Programme of outings

Forthcoming Outings

Guidance for members

All field outings considered suitable to go ahead will have been assessed to ensure they can be conducted safely. If you wish to attend an outing, please contact the leader to book, before the date of the outing. Please let the leader know if you require a lift.
The field outing leader will provide advice about the arrangements for the visit. Please ensure that you are aware of these before travelling.

 

October 2, Sunday (all day). Langstone Harbour. Leader: Rebecca Dunne 07879 645971 rdunne@blueyonder.co.uk

Meet: 9.30am in the second car park at Farlington Marshes, Eastern Road, Farlington. SU 685 045 (nearest postcode PO6 1UN which is for the Holiday Inn on the opposite, landward side of the roundabout). Car park entrance is a small track between the A27 westbound exit and the A2030 exit leading to Portsmouth. You will be doubling back on yourself, under a height restriction barrier. Farlington
Marshes covers 123 hectares of grazing marshes and saline lagoons on the northern shore of Langstone Harbour. It is internationally important for migratory wildfowl and wading birds (see their website for details and a map www.hiwwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/farlington-marshes). If we’re lucky we might see bearded tits. There is a flat path that runs for 2.5 miles around the outer sea wall which gives magnificent sweeping views of the harbour and back across the marshes.
Afterwards, if time, weather and energy allow, we will drive to the Oyster Beds on, Hayling Island to get a different view of the harbour and to see what is about as the tide comes in (nearest postcode PO11 0LG).
Bring lunch. There are no toilets on Farlington Marshes reserve. Toilets at Cosham Mc Donalds PO6 2SW – next junction off M27 and nearby garages. Toilets near Oyster Beds.
Please let Rebecca know if you wish to join this trip.

 

October 14-16,  Norfolk Weekend. Leader: Thelma Caine 07527 448308, thelmacaine512@btinternet.com

By popular request, a members’ birdwatching weekend has been arranged once again at the Caley Hall Hotel, Old Hunstanton Road, Norfolk, PE36 6HH. Arrival at the hotel will be on Friday evening and the weekend will run until Sunday afternoon. Costs per person including bed, breakfast, evening meal for 2 nights and packed lunches (for Saturday and Sunday) will be £202 per person for a shared room and £307 for a single. For details about the hotel, see: https://www.caleyhallhotel.co.uk/. Travel to and from Norfolk will be in private cars with lifts arranged where required. Visits will also be made to several reserves over the weekend. Possibilities include Holme, Titchwell, Holkham, Snettisham and Cley. Over a hundred species are expected. This area regularly attracts exciting species. Birds seen on previous visits have included Great Northern, Black-throated and Red-throated Divers, Great Skua, Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter, Avocets, Bearded Tit, Pink-Footed Geese, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Marsh Harriers and Snow Buntings to name a few. For more details or to book, contact Thelma. A deposit of £30 per person will be required payable to the SDBWS. People wishing to book additional nights at the hotel are requested to make private arrangements by contacting the proprietors on 01485-533486 or email: mail@caleyhallhotel.co.uk

 

October 19, Wednesday (morning).Midweek: Hogsmill River & Nature Reserve. Leader: Cat Coull 07443 030945 catalpha50@gmail.com

Berrylands Nature Reserve is a small but perfectly formed reserve created by volunteers on the edges of Raeburn Open Space. A gentle walk along the Tolworth Brook will end up at the hides of the Hogsmill Nature Reserve.
Meet at The entrance to Stirling Walk near K2 Pine Gardens bus stop for a 10a.m. start.
The path can be very muddy when it rains so wear boots or wellingtons.
Bring lunch and drink if you want to stop for lunch in the covered picnic area by the hides at the Hogsmill Nature Reserve where there’s a state of the art compost toilet.

 

October 23rd, Sunday (all day). Rainham Marshes RSPB. Leader: Rebecca Dunne 07879 645971 rdunne@blueyonder.co.uk

Meet 9:30 – RSPB Rainham Marshes car park, New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet, RM19 1SZ. Purfleet railway station (C2C line from Fenchurch Street) is a 20-minute walk following brown pedestrian signs along the riverside path – full details on RSPB website.
This superb reserve on the banks of the Thames teems with wildlife throughout the year. A bird- rich former military, marshland firing range it is also one of the few remaining ancient, low-lying grazing marshes in the UK. Its complex of scrapes and pools, wet grassland and ditches, together with grassland and scrub supports many wintering birds. In winter, you can see large flocks of wildfowl, marsh harriers, plovers, water and rock pipits, little egrets, snipe, curlews, lapwings, dunlins, redshanks and shelducks and possibly peregrines and kingfishers.
We will walk around the reserve on 2.5miles of accessible boardwalks and along the neighbouring Thames path to see what waders, pipits, gulls etc are on the river and its shores.
Map and seasonal details on Rainham RSPB website.
Bring lunch
Toilets. Visitor centre, shop and café.
Reserve and car park close at 17:00.
Please let Rebecca know if you wish to join this trip.

 

November 6, Sunday (morning). Home Park. Leader: Jonathan Hannam 07745 022695 jon.hannam@btinternet.com

This will be a gentle morning stroll through the northern half of Home Park.
For those coming by car, meet at Diana Fountain car park at 9.00hrs. For those coming by bus (111, 216, 411), please gather outside Lion Gate and wait for the group to join you by 9.30am.
We will walk a short distance along the road and enter Home Park through the gate from the Walled Paddock. We will look out for early winter arrivals (Ducks, Gulls and Thrushes) in addition to the resident Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Woodpeckers. Little Owl is always a possibility.
Note that there are no facilities in Home Park.

 

November 20, Sunday (all day). Cliffe Pools RSPB. Leader, Peter Knox gsw9859@gmail.com

07:45 Pick-up point for lifts from the shops outside 8-10 St James’ Road, Surbiton,KT6 4QS
Meeting at the car park post code ME3 7SX 09:00
An important issue is that there are no toilets or facilities or hides on site.
The aim is to do the circular walk (4 miles approx.) around the site and view the various pools as well to view the river Thames. This site at this time of the year will have flocks of wintering ducks, waders and birds of prey.

 

November 23rd, Wednesday (Morning). Tolworth Court Farm. Leader: Elliot Newton elliot@citizenzoo.org

This walk will introduce you to Kingston’s largest nature reserve, Tolworth Court Farm.
We will meet in the barn of Tolworth Court Farm Moated Manor nature reserve at 9.30am.
This site has a recorded history dating back to the Doomsday book in 1086, the site is now managed in a traditional conservation style with the use of scything and aftermath grazing. While in the barn we will briefly introduce you to the concept of urban rewilding , and tell you about our pioneering conservation project which will hope to demonstrate how even in an urban setting you can embrace ecological dynamism and natural processes. We will then take a walk around the fantastic Tolworth Court Farm Fields, exploring its extensive mature hedgerows and large grassland expanses.
Species we might spot are Kestrel, Buzzard, Red Kite, and Peregrine Falcon. If we are lucky, we might see Kingfisher and if they have arrived, Redwing and Fieldfare. We should also look for Brown Hairstreak Butterfly (eggs), Yellow Meadow Ants and Field Voles.

 

December 4, Sunday (all day). Pagham Harbour

 

December 14, Wednesday (morning). Midweek Walk: Barnes WWT