Events

All events are open to any bird watcher or nature watcher. Generally our outdoor events are not suitable for children under 12, but exceptions may be made. Up to the age of 16, children should be accompanied by an adult.
The coach trips last all day and usually travel to distant reserves outside the range of a normal day's birding.
The Bins and Boots walks are leisurely walks of up to two and a half hours in the Stoke area led by an experienced local bird watcher.
The car sharing trips are to reserves outside the local area but probably within 60 miles of Stoke-on-Trent. We want to be flexible about these and suggestions about these trips are welcomed. If you can offer a lift or would like a lift please contact Geoff Sales by telephone at least a week before the trip you wish to attend so that he can put interested parties in contact with each other. These trips usually continue into the afternoon so remember to bring a packed lunch.
If you are interested in taking part in our outside activities but do not have binoculars, we have three pairs to lend on a first come first served basis for the duration of the activity.
Appropriate clothing and footwear to guard against the elements are recommended for outdoor activities.

November 2017

Thu
23

Bins and Boots Walk - Astbury Mere 2017

Location: Astbury Mere Country Park. OS Grid Ref: SJ846626
Take the A34 towards Congleton Pass Astbury Village and Church on your right and continue towards the town. Before the first roundabout turn right into Sandy Lane and follow the road round to the right into the Country Park car park. Toilets are available here.
A pub lunch afterwards has been arranged at The Bleeding Wolf, Congleton Road, Scholar Green on the A34 at 12.15 pm, (please note the pub does not open until 12.00). Will all participants in the guided walk & people wishing to attend just the pub lunch email Peter Durnall [peterandgillian@sky.com] with their meal choice from the menu at:
https://www.thebleedingwolf.co.uk/s_foodanddrink.asp.
Please make sure that if you wish to attend that you let Peter know as we need to order in advance.
Individuals will be responsible for paying for any food and drink consumed on the day.
Latitude/longitude: 53.161130,-2.2313994 (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
This 60 acre lake is a former sand quarry which attracts lots of water birds during the winter months. A tarmac path circumnavigates the lake which is over a mile all the way around.
A number of rare winter visitors have been seen here such as black-necked grebes, divers and long-tailed ducks but there is no guarantee of anything unusual. There are lots of bushes and vegetation in which to look out for the smaller species.
Leader - Peter Durnall

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free for Guided Walk

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

December 2017

Wed
13

December Indoor Meeting 2017

Location: North Staffordshire Conference Centre/Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode: ST4 7NY (Google map)

PETER HOLDEN MBE
INSPIRED BY BIRDS - PART 2
Peter has been passionate about birds and wildlife for as long as he can remember. He joined the RSPB staff in 1969 and, while running the RSPB's junior membership, he devised the ever popular Big Garden Birdwatch. Peter's activities are dedicated to taking the magic of wildlife to new audiences. For many years he advised Blue Peter and often appeared in their garden! In 1994-5 he joined Bill Oddie in a BBC1 series called 'Bird in the Nest' and he has contributed to 'Springwatch'. He has co-authored more than a dozen books, including the 'RSPB Handbook of British Birds' and, most recently, 'Birds: A Hidden World'. Peter was awarded an MBE for services to Nature Conservation in the 2009 New Year's Honours List.
Ever popular, tonight Peter pays us a return visit to present Part 2 of a talk on the art, music and science that has originated from the natural world and birds in particular. This includes natural sound, historic recordings and original photos.
SPONSORED BY: PICTURE BOOK, LEEK
www.leekbooks.co.uk

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £4.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

January 2018

Wed
17

January Indoor Meeting 2018

Location: North Staffordshire Conference Centre/Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode: ST4 7NY (Google map)

GARY PRESCOTT
A HISTORY OF GREEN BIRDING AND THE QUEST FOR 300
Gary Prescott is a passionate environmentalist and birder. Currently he is spending time in Peru, in the Manu National Park, working with a project for indigenous children. When in the UK he works at the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm and travels around Britain watching nature, birds in particular. In Britain Gary is known as 'The Biking Birder' appearing on TV, including Springwatch, on radio and in magazines and newspapers. In 2015 he cycled for the whole year around the UK, visiting every RSPB nature reserve, over 240 of them! During that year he saw 280 different birds, a new British Green Birding - Big Year record.
In 2016 he continued cycling and birding every day. His aim was to become the first British Green Birder to reach 300. Did he do it? Well tonight you will find out....
SPONSORED BY: ROBIN HOOD TRAVEL LTD
www.robinhoodtravel.co.uk

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £4.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Sun
21

Birdwatching Trip to RSPB Fairburn Ings 2018

Location: RSPB Fairburn Ings, Castleford, West Yorkshire.
Postcode: WF10 2BH (Google map)

This is a coach trip organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
The three main trails at Fairburn Ings take you through a variety of habitats allowing stunning views of birds such as willow tits and tree sparrows in the woodland and lapwing, snipe and redshank in the wet grassland. Along the course of the nature trails there are five hides and a viewing platform.
In winter Fairburn hosts an array of swans, ducks and geese on the main lake, so there is always something to see. At the time of our visit goldeneye, smew and goosander can be seen displaying and pairing up. Large flocks of wigeon graze on the wet grassland. Flocks of wintering waders take to the skies when a peregrine appears on the lookout for a meal.
Facilities include toilets, RSPB shop and a café where one can buy hot drinks, cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

Tue
30

Bins and Boots Walk - Whitfield Valley Nature Reserve 2018

Location: Whitfield Valley Nature Reserve, Ford Green
Meet on car park by Ford Green Hall, B5051 Ford Green Road between Smallthorne and Norton.
O.S.Ref. SJ888508
Postcode: ST6 1NG (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. Whitfield Valley Nature Reserve is one of the largest reserves in the city and boasts a wide range of habitats. The Ford Green Brook flows through the site and there are patches of grassland, hay meadow, heathland, hedgerow, ponds and scattered trees. Ford Green Reedbed, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is located at the southern end of the nature reserve and many ducks and other water birds breed and overwinter here. At the northern end of the reserve the spoil heap from the Chatterley Whitfield Colliery affords great views of the area. Skylark and grey partridge may be seen in the grassland and barn owls and kestrels hunt across the valley. Other notable species include water vole and snipe.
Leader - Ian Woodward

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

February 2018

Wed
21

February Indoor Meeting 2018

Location: North Staffordshire Conference Centre/Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode: ST4 7NY (Google map)

DAVE HOLLIS
THE CAMARGUE
Dave Hollis, based in Stanton near Burton-on-Trent, is a freelance wildlife photographer, filmmaker, author and highly skilled public speaker, with over 20 years of experience under his belt. He originally hails from Stourbridge in the Black Country and introduces what he does as 'A Black Country Lad Explores', because that is just exactly what he does...he explores...he enjoys and he photographs and records what he sees and hears.
Join the Black Country Lad for a tour of the Camargue, this most iconic of wildlife site on the French Mediterranean coast. Marvel at thousands of flamingos and gaze with wonder at coypu, egrets, herons, cuckoos, countless tree frogs, huge numbers of bats after dark and a wealth of special wildflowers and a myriad of insects too. The area is one of the richest places for wildlife in Europe and each year tens of thousands of birds visit and stay to breed in this fabulous wetland landscape. The Camargue is justly one of the most famous wetland areas in the whole of Europe and worthy of any visit, whether it's a virtual one as here or in reality. This talk is richly illustrated with images from Dave's own vast image library.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £4.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: gsales@madasafish.com

Thu
22

Bins and Boots Walk - Sandbach Flashes 2018

Location: Sandbach Flashes Known as Elton Hall Nature Reserve O.S Ref: SJ727596
Take M6 north to Junction 17. Turn left on to A534. Continue straight on at Sandbach traffic lights bearing left opposite Waitrose, staying on the A534 towards Crewe. After passing through next roundabout in a ¼ mile turn right in to Elton Lane. In ¾ of a mile turn right at the junction, pass under the railway bridge and after 1 mile the Flashes are located on either side of the road. Parking is on the verges. No toilets.
Latitude/longitude: 53.132663,-2.412883 (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. Due to last season's event being adversely affected by 'Storm Doris', we have again included this site on the itinerary. These flashes (pools) caused by subsidence due to salt mining are one of the best locations for wintering migrants in the area and are all designated SSSI's. There is a dedicated viewing area on the main Elton Hall Flash, the others being from the roadside. Many rare species have been seen here including glossy ibis and Iceland gull. Common species in the winter are wigeon, teal, pochard, gadwall, curlew, lapwing, shelduck, black-tailed godwit, ruff, redshank and snipe. The flash also hosts one of the largest gull roosts in the area.
Leaders: Geoff Sales and Peter Durnall

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Sun
25

Birdwatching Trip to WWT Slimbridge 2018

Location: Wildlife & Wetlands Trust - Slimbridge, Gloucester.
Postcode: GL2 7BT (Google map)

This is a visit by coach to WWT Slimbridge organised by the North Staffs Group but open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. This is the season for which Slimbridge is really famous because it offers great quality winter birds in very large numbers. Of course, the most famous species are white-fronted geese and Bewick's swans, both of which breed in Arctic Russia. Besides the swans and geese around 2,500 wildfowl arrive by late afternoon ready for feeding. From the Peng Observatory you can enjoy stunning views of pintail, pochard, tufted duck, gadwall, teal and many others at very close range. There is often a very big roost of starlings at this time of year. The WWT can boast as many as a quarter of a million starlings roosting at Slimbridge, this attracts many predators like sparrowhawks and peregrines. During this time of the year large parts of the reserve are deliberately flooded and it is quite normal to see 45,000 water birds feeding. It's not uncommon to see 8,000 wigeon, 6,000 golden plover, 2,000 dunlin, 800 curlew and 12,000 lapwing. Also spotted redshank, little stint and ruff can be seen in internationally important numbers here during the winter. The Zeiss Hide has been an excellent place to see bitterns in recent years, where the views of this bird can be prolonged and close. The Robbie Garnett Hide feeding station is a great place to see water rails (feeding in the open), lesser redpolls, siskins and a few bramblings. Patient scanning from the Martin Smith Hide will almost guarantee jack snipe among the many common snipe.
Facilities on the reserve are excellent, including the Water's Edge Restaurant with its spectacular view of the Caribbean flamingos. Enjoy a delicious selection of home made sandwiches, salads, hot meals and tempting cakes created with the very best, organic produce. There is also a well-stocked gift shop.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

March 2018

Wed
21

March Indoor Meeting 2018

Location: North Staffordshire Conference Centre/Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode: ST4 7NY (Google map)

KEITH OFFORD
KRUGER AND THE HIGHVELD
Keith has visited us many times and never fails to entertain and interest us. Whilst Keith needs no introduction to our members he may not be as well known by general visitors to this venue. Keith established a passion for birds at an early age, and a childhood of birdwatching led to a particular interest in birds of prey. He studied bird of prey hunting behaviour at university as part of his Zoology degree. Although primarily a field ornithologist, he is also a keen photographer and has a wealth of images to illustrate his talks. Each title is a careful blend of science, anecdote and humour and will appeal to both novices and experts alike.
Whether or not you have heard Keith speak before, come along and have a wonderful entertaining and interesting evening exploring the Highveld and Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa, one of Africa's largest game reserves.
http://www.keithofford.co.uk/
SPONSORED BY: GARNERS GARDEN CENTRE
www.garnersgardencentre.co.uk

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £4.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Sun
25

Birdwatching Trip to RSPB Blacktoft Sands 2018

Location: RSPB Blacktoft Sands, near Goole, East Yorkshire.
Latitude/longitude: 53.69844,-0.72462 (Google map)

This is a coach visit organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
Blacktoft Sands is a tidal wetland situated where the rivers Ouse and Trent meet to form the Humber estuary. The reedbed formed naturally after a retaining wall was constructed in the 1930's to maintain the river channels. The reserve also includes a series of shallow lagoons and grazing marshes. The surrounding area holds good numbers of declining farmland birds. This reserve is one of the top three RSPB reserves in the region, with six spacious hides including a reception hide overlooking internationally significant reedbeds on the south bank of the Humber estuary, there is also a viewing screen. Birds on the lagoons are clearly visible from all hides. Marshland hide provides particularly close views of waders and ducks. Marsh harriers return in March, see their spectacular courtship displays high over the reserve. Look out for summer visitors as the spring migration begins, up to eight species of warbler can be heard singing as the reserve comes alive with birds. Listen out for booming bitterns in the mornings and evenings, watch avocets prepare for nesting, also look out for the tumbling display of the lapwing over grassy islands.
Facilities include an information centre with toilets, but only drinks and snacks are available.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

Tue
27

Bins and Boots Walk - Rudyard Lake 2018

Location: Old Station Car Park, Rudyard. OS Ref: SJ 955578
From Leek take the A523 Macclesfield Road. After 1.5 miles turn left onto the B5331 and after passing under the old railway bridge, turn sharp left up the slope to the car park (free at present but charges may apply).
There are no toilets in the car park, but facilities are available at the Dam Head.

Latitude/longitude: 53.117954,-2.06771 (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
We will explore the wetland areas below the dam along the feeder and around the River Churnet looking for winter migrants as well as the usual woodland and farmland birds. Kingfishers are also often spotted in this area. There is always a chance of seeing goldeneye, wigeon and other ducks on the reservoir itself.
Leader - Ian Woodward

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

April 2018

Wed
18

April Indoor Meeting 2018

Location: North Staffordshire Conference Centre/Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode: ST4 7NY (Google map)

TANYA & EDMUND HOARE
OUR DISAPPEARING SWIFTS - WHAT CAN WE DO?
When they moved to Lowgill near Sedbergh in Cumbria, Tanya and Edmund Hoare were delighted to find swifts nesting in the eaves of their cottage. Since then they have made a study of these fascinating birds including setting up cameras in nesting boxes that they have installed in their roof.
So this evening's presentation is all about swifts. Think about screaming parties of swifts zooming around buildings in early summer! Video clips from the nest sites of Cumbrian swifts reveal their secret lives, and tiny geolocators tell us of their remarkable migration. Sadly, their numbers are declining. Tonight's talk by Tanya and Edmund also describes projects to halt the decline and suggests ways to help this most aerial of all our birds.
SPONSORED BY: BENTLEY'S CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS
Tel: 01782 554200, Mob: 07879 675198

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £4.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Sun
22

Birdwatching Trip to Rutland Water 2018

Location: Rutland Water, near Oakham, Rutland.
Postcode: LE15 8BT (Google map)

This is a coach visit organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
This extensive reserve has a variety of habitats, including three large lagoons, providing suitable haunts for a wide variety of waders and wildfowl throughout the year. On our last visit, the warden's introductory talk was interrupted by the appearance of tree sparrows right in front of the visitor centre window. There are more than ten hides to make use of on the reserve.
Areas of willow scrub and young plantations attract warblers, nightingales and other passerines. There are ancient hay meadows, small areas of ancient woodland and hedges which help to encourage species of wild flowers, butterflies and moths that are rare elsewhere. The highlight of our last visit was the breeding ospreys and we hope to see them again on this visit as they start nesting.
Facilities include toilets and shop. Refreshments and hot drinks are available.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

Thu
26

Bins and Boots Walk - Consall Nature Park 2018

Location: Consall Country Park, (off A522 near Cellarhead). Meet at the Visitor Centre car park
Landranger: SJ993485
Postcode: ST9 0AF (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
Consall Country Park is situated within the beautiful valley of the River Churnet. Part of the park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and here the emphasis is on nature conservation, whilst at the same time welcoming the public to enjoy the paths and wildlife. The Visitor Centre provides displays and exhibitions on the varied and dramatic past of the valley and its present natural history interests. Toilet facilities are provided. Some parts of the walk may be steep.
Leader: Geoff Sales

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

May 2018

Thu
3

Car Share Birding Trip to RSPB Middleton Lakes

Location: RSPB Middleton Lakes, near Tamworth - Landranger: SP192967
Meet at the reserve car park, post code B78 2AE. No admission charge.
Go via A34 and A51 to Lichfield; take A38 south, then on to A446. Go left onto A4091, then right onto Bodymoor Heath Road. Alternatively, go M6-A5-A38 then as above.

Postcode: B78 2AE (Google map)

Nestled in the beautiful Tame valley, just south of Tamworth on the Staffordshire/Warwickshire border, Middleton Lakes is the RSPB's new nature reserve in Staffordshire. The reserve will become the most important site for breeding waders in the Midlands. The lakes, reedbeds, meadows and woodlands make it one of the best birdwatching sites in the area. Well worth a visit. For further information on the reserve visit www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/middletonlakes/index.aspx
These car-share trips usually continue into the afternoon so remember to bring a packed lunch if you do not wish to use the café near the reserve in the grounds of Middleton Hall.
Leader - Roger Birch

Time: 10.30 am

Price: Share cost of petrol for the journey.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 519801

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Wed
16

May Indoor Meeting 2018

Location: North Staffordshire Conference Centre/Medical Institute, Hartshill Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode: ST4 7NY (Google map)

ASHLEY GROVE
WONDERFUL WINTER WILDLIFE
Brought up in the Warwickshire countryside, it was hard for Ashley not to develop an interest in wildlife, and in particular birds. Those early years of birding gave him invaluable experience when he turned wildlife photographer in 2005. Now a full time photographer covering a wide range of subjects, Ashley says, 'now at least I have an excuse to get out and about more and further enhance my portfolio of wildlife and landscape images.'
Ashley has recently spent time in the Cairngorms in search of ptarmigan and snow bunting as part of the research for his latest talk 'Wonderful Winter Wildlife'. Come along this evening and hear about his latest exploits in search of wildlife and experience an array superb photographic imagery.
SPONSORED BY: TONIGHT'S SPEAKER
www.ashleygrovewildimages.co.uk

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Group Member £2.50, Non-members £4.00 and Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Sun
20

Birdwatching Trip to RSPB Newport Wetlands 2018

Location: Newport Wetlands, Newport , Wales.
Postcode: NP18 2BZ (Google map)

This nature reserve offers a haven for wildlife on the edge of the city, Cetti's warblers and bearded tits can be seen and heard in the reedbeds, and ducks, geese and swans visit the reserve in large numbers during the winter. There are a number of nature trails around the reserve of various lengths with viewing screens at intervals. You will enjoy spectacular views of the Severn estuary all year round. Newport Wetlands is a partnership between Natural Resources Wales, Newport City Council and the RSPB.
During Summer grass snakes can sometimes be seen soaking up the sun or skimming expertly through the water among the reeds. Around sixteen species of dragonfly, twenty-three species of butterfly and two hundred species of moth are found on the site. The reserve is also home to badgers, moles and wood mice. Otters live here too, but are notoriously shy of humans and can be difficult to spot. Look out for bearded tits, cuckoos, warblers, hirundines and waders.
Facilities include a new RSPB visitor centre with a café serving drinks and snacks and a shop.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

Tue
22

Bins and Boots Walk - Church Lawton Woodlands 2018

Location: Church Lawton Woodlands. OS Ref SJ821557
Take the A34 to Red Bull traffic lights. Turn left towards Alsager on to the A50. Turn right after about a mile into Church Lane. Look out for the parish notice board sited on the main road. Park near to All Saints Church, Church Lane, Liverpool Road West, Church Lawton.
No toilets
Latitude/longitude: 53.098198,-2.268777 (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers.
Formerly part of the Lawton Hall Estate, these mature woodlands hold most of our woodland bird species. There is also a 7 acre lake which, although private, can be viewed from the public footpath.
Leader: Peter Durnall

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

June 2018

Thu
7

Bins and Boots Walk - Dimmingsdale - 2018

Location: Dimmingsdale, Alton
Meet and park on visitors' car park of the Rambler's Retreat, Red Road, between Oakamoor and Alton.
O.S.Ref. SK062432
Postcode: ST10 4BU (Google map)

This is a guided walk organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. Dimmingsdale is a wooded valley with a series of dammed lakes along the course of a small stream, with the usual ducks, Canada geese, coots etc. Much of the lower part of the valley is covered by coniferous forestry plantation with rhododendron undergrowth (gradually being removed). However, the walk will take to the valley sides, which have more natural vegetation and deciduous trees with a good chance of seeing buzzard, kestrel and sparrow hawk. The start and finish will be the Ramblers Retreat Tea Rooms which has several bird feeders attracting the typical woodlanders including all the usual tit species plus the rarer marsh/willow tit and perhaps pied flycatcher.
Leader: Roger Birch

Time: 10

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com

Sun
10

Birdwatching Trip to RSPB Lakenheath Fen 2018

Location: RSPB Lakenheath, Suffolk.
Postcode: IP27 9AD (Google map)

This is a coach visit organised by the North Staffs Group and open to any bird watchers or nature watchers. Until 1995, when Lakenheath Fen was purchased by the RSPB , the land now forming the reserve was heavily farmed arable land. Since then the 740-acre site has been turned back into reed beds and grazing marshes that would once have been common in the area. A number of sluices were installed to enable water levels to be controlled. In addition to the existing ditches, over 4 km of water channels were dug to re-circulate water around the site. Despite being created recently Lakenheath Fen is a haven for wildlife and the number of birds seen at the reserve has increased significantly. The reserve is notable for its breeding golden orioles and also common cranes have been found to be breeding at the Fen for what is believed to be the first time in 400 years. Other highlights include cuckoo, hobby, bearded tit, marsh harrier, water rail and reed warblers, all of which breed on the reserve in increasing numbers. We might even get lucky and see a turtle dove, one of the summer star birds on this reserve.
Facilities include a visitor centre, toilets, four viewing points and one hide.

Time: All Day

Price: Price to be announced

Booking essential

Telephone: 01782 614535

E-mail: ik.worden@ntlworld.com

July 2018

Fri
20

Butterfly & Botany Walk - Silverdale Country Park 2018

Location: Cannel Row near Silverdale Enterprise Centre OS Ref: SJ812469
Directions: Take Scot Hay Road out of Silverdale, passing over two mini-roundabouts. You shortly come to a set of traffic lights, turn right (signposted Silverdale Enterprise Centre) onto Kents Lane, then right again onto Cannel Row. Park towards the end (it's a dead end).
Postcode: ST5 6SR (Google map)

Weather permitting, an al fresco lunch (bring your own picnic), will be followed by a two hour walk around Silverdale Country Park led by local butterfly expert Dave Emley. The area provides suitable habitat for a range of blues, browns, coppers, skippers and vanessids together with day-flying moths such as the 5-spot and 6-spot burnet moths. Then there are the dragonflies... So come along and enjoy an afternoon out of doors with plenty to see!
Geoff Sales' Mobile 07397 169452

Time: Picnic 12.45 pm onwards; Guided Walk 1.00 pm.

Price: Free

Telephone: 01782 618152

E-mail: sgeoff31@gmail.com