Programme of outings

Forthcoming Outings

How to join car outings



Please send photos of outings (birds and people!) to for adding to the website


6 August (Tuesday Evening) – Bat Walk. Leader: Elliot Newton Email:

We will meet at the white cycle bridge on Tolworth Court Farm at the confluence of the Bonesgate stream and Hogsmill River at 9 pm. Please let Elliot know if you are coming. We will be using bat detectors and should see many pipistrelle bats and will also be looking for the ever elusive Daubenton’s bat. The walk ends at Kingston Bypass A240, near Worcester Park Road before 22.30hrs.
Cat is happy to meet others at the bridge on the main Kingston Road, A240 opposite Worcester Park Road from 8.45. She says “If you don’t know the area and come on your own it can be a bit daunting. The walk is easily reached by 406 and 418 buses which are regularly timetabled, running every 15 minutes from Kingston Cromwell Road bus station. You need the stop after Tolworth Station called Worcester Park Road from where you walk back and cross over at the lights. Once crossed turn right to the bridge. My number is 0744 3030 945 if you want to let me know you are coming and want to meet there.”


11 August – Oare Marshes. Leader: John Barkham 07803 295 555

All day car outing to Oare Marshes in Kent. Oare lies on the south side of the Swale, immediately opposite Harty Ferry on the Isle of Sheppey. We will take a short circular walk around the reserve, which comprises freshwater dykes, open water scapes and saltmarsh. Close views of wildfowl and waders are guaranteed, with possible early passage birds on migration. Recent visits have included Bonaparte’s Gull, Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Little Stint and Garganey. There are 2 hides, but no toilet facilities on site. Bring a packed lunch. John will not be able to offer lifts from Surbiton, but will co-ordinate lifts, either offered or required. Arrive on site at 09.30. Do call John to let him know of your attendance.


8 September – Langstone Harbour. Leader: Rebecca 07879645971

Meet at 9.30am at the pub car park of The Ship Inn (post code PO9 1RD) which is just before the Langstone Bridge on the A3023. Please let Rebecca know in advance if you plan to join the trip, need a lift from St James Road, Surbiton at 8am or can offer a lift from Surbiton. I will not be going to the pick-up point if I do not hear from anyone.


22 September – Dungeness RSPB


October (Fri-Sun) – Residential weekend


6 October – Two Tree Island


20 October – Selsey Island


3 November – Rainham Marshes RSPB


17 November – Arne RSPB coach trip. Rebecca Dunne 07879645971

Coach trip organised by Richmond and Twickenham RSPB. We have been allocated 20 seats which will be on sale at the July meeting. It seems a long way off but these trips now book very quickly so please let Rebecca know ASAP if you would like to come.
The cost is £20 which is nonrefundable unless the trip is full and your place can be resold. RSPB membership cards needed or entrance fee payable. There is a new visitors’ centre with a café serving hot and cold food but it is probably best to bring a packed lunch.
RSPB Arne is a patchwork of different habitats. Although the reserve is famous for its dry and wet lowland heath you can also find ancient oak woodland, farmland, reedbed, mudflats, scrub, wet woodland, acid grassland and even sandy beaches. This mix of habitats surrounded by Poole Harbour is one of the reasons the reserve is home to such a huge variety of species. In winter, look out for large flocks of waders including avocets, black-tailed godwits and dunlin gathering to feed. Raptors such as marsh harriers and hen harriers spend the winter at the reserve and can be seen hunting during the day and then gathering to roost at dusk.

Pick-up points:





Surbiton Flyer Pub, Victoria Rd, Surbiton KT6 4NS (leaves promptly)

The Library, Waldegrave Road, Teddington

The Shack Bar, Aragon Road, Twickenham

Richmond opposite Richmond railway station

Booking is essential: Please book at SDBWS meetings or send a cheque made payable to SDBWS to: Rebecca Dunne. You can also phone or email Rebecca to reserve a place and pay at the next meeting. Email: Please also let Rebecca know which pick-up-point you will be going to.


8 December – Isle of Sheppey



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.