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.
|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 - evening walk|
|6 Jun||10 am||Egleton 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|
Meet at the visitor centre car park for the RSPB reserve at Frampton Marsh at 10am on Wednesday 1st August. Frampton Marsh is about 35 miles NE of Peterborough and usually takes me about 50 minutes to get there. Head to Boston on the A16 and "Frampton Marsh RSPB" is signposted (brown signs) - a right turn off the A16 a couple of miles short of Boston.
Frampton Marsh is a relatively new reserve which opened to the public in 2009. RSPB have owned land here, on the Wash saltmarsh for much longer. Frampton Marsh was created on arable farmland immediately behind the sea wall and adjacent to the mouth of the River Witham. It was purchased in 2007 and a series of scrapes and pools were created as well as the visitor centre and a series of hides. The visitor centre has toilets and sells tea, coffee and a few snacks.
The reserve supports a range of wildfowl, terns, gulls and waders as well as some farmland birds in the hedgerows. By now, the breeding season is over and many young birds will be present, including waders such as Avocet. By early August, the earliest migrants can be expected, at this stage, mostly non breeders or failed breeders. We will take a walk round the reserve, visit some of the hides and return to the visitor centre via the sea wall. The paths are flat and surfaced with gravel. Whilst we will be back at the visitor centre around 12:30, if conditions are good, there will be the possibility of another walk around other parts of the reserve after lunch.
Usual activity day: Wednesday