Field Trips

Reports on recent field trips are available on the RSPB Local Groups’ site and include walks at Pig BushKings Copse and Fishlake Meadows.

Our next field trip will be an all day trip to Martin Down on 7 June 2017 where, in addition to birds such as turtle dove, corn bunting and tree pipit, we be looking for butterflies including marsh fritillary and orchids.  We will start at Martin Down Lower Car Park on Sillen(s) Lane (SU 058 192) in the morning at 10.00 a.m. and explore the area south of the A354.  We plan to return to the car park for lunch at around 1.00 pm before driving up tot he car park on the A354 (SU 036 201) and exploring the area to the north of the road.  We expect to finish at around 3.00 pm, although it may be a little later.  Hence, if you want to come for just the morning or just the afternoon, that is quite possible.  Non-members of the RSPB New Forest Local Group are very welcome to join us, but a small donation to group funds would be appreciated.

The following field trip starts with our summer BBQ at Anderwood BBQ site (SU 249 058).  We hope to have the barbie fired up ready to start cooking at 6.30 pm.  Bring your own food to cook and refreshments, we will provide charcoal, BBQ utensils, ketchup etc.  Any volunteers willing to help set up and clean up would be appreciated.  There is no charge for the BBQ, but we would appreciate donations of £2-3.00 per person to cover the costs of the hire of the site and other expenses.  All are welcome whether or not you are local group or RSPB members.  If you play a musical instrument, bring it along and provide some entertainment.

After the BBQ,  at about 8.45 pm,  we will be heading off to Goatspen Plain (SU 255 015) to hopefully see and hear nightjars, and possibly woodcock and snipe.  Bug repellent strongly recommended!  Fingers crossed for good weather.

Don’t forget, check back on this website if the weather is dubious to see if there is a cancellation notice.

Birds of Poole Harbour

We have just received the following letter:

“Hello there,

I am emailing from a very sunny Dorset to let you and your RSPB local group members about the upcoming RSPB and Birds of Poole Harbour Dorset Autumn Discovery Tour.

The RSPB has been running wildlife tours in Dorset for 3 years and the events are growing in popularity.

Our next Dorset tour runs in early September and will focus on returning migrants such as osprey, redstart and spotted flycatchers, on incredibly rare reptiles such as the smooth snake and a whole host of other wildlife.

The tours are run by RSPB and BoPH staff who work on the sites we’ll be visiting, we get to access areas of RSPB reserves not usually open to the public and all profits go back into conservation what could be better!

Here is a link to information regarding the Autumn tour

If you or any of your group members have any questions regarding the tours please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards
Rob Farrington”

If you would like RSPB New Forest Local Group to arrange a group booking, please use the Contact Us form to let me know.

Roseate Tern Project

At this week’s AGM, Matt and Charlotte of RSPB gave us a presentation on the LIFE funded Roseate Tern Project and the actions that have been taken to date on the Keyhaven/Pennington Marshes and Needs Ore.  The long tern aim is to encourage roseate terns back to The Solent as a breeding bird; formerly they did nest in small numbers in the area.  The first stage is to improve the breeding opportunities and breeding success of common terns as a healthy common tern colony is a prerequisite for attracting roseates to the area.

When you are bird-watching in the area, look out for tern rafts, modifications to breakwaters and new shingle banks on the sea-side of the marshes.  Matt and Charlotte would appreciate your records of tern activity in the area and whether these innovations are successfully supporting breeding terns.  Records can be sent in via the Contact Us form, which will be forwarded to Matt and Charlotte.