The RSPB New Forest Local Group Programme 2017-2018 is now available to download from the above link. There is additional information on the indoor meetings and field trips through following the Walks and Talks menu tabs above.
Hard copies will also be available at the indoor meetings on 14 June 2017 and 13 September 2017.
Despite the heavy rain over the last 24 hours, the forecast for 7 June is dry for the morning and early afternoon, although very strong winds are forecast. The field trip will go ahead as scheduled, but make sure you wear sound footwear as it is likely to be wet underfoot and slippery in places. Meet at the Sillens Lane car park at 10.00 am (SU 058 192).
Reports on recent field trips are available on the RSPB Local Groups’ site and include walks at Pig Bush, Kings 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.
We have just received the following letter:
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.
If you would like RSPB New Forest Local Group to arrange a group booking, please use the Contact Us form to let me know.
When travelling around the New Forest, do you see curlew, redshank or other waders. If so, we would greatly appreciate hearing about them. Please use the Contact Us form to let us know, including date, species and location, if possible OS map reference.
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.
There’s a short clip on YouTube from Solent TV on the Bird Aware project run by the Solent Recreation Mitigation Project. You can watch it HERE.
Oxey Marsh provided us with a mix of long staying winter visitors, such as a single wigeon and summer migrants such as blackcap, chiffchaff and lots of swallows. In all we saw and heard 71 species of bird. The trip report is now available to read HERE.
The 2017 Spring Newsletter is now available to download, click HERE.
The charity, ‘Birds of Poole Harbour’, has informed us of a new and exciting boat tour they’re offering this spring. On 30 April and 13 May 2017 they will be hosting two new ‘Dawn Discovery Boat Tours’ up the Wareham Channel towards Swineham. The trip will be focusing on the wonderful setting and scenery that the western shores of Poole Harbour has to offer, whilst looking and listening out for newly arrived spring migrants at this normally non-accessible part of the harbour. On board, expert guides will be discussing and introducing passengers to this secretive area, whilst providing them with information to enable them to watch and monitor the Wareham Channel in the future.
Spaces are limited to 40 people per trip so to avoid disappointment book early.
For full information and to visit: BIRDS OF POOLE HARBOUR