Local Outings Local Outings Programme 2019-20

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

In the light of advice to avoid non-essential travel and unnecessary social contact,
the committee has agreed to suspend all MBS activities until further notice.

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Hampstead Heath walks SUSPENDED

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 - or nearest bench.
(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 21 March 2020 CANCELLED
College Lake, Tring, Herts
Habitats: 65-hectare reserve in a former chalk quarry with marshland, chalk grassland, woodland scrub and hedgerows.
Species: Lapwing, Redshank, Skylark, Kestrel, Thrushes, Finches and Tits.
Facilities: Hides. Visitor Centre, WC, shop, café.
Travel: Euston to Tring. Meet 10.30. Cars and taxis to reserve.
The 9.34 from Euston reaches Tring 10.17.
Reserve information

Sat 4 April 2020 CANCELLED
Totteridge Valley and Darlands Lake
Habitats: Lake, brooks, willow & sallow carr, small patches of mixed woodland & a number of ancient hedgerows. Some arable farming with sheep pasture.
Species: Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite, Spotted Flycatcher, Stonechat, Yellow Wagtail and warblers.
Facilities: WC at the station. Café in Finchley Nurseries Garden Centre.
Travel: Northern Line to Totteridge and Whetstone. Go to Orange Tree Pub, westerly direction, 20-min walk (0.8mile) or 6-min on bus 251 from Stop B opposite station. Meet at pub 10.30.
Reserve information

Saturday 23 May 2020 CANCELLED
Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Habitats: 78 hectares of lakes, riverside, meadow, reedbed, scrub and woodland situated in the Great Ouse valley.
Species: Hirundines, warblers including possible Garden Warbler, Common and Artic Tern, Hobby, Avocet, Cuckoo. Nightingale sadly less likely than it once was.
Facilities: Visitor centre with WC, hot drinks and snacks.
Travel: Kings Cross or Finsbury Park to St Neots. Meet 10.30. Cars/taxis to reserve.
Reserve information

Earlier this season

Saturday 21 September
Amwell Wildlife Trust SSSI, Herts
Habitats: A Site of Special Scientific Interest, the reserve includes two waterbodies, Great Hardmead Lake and Hollycross Lake,
which were excavated between 1973 and 1990, and a variety of associated wetland, grassland and woodland habitats.
Species: Great Crested Grebe, Heron, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Water Rail, Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, Stonechat, Wryneck, Whinchat & Hobby.
Facilities: No facilities on the reserve but there’s The Jolly Fisherman, near the station, (opens 11am) where toilets are available for the price of a coffee.
Reserve information. 15 of us met up at St Margaret's station for a hot sunny walk in this part of the Lee Valley. No waders apart from masses of Lapwing but we had Buzzard, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and several sightings of a Hobby. 42 bird species and several species of dragon/damselflies.

Saturday 19 October 2019
Two Tree Island, Essex.
Habitats: 640 acre island of grassland, scrub, reedbed and lagoons.
Species: Waders including Knot, Dunlin, Lapwing, Curlew, Grey Plover. Also Brent Geese and a variety of ducks.
Facilities: Station Café & WC plus a Café by the golf range nearer the reserve.
Reserve information Despite some confusion over travel, 21 of us gathered at Leigh-on-Sea for the short walk onto Two Tree Island. 49 bird species + Comma and Red Admiral Butterflies. Highlights included Avocets, Greenshank and Grey Plover and Stonechat posing in the sunshine.

Saturday 16 November 2019
Cheshunt, Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Hertfordshire
Habitats: Wetlands and reservoirs with areas of reedbed, grassland, woodland, fen, some arable land.
Species: Bittern, Goosander, Goldeneye, Water Rail, Buzzard, Red Kite.
Facilities: WC in car park by station, WC at Fishers Green plus hot drinks at Bittern Information Point. WC, Café in YHA near station.
Travel: Liverpool Street to Cheshunt.
Reserve information
22 of us gathered at Cheshunt for this Local outing in the Lee Valley. 40 species seen and/or heard - the highlight for most of us being the Water Rail viewed from the Bittern Watching Hide at Fishers Green where we had lunch.

Saturday 14 December 2019
Regent's Park Pre-Christmas Bird Walk
Habitats: woodland, grassland, lakes.
Species: Woodland and water birds.
Reserve information
About 30 people joined our traditional pre-Christmas stroll in Regent's Park. A cold wind prevented us seeing many small birds and only two people saw the Water Rail after the group had dispersed but all agreed it had been an enjoyable morning.

Saturday 18 January 2020
Rainham Marshes RSPB, Essex
Habitats: Medieval marshes next to the River Thames acquired by RSPB in 2000. Low-lying grazing marsh, reedbeds, wet grassland, ditches, scrub.
Species: Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Bearded Tit, Godwits and many wildfowl. Thrushes and Finches.
Facilities: Hides and open viewing areas, Visitor Centre with café, shop and WC.
Reserve information
25 people gathered for an excellent day on this reserve seeing 50+ species as a group.

Saturday 15 February 2020
Oare Marshes, Kent
Habitats: Grazing marsh, reedbed, saltmarsh and seawall.
Species: Brent Geese, Curlew, Dunlin, Merlin, Hen Harrier, Bittern, Twite.
Facilities: WC at station.
Travel: Victoria or St Pancras to Faversham. Meet 10.30. Cars/taxis to reserve.
Reserve information
Apologies for the late cancellation of this outing in the face of Storm Dennis.
RSPB CLLG will be going to Oare Marshes 4 April to see the first summer visitors. See their website.

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