Covid-19 Walks and Outings Update
With the change in the government guidelines relating to Covid-19, allowing groups of up to 6 to meet outdoors, the SDBWS is planning to resume field outings where feasible, starting with the trip to Knepp Wildland on July 12th.
Our priority remains to protect the health and safety of our members as well as the public.
All field outings considered suitable to go ahead will have been risk assessed including social distancing, health & safety and travel arrangements to ensure they can be conducted safely and in accordance with the latest government guidelines.
We will update arrangements if the government guidelines change.
Field outings may have to be suspended again at short notice. Members will be notified via the newsletter, email, the website or where appropriate, by phone as necessary.
Most importantly: Attendance on field outings will be by pre-booking in advance only until further notice. If you wish to attend an outing, please contact the leader to book, at least one week before the date of the outing.
Groups will be limited to 6 (5 members plus leader). We will appoint co-leaders wherever possible to enable two (or more) groups of up to 6 to participate in an outing but each group of up to 6 must be separate and not walk together.
Those attending are requested to travel by car individually unless they are from the same household (or those travelling together are members of a ‘support bubble’).
Other than people from one household (or support bubble), we are sorry to advise that lifts cannot be provided at the present time as, within a car, social distancing requirements cannot be met.
13 September, Rainham Marshes RSPB. Leader Rebecca Dunne 07879645971
The reserve is located at New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, South Ockendon. Postcode RM19 1SZ. Purfleet Station is a 20-minute walk away. It is on the C2C line from Fenchurch Street.
Meet at 9.30am in Rainham Marshes RSPB car park. Please let Rebecca know in advance if you are coming. We shall be social distancing as much as possible and may have to split into more than one group. Please note the toilets by the entrance are open but those half way round are still closed. Please bring:
– RSPB Membership card (if you have one)
– Face Mask – this is required by the RSPB in the two hides which are open
– All food and drink – the café, visitors’ centre and shop are still closed
Due to Covid restrictions you are only allowed to walk in a clockwise direction around the reserve. Shooting Butts Hide and the Ken Barrett Hide are open as are most of the viewing platforms.
At some point in the day, depending on the tides, we will also go out onto the Thames riverside path and walk along to Aveley Bay. On a recent recce (30th August) highlights were Yellow-legged Gulls, Whinchat, Wheatear, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit and lots of Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins. Winter ducks had also started to return.
27 September, Farlington Marsh. Leader Thelma Caine 07527448308
Please contact Thelma for details and to pre-book preferably by Sunday 20th September if you intend to join this trip.
The meeting point is the Farlington Marsh car park off Solent Way at 09.30 (Sat Nav: PO6 1UN). The entrance to the car park is situated off the roundabout at the A27-A2030 junction. From the A27, take the Portsmouth East exit (the A2030). At the end of the slip road, take the first turning immediately left at the roundabout (signed Farlington Marshes). Drive past the first car park and park in the second (larger) car park.
There are no toilets on the reserve so please use facilities at service stations on route.
Please note the hide by the lake is still closed but birds on the lake can be viewed from the perimeter walk.
Likely species on the reserve include Curlew, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Greenshank, Ringed Plover, Little Egret and wildfowl including Wigeon, Teal Shelduck and Brent Geese. Passerine migrants are also likely.
If time permits we may go on to Hayling afterwards and park at the Ship Inn car park at PO9 1RD which is just before the Langstone Bridge on the A3023. Bring food and drink.
4 October, Selsey Peninsula. Leader Mike White 07981 037004
Please pre-book at least a week before the outing.
The visitor centre, toilets and Ferry hide are currently closed. If Ferry hide is opened by the time of our visit face masks will be required.
Meet Mike at the Pagham Harbour Visitor centre at 09.30am.
With some migrants still leaving and others coming in, virtually anything is possible.
Note: Public toilets in Selsey are situated at Hillfield Rd, East Beach amenity area and Lifeboat Station, all currently listed as open.
25 October Wallasea Island RSPB. Leader Peter Knox
Meet at 09:30 in the carpark at RSPB Wallasea Island postcode SS4 2HD.
In accordance with our present COVID policy anyone who is planning to go on this outing needs to inform the leader so that if necessary, we can appoint a co-leader.
This reserve has only been open for a few years and is a very isolated site. It has no facilities on site and no hides and thus it is very exposed.
A SATNAV system would be useful to navigate to the site or careful planning using a map.
The site is a combination of grasslands, saltmarsh, mudflats, lagoons and is bordered by the river Crouch and Roach which if we are lucky may provide views of a variety of waders plus Marsh Harriers, Short Eared Owls and Corn Bunting.
There are three marked walks which added up to 7 miles of reserve to explore. If the weather has been wet the site can be very muddy so, bring your wellies. Don’t forget to bring lunch, snacks and a hot drink.
22 November, Isle of Sheppey. Leader Chris Turner
6 December, Barnes WWT. Leader Jonathan Hannam 0774 502 2695