Guidance for members
All field outings considered suitable to go ahead will have been assessed to ensure they can be conducted safely. If you wish to attend an outing, please contact the leader to book, before the date of the outing. Please let the leader know if you require a lift.
The field outing leader will provide advice about the arrangements for the visit. Please ensure that you are aware of these before travelling.
At present many nature reserves are still requesting face coverings to be used in bird hides and indoor facilities.
Sunday 26 September, Pagham Harbour. Leader: Mike White 07981-037004
Meet in the RSPB Visitor Centre car park at 9.30am. Postcode PO20 7NE Grid Ref SZ 856966.
We will visit the Ferry Hide and area surrounding the Centre before setting off down the west side of the reserve. The target is to be at Church Norton a couple of hours before high tide (15.15hrs) as the birds are pushed closer to us. At this time of year our summer visitors will be leaving and winter visitors arriving so anything is possible. Grey Plover, Curlew, Whimbrel, Dunlin and Ringed Plover should all be present with Little Stint possible. There may be a late Little Tern (which breed on site) and Roseate Terns have been seen regularly during the last few weeks. Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Peregrine are all common and Marsh Harrier is also possible. Depending on time/bird sightings we may finish the day at Selsey Bill, Medmerry or Fishbourne Creek.
Toilets and hot drinks are available at the visitor centre.
Tuesday 28th September (evening). Bat Walk, Elmbridge Meadows. Leader: Elliot Newton 07906 402431
Meet Elliot at 6.30pm at the green at Elmbridge Meadows by the roundabout where Elmbridge Ave meets Raeburn Ave, Surbiton. Likely species include Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, Noctule and if lucky, we could also get Daubenton’s Bat. The walk should finish around 8pm.
Sunday 10 October, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. Leader: Thelma Caine 07527 448308
This is a week earlier than given on the Green Card. Meet at Rye Harbour Car Park, Harbour Road, Rye at 10:00am. Sat Nav: TN31 7TX (Ordnance Survey Map Ref: TQ 941188). Please contact the leader if you need a lift. Rye Harbour is a mixture of habitats – sea with shingle beach, saltmarsh, rivers, grazing marshes and reedbeds. We should see good numbers of waders, wildfowl, passerines and several species of raptors. There are toilets at the car park but no facilities within the reserve. For more information see: https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/rye-harbour Bring lunch and drinks.
Wednesday 27 October, (Midweek Walk) Papercourt Meadows Nature Reserve. Leader: Thelma Caine 07527 448308
Meet at 9.30am at the car park by the Business Centre at the end of Tannery Lane, Send (Sat Nav: GU23 7EF). Park in the visitor parking area on the left, just before Tannery House. The walk starts at the footpath which runs just to the right of Tannery House. Papercourt Meadows is part of the SSI. This walk will take us though the open meadow, scrub and woodland of the nature reserve and along stretches of the Wey Navigation Canal. Likely species include Stonechat, Linnet, Green Woodpecker, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Red Kite and possibly Kingfisher. The walk should end by 12.30pm. Bring a drink and snack.
Sunday 14 November, Cliffe Pools RSPB. Leader: Peter Knox
Meeting at the car park post code ME3 7SX 09:00
An important issue is that there are no toilets or facilities or hides on site.
The aim is to do the circular walk (4 miles approx.) around the site and view the various pools as well to view the river Thames. This site at this time of the year will have flocks of wintering ducks, waders, and birds of prey.
Wednesday 24 November (Midweek Walk) Bushy Park. Leader Mike White
Meet Mike at the Diana Fountain car park at 9.30am for a gentle amble around the park looking for winter migrants and resident species. Diana Fountain should hold a few different gull and duck species, Redwing and Fieldfare will have arrived, and Meadow Pipit and Skylark are also possible. Both of the larger woodpecker species are numerous with Nuthatch and Treecreeper also likely to be seen. If we are really lucky, we may see the much rarer Jackdaw and Ring-necked Parakeets!
This is a morning walk planning to finish at approx. 1.00pm. Note there is no vehicular access to the Diana Fountain car park from the Teddington side of the park.