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Birdwatching

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, 7th Feb, Welney WWT Reserve

The Wetland and Wildfowl Trust reserve on the Ouse Washes at Welney is well known for its wintering wildfowl, especially the flocks of Whooper and Bewick's Swan it attracts. A series of hides give the opportunity for close views. Meet at the reserve car park (TL546943) at 10am. (which is the time at which the reserve opens). There is an entrance charge of £7.90 or (£6.72 if you are 65 or over). (They do group rates, which are slightly cheaper, but that requires pre-paying for a group of 12 or more - and I am not sure we can be certain of getting that many people! We have recently been getting around 10, although we had 14 at Frampton Marsh). There is a cafe in the visitor centre which is open until 4:30pm.

Welney is not that easy to get to from Peterborough! I usually go to Guyhirn on the A47 and then turn right onto the A141 to March. Go round the bypass past March and on to Wimblington, then turn left on minor roads along Sixteen Foot Drain to Tipps End and then Welney. In Welney you meet the A1101 which takes you across the Ouse Washes. This road is prone to flooding and was closed recently, although it is apparently open at the time of writing, but it would be worth checking before setting out. As you come to the flood bank on the southern side, the A1101 turns sharp right and a minor road turns left along the back of the flood bank. Take this left turn, which has a brown sign to the WWT reserve. The visitor centre and car park is about a mile along this road. If the A1101 across the Ouse Washes is flooded, then it is also possible to go via Ely and Littleport and approach on the A1101 from the opposite direction - but that is a much longer way round! If it is flooded, then some of the paths on the reserve will also be closed and it may not be possible to get to all of the hides. In any event, the paths are likely to be quite wet so waterproof boots or wellies may be advisable.

We should see both species of wild swan in good numbers and probably a few geese (especially Greylags). All the common dabbling ducks should be present in good numbers along with smaller numbers of diving ducks on the bigger ponds. Waders such as Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff and Snipe should also be there. Field and hedgerow birds should include Tree Sparrow and there is a good chance of some birds of prey such as harriers, owls and Peregrine.

 

Location:
Varies

Organiser: Stuart Ball
Telephone: 01733 567996
Email: stuart.ball@dsl.pipex.com

Usual activity day: Wednesday
Frequency: M1

Wed, 7th Feb 2018 at 10:00
Wed, 7th Mar 2018 at 10:00
Wed, 4th Apr 2018 at 10:00
Wed, 18th Apr 2018 at 19:30
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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