Coach Outings Coach Outings Programme 2018-19
This season we have a programme of eight coach outings all within a three-hour drive from London.

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Saturday 1 June 2019
Ashdown Forest, East Sussex
Habitats: Heathland and woodland.
Species: Woodlark, Tree Pipit, Dartford Warbler, Common Redstart, Skylark, Spotted Flycatcher, Cuckoo, Marsh Tit, Crossbill, Redpoll, Yellowhammer, Hobby, Buzzard, Wood Warbler possible. Dragonflies, butterflies.
Facilities: Old Lodge Nature Reserve no WC. Ashdown Forest Centre (about 2pm) WC but no refreshments.
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Ashdown Forest

Earlier this season

Saturday 13 October 2018
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, East Sussex
Habitats: Mosaic of coastal habitats - shingle, saltmarsh, saline lagoons, coastal grazing marsh, freshwater gravel pits and reedbeds.
Species: Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, Bearded Tit, Water Rail, Little Stint, Greenshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Black Redstart, Firecrest, Hobby.
Facilities: Hides, 2 Cafés and Pub, WC.
Reserve information
31 people enjoyed a sunny trip to Rye Harbour. Highlights included Wheatear, Great White Egret and large numbers of some waders.

Saturday 24 November 2018
Pulborough Brooks RSPB Reserve, West Sussex
Habitats: flooded meadows, woodland, hedgerows.
Species: Bewick’s Swan, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Ruff, Black-Tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Snipe, Woodpeckers (all 3 possible), Marsh Tit, Stonechat, Bullfinch, Redwing, Fieldfare, Peregrine Falcon; Merlin possible.
Facilities: Hides, Visitor Centre, Café, WC. Entry fee for non-RSPB members £6.
25 of us gathered at Euston on what threatened to be a very wet day. It was wet but rain did ease and even cease at times. Highlights for many were Bullfinches, Firecrest and Pintail; for some a Fieldfare or Goldcrest showing well and the massive flocks of Lapwing which took to the skies every so often.
Reserve information

Saturday 12 January 2019
Hook-with-Warsash Local Nature Reserve, Hampshire
Habitats: Shingle, grassland, wetland and woodland at the mouth of the River Hamble.
Species: Brent Geese, Wigeon, Pintail, Red-Breasted Merganser, Grebes, Golden Plover, Black-Tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Little Egret, Kingfisher, Rock Pipit, Dartford Warbler, Peregrine, Buzzard; Bearded Tit and Firecrest possible.
Facilities: WC, pub.
Reserve information
33 of enjoyed a cold - mostly dry - walk along the Hamble. We'd judged the tide well and had close views of waders, Wigeon and Brent Geese.

Saturday 9 February 2019
Pagham Harbour RSPB/Local Nature Reserve, Hampshire
Habitats: Intertidal saltmarsh and mudflats, farmland, copses, lagoons, reedbeds and shingle beaches.
Species: Brent Geese, Pintail, Goldeneye, Eider; Black and Bar-Tailed Godwits, Avocet, Knot, Spotted Redshank, Whimbrel, Mediterranean and Glaucous Gulls, Great Northern Diver, Firecrest, Dartford Warbler, Peregrine, Little Owl.
Facilities: Visitor Centre where hot drinks and light snacks are available. WC, hides.
Reserve information

Saturday 30 March 2019
Dungeness, Kent (Observatory, ARC Pits and RSPB Reserve)
Habitats: Sea and shingle at the Observatory. Flooded gravel pits, reedbeds, grassland.
Species: Observatory: Scoter, Red-Throated Divers, Black Redstart, Wheatear.
RSPB: Marsh Harrier, Bittern, Great White Egret, Garganey, Little Ringed Plover, Bearded Tit, Tree Sparrow, hirundines and warblers.
Facilities: Observatory: Café, WC. RSPB reserve: Hides, Visitor Centre, drinks machine, WC.
Observatory Reserve information.
40 people enjoyed a sunny day at Dungeness. Highlights included Garganey, a grass snake basking on the gorse and a Firecrest in the hand of a ringer at the Bird Observatory.
RSPB Reserve information.

Saturday 27 April 2019 Minsmere RSPB Reserve, Suffolk
Habitats: woodland, heathland, reedbeds, lagoons, scrapes, beach.
Species: Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Bittern, Avocet, Ruff, Spotted Redshank, Sandwich and Little Terns, Kittiwake, Sand Martin, Bearded Tit, warblers including Sedge, Reed and Grasshopper; Nightingale, Marsh Tit; otter and red deer.
Facilities: Hides, Visitor Centre, Café, WC. Entry fee for non-RSPB members £9.
Although a few people were put off by the weather forecast, 37 people boarded the coach for this year's trip to Minsmere and were rewarded by star birds Ring Ouzel and Spoonbill among the 74 species seen and/or heard.
Reserve information

Saturday 11 May 2019
Keyhaven Marshes Local Nature Reserve, Hampshire
NB Although Eversholt Street was due to close May-September 2019, no details have yet been published so assume pick up point Bus Stop A as before.
Habitats: Mudflats, salt marshes and shallow, brackish lagoons.
Species: Barn Owl, Little Egret, Dartford Warbler, Rock Pipit; Ruff, Black and Bar-Tailed Godwits, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, Little Stint, Curlew and Wood Sandpipers, Sandwich, Common and Little Terns.
Facilities: Pub, WC at Car Park.
Reserve information
The small but select group on this coach trip noted 78 species with Spoonbill, Dartford Warbler and Little Terns among the highlights.

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