Field Trips 2017-18

Field Trips programme for 2017-18

Saturday 7 October 2017
Keyhaven Marshes (SZ 306 915) 10.00am – 1.00pm
Meet in the car park opposite the Gun Inn. Parking charges apply in car park, free for 3 hours along sea-wall..
Expect to see sea-birds, waterfowl, shorebirds and the chance of migrants such as wheatear.

Wednesday 18 October 2017
Hengistbury Head (SZ 162 911) 10.00am – 1.00pm
Meet outside Hikers Café.  Parking charges apply – please car-share if possible.
Hope to see some returning migrants

Saturday 4 November 2017
Warsash & Hook Spit (SU 489 062) 10.00am – 3.00pm
Meet in the Passage Lane car park, Warsash
Shorebirds and migrants – all day so bring a packed lunch and warm drink.

Tuesday 21 November 2017
Stanpit Marsh (SZ 172 925) 10.00am – 1.00pm
Meet in the car park on Stanpit. Car park can be full as area popular with hikers and dog-walkers, car-share if possible.
Waterfowl, shorebirds, migrants
Some of us are likely to stop at the Cat and Fiddle on the way back for lunch.

Saturday 2 December 2017
Pagham Harbour & Medmerry (SZ 857 966) 10.00am – 3.00pm
Meet in the RSPB Reserve car park
Number of over-wintering shorebirds should be building up as should waterfowl.  Also a chance for farmland birds such as yellowhammer and corn bunting.
All day trip so please bring a packed lunch and warm drink.

Thursday 14 December 2017
Normandy Marsh (SZ 327 941) 10.00am – 1.00pm
Meet at Maiden Lane. Xmas lunch at the Chequers
A gentle stroll round Normandy should produce a good range of over-wintering waterfowl and waders with the chance of scarce species such as Slavonian grebe
If you wish to join the group for lunch but are not going on the walk please let us know so that we can book sufficient places in the restaurant.

Friday 12 January 2018
Blashford Lakes (SU 151 084) 10.00am – 3.00pm
Meet in Tern Hide car park.
Blashford is good for both aquatic and woodland species so we hope to see a range of waterfowl, grebes, finches such as bullfinch and siskin with the chance of redpoll and brambling.
An all day trip so please bring lunch with you.

Sunday 21 January 2018
Poole Harbour Bird Boat
(SZ 010 902)  10.00am – 1.00pm
Meet on Poole Quay.   Date provisional.  Booking essential
Different years bring different rarities but hope for divers, grebes, waterfowl, spoonbills, waders, including large numbers of avocet.  We will be landing on Brownsea Island and visiting the Dorset Wildlife Trust Reserve, so bring your HIWWT membership card if you have one.
Some people may stay for lunch in one of the quayside pubs.

Saturday  3 February 2018
Hayling Oyster Beds (SU 717 029) 10.00am – 1.00pm
Meet in the car park at end of Victoria Road.
Good site for black-necked grebes, wader and waterfowl – long-tailed duck seen in 2017.

Monday 19 February 2018
Arne (SY 972 878) 10.00am – 3.00pm
Meet in the reserve car park by the Information Centre
Spoonbill, Dartford warbler, sika deer, firecrest, hen harrier, waders, woodland birds, heathland birds.
An all day trip so please bring a packed lunch.

Saturday 3 March 2018
Acres Down (SU 268 097) 10.00 – 1.00pm
Raptor watch – meet at Acres Down car park.
Main target is displaying goshawks, but a good chance of woodlark.
Lunch in the Swan at Swan Green is a likely option following the walk.

Thursday 29 March 2018
Portland Bill (SY 693 705) 10.00am – 3.00pm
Meet in the Cheyne Weares car park
In recent years we have visited Portland for the Autumn migration, this is a chance to see early Spring migrants arriving in the UK.
An all day trip so please bring a packed lunch.

Tuesday 10 April 2018
Winterbourne Downs  (SU 214 401) 10.00am – 3.00pm
Meet in the reserve car park
An RSPB reserve featuring restored chalk grassland with a range of wildflowers.
An all day trip so please bring a packed lunch.

Monday 23 April 2018
Durlston Country Park (SZ 031 773) 10.00am –3.00pm
Meet outside the Information Centre
Dartford warbler, peregrine falcon, spring migrants, fulmar and early spider orchid.
An all day trip so please bring a packed lunch.

Saturday 5 May 2018
Pulborough Brooks (TQ 059 164) 10.00am–3.00pm
Meet by the Information Centre.
An RSPB reserve on the Sussex Downs, this is a good site for nightingale and hobby
An all day trip so please bring a packed lunch.

Friday 11 May 2018
Garston Wood (SU 003 194) 10.00am–3.00pm
Meet in car park on Dean Lane
This small RSPB reserve is a new site for most of us but should produce a range of woodland species including spotted flycatcher.
An all day trip so please bring a packed lunch.

Tuesday 22 May 2018
Telegraph Hill (SU 228 166) 7.00am – 11.00am
Meet at the Telegraph Hill car park
Mainly woodland and heathland species with a chance of firecrest and wood warbler – note the early start to get a better chance to hear birdsong.

Wednesday 6 June 2018
Martin Down
(SU 058 192) 10.00am – 3.00pm
Meet at the end of Sillen Lane, west of Martin village.
Birds, butterflies and orchids – specialties are turtle dove, corn bunting and yellowhammer; adonis, small and common blue, dingy and grizzled skipper; burnt tip, frog, bee, fragrant, greater butterfly, pyramidal, and common spotted orchid.
An all day trip so please bring a packed lunch.

Saturday 16 June 2018
Goatspen Plain (SU 228 015) 8.45pm – 10.00pm
BBQ at Anderwood (SU 249 058) 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Our summer social event a BBQ at Anderwood followed by a search for nightjar.  A reliable site with a chance to also hear drumming snipe.

Tuesday  3 July 2018
Keyhaven Marshes (SZ 306 915) 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Meet in the car park opposite the Gun Inn.
An evening stroll along the seawall at Keyhaven with possibly some early returning shorebirds, followed by supper at The Gun if we get back before the kitchen closes at 9.00pm.

Wednesday  1 August 2916
Hilltop and Kings Copse (SU 408 025) 10.00am – 1.00pm
Meet in Moonhills car park on Exbury Road.
Some may stop for lunch at the Royal Oak at Hilltop.

Thursday 13 September 2018
Pennington/Oxey Marsh (SZ 327 941) 10.00am–1.00pm
Meet at the bottom of Maiden Lane.
Migration season will still be with us, so anything is possible – spoonbill, spotted redshank, whimbrel, curlew sandpiper, knot?
Some are likely to retire to the Chequers Inn for refreshments.

Saturday 30 September 2018
Calshot/Ashlett Creek (SU 480 012) 11.00am – 3.00pm
Meet in free parking area by café on B3053
Seabirds, shorebirds, possibly birds of woodland and scrub.
A slightly later start with the intention of taking lunch at Ashlett Creek part way through the walk, either at the Jolly Sailor or a pack lunch by the old mill.