Jun 132019
 
Thursley common trip report

The group met up at Thursley common on Sunday, which was the best day of the week weather wise.  Thursley common National Nature Reserve is the largest and most important heathland area in Surrey.  It has a mosaic of open dry heathland, peat bogs, ponds, and pine and deciduous woodlands. As such it holds a […]

May 302019
 
Stodmarsh May trip report

Fifteen of us met in the Stodmarsh NNR car park on Sunday 27 May. The weather forecast earlier in the week had looked like there was the possibility of rain but the day turned out pleasantly sunny. We headed first for the Reedbed hide, then went, via the small woodland, along the lampen walk to […]

May 012019
 
Dawn Chorus 2019

Meeting up at 5am in Cliffe church car park may not be everyone’s idea of a good morning out, but 7 others joined me despite storm Hannah forecasted earlier in the week.  We started the morning with clear skies and the songs of blackbird and wren from the car park.  Sunrise was only 24 minutes […]

May 052018
 
Dawn Chorus

Waking up at 4am is not everyone’s idea of weekend enjoyment but that was 9 of us did last Sunday to enjoy the dawn chorus at Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve. With sunrise at 5:30am it was still a dark gloom as we listened to our first songster of the day: a mistle thrush singing from […]

May 232017
 
Thursley Common trip report

Thursley Common is a special habitat which is home to a host of specialised plants, insects and birds.  At first sight the sandy heathland with scattered stands of trees and the low lying bogs can seem empty of life, but stand still for a few minutes, or look down closely near where you’re standing, or look […]

Apr 272017
 
Cliffs Pools dawn chorus report

Myself and nine others met in the pre dawn twilight outside Cliffe church. As we made our way down Pond Hill we were greeted by the pre-dawn songsters: wren, blackbird & robin which were soon joined by song thrush with its repeated phrases. A cuckoo called but was not seen in gloom and we continued […]

May 102016
 
Dawn chorus report

It is never easy to leave a comfortable bed at 4 o’clock in the morning to go on a dawn chorus walk, but myself and nine others stealed ourselves and were rewarded with a memorable start to the day.  This year’s dawn chorus took place 3 weeks later in the season than that from last […]