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The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 10am at various locations in the Peterborough area for a walk of 2 to 2.5 hours. Locations vary through the seasons depending on the interesting wildlife likely to be about.

The walks are fairly sedate ambles at "birdwatching pace" and none of the localities are particularly strenuous. They may however be on paths that are uneven and muddy at times and there is no guarantee of good weather, so suitable clothing and footwear is essential. The other equipment you will need is a pair of binoculars. A telescope will be useful for some of the larger sites (such as reservoirs) if you have one.

This is intended to be an informal and sociable group and beginners are most welcome. These walks provide an opportunity both to learn about birds and other wildlife and to be introduced to some of the best local wildlife sites. If you are already an experienced birder, then come along to meet other like-minded individuals.

Whilst this is a birdwatching group, the interest is not restricted to birds. Over the course of the season there should be opportunities to see a wide range of other wildlife such as mammals, butterflies, dragonflies and other insects and some nice plants too.

I generally email a reminder to the regulars during the week before a meeting. If you would like to be added to the circulation list, please contact me at the email address given below.

Programme for 2018

Date Time Location
3 Jan 10 am Ferry Meadows
7 Feb 10 am Welney WWT
7 Mar 10 am Deeping Lakes
4 Apr 10 am Old Sulehay
18 Apr 7:30 pm Woodwalton Fen - evening walk
2 May 10 am Castor Hanglands
16 May 7:30 pm Nene Washes - central drove - evening walk
6 Jun 10 am Eggleton Reserve, Rutland Water
4 Jul 10 am Barnack Hills and Holes NNR - Butterflies & flowers
1 Aug 10 am Frampton Marsh RSPB
5 Sep 10 am Deeping Lakes
3 Oct 10 am Titchwell RSPB
7 Nov 10 am Eyebrook Reservoir
5 Dec 10 am Eldernell, Nene Washes

Next meeting

Wednesday 2nd May, Castor Hanglands

Meet at 10am at the entrance to Castor Hanglands NNR from the Helpston to Ailsworth road at TF124016. This is about 7-8 miles west of Peterborough and can be reached from either the minor road from Marholm to Ufford and turning off south towards Ailsworth, or from Ailsworth heading north towards Helpston. There is no footpath sign of nature reserve sign to mark this entrance, but there is an obvious parking areas along the side of the road and a large steel barrier type gate across a track leading through an oliseed rape field to the edge of the wood. Please park so that you don't block the gate because it is actively used by farm and forestry machinery.

The main target of this walk will be Nightingale, which should be arriving by now. Last year there were some 30 singing males on the site and it is the best place to hear them in the Peterborough area. We should also hear a range of scrub and woodland warblers, hopefully including Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and Garden Warbler. Red Kite and Buzzard are usually much in evidence and this is a good site for Hobby, although they are a late arriving summer visitor so we may still be a little too early. There is also a small chance of hearing Turtle Dove which, although they are generally reported here, have been very elusive and hard to find in recent years.

Following the wet weather is March, the paths were very wet and muddy on my last visit and wellies. were necessary. Hopefully, they are drying out now - I will try and give an update nearer the date.



Organiser: Stuart Ball
Telephone: 01733 567996

Usual activity day: Wednesday
Frequency: M1

Wed, 2nd May 2018 at 10:00
Wed, 16th May 2018 at 19:30
Wed, 6th Jun 2018 at 10:00
Wed, 4th Jul 2018 at 10:00
Wed, 1st Aug 2018 at 10:00
Wed, 5th Sep 2018 at 10:00
Wed, 3rd Oct 2018 at 10:00
Wed, 7th Nov 2018 at 10:00
Wed, 5th Dec 2018 at 10:00
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