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|
Meet at the car park (TF184079) of Deeping Lakes Lincs Wildlife Trust Reserve at 10am on Wednesday 6th March. Follow the B1166 from Deeping St. James in the direction of Crowland. After the level crossing, the road heads towards the River Welland and turns sharp left along the river bank. Take the right turning on this corner into the reserve. There is a Lincs Wildlife Trust Reserve sign on the corner. Proceed about 400m along the rather potholed gravel track to the car park. The Reserve is about 12 miles from Peterborough.
Winter wildfowl are still plentiful with good numbers of Goldeneye and Goosander occurring regularly. Breeding birds are beginning to turn up and large numbers of noisy gulls are beginning to occupy territories on the East Pit. A Yellow-legged Gull has been here for the last two years, paired up with a Herring Gull, so this will be a bird to look out for. Long-eared Owls have been roosting on the island in front of the hide, but it is entirely down to chance whether they have chosen a perch where they are visible. We will stare into the ivy to see if we can catch a glimpse! A Little Owl has also been regular on old willow pollards at the west end of the site, so we will look for this too. We should see a good range of wetland and hedgerow birds and it is just possible that the earliest migrants (Sand Martin being about the earliets) might turn up.
Usual activity day: Wednesday