August 1 – Bat Walk – Leader Alison Fure – 07867 507086
We will meet at the white cycle bridge on Tolworth Court Farm at the confluence of the Bonesgate stream and Hogsmill River at 9 pm. Please let me know if you are coming. We will see many pipistrelle bats and will be looking for the ever elusive Daubenton’s bat during what will officially be a Bat Conservation Trust survey. The walk ends at Kingston Bypass A240, quite near to Worcester Park Road before 22.30 pm. I am happy to meet people beforehand if they are unsure of the location. Bat detectors are provided.
August 6 – Oare Marshes – Leader John Barkham – 01372 458739 or 07803 295 555
All day car outing to Oare Marshes in Kent. Oare lies on the south side of the Swale, immediately opposite Harty Ferry on the Isle of Sheppey. We will take a short circular and level walk around the reserve, which comprises freshwater dykes, open water scrapes and saltmarsh. Close views of wildfowl and waders are guaranteed, with a possible passage or early winter rarity. Last August the reserve had Bonaparte’s Gull, Curlew Sandpiper, Spotted Redshank, Little Stint and Garganey. There are 2 hides, but no toilet facilities. John will not be able to offer lifts from Surbiton, but will co-ordinate lifts, either offered or required. Arrive on site at 09.30. Do call John to let him know of your attendance. ELT.
September 3 – Dungeness – Leader Chris Turner – 07909 992956
It’s September and time to dust of your optics from their summer break. Anything can turn up at Dungeness at this time of year – so we will try to be as flexible as we can. That said I would be surprised if we were not to spend much of our time at the ARC pits and the main RSPB reserve as well as a look around the observatory. Wader passage should be in full swing and with any luck we should also get a good selection of terns and gulls moving through.
Meeting at 8:00 at Surbiton in St James Street, or at the ARC pits car park at 9:30 ish. Please let me know if you plan to make your own way to Dungeness so I can look out for you. Also let me know if you would like a lift – so I can the necessary car shuffling.
ELT and bring your RSPB membership cards for entrance to the main reserve.
September 17 – Cliffe Pools – Leader – Steven Waters – 01372 457442
Please contact the leader for details.
October 1 – Langstone Harbour and Hayling Island
October 29 – Papercourt GP and Pyrford
November 26 – Farmoor Reservoir and Otmoor RSPB
December 3 – Pulborough Brooks RSPB
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