Programme of outings

Forthcoming Outings

How to join car outings



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9 December – Farlington and Hayling Island – Leader: John Barkham 07803 295555

All day car outing to the south coast to see ducks, waders and birds in general. Farlington Marshes Nature Reserve, Hayling Island Oyster Beds, Sandy Point Nature Reserve and Black Point are all possible venues; tide, weather and sightings dependent. Meet Farlington Marshes at 9.30. From the A27, take the exit Portsmouth East (the A2030). At the end of the slip road, take the first turning immediately left at the roundabout (signed Farlington Marshes) and drive past the first car park. Park in the second (larger) car park. No toilets on the Reserve, but McDonalds close by. John will not be able to offer lifts from Surbiton, but will co-ordinate lifts, either offered or required. Do call John to let him know of your attendance.


6 January – Kempton Nature Reserve – Leader Tony Quinn email:

Meet at 9.00am at St James’ Road, Surbiton to arrange lifts. Or at the reserve entrance which is at the junction of Nallhead Road and Main Street, Hanworth TW13 6ST at 0930. The site is very close to the 111 bus route. Ask to alight at the first stop in Bear Road, then walk back and continue along Main Street to the entrance. This is a morning trip only. Expect Gadwall, Teal, Shoveler, Buzzard. Depending on water levels, Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Little Egret. Other possibilities are winter thrushes, Redpoll, Siskin and with luck an interesting bird of prey or even a Bittern.


13 January – Pett Level and Rye Bay – Leader: Mike White 07981-037004

Meet Mike at 09.30am at Pett Level Road. (TQ900144). Parking is on the roadside. We will walk along the seawall scanning the pools and bay and then turn inland along the Royal Military Canal to the hide in the Pannel Valley. Depending on weather conditions/birding we may then do a circular walk along the back of Pett Level or move along the coast to Rye Harbour.


3 February – Blashford Lakes and Blackwater Arboretum


13 February (Wednesday morning) – Bushy Park


24 February (morning) – Berrylands Nature Reserve (Raeburn Avenue)


3 March – Acres Down


17 March (morning) – Barnes WWT


7 April – Family Day (Bushy Park)


14 April – Otmoor RSPB


28 April – Pulborough Brooks


5 May – Tice’s Meadow and Crooksbury Common


12 May – Stodmarsh


19 May – Devil’s Punchbowl


2 June – Lakenheath RSPB


22 June (Saturday evening) – Nightjars


30 June – Knepp Estate


7 July (Afternoon) – Epsom Common Butterfly Walk


6 August (Tuesday Evening) – Bat Walk


11 August – Oare Marshes


8 September – Langstone Harbour


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 – Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes


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.