Trip reps

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

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 […]

Jun 022019
 
Group Trip to RSPB Cliffe Pools Reserve

Last Tuesday the group visited the RSPB reserve at Cliffe Pools. We were greeted in the car part by a nightingale in full song – a rather good start to the day. The breeding colony of black – headed gulls on the islands was very impressive (and noisy!) with about 2000 pairs. Keen gull watchers […]

 Posted by on 2 June 2019 at 11:08 pm
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 162019
 
Coach Trip to National Trust Wicken Fen Reserve

Twenty-seven of us arrived at this beautiful reserve, where we were joined by Terry who had driven from his Suffolk home. Wicken Fen has been owned by the National Trust since 1899 and as our friendly greeter Martin explained, they have a 100 year project to expand the reserve even further. Swallows flew all around […]

 Posted by on 16 May 2019 at 10:08 pm
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 […]

Apr 262019
 
Group Trip to Riverside Country Park

Our group met at Riverside Country Park for the first of this season’s Tuesday morning walks. Our key target species was the nightingale. Two birds had been heard singing a few minutes earlier so we set off with great expectations. We stopped, on route, to watch singing whitethroats – some of the group heard lesser […]

 Posted by on 26 April 2019 at 3:00 pm
Apr 172019
 
Group Trip to Sevenoaks KWT Reserve

On a fresh and overcast Sunday morning, seventeen of us met in the car park at the Sevenoaks Kent Wildlife Trust Reserve. we then quickly reassembled by the horse field, to try and spot the ring ouzel that had been sighted previously. Thankfully, a couple of our eagle-eyed members found a resplendent male, flying low […]

 Posted by on 17 April 2019 at 9:20 pm
Apr 032019
 
Group Trip to Oare Marshes Kent Wildlife Trust Reserve

Twelve members met at Oare Marshes KWT reserve on a bright and sunny morning. The early arrivals had brief views of a short-eared owl followed by a good view of a red kite. However, a little while later, the short-eared owl played the game and gave everyone great views as it quartered over the reeds […]

 Posted by on 3 April 2019 at 10:41 pm