Meeting Venue by this date so details will be updated as appropriate.

A wildlife journey around the Arctic islands of Svalbard, home to polar bears, walrus and millions of breeding seabirds - a first-hand account by Naturetrek tour leader and manager, Paul Stanbury. A welcome re-booking of the talk scheduled for May 2020 but cancelled at the start of the Covid pandemic.

Time: Zoom Meeting opens at 7.10 pm for a 7.30 pm start. The format is two 35 minute halves with a 10 minute interval.

Price: FREE but "Zoom" donations are very welcome! You can pay online: account name: RSPB South Wilts LG, sort code: 30-90-79, account number: 34020860, ref: Zoom Talk. Or you can send a cheque, payable to RSPB South Wilts LG, to our Treasurer: Marlene Ryman, Avocets, 4 West Lane, North Baddesley, Southampton SO52 9GB

Telephone: 01722712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com