Coach Outings Coach Outings Programme 2016-17
This season we have seven coach outings all within a three-hour drive from London.



The September 2017 - June 2018 programme will be published July/August


Earlier this season

Saturday 22 October 2016
Titchfield Haven, Hampshire
Habitats: reedbeds, river, scrapes, meadows, scrub and willows. Facilities: Hides, Visitor Centre, Tea Room, WC.
We'd last visited this reserve in 2009 and wondered why it had taken 6 years for us to return. The sunshine helped!
Highlights included multiple sightings of Water Rail and banking flocks of Golden Plover and Lapwing.
See fuller report on Reports Page
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Saturday 5 November 2016
Minsmere RSPB Reserve, Suffolk
Habitats: woodland, heathland, reedbeds, lagoons, scrapes, beach.
Arrived to see a rare visitor - a Cliff Swallow - along with a few late Barn Swallows and stayed on after 4pm closure of the visitor centre to see the starling murmuration.
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Saturday 28 January 2017
Pegwell Bay & Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, Kent
Habitats: inter-tidal mudflats, saltmarsh, shingle beach, sand dunes, chalk cliffs, coastal scrubland. Species: Red-Throated Diver, Eider, Scoter, Marsh & Hen Harriers, Peregrine, Merlin, Water Rail, Golden Plover, Woodcock, Barn, Little & Short-Eared Owls, Stonechat; Dartford Warbler, Twite, Snow, Lapland & Corn Buntings all possible.
Facilities: Hides, Visitor Centre selling hot & cold drinks and snacks at the Observatory, WC.
Reserve information: Sandwich & Pegwell Bay and Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory.

Saturday 11 February 2017
Pagham Harbour RSPB Reserve, West Sussex
Habitats: coastal marshes, shingle beach, churchyard.
Species: White-Fronted & Brent Geese, Pintail, Eider, Goldeneye, Red-Breasted Merganser, Red-Throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine, Avocet, Golden & Grey Plovers, Knot, Bar & Black-Tailed Godwits, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Grey Partridge, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Stonechat, Firecrest.
Facilities: Hides, Visitor Centre, WC. Free entry but donations are welcome.
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Although they avoided snow and rain, it was a VERY cold day and people gravitated back to the coach for an early departure. They had nevertheless seen good varieties of duck and had lovely views of a nearby whimbrel on the saltmarsh.

Saturday 29 April 2017
Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve, West Sussex
Habitats: flooded meadows, woodland, hedgerows.
Species: Garganey, Hobby, Buzzard, Little Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Whimbrel, Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail, Nightingale, Common Redstart, Wheatear, Warblers including Sedge, Reed, Garden, Common & Lesser Whitethroat, Willow Warbler. Residents including Marsh Tit, Kingfisher, all 3 Woodpeckers, Skylark.
Facilities: Hides, Visitor Centre with cafe and shop, WC. Entry fee: £5 for non-members of the RSPB.
Great day for hearing birds including Nightingale, Whitethroat, Blackcap and Garden Warbler. We saw Swallows and Swifts and some saw Bullfinch and Hobby as well as fox cubs down Adder Alley.
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Saturday 13 May 2017 2016
Keyhaven Marshes, Hampshire
Habitats: Mudflats, salt marshes and shallow, brackish lagoons.
Species: Sea passage: Divers, Fulmar, Gannet, Scoter, Skuas, Terns including Black. Knot, Sanderling, Ruff, Godwits, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Wood & Curlew Sandpipers, Little Stint, Little Ringed Plover; Sandwich, Common & Little Terns, Yellow Wagtail, Wheatear, occasional Black Redstart, Ring Ouzel, Pied Flycatcher.
Facilities: PUB, WC.
Cuckoo and Little Tern among the highlights on a sunny walk at Keyhaven. See report.
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Saturday 3 June 2017
New Forest National Park (Acres Down & Bolderwood), Hampshire
Habitats: Open heathland, woodland.
Species: Honey Buzzard, Goshawk possible (Acres Down); Buzzard, Hobby, Dartford Warbler, Woodlark, Wood Warbler, Redstart, Tree Pipit, Stonechat, Siskin; Firecrest, Hawfinch, Crossbill, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker all present.
Facilities: WC and refreshments at Bolderwood.
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Local Outings

Our 2016-17 programme

Local Outings

Reports

Reports on past outings and events:

Reports

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