Trip reports

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Thursday, 18 December 2014

In sharp contrast to last year when a destructive storm surge necessitated the cancellation of our annual pre Christmas walk, eleven of us enjoyed more benign weather when we met at 9.30am on the shore at Hest Bank then later moving on to the eastern end of the Morecambe Promenade. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Saturday, 12 April 2014

As with previous years we began our walk at Freeman`s Pool where swallows and sand martins were flying low over the water. Nearer to, a little grebe was spottted - the bird would suddenly disappear from view having dived underwater and then reappear at a point some distance away when it surfaced. More...

Visit to Sunderland Point

Sunday, 30 March 2014

I greeted ten members of the local group at Potts Corner, Middleton Sands, at 9 am on the most beautiful sunny warm spring morning. When everyone was ready I briefed on one or two items, including a suggested target bird being the wheatear. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Sunday, 20 October 2013

On a day of heavy showers, ten birdwatchers visited Marshside to view the saltmarsh during the high tide and watch in rather more comfortable conditions from Sandgrounders and Nels hides. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 16 March 2013

This outdoor meeting was a reprise of a walk that we had held in the early spring of 2012. Once more our party was led by local expert Dan Haywood. As before we walked the footpath between Freeman`s Wood and Stodday Lane, returning by the same route. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Eight of us braved a chill easterly wind but nonetheless enjoyed a good day of birdwatching at Marton Mere - a splendid urban nature reserve that is managed by Blackpool Council. More...

Adult whooper swans feeding in fields

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Four members met at Conder Green on the 15th December for what proved to be an enjoyable five hours of birdwatching in good company. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

Saturday, 17 November 2012

A report of our trip to Biggar Bank and South Walney for waders, wildfowl and seals. More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Friday, 31 August 2012

On the final day of August, some six members braved the intermittent rain to meet John Wilson in the Allen Hide car park. This was the second of John's "Evenings at Leighton Moss" when on this occasion we usually concentrate our attentions on the birds of the saltmarsh adjacent to Leighton Moss. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Monday, 25 June 2012

On the 25th June 2012, members from both groups led by Jean Roberts, enjoyed a walk along the River Lune. Members enjoyed excellent birdwatching, so here is Jean`s account of that morning and the many birds that were seen. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

With a sunny day in a beautiful corner of the Lake District this was always going to be a delightful walk. More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Hindburndale is a place of high lonely moorland and picturesque wooded ravines. This area was the setting for our birdwatching walk led by Pete Marsh on the 28th April. More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Saturday, 10 March 2012

The upper Lune estuary was the venue for our birdwatching walk on the 10th March. This event was organised jointly by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, the RSPB Local Group and the Lancaster & District Birdwatching Society. More...

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Saturday, 14 January 2012

On a cold, crisp and sunny morning, 11 of us set off to go round Marton Mere. We soon saw lots of greenfinches, goldfinches and chaffinches. We then had good views of a sparrowhawk and several kestrels. More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Sunday, 27 November 2011

A cold and blustery wind met 16 members of the Lancaster local group as we met in the car park at Marshside. First stop was Sandgrounders hide, where the marsh was covered in wigeon, with several thousand birds dotted around. More...

Volunteer with children at the Osprey Centre, Loch Garten, Scotland

Saturday, 17 September 2011

About 37 bird species were seen of the usual types plus various butterflies, a fox showed well, other sightings were a Little Grebe still feeding 3 downy chicks, an overflying Raven, a Peregrine perched on a bridge parapet. More...

Adult and child birdwatching

Saturday, 11 June 2011

A report of our trip to locations including Trowbarrow Quarry, Hawes Water, Gait Barrows and Yealand Hall Allotments. More...

Dunnock on grass

Saturday, 7 May 2011

A party of some 15 members led by Robin Horner travelled across the Pennines to the R.S.P.B. Reserve at Old Moor in South Yorkshire. This landscape of fresh water pools with reed bed was created as a result of mining subsidence, and is now the home to many interesting birds that require this kind of habitat. More...

Visit to Geltsdale RSPB reserve

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

A report of our visit to Geltsdale, where we had an enjoyable day and an informative insight into the work of this Cumbrian reserve. More...

Male merlin perched on old fence post, Shetland

Saturday, 19 March 2011

A superb raptor watching day! More...

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Sunday, 20 February 2011

At 10.30am on a gloomy Sunday morning, ten of us met at Lane Ends Pilling, in anticipation of seeing the many birds - especially the wading birds that frequent this southern corner of Morecambe Bay during the late winter. More...

Visit to Martin Mere WWT Reserve

Sunday, 23 January 2011

A visit to Martin Mere Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve was enjoyed by 8 members of the Lancaster local group. Birds seen included large numbers of whooper swans and pinkfooted geese, plus brambling and wintering marsh harrier. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

The 8th December 2010 was a day of bright sunshine, crystal clear visibility, and sub-zero temperatures. It seems that the latter, perhaps understandably, deterred many members from attending this meeting - in fact there were just two of us! More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Sunday, 10 October 2010

A report of our visit to the Cumbria Wildlife Trust reserve at South Walney. More...

Calling redshank in meadow

Saturday, 11 September 2010

We were lucky to have a warm, mainly sunny day for this walk round Sunderland Point. We started at Potts Corner, Middleton, and walked along to the point. More...

Willow warbler

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

10 people managed to find their way to the barn in Gaitbarrows Nature Reserve on a morning that began misty but soon became a beautiful, sunny summer day. There were quite a few birds around (Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Garden Warbler among others), but our main interest was in plants and butterflies. More...

Moorland landscape, Wales

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

A report of a walk up the Langden valley in search of hen herrier and ring ouzel. More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Saturday, 1 May 2010

A report of our walk in the Borrowdale Valley (near Tebay) for woodland and moorland birds. More...

Calling redshank in meadow

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

A report of a walk in the SIlverdale area, including Woodwell, Heald Brow, Jenny Brown's Point and Jack Scout. More...

Flock of pink-footed geese at dawn over Loch of Strathbeg

Sunday, 14 February 2010

On a cold and frosty morning 8 members of Lancaster Local Group met at Conder Green Picnic Area for a mini bus tour of the Fylde goose fields. More...

Calling redshank in meadow

Saturday, 5 December 2009

A report of a visit to Heysham Nature Reserve, including a guided tour from the warden, Reuben Neville. More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Sickness and holidays reduced our numbers, but 9 hardy members met on a dull, raw morning with an east wind blowing. Little Egrets and Grey Heron were on the marsh and several small flocks of Redwing flew over. More...

Goldfinch on seed feeder

Saturday, 12 September 2009

A report of a day walking from Knott End by the banks of the River Wyre to Barnabys Sands. More...

Sedge warbler perched on phragmites

Sunday, 7 June 2009

A visit to the Hodbarrow RSPB reserve at Millom produced sightings of sandwich terns, gulls, ducks, waders and passerines. More...

Chiffchaff standing on gorse

Saturday, 9 May 2009

A windy walk on Warton Crag with birds, wonderful views and an insight into the management of the Crag for wildlife. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Report of a visit to Scorton picnic area and the river Wyre for spring woodland and riverine species, followed by a visit to Wyresdale fisheries. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 28 March 2009

A visit on a cold blustery day to search for spring migrants such as wheatear. More...

Flock of pink-footed geese at dawn over Loch of Strathbeg

Saturday, 28 February 2009

A visit to the Pilling area for geese. More...

Visit to Martin Mere

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Report of a visit to Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust reserve for Whooper Swans and wildfowl. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Report of a visit to an ice covered Pennington Flash More...

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Report of a visit to the Barrow area of Morecambe Bay, mainly for waders and ducks. More...

Adult and child birdwatching

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Report of a walk by the Lune from Lancaster to Skerton, Denny Beck and Crook-o-Lune. More...

View of Bempton Cliffs

Sunday, 15 June 2008

On a day of sunshine & showers, 22 members of the local RSPB group enjoyed a day's outing to the seabird colony at Bempton Cliffs for views of Gannet, Kittiwake, Fulmar, Razorbill, Guillemot, Puffin and other species. More...

Heather moor at Geltsdale

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

A visit to Geltsdale RSPB reserve in Cumbria for a walk with the Warden. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Saturday, 31 May 2008

A visit to Torver moor near Coniston for moorland birds. More...

Avocet wading in water

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

A visit to Marshside for breeding Avocets, waders, wildfowl and summer migrants ... More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

A visit to Marbury Country Park in Cheshire for woodland birds and the elusive Lesser Spotted Woodpecker More...

Adult male siskin on feeder

Sunday, 18 November 2007

A visit to the Lancashire Wildlife Trust reserve at Mere Sands Wood, Rufford. More...

Drake teal profile

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Report of a visit to Rosall for passage migrants and waders. More...

Oystercatcher wading in shallow water

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Report of a walk from Overton to Sunderland Point, watching high tide birds. More...

Little ringed plover wading in shallow water

Sunday, 17 June 2007

A total of 11 members met at Foulney under a very grey sky. Whilst waiting for everyone to get gear together, the sky brightened & a decision was made to walk to the end of Foulney spit & ju More...

Great spotted woodpecker on branch

Friday, 8 June 2007

An evening meeting at which 6 members turned up on a pleasant summer evening to walk along the banks of the River Lune at Arkholme (thanks to J Mathews for showing the way).

The fir More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Saturday, 2 June 2007

This was a new venue for the group to visit & eleven members made the journey. Many thanks to Selina for sharing the beauty of her local patch & for leading the way.
As we were stood by  More...

Male chaffinch singing on branch

Saturday, 19 May 2007

RSPB visit today. 12 people attended. Very windy on the top, more sheltered in the dale. Heavy showers at lunchtime made us give up a little early.

Buzzard, kestrel, sparrowhawk, ph More...

Wheatear in spring

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Big surprises for everyone today. First it was fine but looking cold - then it turned out very warm. Secondly, those who arrived early for the walk (not me!) saw a red kite on the hillside o More...

View over reedbed, Leighton Moss

Sunday, 22 April 2007

In spite of the weather, 14 people turned out for the Local Group gathering today. We were due to visit Silverdale area from the Allen/Morecambe car park, but the weather changed our minds a More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

Saturday, 18 November 2006

Pennington Flash - 18 November 2006

Ten members of the Lancaster Local Group paid a visit to Pennington Flash Country Park which is situated 1 mile from Leigh town center. The weath More...