Covid-19 Walks and Outings Update
These will be take place in accordance with the latest government guidelines. We are no longer limited to walking in groups of 6 but we are still asking you to book on trips in advance for the time being, so leaders know how many are wishing to join a walk.
Those joining an outing can now offer lifts to others if they wish. When car-sharing, we advise to take account of government guidelines on precautions to minimise risk.
Sunday 6 June, (Morning Walk) Horton Country Park. Leader Paul Spencer
Meet Paul at Castle Hill entrance off Filby Road, Chessington at 8.30 for a three-hour stroll round Paul’s nearest local patch. 71 and 467 buses stop nearby at Copt Gilders and parking is normally available in the dip of the road which is between the Bonesgate Stream Open Space and Castle Hill local Nature Reserve. Paul hopes to point out woodland birds like Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Great Spotted Woodpecker and an array of common warblers which might include Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat. He will go ‘off piste’ for a brief look for local Peregrine Falcons but do not be surprised if Common Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk are not recorded as well as they are all seen regularly. The Green Card does refer to the 418 bus route which stops on the Chessington Road, West Ewell side of the park but the 71 bus route is better for people travelling from Kingston and Surbiton with more frequency.
Saturday 12 June (evening) Nightjar Walk. Leader Stephen Waters 07949646987
We meet up at 9.00 at Ockham Forest Old Lane car park (KT11 1NR) which is the 2nd of the 2 car parks, 350 yards to the south of the A3. From the A3 south take the M25 exit and re-join the A3 south (signed Effingham). On the slip road take a left turn onto Old Lane. Bring warm clothing, mozzie spray and a torch.
This evening walk is very weather dependent as it will be cancelled if it is wet as the bird will not fly. So please contact the leader on the night to confirm any alterations about this evening.
Wednesday 16 June Molesey Heath. Leader Thelma Caine 07527448308
Meet at 9.00hrs at the reserve entrance at far end of Approach Road, East Molesey, Sat Nav: KT8 2LL. There is parking in this road and in residential roads nearby. This is an excellent local nature reserve with a variety of habitat including scrub, riverside and a gravel pit. Breeding birds include Blackcap, Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler, Chiffchaff, as well as Finches, Tits, Woodpeckers etc. Raptors including Buzzard and Red Kite are often seen overhead.
Sunday 20 June Knepp Estate. Leader John Barkham 07803 295555
All day car outing to Knepp Wildland in search of birds and butterflies. Knepp is a 3,500 acre estate just south of Horsham in West Sussex. Since 2001 the land has been devoted to a pioneering rewilding project. The once intensively farmed fields have been left to nature and animals are now free-roaming with most fences removed. It is the biggest breeding hotspot in the UK for Purple Emperor butterflies, which should be in display (dependent on weather conditions). Turtle Doves, Nightingales and Spotted Flycatcher also breed. There is a White Stork reintroduction project, giving photo opportunities of the free-flying, first generation birds.
We shall take a leisurely circular walk of about 3 miles. The route is fairly level, but the ground can be uneven. Highlights include several tree-top viewing platforms. After returning to the Visitors Centre, there is an optional late-afternoon walk to the bird hide at the Knepp Castle Lake.
From the A24, 2 miles south of the A272, turn right across the dual carriageway onto Worthing Road (signed “Dial Post”). After 500yds turn sharp right into Swallows Lane. Knepp entrance is 200yds on the left. Meet at 9.30am in the Purple Emperor Car Park: RH13 8NN: charge £5 per car. Last year the car park was situated in a field opposite the entrance, but in previous years was located just beyond the New Barn Farm Safari and Visitors Centre. Toilets are located in the New Barn Farm Visitors Centre, but whether they will be open is not currently known. Another possible option is the Old Barn Garden Centre with Cafe on the A24 at Dial Post. Bring a packed lunch. Attendance only by pre-booking with the Leader.
Sunday 27 Norbury Park, Great Bookham. Leader Mike White 07981037004
Park at the top of Downs Way or the adjacent Hale Pit Road. (Post code KT23 4BP Grid Ref TQ 145543). Join Mike at 09.30am for a leisurely wander around his local patch, 531 hectares of mixed woodland and chalk grassland. Most of the expected species will hopefully be seen as well as a good selection of butterflies. There are no facilities on site.
Wednesday 7 July River Thames & Home Park. Leader Mike White 07981037004
Meet Mike in Bushy Park at the Diana Fountain car park at 09.30am.
We will walk across the front of Hampton Court Palace to the R.Thames and along the Barge Walk, entering Home Park via the Surbiton Passage Gate, past Rick Pond and the Longwater and exit via Paddock Gate. Many of the commoner species of birds should be seen with Red-crested Pochard, Kingfisher, Peregrine, Mandarin, Buzzard, Mistle Thrush and Little Owl all possible.
Sunday 18 July Oare Marshes Nature Reserve. Leader Chris Turner email@example.com
Meet at 9.30am at the reserve car park at Church Road, Oare, Faversham, Sat Nav: ME13 0QD. Please note, there is a £3.00 charge for the car park which can only be paid via your mobile phone. Oare lies on the south side of the Swale. See details at https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/oare-marshes
We will take a circular walk around the reserve, which comprises freshwater dykes, open water, scrapes and saltmarsh. A variety of wildfowl and waders are likely including early returning migrants. The reserve has 2 hides, but no toilets, so please use facilities on route before arrival and bring packed lunch.