Coach Outings Coach Outings Programme 2021-22



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We normally have 8 coach trips each September - June season within about 3h of London.

Bookings now open for the last 2 trips of the current season.
We are increasing the number of seats available to 35 in a 49-seater coach
and are reverting to our pre-Covid charges of £18 for MBS members and £20 for non-members.


However you pay, you must email birdsmbs@yahoo.com to confirm name, email address, phone number and which trip(s) you are booking.
Using the PayPal buttons below each coach trip you should have the option of paying without signing into a PayPal account.
Remember to select Member or Non-Member option and select multiple tickets if required.
Please also email birdsmbs@yahoo.com to discuss alternative means of paying.

Saturday 21 May
Ashdown Forest, Sussex

Habitats:Heath, woodland, grassland.
Soecies: Hobby, Buzzard, Raven, Dartford Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Woodlark, Tree Pipit, Common Redstart, Cuckoo, Stonechat, Yellowhammer. Also Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, warblers including Willow and Common Whitethroat etc; dragonflies.
Facilities: Visitor Centre, loos.


Ashdown Forest


Saturday 11 June
Rye Harbour, Sussex

Habitats: Shingle, pools, reedbeds, scrub, mudflats, sea.
Species: Sandwich, Common, and Little Terns, Mediterranean Gull, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Shelduck, Gadwall, Shoveler; Water Rail; Warblers including Sedge and Reed; Wheatear, Cuckoo, Yellow Wagtail, Skylark, Swallows and Martins, Bearded Tit.
Facilities: Visitor Centre, loos, viewing platform, hides, cafes, pub.

Rye Harbour


Please continue to wear masks on the coach and in enclosed spaces such as hides.
Anderson Travel, our coach company, has received the Visit Britain ‘We're Good to Go’ industry standard mark.

Bookings must be made - paid for and confirmed - at least 10 days in advance of an outing.
Should more than 35 people book, you will be told you are on a waiting list
and will be refunded or be able to carry your payment over to another MBS coach trip if no place becomes available.
Should we need to cancel a coach trip e.g. if too few people book, you will similarly be "refunded".
We trust anyone coming on a coach trip to act responsibly for their safety and those of others. In the past we've offered "refunds" only if you cancel up to 2 weeks ahead of a coach outing. But you will now be refunded or be able to carry your payment over if you need to cancel for health reasons or your place can be filled from the waiting list.



Earlier this season

Saturday 23 October 2021
Abberton Reservoir, Essex Wildlife Trust
Habitats: Water, woodland, scrub, meadows.
Species: Wildfowl e.g. Gadwall, Teal, Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard; Grebes; Waders including Ruff, Black-Tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper; Little & Great White Egrets; Peregrine; Skylark, Kingfisher.
Facilities: Visitor Centre (café, shop, & loos), hides & screens. EWT request £4 donation from non-members.
Reserve information
21 people were on this 1st coach trip since Feb 2020. 54 species seen and/or heard. Highlights included Great White Egret, Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Red-breasted Merganser, Goldeneye, Peregrine.
For ticklist as submitted to BirdTrack see Reports

Pulborough Brooks RSPB on Saturday 4th December 2021.
Habitat: Wet grassland, pools and scrapes; fields and woodland.
Species: Wildfowl incl Teal, Wigeon, Pintail (Bewick’s Swans possible); Lapwing, Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit; Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, Tree Creeper, Bullfinch; Peregrine, Buzzard (White-tailed Eagle on occasion).
Facilities: WC. Visitor Centre. Cafe service through a hatch and with limited indoor seating.
24 people were on this coach trip. The group saw a total of 51 species the outstanding highlight being good views of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker by all but a couple of the party.
Reserve information

Pagham Harbour RSPB West Sussex on Saturday 29th January 2022.
Habitat: Estuary, sea, saltmarsh, scrub, farmland.
Species: Brent Geese, Wigeon, Teal, Pintail; Divers and scarce Grebes possible; Golden and Grey Plovers, Knot, Black and Bar-tailed Godwits, Curlew, Spotted Redshank; Water Rail; Buzzard, Peregrine, Marsh Harrier (Hen Harrier & Short-eared Owl possible);
Grey and Red-legged Partridges; Mediterranean Gull; Kingfisher, Rock Pipit, Stonechat.
Facilities: WC, Visitor Centre, Hide.
24 people were on this coach trip with Buzzards, Brent Geese and Kingfisher among the highlights of the 55 species seen.


Saturday 26 February 2022
Keyhaven Marshes, Hampshire
Habitats: Freshwater marsh, rough pasture and scrub, saline lagoons, saltmarsh, sea.
Species: Brent Geese, Teal, Pintail, Wigeon, Divers, Grebes, Seaduck; Black-Tailed and Bar-Tailed Godwits, Golden Plover, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, (Hen Harrier and Short-Eared Owl possible), Raven, Dartford Warbler, Water and Rock Pipits, Kingfisher.
Facilities: Toilets and pub.
Reserve information


Saturday 26 March 2022
Dungeness Observatory & RSPB Reserve
Habitats: Sea, shingle spit, rough pasture and scrub, marshes, pasture & scrub, gravel pits.
Species: Goldeneye, Smew, scarcer Grebes, Divers, Bittern, (Great White and Cattle Egrets possible); Peregrine, Marsh Harrier (Hen Harrier and Merlin possible); Black Redstart; Chiffchaff, Wheatear, Firecrest all possible; Stonechat, Bearded Tit.
Facilities: Toilets and café at Observatory; Toilets, Visitor Centre, Hides at the RSPB reserve.
Reserve Observatory information and RSPB information


Saturday 9 April 2022
Minsmere RSPB Reserve

Habitats: Heath, woodland, scrub, freshwater marsh and reedbeds, dunes, sea.
Species: Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit, Stone Curlew, Avocet; Kittiwake, Common, Sandwich and Little Terns; Sand Martin; Warblers including Sedge, Reed and Grasshopper; Nightingale, Marsh Tit, Kingfisher. Otters, Red Deer.
Facilities: Toilets, Visitor Centre, Café, Hides.
Reserve information.
This coach trip was fully booked within 24 hours of the Enews being sent out. In the event 5 or 6 people had to drop out and were replaced by people on the waiting list.

Local Outings

Our 2021-22 programme

Local Outings

Reports

Reports on past outings and events:

Reports

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