Trip reports

RSPB Pagham Harbour

Thursday, 19 September 2019

One a fine warm autumnal Sunday in September, 15 members attended the group's first field trip of the 2019/20 events programme to RSPB Pagham Harbour. More...

A Date with Nature, 7th September 2018

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Saturday was an ideal day at Dinton Pastures to enjoy forest bathing or shinrin-yoku as it's called in Japan, or what most of us would call 'a nice walk in the countryside' on one our regular monthly birdwatching walks here. More...

A Date with Nature, Saturday, 3rd August 2019

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Another perfect summer's day for our regular monthly Date with Nature walk at Dinton Pastures, More...

A Date with Nature, 7th July 2019

Friday, 12 July 2019

Strawberry and cream celebrations of one kind or another kept some of our regular birdwatching walkers away on this glorious sunny morning. More...

Reeling in the years at Otmoor

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Although the weather forecast wasn't great, ten people attended the groups RSPB Otmoor field trip on Saturday 15th June. More...

A Date with Nature 1 June 2019

Sunday, 16 June 2019

The first day of June is the start of the metrological summer and the day lived up to its name with hot sun beating down on a large group of enthusiastic nature lovers. More...

Thursley Common visit 22 May 2019

Sunday, 26 May 2019

A warm sunny day with just a few wisps of high cirrus cloud welcomed us to Thursley Common on Wedneday for our monthly midweek walk. More...

Greenham Common Field Trip - Sunday 14th April, 2019

Sunday, 21 April 2019

14 attendees gathered at the former RAF base Greenham Common Control Tower car park on a day of cold easterly winds with sunny intervals More...

A Date with Nature, 6th April 2019

Thursday, 11 April 2019

With a pair of Goldcrests mating on a tree branch at the start of Saturday's walk, and colourful Chaffinches in the Café garden, these were portentous signs of an interesting birdwatching morning ahead. More...

Midweek Walk to Lower Farm Gravel Pit, Wednesday 27th March

Friday, 29 March 2019

On a lovely early spring morning 16 birders met at the Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, in readiness for the walk to the Lower Farm GP hide More...

A Date with Nature, 2nd March 2019

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Another well attended walk by 30 of us divided into two groups led by Patrick and Alan on a cold, grey Saturday morning with light drizzle which slowly opened up to sunshine More...

A Glorious Day at Titchfield Haven

Friday, 1 March 2019

The second midweek walk of the year was on Wednesday 27th February 2019, and was to an old favourite location More...

Visit to Moor Green Lakes, Wednesday 23rd January, 2019

Sunday, 27 January 2019

On a bracing winter's day 21 ardent birders enjoyed a wide spectrum of species - 56 in total More...

Visit to the London Wetland Centre at Barnes, Saturday 12th January

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

14 of us gathered in the courtyard on a rather cloudy but fairly mild day, with Rose-ringed Parakeets flying over More...

A Date with Nature, 5th January 2019

Sunday, 13 January 2019

About 30 people turned up on Saturday for our monthly birdwatching walk, warmly wrapped-up and with binoculars at the ready More...

Field Trip to Woolhampton Gravel Pits, 9th Dec 2018

Thursday, 13 December 2018

11 of us met in the car park of the Rowbarge pub in Woolhampton, on an overcast morning which the weather forecast had promised would improve More...

View over flooded fields at the RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve

Friday, 23 November 2018

On a cold, but dry and calm day, 15 eager birdwatchers led by Gerry Bryant descended on the excellent RSPB Pulborough Brooks site located in the attractive Arun valley, West Sussex. More...

A Date with Nature, 3rd November 2018

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Yes, they've arrived, and what a sight! Lots of ducks and different kinds of ducks swimming serenely on the lakes at Dinton Pastures on Saturday morning More...

WWT London Wetland Centre visit on Wednesday 24th October, 2018

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Exploring Sir Peter Scott's vision of an urban wetland wildlife reserve More...

A Date with Nature, 6th October 2018

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Saturday morning was cool and grey with the threat of heavy rain. A hardy (or foolhardy?) smaller group than usual of 11 of us set off with an upbeat spring in our step More...

Midweek Walk at Dorney Wetlands, 25th September 2018

Friday, 28 September 2018

10 of us gathered in the small car park off Lake End Road at the Jubilee River, on a beautiful sunny and warm morning. More...

Seeking the Short-eared Owl at Farlington Marshes, Sept. 9th

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Keenly aware of recent sightings of Osprey, Spotted Redshank and Short-eared Owl at Farlington Marshes near Havant, a dozen binoculared souls met early Sunday morning to see whether these birds and any early migrants were present. More...

A Date with Nature, 1st September 2018

Friday, 7 September 2018

The weather was perfect for a Saturday morning bird-watching walk; sunny but with a fresher feel than recent months. More...

A Date with Nature, 4th August 2018

Monday, 6 August 2018

It was another hot sunny Saturday morning, and sunlight shimmered on Black Swan Lake. More...

A Date with Nature, 7th July 2018

Friday, 13 July 2018

The first Saturday in every month sees a mixed aged group meeting at Dinton Pastures for our 'Date with Nature' walk from 9.00 am to 12.00-12.30 pm. More...

An Amazing Encounter with Nightjars, 19th June 2018

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

It was that time of year when we go out looking for Nightjars, and as usual we decided to go to Wishmoor Bottom, on the MoD land just north of Camberley. More...

Dawn Chorus, Sunday 6th May, Dinton Pastures

Sunday, 13 May 2018

At 5am on a cool, still morning 35 early risers met in the Dinton Pastures main car park, to be led in two groups by myself and Rebecca Reynolds on our annual dawn chorus walk. More...

Midweek Walk, Keyhaven, Wednesday 25th April, 2018

Friday, 27 April 2018

Led by Gerry Bryant a group of 9 set off from Keyhaven harbour to explore Keyhaven and Pennington Marsh on a cool, blustery but sunny day, with one hefty April shower More...

Weekend Field Trip to Titchfield Haven, (Hants. Wildlife Trust), Sunday 15th April, 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

As a stiff breeze came off a grey Solent, 13 members of our group met at the harbour wall opposite Titchfield Haven WT Visitor Centre. More...

A Date with Nature, 7 April 2018

Sunday, 8 April 2018

On Saturday 12 of us set off around Dinton. The March scheduled walk had to be cancelled due to snow and icy roads, so it was nice to be out on a bright day, although we had to take some detours due to ankle deep mud. More...

Midweek at Farlington Marshes, 21st March 2018

Thursday, 22 March 2018

At last, a sunny, calm, and mild day! 12 of us met at the car park at Farlington Marshes at 10:00 and set off for a walk around the sea wall. More...

A Date with Nature, Dinton Pastures, Saturday 3rd February 2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The weather forecast was to be cold with intermittent drizzle, which proved to be quite accurate More...

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Saturday, 27 January 2018

On Sunday 14th January 48 members of the group and the BOC travelled by coach to the WWT flagship reserve Slimbridge More...

Midweek Walk round Little Marlow Gravel Pits, 22nd Nov 2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

About a dozen of us met in the car park in Coldmoorholme Lane on a grey and windy day to walk around the Spade Oak Nature Reserve, one of the gravel pits at Little Marlow. More...

A Date with Nature walk at Dinton pastures, Saturday 2nd Dec. 2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Despite being a cold morning, 15 people met at Dinton Pastures main car park for our usual Date with Nature walk on the first Saturday of every month. More...

Date with Nature Walk, Dinton Pastures, 7th October 2017

Saturday, 7 October 2017

The weather forecast wasn't great, but nevertheless 18 of us gathered in the Black Swan car park at Dinton Pastures Country Park, for our Date with Nature walk More...

Trip to Pagham Harbour 17/9/2017

Monday, 18 September 2017

The weather forecast was good, or at least dry, and 19 of us met in the car park at the RSPB visitor centre for Pagham Harbour. More...

A Date With Nature - Monthly Saturday morning walk

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

August can be a challenging month birding wise, but nonetheless, 12 of us turned up, willing to give it our best shot. More...

Date with Nature Walk, Dinton Pastures, 1st July 2017

Sunday, 9 July 2017

A dozen of us met at the main car park at Dinton Pastures on a warm and pleasant morning More...

Nightjars at Wishmoor Bottom

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

A group of about 10 led by Ian Paine had a successful nightjar walk on Tuesday 20th June at Wishmoor Bottom. More...

Midweek Walk to Berkshire Downs 7th June 2017

Friday, 16 June 2017

It was a long time since we had last been to the Berkshire Downs and we planned to go to Starveall Farm at Aldworth More...

A red-footed day - turns into another glorious weekend away

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

A full reports on the group's weekend away in Suffolk. More...

Dawn Chorus

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Our annual Dawn Chorus walk this year took place on Sunday 7th May, to be part of International Dawn Chorus Day. More...

Greenham Common

Sunday, 9 April 2017

A bright sunny Sunday morning walk. More...

Midweek Walk at Keyhaven, Wednesday 5th April 2017

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

17 of us gathered at the small car park at Keyhaven on a lovely sunny day with blue sky, and a light to moderate north west wind. More...

Farlington Marshes

Sunday, 12 February 2017

What turned-out to be a slightly convoluted start to the group's field trip in February, mainly due to the closure of the reserves car parks, in the end proved to be a highly successful field trip, writes Thomas Bickerton. More...

A Date with Nature, 7th January 2017

Saturday, 7 January 2017

The first Saturday of the month walk of the year. More...

Tundry Pond, Dogmersfield

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Midweek Walk in Hampshire. More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Sunday, 16 October 2016

'Carry on up to Otmoor - If you can get there,' More...

Midweek Walk at Titchfield Haven.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Six Raptors and more. More...

Blashford Lakes

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Always something good to see, whatever the weather. More...

Date with Nature walk

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Migration time at Dinton Pastures More...

Superb Weekend Away in North Wales

Friday, 13 May 2016

Follow the pied flycatcher to Criccieth More...

Aston Rowant NNR

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Ring Ouzels on our morning walk. More...

Trip to Hayling Island -- The No Showers Trip

Sunday, 13 March 2016

The group's arranged March Spring Field trip visit was to sunny Hayling Island Hampshire More...

Midweek walk to Sheffield Bottom

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

First Midweek Visit of the Year More...

Trip to Lepe Country Park & Pig Bush area of the New Forest

Sunday, 14 June 2015

A cuckoo and feeding tree creapers ! More...

Visit to RSPB Newport Wetlands

Sunday, 12 April 2015

This was the group's first visit to the RSPB site at Newport Wetlands which is just over the border into Wales More...

Field Trip to Blashford Lakes

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Eighteen intrepid souls braved the howling gales and horizontal rain and ventured to the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Reserve at Blashford Lakes More...

Field Trip to the Jubilee River

Sunday, 14 December 2014

The group visited the Jubilee River between Maidenhead and WIndsor More...

Migrants galore at Farlington

Saturday, 13 September 2014

A glorious autumnal day at the Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust Farlington Nature Reserve More...

Raptor watching at Acres Down

Sunday, 15 June 2014

A group of fourteen group members gathered on an overcast, but warm morning at Acres Down in the New Forest. More...

Bird watching on the Ridgeway

Sunday, 16 February 2014

A lovely bright morning - and as it was the first sunny day for ages More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Saturday, 16 November 2013

The group visited RSPB Pulborough Brooks More...

Migrants galore at Farlington Marshes

Friday, 13 September 2013

A glorious autumnal day at the Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust Farlington Nature Reserve More...

Field Trip to RSPB Nagshead, Forest of Dean

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Members of the group visited Nags Head in search of woodland birds. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Sunday, 19 May 2013

A slightly chilly and damp May Day field trip was spent in the New Forest's area of Beaulieu Road Station. Not ideal conditions for warblers or birds of prey, but undaunted the group set off in search of warblers. More...

Eel and Seal at Titchfield Haven

Saturday, 17 November 2012

A very good day at Titchfield Haven was had by the members of the group who More...

Stunning kingfisher steals the show

Saturday, 22 September 2012

A glorious sunny day at Blashford Lakes proved a wonderful bird-watching experience for 16 group members. More...

Keyhaven April 2012

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The weather forecast had been dreadful a couple of days before, but fortunately on the day, the winds were light and the sun shone brightly, even though it was quite chilly. A dozen of us More...

Thrushes Galore

Sunday, 11 December 2011

A small but keen group gathered on a cool and grey drizzly morning at Virginia Water to explore the woodland and some of the lake More...

A pied flycatcher escapes the hunting sparrowhawk

Saturday, 17 September 2011

The group started its 2011/12 season of field trips to Blashford Lakes, led by Ian Paine, writes Thomas Bickerton.Blashford Lakes Wildlife Reserve has a variety of habitats including ancient woodland, More...

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Yet another dull February day at Rainham, but according to Les the warmest yet that he's experienced - if you call 7 deg C warm that is! More...

Goosander on water

Sunday, 12 December 2010

A cold sunny winter's day provided for star birds at Stockers Lake More...

Oh, islands in the sun

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

On the group's trip to the Farne Islands and Northumberland, Steve Thomson is entranced by a very special songbird More...

What's that up in the tree?

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Steve Thomson with a tale of the unexpected from Pulborough Brooks More...

What's that gull at Rainham Marshes

Saturday, 20 March 2010

The group had its first visit to the RSPB site at Rainham Marshes More...

Trip Report - New Arlesford, Hampshire.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

This new venue for the W&B Local Group's Field trips was on a cool sunny autumn morning More...

A Glorious Day at Blashford Lakes

Saturday, 19 September 2009

It was a glorious warm autumn day for those who went to Blasford Lakes. More...

Roseate terns top a quality bird list at Dungeness

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Twelve group members trekked the 100 plus miles to this RSPB reserve in Kent on the 21st June, some arriving rather late due to an incident on the M25. More...