Events

Saturday
27th
January

Speen Moors - Terry Jackman
We start another year of recording on this regular seasonal morning walk. We should find wintering thrushes, finches and tit flocks. Meet in Northcroft Leisure Centre carpark at 9.30am. Parking charges apply. GR 174/SU463663


Tuesday
6th
February

Thirty Years of Birding - John Swallow
We are invited by Kintbury Wildlife Group to join them for this talk by our own John Swallow, also a member of the KWG committee. He will look back over more than 30 years of birdwatching in many places in the British Isles and overseas. Meeting starts at 7.30pm in the Coronation Hall, Inkpen Road, Kintbury. There will be a raffle.


Sat/Sun
10th/11th
February

Sheppey - Long Ranger
At this time of year the Isle of Sheppey can be great to see wintering raptors and owls as well as waders and wildfowl on the coast. To make the most of the visit we plan to stay overnight in a motel or similar rather than try to do it in the day. Please let Bob Lyle or Lesley know as soon as possible if you are interested in joining us so that we can make bookings at the best price.


Saturday
17th
February

RSPB Pulborough Brooks - Mike Taylor
A full day's visit to this wetland reserve in West Sussex, where wintering ducks should be plentiful, with waders also a possibility. Leaving Newbury at 8.30am, we would plan to be in the reserve car park off the A283 around 10. Bring food for the day, or eat in the café on site. Entry fee for non-members of RSPB. GR197/TQ058164 Post code RH20 2EL


Sunday
25th
February

Farmoor / Bury and Cow Downs - Terry Jackman
A morning visit to Farmoor reservoir near Oxford for ducks, gulls and sometimes the odd rarity, and after lunch (at a pub or packed if you prefer) we would call in to the Downs on the Ridgeway to look for wintering owls and raptors, finches and thrushes. Meet at Terry's house in Donington at 9.30am, or meet in the Farmoor carpark at around 10.15. Parking charges apply. GR 164/SP451061


Thursday
8th
March

"Birds in a Cage" - Derek Neimann
The last evening meeting this winter, we will welcome Derek Neimann with his talk on British prisoners of WW2, who kept themselves occupied and sane with bird observations, eventually going on to be notable ornithologists during peacetime. Meeting starts at 7.30pm in St Mary's Church hall, Greenham


Saturday
17th
March

Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes - Lesley Staves
A full day visit to the south coast for waders, ducks and possibly early spring migrants. Meet at Terry's house in Donnington at 8.30am, parking at the end of Lower Pennington Lane around 9.45. Bring food for the day. GR 196/SZ318927


Sunday
25th
March

Greenham Common - Lesley Staves
A morning walk on the common looking and listening for spring migrants, late winter visitors and hopefully Woodlark and Dartford Warbler. Meet in the main carpark by the Control Tower at 8.30am. GR 174/SU499652


Sunday
8th
April

Winterborne Downs - Debby Reynolds
A new site for the Club, where the RSPB is recreating a species-rich chalk grassland to link Salisbury Plain and Porton Down as a safe haven for breeding Stone Curlews. We may not see these but there should be plenty of other chalkland species. Meet at Terry's house in Donnington at 9am, or in the reserve carpark at Newton Tony at 10 for a morning walk. GR184/SU214401 Post code SP4 0HA


Sunday
22nd
April

Stanford Dingley - Roger Frankum
Another morning walk at a site not visited for many years. We will wander through farmland with wet meadows near the River Pang and nearby woods looking and listening for early spring migrants. Park near the church at 8.30am. GR 174/SU576718


Saturday
28th
April

Speen Moors - Terry Jackman
Our second seasonal morning walk to see what we can find. Migrants should be in singing well by now, and resident species could be breeding. Meet in Northcroft Leisure Centre carpark at 8.30am. Parking charges apply. GR 174/SU463663



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