Field Trips 2016 - 2017

The Society organises two kinds of field trips, local trips where members arrange their own transport to meet at the venue and join a communal outing and coach trips to locations further afield. For more details and to reserve coach seats, phone Gerry Johnson on 07775 663166 (after 19:00).

All Coach trips commence from Trinity Church (opposite the County Hotel) at 07:15 for 07:30, unless stated otherwise, with pick-ups at Shenfield High School at 07:45 and Oak P.H. Grays at 08:00 or Swan P.H. Stanway at 08:00, depending on the direction on the day. There is a large ’free‘ car park next to County Hotel in Chelmsford.

Coach trips cost £20.00-£22.00 each, subject to destination. Accompanied juniors travel ‘free’. An entrance charge applies to some venues and reserves for non-members of RSPB, WWT, Wildlife Trusts, etc. To avoid disappointing anyone on a waiting list, non-attended coach bookings, without 24hrs cancellation notice, will incur the full trip cost. 

For non-coach trips, meet at the venue car park at 09:00. 

Field Trip Calendar 2016 - 2017

Date Venue Description
Sunday – 21st August 2016   RUTLAND 'BIRD FAIR' The Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Egleton Reserve on Rutland Water is home of the annual ‘Bird Fair’, where you have the opportunity to do some Birdwatching from the 30 hides; book your next trip; purchase a field guide; take in a lecture or two; or just enjoy the many displays in 18 huge marquees and outside exhibits. Internet pre-booking is possible with reduced rate for RSPB/EWT members. (Valid membership cards must be presented at the entrance). Chelmsford only

We start the day at Lackford Lakes SWT reserve looking for Kingfisher, Water Rail plus wildfowl, waders and migrants from the many hides before spending the afternoon at the famous Lakenheath RSPB reserve. Expect species such as Bittern, Common Crane, Bearded Tit, Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, warblers plus lots more. Stanway pick-up as required.

Unfortunately the trip has been cancelled, apologies for any inconvenience.

Sunday – 16th October 2016 WALTON ON THE NAZE EWT & HOLLAND HAVEN (no coach) A trip to the north-east of the county around the John Weston Reserve for migrants such as Fieldfare, Redwing, Wheatear, Firecrest, Brent Geese and a rarity like Yellow-browed Warbler, Wryneck or Ring Ouzel might be found. 
Sunday – 13th November 2016 FRAMPTON MARSH RSPB (7am start) A return to this excellent reserve on the north side of the Wash. Twite, Lapland Bunting, Tree Sparrow together with raptors and masses of waders, geese plus possible rarities. Chelmsford only          
Sunday – 11th December 2016 WALLASEA ISLAND RSPB (no coach) A site with so much potential located between the Crouch and Roach Rivers. Short-eared Owl, Merlin, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Barn Owl, Corn Bunting, Red-breasted Merganser, grebes, divers & waders are amongst the species expected to be seen. No facilities on site
Sunday – 8th January 2017 OLD HALL MARSHES (no coach) Arguably one of the remotest and best coastal marsh sites in Essex. Brent Geese, Red-breasted Merganser, Bearded Tit, Avocet, Scoter, Long-tailed Duck are all possible with divers, raptors, owls, and winter wildfowl, plus much more. No facilities on site
Sunday - 19th February 2017 CLIFFE POOLS One of the jewels along the Thames Estuary in North Kent. This excellent reserve is great for Merlin, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk plus winter waders and wildfowl. Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required                                                            
Sunday - 12th March 2017 RYE MEADS & AMWELL (no coach)

Rye Meads forms part of the Lee Valley, looking for Kingfisher, Smew, Bittern, Siskin and other winter visitors sheltering in this protected area. Then on to Amwell for Bittern, Peregrine, Water Rail, plus Redwing and Fieldfare.

Please note this trip will now be by private vehicle not coach.

Meet at RSPB Rye Meads reserve at 09:00 and then moving on to Amwell Quarry Wildlife Trust reserve at 13:30. The meeting place for Amwell Quarry on Amwell Lane. Please note there is a very busy railway foot crossing to gain entrance to the reserve viewing area. PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL CARE WHEN MAKING THE CROSSING ON THIS VERY FAST PART OF THE TRACK.

Sunday 9th April 2017 'BRECKLANDS' - LYNFORD ARBORETUM & SANTON DOWNHAM Lynford Arboretum & Santon Downham, two very different sites to discover. Hawfinch, Firecrest, Brambling and Crossbill at Lynford. Grey Wagtail, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Turtle Dove, Cuckoo and Lesser Redpoll at Santon Downham, along with early summer migrants. Stanway pick up as required
Sunday 14th May 2017 CLEY MARSHES NWT (7am start) We return to this superb flagship reserve on the north Norfolk coast. An extremely popular site to visit at this prime time for summer migrants and that something ‘special’ that can turn up on any visit.  Chelmsford only
Sunday 18th June 2017 CHOBHAM COMMON Surrey WT The largest National Nature Reserve in the south-east of England and a SPA. Nationally important for Nightjar, Dartford Warbler and Woodlark plus Hobby amongst the 116 species recorded on this site. Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required.