Programme of outings

Forthcoming Outings

How to join car outings


March 4 – Acres Down – John Barkham 07803 295555

All day car outing to Acres Down; probably the best site in the New Forest for watching raptors. A hill-top ridge provides a good vantage point overlooking a large tract of woodland. The main target species will be Goshawk, who should be “sky dancing” at this time of year. However this is dependent on the weather: if the weather forecast is particularly poor, the outing may be cancelled or an alternative destination arranged. John will not be able to offer lifts from Surbiton, but will co-ordinate lifts, either offered or required. Arrive at Acres Down Car Park at 09:30 (nearest postcode for Sat-navs is SO43 7GE). From the A31 travelling west, turn off at Stoney Cross (sign post to Emery Down). Go south 1¼ miles and turn right at crossroads with the sign post: Acres Down. Continue over the ford, pass the Farm and Tea Rooms and the car park is at end of the track. Viewpoint is a ½ mile walk from the car park. Do call John to let him know of your attendance.
Bring Snacks, Lunch and Tea


March 18 – Canons Farm and Banstead Woods – Steve Waters 07949 646 987

Field trip starting on site at 9.00am. Parking at the end of Canons Lane, off the A217 Brighton Road. Meet Stephen there for a morning walk on public footpaths across the fields. Bring waterproof footwear. The site has its own website: Hopefully we might have a repeat showing of large flocks of finches, as seen in previous years. Please confirm your attendance by informing the leader.
Bring Snacks


April 8 – Family Day (Bushy Park)
April 15 – Rainham Marshes
April 29 – Pagham Harbour
May 5 – Horton Country Park
May 13 – Newhaven and Seaford
May 20 – Dungeness RSPB


June  3 – Coach Trip to RSPB Nagshead – a joint trip with Richmond and Twickenham RSPB Group – Rebecca Dunne 07879645971

Location of 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
RSPB’s reserve in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire is a mature oak woodland that throngs with birds all year. Spotted Flycatcher, Wood Warbler, Tree Pipit, Hawfinch, Crossbills and Redstart are all possible. Early June is a good time to see Pied Flycatchers flitting from branch to branch as they check out if it is safe to enter their nest boxes which have been monitored since 1948. If time permits they hope to take in the superb views of nesting Peregrine at nearby Symonds Yat.
Price: £20
Booking essential: Please send cheques made payable to SDBWS to:
Rebecca Dunne, Fairways, Traps Lane, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4RU and please also let me know which pick-up-point you will be going to.
Telephone Rebecca Dunne 07879645971      Email:


June 10 – Bowers Marsh RSPB
June 23 – Nightjars
July 8 – Box Hill (butterflies and orchids)
August 7 – Bat walk
August 19 – Rye Harbour NR
September 2 – Thorney Island
September 16 – Cissbury Ring
October 7 – Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes
October 12 -14 – Residential weekend
October 27 – Richmond Park
November 18 – Capel Fleet and Harty Ferry
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