December 3 – Pulborough Brooks RSPB – Leader Mike White
Meet Mike at the visitor centre at 9.30am. (Bring RSPB membership cards).
If you are new to birding this is the site for you, a circular walk, an excellent cafeteria serving a selection of hot meals, toilets, shop for Xmas gifts and a good selection of birds.
All the common finches incl Bullfinch, many hundreds of wintering ducks and geese. Peregrine, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk all regular. Possibly Short-eared Owl with the chance of Barn Owl later in the day. (2 pairs bred on the reserve this year). Bewick’s Swans often roost on the reserve.
Subject to weather conditions we will start with a walk to Hales View, overlooking the South Brooks, then return to the visitor centre via the heath area. Then out on to the reserve, with lunch taken in one of the hides.
The reserve is located approx. 2 miles east of Pulborough village on the A.283. The reserve is on the right-hand side. Post code RH20 2EL Grid Ref: TQ058164
Mike is unable to give lifts from Surbiton but is happy to co-ordinate lifts offered/reqd. Please let Mike know if you are coming.
Bring lunch and tea
January 7 – Dinton Pastures Country Park – Leader: Thelma Caine (07527 448308)
Meet at Surbiton at 08.30 hours for lifts. The walk begins at Dinton Pastures at 10.00am (OS map 175 GR 780720). The venue has numerous lakes, woodland, meadow and river habitats and an information centre. Wildfowl should be plentiful including Goldeneye, Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard and Teal. Previous visits have also produced, Red Kite, Lapwing, Snipe, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Bullfinches, Bramblings and Siskins to name a few. The walk should finish by mid-afternoon. Route: Join M25 at J11, exit J12 and join M3 to Lightwater. Exit on B322 to Bracknell, then take A329 through Wokingham to Winnersh. In Winnersh village turn right at lights to B3030. The car park is about 1 mile along here on the left (Davis Street). Parking fees apply.
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