Programme of outings

Forthcoming Outings

How to join car outings



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August 7 – Bat walk – Leader Alison Fure 07867507086

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 as I will take a different route if no members of the bird club are attending.
We will see many pipistrelle bats but we are looking for the ever elusive Daubenton’s bat during what is officially a Bat Conservation Trust survey.
The walk ends at Kingston Bypass A240, quite near to Worcester Park Road before 22.30. I am happy to meet people beforehand if they are unsure of the locations.
Bat detectors are provided.


August 12 – Rye Harbour – Leader Thelma Caine 07527 448308 email:

This is a car outing. Meet at St James’ Road Surbiton at 08:00hrs to arrange lifts or at Rye Harbour Car Park, Harbour Road, Rye at 10:15hrs. For Sat Nav: TN31 7TX (Ordnance Survey Map Ref: TQ 941188). Please let the leader know by Friday 10th August if you are intending to come on the trip. Rye Harbour is a mixture of habitats – sea with shingle beach, saltmarsh, rivers, grazing marshes and reedbeds. The main attractions at this time of year are are wading birds, duck, migrant passerines and raptors. Likely waders include Avocet,
Plovers, Snipe, Godwits, Whimbrel, Curlew, Ruff, Dunlin, Sanderling,
and Tunstone
. There are toilets at the car park but no facilities within the reserve. For more information see:
Bring Snacks, Lunch and Tea


September 2 – Thorney Island – Leader Paul Spencer

Meet Paul in Surbiton at 8.15 to arrange lifts for 8.30 departure or prearrange with Paul to meet in Emsworth near Marina at 10am.
Thorney Island juts into Chichester Harbour. In September, it is a good place to see waders including Greenshank and Spotted Redshank, wildfowl including Red Breasted Merganser and migrants such as Wheatear, Whinchat and terns. Grey Seals can be seen. But the huge draw is the chance to view Osprey who use the harbour as a refuelling spot, fishing in the Great Deeps, before they migrate back to Africa. Paul will take people along the Sussex border path on to the MoD estate. The walk is about seven miles in length so will take 4 to 5 hours to do. It goes past a lovely 13th century church. People need to bring plenty of refreshments with them for official snacks, and lunch. If thirsty after our endeavours Paul will suggest a swift pint in the Lord Raglan or the Sussex Brewery! Strong boots recommended.


September 16 – Cissbury Ring – Leader Thelma Caine 07527 448308 email:

Meet at 8.30am at St James’ Road, Surbiton to arrange lifts. Cissbury Ring is east of Findon on the A24. Take A24 south beyond Horsham to Findon (OS Map 198, Grid Ref: TQ 120090). Continue 1½ miles past the roundabout at Findon and turn left into Maytree Avenue following signs to Cissbury Ring car park. (SAT NAV: BN14 0HT) Journey: 45 miles from Surbiton so allow approx 1 hour. For toilets, continue past Maytree Avenue on A24 for ¾ mile. The toilets are just past Lime Tree Avenue (next to Findon Library) or use service stations on route. This is an excellent site for summer migrants and a lovely 6 mile circular walk which includes a short climb to the hill fort giving superb views across the Sussex Downs. Previous visits have produced Honey Buzzard, Hobby, Redstart, Wheatear, Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, Cuckoo and Corn Bunting to name a few.
Bring snacks, lunch, tea.


October 7 – Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes
October 12 -14 – Residential weekend
October 27 – Richmond Park
November 18 – Capel Fleet and Harty Ferry


November 25 – Welney WWT

This will be a joint coach trip with Richmond and Twickenham RSPB Group. The fare will be £20 with the usual 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
Entry to the reserve is free for WWT members (please bring your membership cards). For nonmembers, the entry fee is £8.70 (seniors: £7.40).
The centre at Welney is impressive with food and hot drinks available. There is a heated main observatory and a succession of other hides from where we expect to see Marsh Harriers and numerous wildfowl including Whooper and Bewick Swans, Pochard, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler and Pintail. Cranes are becoming increasingly regular here and waders such as Snipe, Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and Curlew are likely.
 Booking is essential: Please send cheques made payable to SDBWS to: Rebecca Dunne and please also let her know which pick-up-point you will be going to. Telephone Rebecca Dunne 07879645971 – Email:


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