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.
|2 Jan||10 am||Ferry Meadows|
|6 Feb||10 am||Welney WWT|
|6 Mar||10 am||Deeping Lakes|
|3 Apr||10 am||Old Sulehay|
|17 Apr||7:30 pm||Woodwalton Fen - evening walk|
|1 May||10 am||Castor Hanglands|
|15 May||7:30 pm||Nene Washes - evening walk|
|5 Jun||10 am||Egleton Reserve, Rutland Water|
|3 Jul||10 am||Barnack Hills and Holes NNR - Butterflies & flowers|
|7 Aug||10 am||Frampton Marsh RSPB|
|4 Sep||10 am||Deeping Lakes|
|2 Oct||10 am||Titchwell RSPB|
|6 Nov||10 am||Eyebrook Reservoir|
|4 Dec||10 am||Eldernell, Nene Washes|
As in previous years, a gentle start with a stroll around our local Country Park, Ferry Meadows. Meet at the main car park off Ham Lane, by the Visitor Centre, at 10am. There is a car parking charge which works via number-plate recognition and you pay when you leave for the time you have stayed either using the machines by the Visitor Centre or via their web-site when you get home. Since we are likely to be there about 2.5 hours, the charge should be about £3.
We should see a good range of common woodland and waterside birds. There have been good numbers of wildfowl about recently including Goosander and Scaup. The Kingfishers have been very active and I have had 2-3 sightings on each of my last two or three visits. Cettis Warblers may be singing if the weather is OK (the forecast says cold with broken cloud and some sunshine) and small numbers of Redpoll and Siskin have been about. A Stonechat has also been reported around Gunwade Lake.
Usual activity day: Wednesday