Local Outings Local Outings Programme 2018-19

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

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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 - 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 29 September 2018
Oare Marshes, Kent
Habitats: Grazing marsh, reedbed, saltmarsh and seawall.
Species: Brent Geese, Curlew, Dunlin, Merlin, Hen Harrier, Bittern, Twite. Increased diversity of waders during autumn with rarities a distinct possibility.
Facilities: WC at station.
Travel: Victoria or St Pancras to Faversham. Meet 10.30. Cars/taxi to reserve.
Reserve information


Saturday 20 October 2018
Rye Meads RSPB, Hertfordshire
Habitats: Wetland reserve and biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Rye House, Hertfordshire, beside the River Lee.
Species: Green and Common Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Snipe, Redshank, Water Rail.
Facilities: Visitor centre, hot drinks/snacks, WC.
Travel: Liverpool Street Station to Rye House Station. Meet 10.30. 10-min walk to Visitor Centre.
Reserve information


Saturday 17 November 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: Thrushes, Finches, Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Jackdaw, Stonechat, Peregrine, Owl, Avocet, Black-Tailed Godwit. Large flocks of winter wildfowl will be arriving.
Facilities: WC. Hides and open viewing areas, Visitor Centre with cafe and shop.
Travel: Meet at reserve reception/café at 10.30. NR from Fenchurch Street to Purfleet Station. 20-min walk to reserve.
Turn right out of the station and, following the brown pedestrian signs, join the riverside path at the Royal Pub. Keeping the river wall to your left, follow the path and cross the Mardyke Bridge to the Visitor Centre.
Reserve information


Saturday 15 December 2018
Regent's Park Pre-Christmas Bird Walk
Habitats: woodland, grassland, lakes.
Species: Woodland and water birds.
Facilities: Cafés, WC.
Travel: Meet at 2 Park Road, NW1 4SH, NW of Baker Street tube by Santander cycle dock. 10.30 departure. Morning only. Packed lunch not needed.
Reserve information


Saturday 19 January 2019
Stocker's Lake, Hertfordshire
Habitats: One of the oldest gravel pits in the Colne Valley managed by Herts Wildlife Trust.
Species: Winter waterfowl including Goldeneye, Goosander, Smew and Shoveler. Largest Heronry in Herts. Water Rail, Siskin.
Facilities: Refreshments & WC at station. Café, WC at Bury Lake.
Travel: Chiltern Rly from Marylebone or Metropolitan Line to Rickmansworth. Meet 10.30. 10-min walk from station.
Reserve information


Saturday 23 February 2019
Two Tree Island, Essex.
Habitats: 640 acre island of grassland, scrub, reedbed and lagoons.
Species: Brent Geese, Kingfisher, waders including Knot, Dunlin, Lapwing, Curlew, Redshank, Grey & Golden Plover plus a variety of ducks. Short-Eared Owl poss.
Facilities: Station Café & WC plus a Café by the golf range nearer the reserve.
Travel: Fenchurch Street to Leigh on Sea. Meet 10.30. 10-min walk.
Reserve information


Saturday 16 March 2019
Cheshunt, Fishers Green, Lee Valley, Hertfordshire
Habitats: Wetlands and reservoirs with areas of reedbed.
Species: Peregrine, waterbirds including Water Rail, Goosander, Bittern and wintering ducks.
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. Meet 10.30. Walk to reserve.
Reserve information


Saturday 13 April 2019
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.
Travel: Liverpool Street to North Fambridge change at Wickford. Meet at 10.30. 10-min walk to reserve.
Reserve information


Saturday 18 May 2019
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, Cuckoo, Nightingale.
Facilities: WC. Visitor centre. Hot drinks and snacks.
Travel: St Pancras International/King's Cross or Finsbury Park to St Neots. Meet 10.30. Cars/taxis to reserve.
Reserve information


Saturday 15 June 2019
Fairlop Waters Country Park, Ilford, IG6 3HN
Habitats: Five lakes, ponds, a stream, farmland, quarry, woodland and heathland.
Species: Resident Little Owl, Skylark, Reed Bunting, Grebes, Woodpeckers. Summer visitors including Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap.
Facilities: Boathouse Bar (with tea, coffee, snacks), WC.
Travel: Fairlop Underground (Central Line). 6-min walk down Forest Road to Fairlop Waters. Meet outside the Boathouse Bar which is near the entrance/car park at 10.30. Reserve information


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