Trip reports

South Stack Cliffs Nature Reserve, 17 June 2018

Sunday, 24 June 2018

The birds were there - but so was the drizzle. When the foghorn stopped, the birds came into view! More...

Ham Wall Nature Reserve (RSPB), 20 May 2018

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Hot sunshine and great birds at Ham Wall! More...

Whisby Nature Reserve (Lincoln) - 29th March 2018

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Another new venue on a dry, if chilly day; elusive nightingales, migrants arrived, easy journeys - it was good to be back after our weather cancellation in March. More...

North Cave Wetlands, 25 February 2018

Friday, 2 March 2018

A great start to the year with dry, cold weather, lots of birds and a rarity; what more could we wish for! More...

Slimbridge Wetland Centre, 12th November 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Good weather and good birds for our last coach trip of 2017 - mating pintail and dancing cranes showing how unseasonable the weather really has been. More...

Gibraltar Point: 15th October 2017

Monday, 23 October 2017

Lincolnshire coast at migration time - lots of species, on a reserve of many habitats. More...

September 2017 Field Trip - RSPB Conwy Reserve

Friday, 22 September 2017

Superb weather when it mattered - at Conwy, poor weather when it didn't - on the way there and the way home! Great scenery, waders in abundance, plus swallows and martins having a last feed before heading to Africa. More...

Bempton Cliffs, 11th June 2017

Monday, 10 July 2017

A crane from the coach marked the unexpected start of another brilliant visit to the seabirds of Yorkshire. More...

Lakenheath Fen, 21st May 2017

Sunday, 28 May 2017

A beautiful early summer day, with the sounds of cuckoos and bitterns -what could be better? More...

April 2017 - Nagshead and the Forest of Dean

Friday, 14 April 2017

With weather that would not be out of place in mid-summer, a trip that promised well for the seasons ahead! More...

March 2017 - Marshside and Mere Sands Wood

Monday, 27 March 2017

A touch of spring in the air, as the Group enjoyed Lancashire. More...

February 2017 - Rutland Water

Monday, 20 February 2017

A cold start to the 2017 Programme, but excellent birds and very few people! More...

Out and About Report - October 2016, Elmdon Country Park

Monday, 13 February 2017

Wildlife near the airport! A walk in the east of Birmingham More...

Out and About Report - December 2016, Brandon Marsh Reserve

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Back in action after a break, a walk at the headquarters reserve of Warwickshire Wildlife. More...

Saturday, 26 November 2016

A damp start, but a bird-laden day in a wild place! More...

Out and About Report, October 2016, Elmdon Country Park

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wildlife near an Airport. A walk to the east of Birmingham More...

Friday, 30 September 2016

Birds and Insects show how an Industrial Landscape can be transformed - and Mediterranean weather into the bargain. More...

Out and About Report - September 2016, Branston Water Park

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

A walk around the restored quarries and canal of the Branston Water park, south of Burton upon Trent More...

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

....and it was meant to be summer! More...

June 2016 Field Trip - Ynys Hir

Friday, 24 June 2016

Ospreys, then rain! But 72 species in a beautiful area. More...

Paxton Pits - May 2016

Sunday, 22 May 2016

A Great Reserve on a Sunny Spring day - with Nightingales! More...

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

A local walk, in a location we're lucky to have so close to home! More...

Leighton Moss RSPB Reserve, April 2016

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

A glorious sunny day for our trip north, with distant snow reminding us it was still April, but the first summer migrants appearing. More...

Field Trip Report - 20th March 2016, Potteric Carr

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Spring arrives, and with it the birds! More...

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Late winter and early spring birds from a walk with plenty of variety. More...

Out and About Report - February 2016, Baggeridge Country Park

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Wonderful weather, with woodland and water birds! More...

Field Trip Report - 14th February 2016, Burton Mere Wetland

Sunday, 14 February 2016

A cold Valentine's Day in the Wirral, but bright sun, bright birds and a great reserve. More...

Out and About Report - January 2016, Ladywalk Nature Reserve

Friday, 29 January 2016

Mixed weather, mixed birds - but lots of them to see! More...

Upton Warren - Out & About December 9th 2015

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

A sunny walk, good food and great birds all day! More...

Out and About - November 2015, Draycote Water Country Park

Monday, 7 December 2015

A good walk, with good birds.... and in good weather, just! More...

Field Trip Report - 15th November 2015, Rye Meads RSPB Reserve.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

A fine, if blustery day, for a winter visit, rewarded by a good day of birding in Hertfordshire. More...

Field Trip Report - 18th October 2015, Far Ings

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

A last-minute venue change, but great birds! More...

Sepember Out and About - Sutton Park

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

A walk that started with a Very Large Owl indeed! More...

Field Trip Report - 20th September 2015: Frampton Marsh

Sunday, 20 September 2015

As summer passes, back to birding with a glorious day and wildlife variety at Frampton Marsh More...

Bempton Cliffs,14th June 2015

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Wonderful birds, glorious wild flowers = excellent trip and lots of satisfied visitors! More...

Out and About report - May 2015, Ludlow

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The first Out and About as a Sutton Coldfield activity, rewarded by lots of birds in a very attractive location. More...

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Lovely venue, good selection of the birds of the woodland and lake! More...

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Nearly the ton! A wonderful day with a great variety of birds - nothing too special, but nearly 100 species recorded. More...

RSPB Dearne Valley - Old Moor, 15th March 2015

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Seventy species seen, finches galore - and one for the lariphiles as well! More...

Rutland Water, 25th January 2015

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Bright days and sunlit birds; starting 2015 the way we intend to carry on! Rutland Water in the sunshine (and we'll overlook the cold). More...

Martin Mere, 16th November 2014

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Martin Mere is always great - but winter sunshine all day and brilliant birds made our trip all the better! More...

Monday, 10 November 2014

A windy day in Wales - but at least the rain held off! More...

North Cave Wetlands (YWT) and RSPB Blacktoft Sands 21st Sept 2014

Monday, 10 November 2014

Two venues, lots of birds - but not the autumn migration rush we'd hoped for! More...

Lakenheath Fen RSPB Reserve, June 2014

Sunday, 15 June 2014

An extra trip slotted in - the sunshine forgot we were going, but the birds didn't! More...

Paxton Pits - April 2104

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sunshine and Nightingales - Spring Arrived at Paxton More...

A promise of spring in Yorkshire - Potteric Carr, 16th February 2014

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Would we see a bittern.....? What about a water rail....? Read on to find out! More...

December 2013 Field Trip - Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Cloudless December skies, obliging wildlife - another successful trip. More...

November 2013 Field Trip - Conwy RSPB Reserve

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Good birds, great scenery, excellent weather - all the ingredients for popular trip. More...

Mass Migrations - People and Birds: Sutton Coldfield to Gibraltar Point 13th October 2013

Sunday, 13 October 2013

A full coach and masses of birds; Field Trip at its best! More...

Bitterns and Cranes - Hickling Broad, September 2013

Sunday, 15 September 2013

The first trip since the summer break, and a quality bird list - the standard for Sutton Coldfield trips is here for all to see! More...

Shapwick Heath, 16th June 2013

Friday, 28 June 2013

After an aborted trip to the area last year, what would happen this time? A full coach and great birds! More...

Forest of Dean and Nags Head, April 2013

Monday, 6 May 2013

A lete spring may have held back the migrants, but the better weather brought out the bird watchers! More...

Strumpshaw Fen - March 2013

Monday, 11 March 2013

An unpromising start, but a great day's birding in the end! More...

Pitsford Reservoir, 11th November 2012

Sunday, 11 November 2012

70 species and a glorious autumn day - a day to be out enjoying the wildlife of Northamptonshire! More...

Ynys-Hir, June 2012

Monday, 25 June 2012

Springwatch had gone, along with the floods, and a good size party to enjoy the Ynys-Hir experience. More...

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

At last - back to a proper, well-supported trip - with good birds too! More...

Fen Drayton

Friday, 23 March 2012

The trip that never was! More...

By Coach to a Carr - Field trip to Potteric Carr, 15th January 2012

Thursday, 19 January 2012

A cold day, a huge reserve and a range of habitats - but not too many birds! More...

Kites without Strings - Cors Caron, 13th November 2011

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Clouds of kites, fabulous fieldfares and spectacular scenery - a day's birding in mid-Wales was not to be missed. More...

Spurn and Lost Stardom! - Spurn Point, 9th October 2011

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Autumnwatch were there, so were we! More...

Spoonbills and sunshine - Cley, September 2011

Monday, 12 September 2011

Weather forecast - terrible, actual weather, hot and dry; birds forecast - good, actual birds, brilliant. Cley in September! More...

June 2011 Field Trip - Yorkshire Variety

Monday, 20 June 2011

Variety indeed - the sea cliffs of Bempton to the woods and wetlands of Tophill Low - and a good range of birds too. More...

Bittern feeding in reedbeds

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Over 100 species seen - plus good food and good company. An ideal long weekend away from Sutton Coldfield. More...

Summer Comes to Paxton

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Glorious weather added to excellent birds made for a good April trip. More...

Leighton Moss in Springtime

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Wet start - but a dry, sunny trip at last as springtime shows! More...

Newport Wetlands - Very Wetlands! February 2011 Field Trip

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Newport Wetlands lived up to its name but the conditions did not put off the intrepid Sutton Coldfield explorers. More...

Rutland Water - January 2011

Sunday, 16 January 2011

A good total of species and a good spread of species too - with some special birds thrown in! More...

Sunday, 12 December 2010

A foggy start failed to deter those travelling to Slimbridge, who were then rewarded by a sunny afternoon in which to watch the wildfowl and a dry dusk to enjoy the floodlit feeding - another good day out for Sutton Coldfield RSPB Local Group. More...

A Rye Meads Wander

Sunday, 7 November 2010

An autumn day, cold and bright, brought winter redwings and summer dragonfiles out together! More...

Autumn sunshine in Red Rose County

Sunday, 10 October 2010

At last the sun shone for the Sutton Coldfield trip to Lancashire - an ideal combination of inland and coastal sites made for an excellent day's birding. More...

Ouse been birding in the rain?

Sunday, 19 September 2010

The first trip after the 2010 summer break was to reserves north and south of the River Ouse ( & Humber) in Yorkshire; red-necked grebe and marsh harriers provided the highlights to a damp, but enjoyable day's birding. More...

South Stack Success

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Hot sun, blue sea and birds - an ideal day out! More...

Breckland Beauties - 23rd May 2010

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

A brilliant sunny day and some of Britain's rarest birds - what more could you want from a field trip? More...

Goyt Valley, 18th April 2010

Monday, 19 April 2010

Blue Skies and a glorious walk - a day to remember. More...

North Wales, 7th March 2010

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Sunshine and snow, buntings and buzzards! More...

Friday, 12 February 2010

Despite a few transport issues, the sun shone and birds abounded! More...

Martin Mere - Lucky 13th

Monday, 14 December 2009

Sutton's Field Trips were back in business with a dawn to dusk birding extravaganza. Full report now! More...

Carsington - the trip that never was.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Look what you missed by not coming on the November trip! More...

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

Sunday, 13 September 2009

32 members of the SC RSPB group saw 88 different bird species on their trip to Titchwell. More...

Sunday, 9 August 2009

A day in the sunshine. encouraging people to love and learn about birds - what could be better? More...

Heather at Arne nature reserve

Friday, 12 June 2009

Our long weekend trip this year was to Dorset, 12th- 14th June, where we took in Arne, Brownsea Island, and Radipole. More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Pied flycatchers and redstarts at Ynys Hir. And for a lucky few, a lesser spotted woodpecker! More...

Male bearded tit perching on Phragmites

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Account of visit to Leighton Moss, 19th April More...

Rainham Marshes

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Sunday, 8th March, 2009 More...