Programme of outings

Forthcoming Outings

How to join car outings



Please send photos of outings (birds and people!) to for adding to the website



May 20 – Dungeness RSPB – Leader Mike White 07981037004 

Meet Mike at the ARC Pits car park at 9.30am (opposite the main RSPB Reserve entrance.) Remember to bring your RSPB membership card. We will then move to the “fishing boats” for a
seawatch before going to “The Patch”. We will return to the Arc Pits before finishing the day on the reserve. At this time of year migrants will still be arriving so anything is possible.
Unable to pick up from Surbiton but happy to coordinate lifts offered/required.


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 and please also let me know which pick-up-point you will be going to.
Telephone Rebecca Dunne 07879645971      Email:


June 10 – Staines Moor (morning)- Leader Thelma Caine 07527 448308

NB This outing replaces Bowers Marsh. Meet at Surbiton at 8.00am for lifts or on site at 8.45am. Take the A308 to Staines. Turn left at the Crooked Billet roundabout along the A308 towards
Staines town centre. After passing under the railway bridge, turn left following the one-way system via South Street into Thames Street. On entering Clarence Street, turn right at TQ 034715
along the B376 signed to Wraysbury. After passing Hale Street, turn right into Moor Lane. Park on the roadside on the left beyond the houses at TQ 032722. This is an interesting habitat of
grassland, bisected by the R. Colne and also includes marshy areas, scrub, woodland and several small gravel pits. A variety of
Wildfowl plus Skylarks, Reed Buntings and Meadow Pipits all
breed here and
Little Egrets are now regular in the marshy areas. Warblers present in summer, include Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Cetti’s. The complete walk can take around 4 hours.


June 23 – Nightjars – Leader Stephen Waters 07949646987

A Night jar walk will take place if dry. 9.15pm, meet in the cafe car park, next to Bolder mere lake, Old lane, off the A3, J10 M25.bring a torch and mosquito spray.
Do let the leader know if you intend to come as he doesn’t want to lose anyone also, this walk depends on the weather being dry to go ahead , phone Stephen on  07949646987.


July 8 – Box Hill (butterflies and orchids) – Leader Paul Spencer

Meet Paul at 2pm by Burford Hotel car park, Mickelham, at bottom Of Box Hill. A leisurely walk primarily to view Butterflies like Marbled White and Dark Greend Frittilliary, Paul will be hoping
for a warm day to make the butterflies active and attract birds of prey to the thermals. Please bring walking poles/sticks if required as some steepness!


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