Programme of outings

Forthcoming Outings

How to join car outings



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2 June – Lakenheath RSPB

This is a coach trip organised by Richmond and Twickenham RSPB to which we have been invited. I know it seems a long way off but these trips now book very quickly so please let Rebecca know ASAP if you would like to come (do not wait until the May meeting!) The cost is £20 which is non-refundable unless the trip is full and your place can be resold. RSPB membership cards needed or entrance fee payable.
Lakenheath Fen reserve comprises a mixture of wetland and woodland south of the Little Ouse in Suffolk. The RSPB has converted an area of former carrot fields into a large wetland, consisting mainly of reedbeds and grazing marshes. The new reedbeds have attracted hundreds of pairs of reed warblers and sedge warblers, as well as bearded tits and marsh harriers. With big skies, extensive reedbeds and booming bitterns it is a wetland home for kingfishers, cranes, otters, water voles and fenland plants, dragonflies and butterflies.
Highlights might include Cuckoos calling in the poplar woods, up to 40 Hobbies in the air at any one time as they gather to feed on insects, Marsh Harriers displaying above the reedbed which will be full of singing Reed and Sedge Warblers and Bittern feeding flights.
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
Booking is essential: Please book at SDBWS meetings or send a cheque made payable to SDBWS to: Rebecca Dunne.
You can also phone or email to reserve a place and pay at the next meeting.
Phone Rebecca 07879645971;  Email:
Please also let Rebecca know which pick-up-point you will be going to.


22 June (Saturday evening) – Nightjars – Leader Stephen Waters 07949646987

We meet up at a layby on Gracious Pond Road, near Gracious Pond Farm. We walk on to Chobham Common, starting time 9.00pm. 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.


30 June – Knepp Estate – Leader John Barkham 07803 295555

An all day car outing to the Knepp Estate 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 all fences removed. It is the biggest breeding hotspot in the UK for Purple Emperor butterflies which should be in display (depending on weather conditions). Turtle Doves and Nightingales also breed. There is also a White Stork reintroduction project, giving photo opportunities of the free-flying, first generation birds! We shall take a leisurely circular walk of about 4 miles on public footpaths. The route is fairly level, but the ground can be uneven. Highlights include several tree-top viewing platforms.
From the A22, 2 miles south of A272, turn right across the dual carriageway into Worthing Road (signed “Dial Post”); after 500yds turn sharp right into Swallows Lane. Knepp entrance is 200yds on the left. Meet at 9.30 in the Purple Emperor Car Park: RH13 8NN (New Barn Farm safari site). £10 parking charge with complimentary cup of tea or coffee, map and use of the toilets. Alternatively park in Worthing Road and walk to the car park. Bring a packed lunch. 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.


7 July (Afternoon) – Epsom Common Butterfly Walk – Leader Alison Gilry 07736 962466

Please note this will be an afternoon walk. Club members will join with members of the Epsom Common Association. Meet at 2pm, in the Stew Pond car park. The walk will last for around 2 hours.


6 August (Tuesday Evening) – Bat Walk


11 August – Oare Marshes


8 September – Langstone Harbour


22 September – Dungeness RSPB


October (Fri-Sun) – Residential weekend


6 October – Two Tree Island


20 October – Selsey Island


3 November – Rainham Marshes RSPB


17 November – Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes


8 December – Isle of Sheppey



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.