Thursday
26th
October

Morocco 2016 - Richard Stansfield
For our first evening meeting of the winter season, we will welcome member Richard Stansfield with his illustrated account of the club visit to Morocco last year. Meeting starts at 7.30pm in St Mary's Church hall, Greenham.


Saturday
28th
October

Speen Moors - Terry Jackman
Our regular morning walk west of Newbury recording the birds we see and hear in the changing seasons. Meet at 9am in Northcroft Leisure Centre carpark (charges apply). All welcome - a flat easy walk for all abilities. GR 174/SU462663


Sunday
12th
November

Moor Green Lakes - Lesley Staves
A morning visit to this reserve in the Blackwater Valley. Many rarities have turned up here in the past, as well as wintering Goosander and Smew amongst other species. Leaving Terry's house in Donnington at 9am, we will be in the reserve carpark around 10.


Thursday
23rd
November

Sri Lanka - The Jewel of the Indian Ocean - Chris Ward
We welcome back Chris with this new talk on the birds and wildlife he found in Sri Lanka, one of the world's 25 "Biodiversity hotspots". Meeting starts at 7.30pm in St Mary's Church hall, Greenham.


Saturday
25th
November

Hayling Island and Chichester Harbour - Leader tba
A full day visit to this popular birding area on the south coast where wintering ducks and possibly grebes could be found by now. Bring food for the day. We plan to leave Newbury at 8.30am. Ring Lesley on 01488 682301 for more details.


Wednesday
6th
December

Annual General Meeting - St Mary's Church Hall, Greenham
The meeting starts at 7.30pm and the Club business will be followed by a talk by an old friend of the Club, Brian Clews, "How Birds Work". Items for the AGM agenda and nominations for the committee should be sent to the Hon Secretary at least a week before the meeting. Please note this meeting is on a Wednesday as the hall had a prior booking for the Thursday.


Sunday
10th
December

Combe - Alan Lindsay
A winter morning's wander through the village and up towards Combe Wood hoping to find Willow Tit, thrushes and finch flocks. Meet at Lower Farm, Combe at 9am. GR174/SU374609


Thursday
28th
December

Post Christmas 'Twitch' - Lesley Staves
A chance to get some fresh air and blow the cobwebs away between Christmas and New Year. We will check the local guides for special birds, but if none reported we could go and find our own! Meet at Terry’s house in Donnington at 9am, for the morning only.


Thursday
28th
December

Post Christmas 'Twitch' - Lesley Staves
A chance to get some fresh air and blow the cobwebs away between Christmas and New Year. We will check the local guides for special birds, but if none reported we could go and find our own! Meet at Terry’s house in Donnington at 9am, for the morning only.


Saturday
13th
January

Members' Afternoon - St Mary's Church hall, Greenham
Our usual annual get-together for members' short talks and tea and cakes. Doors will be open at 2pm for a prompt 2.30 start. Offers of talks (photos, poems, anything of interest to other members) should be made to the Secretary before the meeting so we can plan the afternoon, and gifts of cakes, etc for tea will be welcome at the hall. Subscriptions for 2018 will be due. This year we will have a Raffle!


Saturday
20th
January

Dinton Pastures and Lavell's Lake - Leader tba
A morning visit to these lakes between Reading and Wokingham where there should be plenty of winter wildfowl and possibly Bittern at Lavell's. Meet in the main carpark off the B3030 Winnersh to Hurst road at 9am. GR 175/SU784718


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.



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