Local Outings Local Outings Programme 2017-18

We visit several locations in and around the London area every year by public transport.

Hampstead Heath walks

Most Tuesday mornings throughout the year, weather permitting.
Several of our members meet for an informal and friendly stroll on Hampstead Heath to see what birds are around.
Members, non-members and visitors are welcome.
Walks last around two hours, usually finishing at Kenwood House for coffee/lunch at the Cafe.
Bring binoculars if you have them.
Meet - 10am, Parliament Hill Staff Yard, NW5 1QR. If you enter the Heath from Highgate Road, follow the path past the tennis courts. We meet at the junction of paths near the toilets, noticeboards, café and drinking fountain.
(If it's raining and there's no one at the meeting place/time, it may be worth trying the cafe.)
Also possible to come on to the Heath from Gospel Oak Overground Station. Turn left along Gordon House Road, then left again at the Lido. Then turn right on the main path to walk past cafe and meet at the junction of paths.

Saturday 16 September 2017
College Lake, Bucks
Habitats: Former chalk quarry with lake, marshland and grassland.
Species: Water birds including Lapwing, Redshank, Snipe, Kingfisher. Birds of prey including Red Kite.
Facilities: Hides, Visitor Centre, Café, Gift shop, WC.
Meet Tring Station 10.30. NR from Euston. Cars/taxis to reserve.
9.34 Euston – 10.17 Tring (train arriving 10.39 requires change and one after that doesn’t arrive til 10.49)
Reserve information

SUNDAY 1 October 2017
Hampstead Heath Walk jointly with London Natural History Society
Habitats: Ponds, woodland, grassland.
Species: Ducks and woodland birds including Nuthatch and Green Woodpecker. Possible Kingfisher and early arriving winter migrants.
Meet 10:00 Hampstead Heath Overground Station NW3 2QD. Long half-day probably ending at Kenwood.

Saturday 21 October 2017
Two Tree Island, Essex
Habitats: Grassland, scrub, reedbed and lagoons.
Species: Kingfisher, Brent Geese, ducks, waders e.g. Knot, Dunlin, Lapwing, Curlew, Grey Plover, Redshank.
Facilities: Hides. Café and WC at station plus café by the golf range.
Meet 10.30 Leigh on Sea Station. NR from Fenchurch Street. 5-min walk to reserve.
Reserve information

Saturday 18 November 2017
Amwell Quarry Nature Reserve, Herts Wildlife Trust
Habitats: Former gravel pit and 37 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Species: Later migrating birds and winter wildfowl arrivals including Goldeneye, possible Smew, Bittern, Little Egret and Siskin.
Facilities: only The Jolly Fisherman, near the station, (opens 11am) where toilets are available for the price of a coffee.
Meet 10.30 St Margarets Station. NR from Liverpool Street. 10-min walk to the reserve.
Reserve information

Saturday 16 December 2017
Regent's Park Pre-Christmas Bird Walk
Habitats: woodland, grassland, lakes.
Species: Woodland and water birds.
Meet at 2 Park Road, NW1 4SH, NW of Baker Street tube by Santander cycle dock.
Reserve information

Saturday 20 January 2018
Fairlop Waters Country Park, Ilford, IG6 3HN
Habitats: Five lakes and ponds, a stream, farmland, quarry, woodland and heathland.
Species: Ducks, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Stonechat, Winter Thrushes, possible Short-Eared Owl and Little Owl.
Facilities: Café, WC.
Meet outside Bar/Restaurant at 10.30. Central Line to Fairlop Underground Station then 6-min walk NE along Forest Road to Fairlop Waters.
Reserve information

Saturday 17 February 2018
Oare Marshes, Kent
Habitats: Grazing marsh, reedbed, saltmarsh and seawall.
Species: Overwintering birds including Brent Geese, Curlew, Dunlin, Merlin, Hen Harrier, Bittern, Twite. February 2016 highlights included Merganser, Pintail, Avocet, Turnstone, Little Owl and Marsh Harrier.
Facilities: Café and WC at station.
Meet 10.30 Faversham Station. NR from Victoria or St Pancras. Cars/taxi to reserve.
Reserve information

Saturday 17 March 2018
Walthamstow Wetland, LB of Waltham Forest
Habitats: Group of 10 various size bodies of water bisected by Ferry Lane, sandwiched between Walthamstow and Tottenham Marshes and lying next to the River Lea. SSSI as of national importance for migratory and overwintering waterbirds.
Species: Breeding Heron and Cormorant, migrant waders, Pipits, Yellow Wagtails and Wheatears.
Facilities: Visitor Centre (opening September 2017) with Café, WC.
Meet 10.30 at the Visitor Centre. 10-min walk from Tottenham Hale (Victoria Line)
Reserve information

Saturday 28 April 2018
Blue House Farm, Essex
Habitats: 600 acres of coastal fresh/brackish water grazing marsh situated near the River Crouch.
Species: Little Ringed Plover, Wheatear, Barn Owl, Snipe, Golden Plover, Stonechat, Arctic Tern, Common Sandpiper, Reed Bunting, Marsh Harrier and Little Egret.
Meet 10.30 North Fambridge Station. NR from Liverpool Street changing at Wickford. 15-min walk to reserve.
Reserve information

Friday 11 May 2018
Hampstead Heath Evening Stroll
Annual summer evening stroll to see what birds are about on Hampstead Heath. It may be a quiet time of year but this is a good opportunity to discover the Heath, see some of the birds that are with us all year round and meet members of the Marylebone Birdwatching Society.
Bring binoculars. Bring your friends. Sometimes ends in pub.
Meet 6.30pm Hampstead Heath Overground Station NW3 2QD.

Saturday 12 May 2018
Cheshunt, Lee Valley, Hertfordshire
Habitats: Wetlands and reservoirs with areas of reedbed.
Species: Waterbirds, Common Tern, warblers including Whitethroat, Sedge, Willow and Garden, Hirundines, Hobby and Nightingale.
Facilities: WC, Cafe in YHA near station, WC at Fishers Green plus hot drinks at Bittern Information Point (hide).
Meet 10.30 Cheshunt Station. NR or London Overground from Liverpool Street. 5-min walk to reserve.
Reserve information

Saturday 16 June 2018
Rainham Marshes, Essex
Habitats: Medieval marshes next to the River Thames acquired by RSPB in 2000. Low-lying grazing marsh, reedbeds, wet grassland, ditches, scrub.
Species: Warblers including Reed, Sedge and Grasshopper plus Hobby, Redshank, Greenshank, Black-Tailed Godwit, Ruff, Lapwing, Bearded Tits and Avocet.
Facilities: WC. Hides and open viewing areas, Visitor Centre with cafe and shop.
Meet at reserve reception/café at 10.30. NR from Fenchurch Street to Purfleet Station. 15-min walk to reserve.
Reserve information

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