Members' Afternoon - St Mary's Church Hall, Greenham
Our usual New Year social afternoon of short talks from members with tea and cakes. Please let Bob Lyle know if you have any photographs you would like to show, and gifts of cakes will be welcome at the hall on the day. Hall opens at 2pm for a prompt 2.30 start.
Donnington Lake and Bagnor - Alan Lindsay
Starting from Donnington Castle we will walk down into Donnington Grove near the lake and through to Bagnor alongside the river Lambourn. Meet in the castle carpark at 9am for morning walk. GR174/SU461691
"Swifts" - Kintbury Coronation Hall
For our joint meeting with Kintbury Wildlife Group, we have Jan Stannard of Swift Conservation giving us a talk about these iconic summer visitors, how they live and breed and how we can encourage them to nest on our homes. Meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Coronation Hall, Inkpen Road, Kintbury, RG17 9TX. There will be a raffle.
Christchurch Harbour - Leader tba
A full day visit to this area of reeds, mudflats and marshes to see what we can find - waders, ducks, grebes, with hopefully some winter specials. Leaving Terry's house at 8.30am we will meet in the recreation ground carpark on the right just beyond the Ship in Distress pub on Stanpit Road at 10. Bring food for the day. GR195/SZ173926
Blakehill Farm Nature Reserve - Jim Burnett
This Wiltshire W T reserve can be very good for Short-eared Owls in winter, and being an old airfield offers easy walking on mostly tarmac paths. After lunch we could visit the nearby Cotswold Water Park to look for wintering wildfowl. Meet in the car park at GR173/SU068920, on the Malmsbury road just outside Cricklade at 10am. Bring food for the day, or just stay for the morning.
Greenham Common - Lesley Staves
A morning walk on the Common, looking and listening for early spring migrants. Woodlark should be singing by now, Dartford Warblers guarding breeding territories and summer migrants such as Wheatear be passing through. Last year we put up a Jack Snipe! Meet in the Control Tower carpark at 8.30am. GR 174/SU499652
"Wader Quest" - St Mary's Church Hall, Greenham
We welcome Rick and Elis Simpson for our last evening meeting of the season, with their talk on their charity Wader Quest. This was formed to raise money and awareness for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and has developed into worldwide protection and advice on all waders at risk from human activities. Rick is an accomplished speaker and Elis' photographs are superb. Meeting starts at 7.30pm.
Pennington and Normandy - Leader to be arranged
A full day visit to this area of coast near Lymington where spring passage should be well under way, with some wintering birds still lingering. Leaving Newbury at 8.30am we will meet at the end of Lower Pennington Lane at 9.45. Bring food for the day. GR196/SZ318927
Speen Moors - Terry Jackman
Another morning walk for our regular seasonal visit to Speen. Early summer migrants could be starting to sing by now and resident species may already be nesting. Meet in the carpark at Northcroft Leisure Centre at 8.30am. Parking charges apply. A level easy walk for all abilities. GR174/SU463663
Scotland - Bob and Jean Lyle
Bookings have already been made for this week away, but please call Bob and Jean as soon as possible in case of late availability.
Burghfield - Lesley Staves
A follow-up visit to the lakes and River Kennet around Burghfield at a different time of year to our 2018 outing to look and listen for spring migrants. This time we could go further to explore Fobney Meadow, often mentioned on the Berksbirds website. Meet at Terry's house at 8.00am or park at the Cunning Man pub at 8.30. GR174/SU681707
Savernake Forest - Jim Burnett
A morning walk in this vast area near Marlborough, a site the Club hasn't been to for some time, looking for resident breeding birds and spring migrants. The forest has many ancient oaks with flat, well maintained trails for us to explore. Meet at the Postern Hill carpark off the A346 south of Marlborough at 9am. GR 173/SU197679, post code SN8 4ND
Crookham Common - Lesley Staves
In the last few years Crookham has been one of the most reliable sites locally for Nightingales, and we could also find Garden Warbler, Dartfords on the open common and waders around the pools. Meet in the carpark on the corner of Old Thornford Road at 8.30am for the morning only. GR174/SU523645
Martin Down - Leader tba
A morning visit to this open area of ancient grassland and scrub southwest of Salisbury to see what we can find. Leaving Newbury at 8am, we will hope to be in the reserve carpark on the left off the A354 about 6 miles SW of Coombe Bissett by 9.30. GR184/ SU037200