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 […]

Apr 242015
Nightingales and cuckoo in dawn chorus

Our dawn chorus walk this year started from the Cliffe village car park one hour before sunrise and it was dark, very dark. Ten hardy souls had set alarm clocks early and as we walked out of the village and onto a dim Pickles Way the usual pre-dawn suspects were already singing: blackbird, wren and […]

May 052014
Stodmarsh - May trip report

The sun was out today, as were the cyclists (on the road to Stodmarsh), as were other birdwatchers (the car park was near to full) and as were the birds (see below). Seventeen of us gathered and together we did the whole 4 mile circuit up to Grove Ferry, heading out in the direction of […]

May 272013
Dawn chorus report from Northward Hill

Meeting in the car park at Bromhey Farm (part of Northward Hill RSPB reserve) at 5am in the morning we were greeted by a chaffinch announcing the start of a sunny if rather chilly morning.  We soon added whitethroat, wren, robin and song thrush and these species would continue to be the dominant songsters for […]