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.