Event Date Meeting Type Description
9-Dec-2018 Field Trip

THAMESIDE EWT NATURE PARK (SS17 0RN) – Located on the Thames estuary, with its varied habitats, with many winter visitors, raptors, waders and wildfowl. Hot drinks served in the warm centre

11-Jan-2019 Indoor Meeting

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK – BIRDS, BISON, BEARS and more – we are joined again by Duncan Macdonald from ‘Speyside Wildlife’, starting with a pictorial journey with the spectacular backdrop of the Teton Mountains then north to Yellowstone NP and finishing at “Old Faithful” the famous geyser; the Grande Prismatic Pool, bubbling mud and the travertine terraces at Mammot

20-Jan-2019 Field Trip

ABBERTON RESERVOIR (CO2 0EU) & FINGRINGHOE (CO5 7DN) EWT RESERVES – Superb Essex sites with so much potential to see stunning species like Bittern, Smew, Goldeneye, grebe, divers, owls and winter thrushes. Hot drinks and food are available at both reserves

1-Feb-2019 Indoor Meeting

BIRDING in BANGLADESH – Rob Sheldon, Chairman of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, highlights some of the key sites across Bangladesh, hosting some high profile species, including Masked Finfoot, Spoon-billed Sandpiper and a range of other species on many birdwatchers ‘must see’ list

17-Feb-2019 Field Trip

FRAMPTON MARSH RSPB RESERVE – Returning to this excellent Lincolnshire reserve on the north side of the ‘Wash’ for Lapland Bunting, Twite, Tree Sparrow, raptors and masses of waders, geese plus possible rarities. Chelmsford only

1-Mar-2019 Indoor Meeting

GOSHAWK and WHINCHAT – Dr Ian Henderson, BTO Senior Research Ecologist International Research, delivers two excellent talks about two very different species. The Goshawk is famous for being an elusive species but so much has now been learnt from their tracking studies in the ‘Brecklands’. The Whinchat has declined rapidly in the last 20 years. Research on Salisbury Plain        and in Africa investigated their migration and about their winter destinations

17-Mar-2019 Field Trip

PULBOROUGH BROOKS RSPB RESERVE – In the heart of the Sussex countryside we will be looking for Water Rail, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Peregrine, woodpeckers, lingering winter and early summer migrants in the varied habitats. Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required

5-Apr-2019 Indoor Meeting

OWLS of the WORLD – Dr Michael Leach has encountered 86 of the 133 species of Owl alive today. In this talk he looks at many of these and tells of his adventures working with them around the globe for more than 20 years. We will meet, amongst others, Great Horned, Snowy, Pygmy, Great Grey and Spectacled Owls. And the biggest of them all, the deer-stalking Eagle Owl! Not to be missed 

14-Apr-2019 Field Trip

The ‘BRECKLANDS’ – Lynford Arboretum & Santon Downham, two very different sites to discover Hawfinch, Firecrest, Brambling and Crossbill at Lynford; Cuckoo, Grey Wagtail, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Turtle Dove and Lesser Redpoll at Santon Downham, along with early summer migrants. Chelmsford only

19-May-2019 Field Trip

NORMANDY MARSH to KEYHAVEN MARSH HWT RESERVES – A first time site to be visited where we amble along the 5 miles of the beautiful coast of the Western Solent between the two reserves where we will see breeding Common, Sandwich and Little Terns with Mediterranean Gulls amongst the gull colony. Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required   

9-Jun-2019 Field Trip

OLD LODGE SWT RESERVE – Ashdown Forest in part of the ‘Weald’ is in the beautiful Sussex countryside, where we will be looking for Tree Pipit, Woodlark, Redstart, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Turtle Dove, Spotted Flycatcher, Hobby, Yellowhammer and Peregrine, plus Damsel and Dragonflies across the stunning undulating landscape. Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required