Programme of outings

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2 February, Blashford Lakes and Blackwater Arboretum. Leader Peter Knox

This is an early start. Meet at 07:30 in St James Road, Surbiton. Blashford is normally an excellent site for viewing winter finches such as Redpoll, Siskin and Brambling. It is also an excellent place to see ducks and water birds such as Goldeneye and Goosander. We end the day with a visit to Blackwater Arboretum to see Hawfinches going to roost. Don’t forget to bring lunch and snacks


16 February, Warnham NR and Buchan CP. Leader Steve Waters 07949646987

Meet at 9.30 in the car park of Buchen Country Park, we stroll around the wooded park, then leave to visit Warnham NR for brunch at the tea-room and visit the bird hides for photo opportunities. A morning of easy birding. Contact Stephen on the day on if you intend to come.


26 February, R Thames and Home Park. Leader Mike White 07981 037004

Meet Mike in Bushy Park at the Diana Fountain car park (9.30am) for a Wednesday wander along the River Thames footpath and then through Home Park. Please let Mike know if you are going as this walk may be cancelled if the weather is inclement. Expect to see most of the common species with the possibility of Kingfisher, Red crested Pochard, Peregrine and Little Owl.


1 March, Dick Focks Common. Leader John Barkham 07803 295555

Morning outing to Dick Focks Common in the Effingham Forest, near East Horsley, Surrey. We shall take a short walk and then wait and watch at a viewpoint overlooking the forest. The target species is Goshawk who might be “sky dancing” at this time of year, although this is weather dependent. The viewpoint is also good for Crossbill, Siskin and possibly Redpoll and Hawfinch. Firecrest are resident and have bred in recent years. Trippers may take an optional walk deeper into the forest, although these footpaths are likely to be wet and very muddy: Wellington boots are advised for these trails. John will not be able to offer lifts from Surbiton, but will co-ordinate lifts, either offered or required. Alternatively, for those wishing to take the train to Effingham Junction, a collection and return service by car will be available by prior arrangement. Meet 9.30am at the car park with the sign: “Forestry Commission, Dick Focks Common” (TQ100509 or KT24 5TG). Directions: from the A246, just to the east of Thatcher’s Hotel at East Horsley, turn south onto Green Dene. After ½ mile turn left onto Crocknorth Road and go up the hill. After passing under an arched footbridge, the small car park is about 200yds on the right. If the car park is full, turn around and go back down the hill. There is a second and larger car park on the right just beyond the footbridge. Do call John to let him know of your attendance.


15 March, Kempton NR. Leader Tony Quinn

Meet the reserve entrance at 9.00am or by arrangement at St James’ Road, Surbiton at 8.30 to arrange lifts. The reserve entrance is by the corner of Main Street and Nallhead Road, Hanworth. TW13 6ST at 0930. A code is required to enter. If using the 111 bus, there is a stop a short walk from the entrance at the corner of Green Lane and main Street. This is a morning trip only. Overwinter, the reserve has been improved for waders and there should be a good chance of some Common Snipe, perhaps a Little Ringed Plover and early migrants and various duck species.


5 April, Family Day (Bushy Park). Leader Thelma Caine 07527448308


19 April, Pulborough Brooks RSPB.  Leader Paul Spencer


26 April, Newhaven and Seaford. Leader Rebecca Dunne 07879645971


3 May, Staines Moor. Leader Thelma Caine 07527448308


17 May, Dungeness RSPB. Leader Chris Turner


31 May, Horton Country Park. Leader Paul Spencer


7 June, Minsmere RSPB (Coach). Contact Rebecca Dunne 07879645971

Coach trip organised by Richmond and Twickenham RSPB. (please note the change of date!) We have been allocated 20 seats which will be on sale from the January meeting. The cost is £20 which is non-refundable unless the trip is full, and your place can be resold. RSPB membership cards needed or entrance fee payable. There is a visitors’ centre serving hot and cold food, but it is probably best to bring a packed lunch. Once described as the jewel in the RSPB’s crown, Minsmere has it all: shingle vegetation, reedbeds, heathland, woodland, acid grassland and a vast range of wildlife to enjoy. There is a choice of easy walks through woodland, wetland and coastal scenery. Pick-up points: Please also let Rebecca know which pick-up-point you will be going to.:
7.30am: Surbiton Flyer Pub, Victoria Rd, Surbiton KT6 4NS (leaves promptly)
7.45am: The Library, Waldegrave Road, Teddington, TW11 8HT
7.50am: The Shack Bar, Aragon Road, Twickenham, TW1 3QS
8.00am: Richmond opposite Richmond railway station
Booking is essential: Please book at SDBWS meetings or send a cheque made payable to SDBWS to: Rebecca Dunne.


14 June, Thursley Common. Leader Thelma Caine 07527448308


20 June, Nightjars. Leader Steve Waters


12 July, Knepp Estate. Leader John Barkham 07803 295555


4 August, Bat Walk. Leader Alison Fure


9 August, Rye Harbour NR. Leader Thelma Caine 07527448308


13 September, Rainham Marshes RSPB. Leader Rebecca Dunne 07879645971


27 September, Farlington Marsh. Leader TBA


4 October, Selsey Peninsula. Leader Mike White 07981 037004


25 October Wallasea Island RSPB. Leader Peter Knox


1 November, Slimbridge WWT (coach). Contact Rebecca Dunne 07879645971


22 November, Isle of Sheppey. Leader Chris Turner


6 December, Barnes WWT. Leader Jonathan Hannam 0774 502 2695


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.