Programme of outings

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October 7 – Keyhaven & Pennington – Leader Mike White 07981-037004

Meet Mike in the car park at Keyhaven at 09.30am. Car Park is opposite The Gunn Inn postcode SO41 0TP. There are toilets in the car park but none elsewhere on site. We will then walk along the sea wall to view the lagoons that make up this site. Most of the usual waders and wildfowl should be seen with the possibility of Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint and Spotted Redshank. The large number of birds also bring in many raptors. The scrub areas should hold Dartford Warbler and Stonechat. Winchat, Wheatear and other migrants may still be moving through. A previous club trip at this time of year recorded 80+ species. Mike is unable to offer lifts but happy to coordinate lifts offered/reqd. Please let Mike know if you are going.


October 12 -14 – Residential weekend


October 27 9.30am – Richmond Park – Leader Rebecca Dunne 07879645971

We will meet at the Pen Ponds carpark (nearest toilets at Robin Hood Gate -20p) and spend the morning looking around various areas of the park depending on what is around. The mixture of woodlands, grasslands, ponds and plantations attracts a wide diversity of birds. On a walk around the park on Friday 27th October last year the list included Stonechat, Little Owl, Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Skylark and a Dartford Warbler. This should be a gentle stroll and will probably include the Pen Ponds and Isabella Plantation (more toilets here). Please contact Rebecca if you are intending to come.


November 18 – Capel Fleet & Harty Ferry – Leader Chris Turner

No details received. Please contact the leader if you wish to go.


November 25 – Welney WWT

This will be a joint coach trip with Richmond and Twickenham RSPB Group. The fare will be £20 with the usual pick-up points:
1st at Surbiton Flyer Pub, Victoria Rd, Surbiton KT6 4NS 7.30am (leaves promptly)
2nd at The Library, Waldegrave Road, Teddington 7.45am
3rd at The Shack Bar, Aragon Road, Twickenham 7.50am
4th at Richmond opposite Richmond railway station 8.00am
Entry to the reserve is free for WWT members (please bring your membership cards). For nonmembers, the entry fee is £8.70 (seniors: £7.40).
The centre at Welney is impressive with food and hot drinks available. There is a heated main observatory and a succession of other hides from where we expect to see Marsh Harriers and numerous wildfowl including Whooper and Bewick Swans, Pochard, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler and Pintail. Cranes are becoming increasingly regular here and waders such as Snipe, Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and Curlew are likely.
Booking is essential: Please send cheques made payable to SDBWS to: Rebecca Dunne and please also let her know which pick-up-point you will be going to. Telephone Rebecca Dunne 07879645971 – Email:


December 9 – Farlington Marsh and Hayling Island


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