Programme of outings

Car Outings

How to join car outings


May 21 – Stodmarsh – Leader Peter Knox – 0208 543 0472

Meeting at 08:00 at Surbiton at Coop Travel in St James Street Stodmarsh sits in the Stour valley with extensive reed beds plus some woodland and water meadows and water environment. This will allow us to see Bearded Tits, Marsh Harriers and Hobbies. We may even see Turtle Doves and a wide selection of warblers. ELT


June 4 – Rye Harbour Nature Reserve – Leader Graham Avison – 01932 660190; 07566 216452

Meet at the harbour Information Kiosk notice board near the carpark (before the walk down to the old Lime Kiln Info Centre [TN31 7TU] – currently a temporary Centre nearby) – see “point A” on the map – see link below. Please advise the Leader by no later than the Friday evening 2nd June by phone or text if you intend to come, otherwise the trip may be cancelled unnecessarily. Rye Harbour is a good mix of habitats of sea, reedbeds, saltmarsh, shingle beach, river and grazing meadows. We will take the beach route to the hide at the Ternery Pool, and take a circular route to encompass Camber Castle. This route enabled the Society walk in October 2015 to identify 76 species. In Spring we will be looking for: Sedge, Reed And Willow Warblers, Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, Stonechat, Cuckoo, Along With Avocet, Plovers, Common Sandpiper, Little Egret, Redshank, Curlew, Oystercatcher, currently Temminck’s stint, and Sand, Little And Common Terns, Cormorant and possibly passing waders – species seen in May: Black-Tailed Godwit, Ruff, Grey Plover, Knot, Whimbrel and Turnstone. There are toilets at the car park but no facilities within the reserve. ELT.


June 24 (evening) – Chobham Common Nightjars –Leaders Thelma & Gary Caine – 01372 468432, 07527 448308,

Meet at 19.30 hrs at the Gracious Pond Road car park, Chobham (Grid Ref: SU989639). This trip is primarily for Nightjars but we also expect to see other birds including Woodcock, Stonechat and with luck, Dartford Warblers. Bring insect repellent and torches as it will be quite dark by the time the walk ends. Please let the leaders know if you are planning to attend and particularly if you need a lift.


July 9 (afternoon) – Butterfly Walk Epsom Common- Leader Alison Gilry – 07736 962466

Please note this will be an afternoon walk. Club members will join with members of the Epsom Common Association. Meet at 2pm, in the Stew Pond’s car park. The walk will last for around 2 hours


Request for photographs

I am hoping to include photographs of the sites we visit whenever field outings are announced in the Newletter. To achieve this, I want to set up a library of site photographs. May I ask leaders to take, or have a photograph taken, of the sites you visit, so that these can be added to the library? I am also looking for photographs of species seen, so that these can be used in future publications. These, also, would be welcome. I will, of course, acknowledge copyright when using photographs. Thank you, Norman Ford