Programme of outings

Forthcoming Outings

Covid-19 Walks and Outings Update

COVID ARRANGEMENTS While the Covid pandemic is ongoing, all field outings will be conducted in accordance with government guidelines. Arrangements for field outings will be provided in the newsletter, by email and on the website: www.surbitonbirds.org.

 

Sunday 6 December, London Wetland Centre, Barnes. Leader Jonathan Hannam 07745 022695 Email: jon.hannam@btinternet.com

At present it is uncertain that this trip can go ahead. Please contact Jonathan nearer the time. Notification will also be sent out beforehand by email. If it can go ahead, in accordance with our current COVID-19 rules, anyone wishing to come on this trip will need to inform the leader in advance, so that a co-leader can be found if numbers exceed 6. The trip will be limited to a maximum of 12 people. It is essentially a morning trip though members are free to stay for longer. The London Wetland Centre operate a policy of pre-booked tickets. Everybody, regardless of whether they are members of WWT or not, will need to go online at www.wwt.org/wetlandcentres/london and book/buy a ticket for themselves before arriving at the Centre. It is probably sensible to do this at least a week in advance, as the WWT have a daily limit on numbers. The ticket is valid for the day, with no specified arrival time.
We will assemble shortly after 09:30hrs, suitably socially distanced, in the courtyard just after going through the entrance. Be prepared to queue up before entry, as the centre will only just have opened at that time. If there are more than 6 of us on the trip, then we will split into two groups with one visiting the North side whilst the other visits the South, before swapping around. The toilet facilities should be open but the café up to now has been take-away only. Before lockdown most of the hides (apart from the Peacock) were open but only a few people can be in them at any one time. This means that we will probably have to take turns. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING FACE COVERINGS, as they will be needed in the hides. At this time of year, there will be a lot of wintering wildfowl and maybe a few waders with always the possibility of Bittern, Snipe, Jack Snipe, or maybe something even more exotic will have dropped in.

 

Sunday 3 January, Dinton Pastures Country Park – Leader: Thelma Caine 07527 448308. Email: thelmacaine512@btinternet.com

Under the Covid arrangements, please contact the leader in advance if you wish to join this trip. The walk begins at Dinton Pastures at 10.00am. For Sat Nav the post code is RG10 0TH. (OS map 175 GR 780720). The venue has numerous lakes, woodland, meadow, and river habitats. Wildfowl should be plentiful including Goldeneye, Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard and Teal. Previous visits have also produced, Red Kite, Buzzard, Lapwing, Snipe, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Bullfinches and Siskins to name a few. For more information about this venue see: https://www.dintonpastures.co.uk/
The walk should finish by mid-afternoon. For those without Sat Nav, take the A308 to Sunbury and join the M3, Exit at Junction 3 (Lightwater) on to the A322 to Bracknell. Take the A329 signed to Wokingham and join the M329. Take the exit on to the A3290 for Winnersh. Turn left on to the A329 into Winnersh and after ¾ mile turn left at the traffic lights on to the B3030. The car park is about 1 mile along here on the left (Davis Street). Parking fees apply. Walking boots are advisable if it has been wet. Please bring lunch.

 

Wednesday 13 January (morning), Midweek Walk: Richmond Park – Leader Rebecca Dunne 0787 964 5971 rdunne@blueyonder.co.uk

This walk must be booked in advance. Details may change depending on Covid restrictions. Meet at 10.00 a.m. at Robin Hood Gate Car Park. Buses 265, 85 and K3 stop near this gate. Toilets by the car park. If you want a shorter walk, and are driving, please arrange to meet at Pen Ponds Car Park. This will be a morning walk. The route will depend on what birds are around and how far people want to walk but will include the Pen Ponds. There will be a stop for coffee at Pen Ponds Car Park kiosk. New road restrictions in Richmond Park mean that you cannot take the short route, anticlockwise, from Kingston Gate to Robin Hood Gate. The road is closed after Broomfield Hill Car Park. To get to Robin Hood Gate enter the park at Kingston Gate, Ham Gate, Richmond Gate or Roehampton Gate and then drive clockwise.

 

Sunday 31 January, Isle of Sheppey – Leader Chris Turner Tel: 07909 992956. Email: christurnerbirds@gmail.com

Please contact the leader in advance if you wish to join this trip. Meet at 9.30am at the RSPB car park at Capel Fleet. This is on the Harty Ferry Road just to the east of Leysdown-On-Sea. Grid Ref TR022681. Directions: From the A2 M20, take the A249 north onto the Isle of Sheppey. A2500 eastwards towards Leysdown-on-Sea. This becomes the B2231 Leysdown Road. Turn right onto the Harty Ferry Road, there is a brown RSPB sign at the turn-off. Follow the road until you see the car park entrance on your left. We will be well into winter, so there should be the usual extravaganza of raptors and waders. At the raptor watch point, we should see Marsh Harriers quartering the rough pastures, and with a little luck Short-eared Owls, Hen Harriers or even a Merlin. Later on, as the tide rises, waders will be our target at Shellness. Expect flocks of Oystercatchers and good numbers of Golden Plover as well as Dunlin, Knot, Curlew, Avocet and all the other usual waders. Divers, sea duck and perhaps a winter Grebe on the sea are also possible. Bring warm clothing as the North Kent marshes can be freezing, with the wind coming in off the North Sea. Bring lunch and a hot drink.