Trip reports

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

Aug 152017
 
A Visit to Oare Marsh KWT Reserve

14 of us met in the crowded car park and we were delighted to welcome two new friends to our group. There were many birdwatchers  – no doubt on the quest to find the rare long-billed dowitcher which had been seen on the east flood around 8 o’clock in the morning and for a few days previously. […]

 Posted by on 15 August 2017 at 9:16 pm
Jul 312017
 
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

Ten members of the Group met at this relatively new site which we have only visited once before.   Created on the site of Mucking Landfill Site, there are still memories of the history of the site, with domed grass and flower meadows, created from the capped landfill and metal cranes which were used to offload […]

Jul 262017
 
Tuesday Trip to Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve

A large group of members and non-members met at Cliffe Pools RSPB reserve. Some were hoping to see the black-winged stilts that I had mentioned in a previous post and some had heard rumours of a marsh sandpiper…….Inside information sources (ie Norman) had, however, advised me that both of these species were just beyond our […]

 Posted by on 26 July 2017 at 9:57 pm
Jul 242017
 
Elmley trip report July 2017

On Sunday 16 July the group visited Elmley NNR reserve. It was a warm, dry if humid day where a hat and sunscreen were the order of the day, together with provisions and drink as it is a mile long walk from the car park to the first of the hides around the scrape. With […]

Jul 052017
 
Group Trip to Dagenham Chase

On a fresh, cloudy day, fourteen of us gathered in the car park at Dagenham Chase, ready to explore this new venue. Having crossed the road, we first looked at the Eastbrook Pond. There were Egyptian geese, mute swans, mallards, common terns and coots with their chicks. Our walk took us between the lakes, where […]

 Posted by on 5 July 2017 at 9:31 pm
Jun 302017
 
Lullingstone Country Park

On Tuesday a large group of members and non-members gathered by the visitor centre at Lullingstone Country Park for our latest Tuesday nature “ramble”. It was pleasantly warm but rain was forecast from 1.00pm. One of the first birds that we saw was a yellowhammer (and we heard its song, “a-little-bit-of-bread- and-no-cheese”). It was sitting […]

 Posted by on 30 June 2017 at 10:40 pm
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