Programme of outings

Forthcoming Outings

How to join car outings



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April 29 – Pagham Harbour – Mike White 07981-037004

Meet Mike at the Pagham Harbour Visitor Centre (PO20 7NE Grid Ref: SZ285966) at 9.30.
High tide is at approx. 11.15 so we shall make an early visit to Church Norton to view waders on the incoming tide. Migration will be in full swing, some of the winter visitors such as Black-tailed Godwit, Wigeon, Pintail and Brent Geese may be lingering and summer visitors like Wheatear, Warblers, Cuckoo, Common, Sandwich and Little Terns will be arriving. The resident pair of Peregrines should be a near certainty.
It is too early at this stage to know if the new hide overlooking the Ferry Pool will be open, but if it is, we will make a visit.


May 5 – Horton Country Park – Paul Spencer

Meet Paul Spencer on Filby Road, Chessington by entry to Castle Hill Local Nature Reserve (near Bonesgate Stream) at 8.30am for a leisurely three hours walk around his local patch. Paul will be looking for warblers and woodland species plus hopefully the West Park Hospital tower Peregrines. The 71 bus stop at Copt Gilders is only a minute walk away.


May 13 – Newhaven and Seaford – John Barkham  07803 295555

All day car outing to the south coast of East Sussex. We will start by visiting Splash Point in Seaford, where we might see late seabird passage of Pomarine Skua. The cliffs at Splash Point host a large colony of breeding Kittiwakes as well as a number of Fulmars. Peregrines regularly patrol the cliffs and Ravens are increasingly seen. A coffee break at a seafront café will follow, where last year we were visited by a Rock Pipit. We will then probably relocate to Seaford Head to look for migrant passerines and have our picnic lunch. The afternoon will be spent at nearby Newhaven Tide Mills, where breeding birds should include Skylark, Reed and Sedge Warblers and Reed Bunting. Rendezvous time is 09:30 at Splash Point, which is at the southern-most end of Esplandade, Seaford (nearest postcode for sat-navs is BN25 1JJ). 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.


May 20 – Dungeness RSPB


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)
June 23 – Nightjars
July 8 – Box Hill (butterflies and orchids)
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