Events

OWN TRANSPORT FIELD TRIPS are open to everyone and are perfectly suitable for beginners as well as experienced birders. Make your own way to the trip location OR, if you would like a lift (on a shared cost basis and only for full day duration on optional am/pm trips) meet at Salisbury Coach Park at the end of Millstream Approach off Castle Street. The meeting place is the 30 minute parking area by the Public Toilets. To have a lift, you MUST book in advance via Lucy Bennett (Field Trips Bookings) on 01722 790595.

MINIBUS FIELD TRIPS and other trips marked BOOKING ESSENTIAL are booked via the Booking Form in the Newsletter. All minibus trips are on a shared cost basis payable at the end of the trip. Unless otherwise stated, minibus trips depart at 8.00am from BRITFORD PARK AND RIDE car park on the A338, Downton Road, and at 8.15am from Salisbury Coach Park located at the end of Millstream Approach off Castle Street, returning by 6.15pm. If you have to cancel a booked place, notify Lucy on 01722 790595 as soon as possible, or if on the morning of a minibus trip, notify Steve Oakes on 07851 199601 after 7am.

All field trips are graded: "A" generally level walking: "B" some gradients: "C" steep in places. Approximate distance is given and "WC" indicates that toilet facilities are available at or near the start point of the trip. Waterproof clothing and strong, waterproof footwear are strongly recommended. 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.

INDOOR MEETINGS are held on TUESDAY evenings at the Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street. The SAC is a fabulous, deconsecrated church building with excellent audio-visual facilities including a huge 6m x 5m screen, and café/bar areas (open during our meetings).

July 2018

Wed
4

Foxbury Plantation, New Forest, for Nightjars - Own Transport EVENING ONLY Field Trip

Location: National Trust Foxbury Plantation.
Postcode: SO51 6AQ (Google map)

A return visit to a fabulous National Trust site to look for and listen to the mysterious nightjar, with a possibility of glow worms too!

Bring a torch and insect repellent.

Numbers are limited to 25 so booking is essential.
Successful applicants will be sent details of meeting time and place.

1.5 miles, A

Time: Successful applicants will be sent details of meeting time and place.

Price: Suggested donation £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01725 510497

E-mail: steve31oakes@btinternet.com

Tue
10

Winspit, Dorset — Minibus Field Trip (Booking essential)

Location: Winspit.

The Dorset coastal path is beautifully scenic and accesses bird-rich habitats particularly for breeding seabirds and songbirds.

5 miles, C, WC

Time: Meet at 8am at Britford Park and Ride (off Downton Road, FREE PARKING) OR at 8.15am Salisbury Coach Park (end of Millstream Approach off Castle Street)

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 01725 510497

E-mail: steve31oakes@btinternet.com

Wed
18

Winterbourne Downs RSPB Reserve - morning only - Own Transport Field Trip - Booking essential

Location: Winterbourne Downs RSPB Reserve

A guided walk around our RSPB farmland reserve at Newton Tony. Numbers are limited to 20 so BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. This trip is for Local Group members only and is booked via the Booking Form in the Newsletter.

2 miles, A/B

Time: BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Successful applicants will be sent details of meeting time and place.

Price: £3 per person, payable on the day to the Reserve

Booking essential

Telephone: 01725 510497

E-mail: steve31oakes@btinternet.com

Sun
29

WIMBORNE ST GILES - CREAM TEAS AFTERNOON

Location: Wimborne St Giles Village Hall.
Postcode: BH21 5LX (Google map)

A very nice summer event in Wimborne St Giles where we have gained a very good reputation for our afternoon teas. It is held in the village hall and its garden so there is ample room.

Mike will be there with RSPB membership and RSPB sales goods. There may also be home produce and plants.

We serve sandwiches, cream scones, gateaux and a wide range of delicious home made cakes.

Another event needing volunteers and cake makers please! This event is a major fundraiser for our group so we really appreciate your support. Contact TONY GODDARD.

If you can't volunteer then do come along for a splendid cream tea at the Village Hall.

Leave yourself time to look at the village and the beautiful church as well.

Time: 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Price: Tea, coffee, home-made sandwiches and cakes and scones at very reasonable prices

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

August 2018

Wed
29

Arne RSPB Reserve - Minibus Field Trip - Booking essential

Location: Arne

The wonderful mix of Dorset heathland, Arne Farm and Poole Harbour features early returning waders, migrant passerines, Dartford warblers. and possible osprey.

Arne also has a Visitor Centre, shop and cafe.

Distance 3 miles, B, WC

Time: Meet at 8am at Britford Park and Ride (off Downton Road, FREE PARKING) OR at 8.15am Salisbury Coach Park (end of Millstream Approach off Castle Street).

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 01725 510497

E-mail: steve31oakes@btinternet.com

September 2018

Mon
10

Pagham Harbour - Minibus Field Trip - Booking essential

Location: Pagham Harbour, a natural harbour in West Sussex, south of the city of Chichester and near the towns of Pagham and Selsey. Geographically it is the smallest and most easterly of the harbours of the Solent.

Autumn migration will be underway at this favourite West Sussex reserve, with waders still in breeding plumage passing through.

Distance 2.5 miles, A, WC

Time: Meet at 8am at Britford Park and Ride (off Downton Road, FREE PARKING) OR at 8.15am Salisbury Coach Park (end of Millstream Approach off Castle Street)

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 01725 510497

E-mail: steve31oakes@btinternet.com

Tue
11

The State of the Nation's Birds by Keith Betton

Location: Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury
Postcode: SP1 3UT (Google map)

Keith will draw on his experience with the BTO, his role as Hampshire's County Bird Recorder and his connection with many birding organisations worldwide to update us on the the state of the birds in this country - and around the world.

There will also be refreshments and the usual Raffle, RSPB Sales Goods, Bird Food and Books, and Tombola with proceeds to RSPB Conservation Projects.

Time: Doors open 7pm for 7.30 pm start

Price: Local Group Members £5, others £6, under 16s free

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

Sun
30

Millyford Bridge, New Forest - am/optional pm extension - Own Transport Field Trip

Location: Start at Millyford Bridge car park (SU268078)

Latitude/longitude: 50.869187,-1.620527 (Google map)

This area is in the central core of New Forest woodland, where we will look for firecrest, hawfinch and other woodland birds.

3.5 miles, A

Time: Meet 8.30am Salisbury coach park for a lift (MUST be pre-booked - See Introduction for FULL details) OR 9.30am Millyford Bridge car park

Price: Suggested RSPB donation £2

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com