Trip reports

Reports from our outdoor trips. Like to find out more? Join us on our next outdoor trip.

Jun 192017
Group coach trip to Minsmere RSPB Reserve

  On Saturday our group visited Minsmere RSPB reserve in Suffolk. A really smooth coach journey and nice sunny weather set us up for a great day. On arrival the group seemed to explode in all directions – some going straight to the Island Mere hide in search of Savi’s warbler, some to the reed bed […]

 Posted by on 19 June 2017 at 6:39 pm
Jun 072017
Group Trip to Broadwater Warren

Set in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Beauty near to Tunbridge Wells, Broadwater Warren was taken over by the RSPB in 2007, when it was a large conifer plantation with just a few remnants of heathland surviving.  Much of the restoration work has already taken place, restoring the open landscape of the Weald. The […]

 Posted by on 7 June 2017 at 10:11 pm
May 292017
Trip to Swanscombe Marshes

Last Tuesday a large group of members and non-members met outside the Pier Hotel at Greenhithe for a walk along the Thames shore to Broadness Point. This was our first group trip to Swanscombe Marshes – an area under threat from development. The large reed bed and pools at the end of the new housing […]

 Posted by on 29 May 2017 at 4:25 pm
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 […]

May 092017
Stodmarsh trip report

Stodmarsh in May – my favourite reserve at the best time of year – what could be better?  A merry band of seven met up and, despite the chilly weather, Stodmarsh once again delivered some great birds, although in some cases with tantalisingly brief views. We started off in the wooded section and proceeded around the […]

Apr 272017
Group Trip to Riverside Country Park

On Tuesday a large group of members and non – members joined our walk along the south shore of the Medway at Riverside Country Park. A beautiful sunny morning but with a cold wind off the water. Although we missed our target species, nightingale and turtle dove, we saw and heard a number of other […]

 Posted by on 27 April 2017 at 12:16 pm
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 […]

Apr 132017
Trip to Grain and Northward Hill Reserve

It was a misty start at Grain on Saturday. The incoming tide had already covered the mud flats, and so we set off along one of many paths of the Grain Coastal Park. Chiffchaff and chaffinch were singing from the trees and some of us had a nice view of a male blackcap. The melodic […]

 Posted by on 13 April 2017 at 11:39 pm