Programme of outings

Forthcoming Outings

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22 September – Dungeness RSPB.  Leader Mike White 07981-037004

Meet Mike at the fishing boats lay-by at .9.30. We will start with a sea watching session before checking “The Patch” and power station perimeter, then moving to the ARC pit and finally the RSPB reserve itself. Return migraPlover and Hoopoe seen on our last visit). There is a café adjacent to Dungeness lighthouse and hot drinks are available at the reserve. Mike is unable to offer lifts from Surbiton but happy to co-ordinate lifts offered/required. Remember your RSPB membership cards.


October (Fri-Sun) – Residential weekend.


6 October – Two Tree Island. Leader Ruth Shinebaum  07985 028861,

Meet at St James’ Road Surbiton at 8:00am for lifts, or at 9.30am at the upper car park at Two Tree Island which is accessed by taking the road immediately right at Leigh-on-Sea railway station. Please note, Ruth will not be able to offer lifts from Surbiton, so please call her beforehand if you plan to go on the trip, so that she can coordinate lifts and provide directions if required. This reserve is adjacent to the Thames estuary, south of Leigh-on-Sea (Grid Ref TQ824853) and is a refuge in autumn for thousands of wildfowl and waders, including Avocet, Curlew, Grey Plover, Dunlin, Redshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Wigeon and flocks of Brent Geese. Bring lunch. Please note there are no toilet facilities on the reserve but for the price of a cup of coffee or a sandwich, you can use those at the golf driving range close by.


20 October – Selsey Island. Selsey Peninsula. Leader Mike White 07981-037004

Meet Mike at the RSPB Pagham Visitor centre at 09.30am. We will walk around the visitor centre area and the new Ferry Hide before setting off down the side of the harbour to Church Norton. Low tide is at approx. 9.30 so by the time we reach Church Norton the incoming tide will be pushing birds towards the hide. Depending on time/weather lunch will be taken in the hide or on the beach. We will then walk to the Severals and strike inland for the loop back to Church Norton. Bird wise anything is possible with possibly a few tardy outgoing migrants and incoming migrants still arriving. Toilets and hot drinks are available at the centre.


3 November – Rainham Marshes RSPB. Leader, Jonathan Hannam 0774 502 2695

Meet for lifts in Surbiton at 8.30 hrs or on site at 09.30hrs, but either way please let the leader know beforehand if you intend to join him. Rainham is one of the top birding sites in urban London. It is located just off the M25, near the Dartford Crossing. Broad-walks provide level access on a 1½ mile circular walk. There is a modern visitor centre with café, toilets and shop, although we will probably take lunch with us to eat in one of the hides. If time permits, we will also walk along the Thames embankment to see if there is anything of interest on the river. Low tide is at 11:00 hrs. The habitat is a mixture of wet and rough grassland, interspersed with reed beds, the tidal Thames and an area of scrubby woodland. The site attracts a wide range of birds including waders, wildfowl, gulls, finches, thrushes and larks and there is always the possibility of a rarity. Remember to bring your RSPB membership cards. For non-members, there is a £6 entry fee.


17 November – Arne RSPB coach trip. Rebecca Dunne 07879645971

If you would still like to join the coach trip to Arne on Sunday 17th November please let Rebecca know before or at our next meeting on 17th September.
This trip is organised by Richmond and Twickenham RSPB group. They have sold 30 tickets and would like to start selling some of our remaining 10 tickets if no one else in our group wants to go.
You can still request tickets after the 17th September but there may not be any left.

The cost is £20 which is nonrefundable unless the trip is full and your place can be resold. RSPB membership cards needed or entrance fee payable. There is a new visitors’ centre with a café serving hot and cold food but it is probably best to bring a packed lunch.
RSPB Arne is a patchwork of different habitats. Although the reserve is famous for its dry and wet lowland heath you can also find ancient oak woodland, farmland, reedbed, mudflats, scrub, wet woodland, acid grassland and even sandy beaches. This mix of habitats surrounded by Poole Harbour is one of the reasons the reserve is home to such a huge variety of species. In winter, look out for large flocks of waders including avocets, black-tailed godwits and dunlin gathering to feed. Raptors such as marsh harriers and hen harriers spend the winter at the reserve and can be seen hunting during the day and then gathering to roost at dusk.

Pick-up points:





Surbiton Flyer Pub, Victoria Rd, Surbiton KT6 4NS (leaves promptly)

The Library, Waldegrave Road, Teddington

The Shack Bar, Aragon Road, Twickenham

Richmond opposite Richmond railway station

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 Rebecca to reserve a place and pay at the next meeting. Email: Please also let Rebecca know which pick-up-point you will be going to.


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.