Upcoming trips

Here are the details of our planned outdoor trips. For general information on outdoor trips please visit the outdoor trips page.

  • Sat
    12
    Sep
    2015
    Gibraltar Point, Lincolnshire

    Leave Blaby at 7.30am

    We were looking for Springtime migrators on our last visit here. An Autumn trip should throw up migrators heading in the opposite direction.

    No café (being rebuilt after storm damage, but a mobile catering van should be on site). Facilities

    Gibraltar Rd, Skegness PE24 4SU

    Gibraltar Point Contact Us

    £2.50

  • Sat
    17
    Oct
    2015
    Titchwell, Norfolk

    Leave Blaby at 7.30am

    We can’t go wrong with this wonderful reserve on the north Norfolk coast.

    Café. Facilities                                                                PE31 8BB

    £2.50

  • Sat
    14
    Nov
    2015
    Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire

    Leave Blaby at 7.30am

    The waterfowl numbers should be swelling with more migrants flying south at this time of year. Hen Harriers, Short-eared Owls, Peregrines and Merlins hunt over the washes and surrounding farmland.

    No café. Facilities

    Counter Wash, Chatteris, Cambridgeshire PE15 0NF

    £2.50

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/o/ousewashes

  • Sat
    12
    Dec
    2015

    Leave Blaby at 9am

    A nearby reserve where we can make the most of the short winter days. Bitterns show themselves periodically. Always good numbers of waders and waterfowl found on the lagoons.

    Facilities: Café and Toilets.

    Café - If you plan to have a meal in the café, they would like advance notice to help their caterers.

    Post Code: CV8 3ET

    Cost: £5.00 (or £2.50 if WLT member - card required)

    http://www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/brandon-marsh-sssi-nature-reserve-and-visitor-centre

  • Sat
    16
    Jan
    2016

    Leave Blaby at 8.00am

    A visit to our neighbouring county to see what old gravel pits can be turned into for the benefit of our feathered friends. Bitterns bred here last year. Should see good numbers of waterfowl.

    Facilities: Café & toilets

    Post code: NG9 6DY

    Cost: £2.50

    http://www.attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk/your-visit/

  • Sat
    13
    Feb
    2016

    Leave Blaby 7.30am

    Previous visit was in the Autumn. This tidal reedbed is the largest in England and is important for its breeding Bearded Tits, Bitterns, Marsh Harriers plus various waders and waterfowl

    Facilities: Toilets

    Post Code: DN14 8HR

    Cost: £2.50

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/b/blacktoftsands/index.aspx?gclid=Cj0KEQiA96CyBRDk5qOtp5vz8LkBEiQA6wx8MEg1x_34wNRmDHT6Edu91zS_Slh4VdjpnTQAAXCNFFwaAlDp8P8HAQ

  • Sat
    12
    Mar
    2016

    Leave Blaby at 7.30am

    March gives us the best chance of seeing the elusive Goshawks. We could even witness Goshawks displaying. Plenty of other birds to find too: Crossbill, Siskin, Brambling, Woodlark…

    Facilities: Toilets

    Post Code: For Nunnery Lakes IP27 0TJ

    Cost: £2.50

  • Sat
    16
    Apr
    2016

    Leave Blaby at 7.30am

    An amble along a rolling moorland road, alongside water and woodland in early Spring. What’s not to like…

    There are no facilities at main car park, however there is a toilet at the south end of the valley

    Post Code: SK17 6GJ this is actually for the Errwood Sailing Club, which is just around the corner from the Car Park.

    Cost: £2.50

    http://www.goytvalley.co.uk/

  • Sat
    14
    May
    2016

    Leave Blaby at 8.00am

    Annual "Bird Race" - on arrival names will be drawn to produce teams with a minimum of 3 people per team. Each team will be issued with a blank bird list and it is then up to each team to decide which route they take around the reserve. The team with the highest points wins. The scoring system is 1 pt for each species seen and a 1/2 pt if only heard.

    Facilities: Visitor Centre and Toilets

    Post Code: LE15 8BT

    Cost: Free to members

    https://www.rutlandwater.org.uk/

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016

    Leave Blaby at 7.30am

    Travelling by coach to this magnificent seabird colony, we will not know which way to look as there is so much activity at this time of year - Gannets, Auks…

    Facilities: A new visitor centre opened Spring 2015 - light refreshments available.    Toilets
    RSPB cards required on the day

    Cost: £25.00

    www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/b/bemptoncliffs/index.aspx

  • Sat
    17
    Sep
    2016
    7:30 amFrampton Lincolnshire

    These saltmarshes and freshwater pools by the Wash rarely disappoint us. There should be good numbers of passage waders, ducks and geese.                 PE20 1AY

    Facilities: Toilets. Cost £2.50

    www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/f/framptonmarsh/index.aspx

  • Sat
    15
    Oct
    2016
    8:00 amLaxton Rutland

    A guided walk around an avian-friendly farm in the morning. 94 species of birds have been recorded here to date. We will head off to nearby Fineshades Wood in the afternoon and hopefully see some of the Red Kites that roost overnight at the farm.                   NN17 3AU

    Facilities: Toilets. Cost £5.00

    www.homefarmlaxton.co.uk

  • Sat
    19
    Nov
    2016
    8:00 amBrixworth, Northamptonshire, NN6 9SJ

    On the northern side of the causeway there are 7 hides dotted around the wooded shallow end of the reservoir. There should be large numbers of waterfowl and diverse waders

    Facilities - Toilets. Cost £5.00

    http://www.anglianwater.co.uk/leisure/water-parks/pitsford

  • Sat
    17
    Dec
    2016
    8:00 amWanlip, Leicester, LE7 1AD

    The development of the Soar Valley continues to grow and improve nature conservation. Our avian population benefits from the changes and as a consequence we should be able to see more species of birds

    Facilities. Toilets. Cost £2.50

    http://www.leicscountryparks.org.uk/watermead-visitor-information

  • Sat
    14
    Jan
    2017
    7:30 amDoncaster, Yorkshire, DN4 8DB

    We have visited this WLT reserve at various times of the year & never been disappointed. Always a good chance of seeing the elusive Bittern. New Visitor Centre opens Dec 2016 & a hot meal at lunch time can be booked.

    Facilities: Café & toilets. Cost £6.50 or £2.50 for WLT members - cards will be req’d

    http://www.ywt.org.uk/reserves/potteric-carr-nature-reserve

  • Sat
    11
    Feb
    2017
    7:30 amNorfolk, NR23 1RH

    The 2nd Earl of Leicester planted the distinctive belt of pine trees in the 19th century to help stabilise the dunes. So it’s time we reinforced the city connection & enjoyed a trip to the North Norfolk Coast. We hope to see plenty of Geese and Waders

    Facilities: Toilets at nearby Wells. Cost £2.50

     

  • Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017
    7:30 amWootton Drive, Staffordshire, ST16 1PU

    A first visit to this site close to Stafford Town Centre . Small lagoons, a good mix of shrub & hedgerows, and plenty of reed beds cater for many species of birds. Marsh Harriers visit regularly. In the afternoon we will take a walk through woodland along the shore of Blithfield Reservoir.

    Facilities: at a nearby Supermarket. Cost £2.50

    http://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/reserves/doxey-marshes

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017
    7:30 amBuckinghamshire, HP23 5QG

    This Bucks WLT Reserve has a good mix of habitat. Plenty of Waders and summer visitors at this time of year. If there is time we will also visit nearby Ivinghoe Beacon.

    NB: Trip is a week later than usual due to Easter

    Facilities: Café. Cost £2.50

    http://www.bbowt.org.uk/reserves/college-lake

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017
    8:00 amEgleton, Rutland, LE15 8BT

    Annual Bird Race for the coveted "Swift Trophy".

    Free to all members.

    https://www.rutlandwater.org.uk/

  • Fri
    19
    May
    2017
    Sun
    21
    May
    2017
    7:00 amSouth West Wales

    Base will be a hotel in Cardigan

  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017
    7:30 amSuffolk, IP27 9AD

    This is a great site for raptors, such as Hobbies, Marsh Harriers & Peregrines. There will be plenty of Warblers & we may also be lucky to see Bearded Tits.   RSPB cards required

    Facilities. Toilets. Cost £2.50.

    http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/find-a-reserve/reserves-a-z/reserves-by-name/l/lakenheathfen/about.aspx

  • Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 amNorfolk NR21 9GN

    A Hawk & Owl Trust site that has been developed since the club’s last visit in 2009. Boardwalks will make for easy perambulating and there are 5 hides in all. A new aerial walkway climbs to a platform 4 metres above the site, giving spectacular elevated views over the fen and reed bed. They have Tawny & Barn Owls here and we should still see summer visitors enjoying their last few days in this country. Time permitting, we will stop off at Eldernell Lane, Whittlesey on the way home for more Owls!
    Facilities: Toilets. Coffee machine only. Cost £6.50
    http://hawkandowl.org/sculthorpe

  • Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 amHertfordshire SG12 9SS & SG12 8JS

    Two reserves close to each other in Hertfordshire. Amwell was formerly gravel pits but is now an SSSI, with 3 hides overlooking the reserve for us to view waterfowl and tardy migrants. Rye Meads has reed beds, so we should see a wide range of birds on the day.
    Facilities: None at Amwell. Toilets and Coffee machine at Rye Meads.
    Cost £2.50
    http://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/Amwell & http://rspb.org.uk/ryemeads

  • Sat
    18
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 amNottinghamshire NG23 7QL

    NB 1 week later than normal.
    As the quarry becomes worked out, more of it is being handed over to the RSPB for further development. However, this reserve is already a pleasant site to visit with lagoons and reedbed areas, which have attracted Bitterns, Bearded Tits & Water Rail. A pontoon walkway forms part of the circular path.
    We may also visit a Notts Wildlife Trust site at Besthorpe for wintering ducks and geese, and/or Spalford Warren which is a heathland reserve close by.
    Facilities: None, but cafés in the vicinity. Cost £2.50
    http://rspb.org.uk/langfordlowfields

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017
    8:30 amLE15 8BT

    One week away from the shortest day of the year, we need to make the most of daylight hours. Where better than this wonderful reserve with so many hides to choose from, less than an hour’s drive away.
    Facilities: Toilets and coffee machine
    Cost £6.50 or £2.50 with valid Rutland Water Nature Reserve pass
    http://rutlandwater.org.uk

  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018
    7:30 amB78 2AE

    Our nearest RSPB Reserve is now 10 years old and continues to improve. Our last visit was Sept 2014, so it will be interesting to see it in the middle of winter. There will be good number of waders and ducks. We should be able to see Harriers and Owls too. Facilities: Toilets. Cost £2.50

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/find-a-reserve/reserves-a-z/reserves-by-name/m/middletonlakes/

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 amGL2 7BT

    One week later than normal to benefit from early afternoon high tide. A WWT site of renown. Whilst there is the captive collection, it is the birds that migrate here for the winter that we want to see: numerous wildfowl and waders. New hides since our last visit (Autumn 2011) will afford us some cover (and comfort?) to enjoy the birds over lagoons and the Severn estuary. Facilities: Café. Cost £11.00 (or £2.50 if you are WWT member. M/ship card req’d)

    https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 amS73 0YF

                                                           *************TRIP CANCELLED ************

    At this time of year, RSPB’s finest Yorkshire Reserve will enable us to see drake ducks in their prime and plenty of birds in the bushes and trees before the leaves start to sprout. Barn Owls are a possibility over the meadows too. Facilities: Café, Cost £2.50

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/find-a-reserve/reserves-a-z/reserves-by-name/d/dearne-oldmoor/index.aspx

  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 amPE31 8BB

    Whilst this is a site we return to often, it is a long time since we saw it in potentially the best month of the year. There are many different types of habitats for us to enjoy a real variety of birds.  Facilities: Café. Cost £2.50

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/find-a-reserve/reserves-a-z/reserves-by-name/t/titchwellmarsh/index.aspx

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    8:00 amEgleton, Rutland, LE15 8BT

    Annual Swift Challenge Trophy event.

    Free to all members.

    https://www.rutlandwater.org.uk/

  • Fri
    18
    May
    2018
    Sun
    20
    May
    2018
    6:45 amNorthumberland and the Farne Isles

    Annual weekend away by coach.

  • Sat
    16
    Jun
    2018
    7:30 amDE6 1ST

    A new reserve for our group. Derbyshire WT have created an interesting site with different habitats and a viewing platform looking down over several lagoons. Hobby is a strong possibility. Carsington in the afternoon to see what is on and around the  Reservoir.  Facilities: None at Carr Vale. Café and toilets at Carsington. Cost £2.50.

    http://www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/carr-vale-flash

  • Sat
    15
    Sep
    2018
    7:30 amLincs PE24 4SU

    On our last visit here 3yrs ago, we started the day off with a Spoonbill fly-by. There were plenty of waders such as Black Tailed Godwits, Greenshanks and Golden Plover. We would also hope to see migrating birds such as Wheatear and Whinchat heading south.

    Facilities: Café & Toilets. Cost £2.50

    http://www.lincstrust.org.uk/gibraltar-point

  • Sat
    13
    Oct
    2018
    5:45 amNorfolk

    There is a 9am high tide at Snettisham on this day. It should be well worth a very early start to see murmurations of thousands of waders in the air and also “marching” on the mudflats. We can then have brunch before heading to Holme to see what birds are passing the observatory.

    Facilities: Café & Toilets (£4.50 or £2.50 if you are NOA member. M/ship card req’d)

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/snettisham/

    http://www.noa.org.uk/reserves/Holme-new.html

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018
    7:30 amYorkshire S73 0YF

    Our planned trip in March this year was cancelled because of dire weather conditions. Hopefully, there will be no repeat on the re-planned visit. Winter wildfowl should be flocking back and there could be a chance to find Bittern in the pool areas.

    Facilities: Café & Toilets. Cost £2.50

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/dearne-valley-old-moor/

  • Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018
    8:30 amNotts NG9 6DY

    This relatively local nature reserve will enable us to make the most of available daylight hours. Great White Egret, Bittern and Water Rail are all strong contenders for good sightings around the reedbeds. We can also expect plenty of waterfowl and a mix of Finches in the wooded areas.

    Facilities: Café & Toilets. Cost £2.50

    http://www.attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk/

  • Sat
    12
    Jan
    2019
    8:30 amCoventry, CV3 3GW

    Close enough to home to make the most of the short winter days, but always good for waders, gulls and “lbjs” flitting through the trees. If we get lucky: Bittern, Siskin, Water Rail, Owls....

    Facilities: Café and toilets  Cost £3.00 (plus Wildlife Trust charge - free to Trust members - card required or additional payment on entry of £2.50 or £1.50 for over 60’s.)

    http://www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/brandon-marsh-sssi-nature-reserve-and-visitor-centre

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019
    7:30 amCarsington Water, Ashbourne, DE6 1ST 

    We should find plenty of water fowl on the reservoir and then check out the margins for waders. We may also find good numbers of finches and tits in the woods and shrubs

    Facilities: Café and toilets £3.00

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/carsington-water/

     

  • Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019
  • Sat
    16
    Mar
    2019
    7:30 amCambs, PE15 0NF and PE7 1RH 

    A change to the original plan to visit the Ouse Fen, as there are no hides or facilities and a lot of walking! We will travel to the Ouse Washes, which have proved successful in the past. Marsh Harriers and plenty of varied water fowl are present all year round. We will also visit the Nene Washes which have produced Cranes and Short-Eared Owls in the past.

    Toilets at Ouse Washes. £3.00

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/ouse-washes/

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/nene-washes/

     

  • Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019
    7:30 amCastleford, WF10 2BH

    Lots of reedbeds, shallow water and big open skies should enable us to see a wide range of birds on this Yorkshire site.  Bittern, Kingfisher and Tree Sparrows are regular sightings. Hopefully there will be several different raptors

    Facilities: toilets. £3.00.

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/fairburn-ings/

  • Sat
    11
    May
    2019
    8:00 amRutland Water

    This trip will be free to all members so why not come along and join us.  Full information was sent with the August newsletter or ask any Committee member for details.

    https://www.rutlandwater.org.uk/

  • Fri
    17
    May
    2019
    Sun
    19
    May
    2019
    6:45 amKent

    Annual weekend away by coach

  • Sat
    14
    Sep
    2019
    7:30 amNorfolk PE31 8BB

    A different time of year to last year’s visit which was in the Spring, so we should see plenty of newly fledged birds before they disperse to their various wintering grounds. Let’s hope there is not too much wind, so we can find Bearded Tits and possibly Bitterns

    Facilities: Café and toilets. Cost £3.00

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/titchwell-marsh/

  • Sat
    12
    Oct
    2019
    7:30 amLeeds LS26 8AL

    A first visit to this Yorkshire site, on the outskirts of Leeds. Waders pass through the Aire Valley on their migration. Green Sandpipers and Black-tailed Godwits are seen in large numbers. We may also see Bittern and Short-Eared Owls there

    Facilities: Visitor Centre has light refreshments and toilets. Cost £3.00

    https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/staidans

  • Sat
    16
    Nov
    2019
    7:30 amHertfordshire WD3 1NB

    On the outskirts of Rickmansworth, the River Colne runs through mature gravel pits and defunct watercress beds. Established willows and alders alongside a canal create a diverse habitat for waterfowl including Goosander and Smew and we might see Bearded Tits and Bittern

    Facilities: Café and toilets.. Cost £3.00

    https://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/stockers-lake

  • Sat
    14
    Dec
    2019
    7:30 amRutland

    With more hides than anywhere else that we visit and a variety of lagoons hosting waterfowl and waders, we never fail to have a good count of birds even though it will be one of the shortest days of the year

    Facilities: Visitor Centre sells hot drinks. Toilets.

    Cost £3.00 (plus £4.00 if not a member of Rutland Water - cards will be required on the day)

    https://www.rutlandwater.org.uk/