Trip reports

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

Jun 062018
 
Minsmere Coach Trip

Our large group descended upon this fantastic reserve on an overcast day that was supposed to be having thunder and lightning. Thankfully, that didn’t happen, and we set out to see some of the species that Minsmere has to offer. The sand martins were busy gathering food to take back to their nests as we […]

 Posted by on 6 June 2018 at 11:05 pm
May 292018
 
Conyer Creek and Oare Marshes

After the thunder storms of Saturday night it was a relief to wake up to much brighter weather on Sunday morning.   Ten members of the group arrived with eager anticipation of migrants with nightingale and turtle dove high on the list.   The site of Conyer is an old brick works and I was […]

May 202018
 
The Old Lodge - Ashdown Forest

Ashdown Forest is a bit of a misnomer. It is more like heathland with areas of woodland, in fact nearly two thirds of its 6500 acre site is heathland, which is 2.5% of the UK’s extent of this rare habitat.  A special place to see special flora and fauna. As a group of us met […]

 Posted by on 20 May 2018 at 9:53 pm
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 […]

Apr 272018
 
Group Trip to Riverside Country Park

A good group of 32 people met at Riverside Country Park for our first Tuesday morning walk of the “summer” season. Expectations were high that we would find birds on migration and, although the weather kept the birds rather subdued, we managed to find some. This male whitethroat was the first of the season for […]

 Posted by on 27 April 2018 at 7:00 pm
Mar 282018
 
Stodmarsh trip report

Fourteen of us gathered at the Stodmarsh car park and despite the odd shower burst on the drive over, the day was to turn out surprisingly calm and mild.  Due to the recent rain and snow fall I felt that the tracks along the river Stour and across the meadow in the centre of the […]

Feb 222018
 
Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill RSPB Reserves

On a beautiful sunny day, twenty-four of us gathered in the Salt Lane car park and welcomed four new faces – Mandy, Paul, Carol and Graham. The usual array of wood pigeon, collared dove and crows flew overhead as we made our way to the Crystal Pool. There were coot, tufted duck, great crested grebe, […]

 Posted by on 22 February 2018 at 4:25 pm