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 Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Reserve car park at 10am. The reserve is easy to find. Take the B1166 from Deeping towards Crowland. Cross the level crossing and head towards the River Welland. The road turns sharply left along the river bank - the entrance to the reserve is a right turn on this corner and there is a prominent Lincs Trust reserve signpost. Follow the gravel track along to the car park after about 400m.
Water levels are low at the moment and it is the time of year when we can hope to see passage waders - although the rather settled weather with light westerly winds have not been bringing many migrants into the area. The wintering wildfowl are beginning to arrive, but are in eclipse plumage at the moment which makes identification tricky! Breeding birds, like the gulls and terns are still around although the juveniles are now adult sized. We should be able to find a fair variety of birds on our walk round and the dry weather means that the paths are dry.
Usual activity day: Wednesday