Trip reports

Trip to Caelaverock 22/2/2020

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Yes Caelaverock not Mereshead as planned. Due to the very wet weather prior to this visit the roads leading to Mereshead were closed due to flooding. Caelaverock was open to visitors so therefore saved the day. Although wellies were advised to access some of the hides. More...

Adult whooper swans feeding in fields

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

This was our first group visit to Martin Mere for some time and there have been some excellent changes made to the reserve. Twenty six people joined the bus trip down into Lancashire with a rather wet start to the day. More...

Campfield Marsh RSPB reserve

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Eight people braved the wet weather to view the waders coming in for the high tide roost. More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Looking back at the trip report archives we last visited Saltholme on 25/4/2014 therefore twenty seven people set off by coach from Cockermouth looking forward to re-visiting and a good day of birding. More...

Visit to Caelaverock 9th February 2019

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

This is the latest report of the visit to Caelaverock Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Reserve made by our local group by coach since November 2014. More...

Visit to Campfield Marsh 25/11/18

Sunday, 25 November 2018

This was the first reserve visit made by our local group since 2016 and was to our local reserve on the Solway coast. More...

Martin Mere 28/11/15

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Twenty passengers braved the weather for our annual visit to Martin Mere. The weather forecast for the day was to be very wet with gale force winds. Not very inspiring for a birding trip therefore it was decided to forgo the visit to Marshside this time and retreat to the hides at Martin Mere for the day. More...

Visit to Campfield Marsh 26th September 2015

Friday, 2 October 2015

This was our first visit of the new season of outings and a good opportunity to introduce our new members and guests to their local RSPB reserve. It was a warm, dry, windless day, rather dull in the morning but brightened up in the afternoon. More...

Visit to Mereshead 21/3/15

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Mereshead RSPB Reserve is situated on the Scottish side of the Solway coast, west of Dumfries. On Saturday 21st March 27 members of our local group travelled by coach to this reserve on a bright sunny day with average temperatures of 10c. More...

Washington WWT-14th February 2015

Sunday, 15 February 2015

It has been two years since the group has visited Washington WWT. On our last visit there we had snow, but today at least it would be dry and not too cold. We even got occasional sunshine which lifted the light and colour of the birds viewed around the reserve. More...

Caelaverock 22nd November 2014

Sunday, 23 November 2014

This was our second visit to this reserve this year the last being in January(see previous trip report for 27/1/14) On this early winter visit the weather was very kind to us and gave us beautiful views of the birds in the sunshine today. More...

Adult whooper swans feeding in fields

Monday, 27 October 2014

Twenty seven people left a rather grey damp Cockermouth for our visit to Lancashire and these two reserves. More...

Puffin perched on rock, Isle of May

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The Farne Islands visit was put on the list for the 2014 Programme by popular request and on the day the forecast was for rain, thunder and lightning. But we(30people) set off in the sunshine from Cockermouth at 8.15am not knowing in which direction we would go once at Newcastle. More...

Visit to Saltholme-25th April 2014

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The weather forecast for this trip was not too promising so 27 of us were all geared up to get a wetting. It rained on and off throughout our trip across to the east and Teeside, but we were pleasantly surprised to find it dry on our arrival. After the usual warm welcome from the staff and a quick check on the sitings board the bird count began. More...

Visit to Mereshead - 29th March 2014

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Twenty two intrepid birdwatchers plus Michael, our driver, left West Cumbria early on Saturday morning in reasonably bright weather for our destination of Mereshead a few miles beyond Dumfries. More...

Caelaverock-Visit on 25th January 2014

Monday, 27 January 2014

39 intrepid souls braved the weather on our visit over the border to Caelaverock where wellies and wet gear were an absolute must for this trip. More...

Male goldeneye

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Twenty seven of us left a grey but dry Cockermouth for the first visit for most of the group to this reserve near Preston. There the weather kept dry for us and the light improved throughout the day. More...

Flock of pink-footed geese at dawn over Loch of Strathbeg

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Twenty five of us left a very wet Cumbria to travel south to these two wetland reserves in Lancashire. By the time we approached our destinations the weather had improved being dry, quiet warm with a light breeze to greet us. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Sunday, 22 September 2013

A bit of a grey day to start off with when we met for a guided tour of the new visitor centre which will be officially opening next month. More...

Puffin with sandeels in beak

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

The weather watchers and trip organisers had been busy making sure that this trip would be a special one for our local groups first trip to the Farnes. More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

This was the first visit by our local group to this reserve which is located on an old RAF airfield near to Carlisle. More...

Washington WWT-Feb 23rd 2013

Monday, 25 February 2013

This trip was a first for all twenty five of us on the trip on Saturday. Birding in the snow! The forecast lived up to expectations as we arrived in the car park at Washington where two inches of snow has laid and it was still snowing. More...

Caerlaverock-17th November 2012

Monday, 19 November 2012

Another trip over the border came with a promise of sunshine and as we travelled on our dull side of the Solway we could see that over on the other side there was indeed blue skies and sunshine. More...

Visit to Campfield Marsh-15th September 2012

Sunday, 16 September 2012

As usual our first reserve visit of the year was to Campfield Marsh and this started at the lay-by overlooking the shore and the ponds. More...

Leighton Moss visit on 26/5/2012

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Our trip to Leighton Moss took place during the hot and sunny weather at the end of May,(remember that?) and there was no need for waterproofs or woollies! More...

Visit to Saltholme-28/4/2012

Sunday, 29 April 2012

On leaving Cockermouth the weather did not look too promising, but on arrival on Teeside we were treated to some sunshine. It was also very blustery and chilly at times as well. More...

Ken Dee and Red Kites-24th March 2012

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Another brilliant day at the RSPB reserve at Ken Dee. More...

Mersehead visit 25/2/12

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Twenty one people left a very grey Cockermouth for our trip over the border to the RSPB reserve at Mersehead. Two days prior to our visit the reserve had been closed due to flooding, so we were prepared for it to be rather damp underfoot. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Sunday, 22 January 2012

We left Cockermouth on a dry but very breezy day for our visit to Pennington Flash Country Park near Leigh in Lancashire. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Monday, 12 December 2011

How does he do it? Once again, Brian Furness had arranged a dry day, except that this time it was a bit dull and overcast for our annual trip to the seaside at Southport. More...

Caelaverock: 26th November 2011

Monday, 12 December 2011

27 members set off for what promised to be a wet and blustery day at Caerlaverock-and we weren't disappointed. More...

View towards Solway Firth

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Our first outing of the season was a little later than usual this year. More...

Leighton Moss-21st May

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Twenty Two people left Cockermouth on an overcast, cool and windy day for our annual group visit to Leighton Moss. More...

Saltholme-30/4/2011

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Thirty one people left for Teeside on a bright sunny morning and this weather continued throughout the day. More...

Ken Dee Marshes and Red Kites-26/3/2011

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Another good visit to this RSPB reserve in this lovely area in Dumfries and Galloway. More...

Mersehead Visit-19th February 2011

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Thirtyone people came along on our trip to Mersehead today. The weather forecast had been for rain and snow, but we arrived to to none of this. Our day was dry and overcast and a bit chilly and not bad for a February day. More...

Visit to Washington WWT-15th January

Friday, 21 January 2011

Twenty people left a very damp Cockermouth for their visit to Washington last Saturday. It did not look too promising as the weather forecast was for heavy rain. More...

Visit to Caelaverock-20th November 2010

Saturday, 20 November 2010

A full coach of 30+ people left Cockermouth on a bright sunny morning for our first group visit to Caelaverock in two years. More...

Whooper & Bewick's swans feeding in ploughed field

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Once again, Brian Furness had ordained a dry, bright day for our monthly trip. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Another visit to our local reserve at Campfield to start off the visits for the season. More...

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

Sunday, 14 March 2010

This was our second trip to Saltholme so it was good to see how things have progressed since last years visit. More...

Visit to Mereshead 13th February 2010

Sunday, 14 February 2010

This trip was our first of the year and the first since October and what a splendid day it turned out to be. It was good to get our group out and about again leaving all that bad weather behind us. More...

Visit to Marshside and Martin Mere- 17/10/09

Monday, 19 October 2009

The highlight of the day was great views of a kingfisher and a comment heard "like raining geese" sums up our visit to these reserves. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Another good day for our visit to our local reserve in Cumbria. More...

Visit to Hodbarrow, 27th June 2009

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Thirteen members of our group left Cockermouth on a warm sunny day for our journey along the coast road to the Hodbarrow reserve near Millom. More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Monday, 18 May 2009

Another great visit to Leighton Moss was made on 16th May. More...

Redshank perched on post

Sunday, 15 March 2009

This was our first visit to Saltholme the latest RSPB reserve to open in the north. More...

Adult twite perched on branch in heather moorland

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Twenty eight people counted fifty five different species on this visit to Mersehead. More...

Ken Dee Marsh Reserve, 24th January 2009

Monday, 26 January 2009

Our first trip for 2009 took us over the border to Galloway. More...

Flock of pink-footed geese at dawn over Loch of Strathbeg

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Our first visit over the border proved to be another good day. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

Monday, 20 October 2008

We were lucky again with the weather. More...

Campfield Marsh RSPB reserve

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Included a rare sighting More...