Haxton Down - Lesley Staves
We haven't visited this area of Salisbury Plain for many years, but it has been a good spot to find wintering Short-eared Owls and sometimes harriers in the fading light so can be well worth a visit. Meet at the roadside area near Beaches Barn at 2.30pm (GR184/SU189512). Sadly the pub at Everleigh where some would have lunch before the walk is now closed!
- Sun 16th February
Weekend to Essex - Bob Lyle
A long weekend to the Essex coast and other sites. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Bob as soon as you can so that details can be sent to you. Email email@example.com.
'Birding India' - David and Nancy Massie
David and Nancy are very widely travelled and always take superb bird photographs where ever they go. This talk is bound to be fascinating and not one to be missed. Meeting starts at 7.30pm in Greenham church hall.
Poole Harbour - Bob Lyle
This trip was cancelled last October due to storms on the coast, so we will try again and hope for better weather this time. A full day visit to the west of Poole, Dorset, exploring some of the sites north of the harbour - heathland, scrapes and open water. Leaving Newbury at 8am we will meet in the carpark in Upton Country Park off the A35 around 9.45. Bring food for the day. GR 195/SY991931
Padworth Lane GP - Lesley Staves
This site near to the River Kennet and the canal has attracted many unusual species in recent years so we will make a morning visit to see what we can find. Turning right off the A4 after the roundabout for the Aldermaston road, parking should be in the village hall carpark, but please check with Lesley in advance.
'Ethno-ornithology' - Andrew Gosler
Andy came to us many years ago with a study on Great Tits, but is now an expert on ethno-ornithology, the study of the relationship between people and birds. This sounds to be a fascinating aspect of our birdwatching activities. Meeting starts at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church hall, Greenham.
Donnington and Bagnor - Terry Jackman
A spring morning visit to our new regular site where we could find singing early migrants and resident birds, but also some late staying winter visitors. Meet in the carpark at Donnington Castle at 8.30am. This walk of about 3.5 miles does have some steep parts and can be muddy after wet weather.
Upper Bucklebury - Debby Reynolds
In recent years, Firecrests have been seen in Bucklebury and Debby has been lucky enough to find one or two. Join her for this morning walk in Upper Bucklebury, where we hope we might be lucky too! (Details of the meeting place and time will be advised later.)
Greenham Common - Alan Lindsay
A spring morning walk on the Common, looking and listening for Woodlark, Dartford Warbler and other heathland specialists. Meet in the Control Tower carpark at 8am. Coffee in the café there afterwards?
Somerset Levels - Lesley Staves
A full day visit to this extensive area of reedbeds, open water and scrub for, we hope, Bittern, warblers and other special birds. Great White Egrets and Cranes have bred here in recent years. Leaving Newbury at 7.30am, we would hope to meet in the RSPB reserve carpark at Ham Wall between 9.30 and 10. Bring food for the day. GR192/ST449397
Crookham Common - Roger Frankum
Some members will be in Georgia in early May, but for others, Roger will lead this evening walk at Crookham, hoping to hear and maybe see Nightingale, Woodlark and other summer birds. Meet in the carpark at the corner of Old Thornford Road at 7pm. GR174/SU253645
Otmoor - Lesley Staves
A morning visit to this RSPB reserve north of Oxford for spring migrants and possible nesting waders. Leaving Newbury at 8am, we will hope to be in the reserve carpark north of Beckley village around 9am. GR 164/SP570126