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28 April – Pulborough Brooks – Leader: Mike White 07981 037004
Meet at the visitor centre at 09.30 (Remember your RSPB membership card). This is one of the premier reserves in the south-east. The visitor centre has a shop and café serving snacks and meals. The toilets are also situated here. This is a good time to visit the reserve with summer migrants arriving or passing through and hopefully the Nightingales should have arrived within the last fortnight. Bullfinch is another Pulborough speciality and can be seen in several spots around the reserve, Peregrine and Marsh Harrier are regular. Although in reduced numbers many species of wildfowl will still be on the Brooks. Although unable to offer lifts from Surbiton Mike is happy to co-ordinate lifts offered/required. Please let Mike know if you are going.
5 May – Tice’s Meadow and Crooksbury Common – Leader: Thelma Caine 07527 448308
Meet at St James’ Road Surbiton at 08:30hrs to arrange lifts. The walk starts at Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve at 9.30am. This is located between Badshot Lea and Tongham, on the southern outskirts of Aldershot. The best area to park is on the Lower Farnham Road (B3208) near the Pea Bridge (at SU 867490) Sat Nav: GU11 3RD. Please let the leader know by Friday 3rd May if you are intending to come. Tice’s Meadow is a recently developed nature reserve on the site of the former Farnham Quarry. The habitat consists of open water, gravel islands, scrapes, reedbeds, scrub, woodland, ponds and wet and dry grassland. The site has an impressive bird list including numerous duck, waders, gulls, terns, warblers, finches, thrushes, woodpeckers, birds of prey and migrants. May 5th is the last day of the annual spring ‘BioBlitz’ event at the reserve. There will be bird ringing demos, bird walks, bat walks, moth trapping and small mammal trapping taking place. For more information about the nature reserve see http://www.ticesmeadow.org/ In the afternoon we plan to visit the nearby Crooksbury Common SSSI. Park at the Seale Road car park, Grid ref: SU 896452 Sat Nav enter: ‘Seale Road, Godalming’. This site has heathland and coniferous woodland is noted for breeding Dartford Warbler, Stonechat, Woodlark and Hobby. See: https://www.arc-trust.org/crooksbury-common
12 May – Stodmarsh – Leader: Peter Knox
Meet at St James’ Road Surbiton at 08:00hrs to arrange lifts. Stodmarsh sits in the Stour valley with extensive reed beds plus some woodland and water meadows and water environment. This will allow us to see Bearded Tits, Marsh Harriers and Hobbies. We may even see Turtle Doves and a wide selection of warblers.
19 May – Devil’s Punchbowl – Leader: Thelma Caine 07527 448308
Meet at St James’ Road Surbiton at 08:30hrs to arrange lifts or at the National Trust Car Park at Hindhead at 9.30am (Sat Nav GU26 6AB -ordnance survey Grid Ref SU890357). Please let the leader know if you are joining the trip. For the car park, go south along the A3 beyond Guildford and through the tunnel. On leaving the tunnel take the first exit (A333) signposted to Hindhead (Devil’s Punch Bowl). At the traffic lights carry straight on and the car park is on your left hand side. This is an excellent sites for warblers, including Garden Warbler and if lucky, Dartford Warbler and Wood Warbler. Other possible species include Redstart, Tree Pipit, Buzzard and Hobby. Cuckoo, Siskin, Crossbill and Woodlark have also been seen on previous visits! There is a café and toilets in the car park but bring lunch. Strong shoes or walking boots are advisable.
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.
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: email@example.com
Please also let Rebecca know which pick-up-point you will be going to.
22 June (Saturday evening) – Nightjars
30 June – Knepp Estate
7 July (Afternoon) – Epsom Common Butterfly Walk
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.