Field Meetings


Field meetings are open to members and non-members alike.

Here is some feedback from a recent trip “we learnt such a lot but also everyone was so friendly & we had some lovely chats, sharing suggestions of places to visit, stories of bird related holidays & even book recommendations.  We would love to join up to the Club

See below for more general information about our trips.

Surrey Bird Club group at Oare Marshes
Oare Marshes Group 22/08/2021

Field Meetings 2022

August Field Trip: Cancelled

Saturday September 17th Oare Marshes:

September is the optimum time to visit this excellent Reserve on the North Kent Coast. The Reserve consists of grazing marsh (one of a few left in Kent) with freshwater dykes, open water scrapes, reedbed, saltmarsh and seawall.

Easy walking round the circular route will give excellent views of a host of waders, wildfowl and birds on migration. Expect to see good views of Black-tailed Godwits, Avocets, Bearded Tit, Marsh Harrier along with the chance of a rarity or two – recent visits seeing Black-winged Stilt, Hen Harrier and Bonaparte’s Gull.

Meet at 9.30 am in car park at end of Church Road, Oare Faversham, Kent ME13 0QA (NB £3.50 charge to use car park). Please see here for more information about this site.

Leader: Andy Harding( 07884 063589)

Sunday 23rd October : Farlington Marshes:

A regular favourite of the Club, this easy-walking circular trail has Langstone Harbour to one side and the Reserve with grazing marsh, reedbeds, scrub and brackish water to the other.

With the chance of seeing at least 60 species, wintering wildfowl and wader flocks will be on the increase. Key birds likely to be seen are Red-breasted Merganser, Avocet, Bearded Tit, Brent & Barnacle Goose, upto 5 species of raptor and early winter visitors.

Meet at main car park, half way along entrance road , at 09.30. Grid ref: SU676043, Eastern Rd, Portsmouth PO6 1SR). Coming down the A3, take the left Lane for Southsea just after you join the A27. Keep in the  left hand lane down the slip road and turn sharp left immediately after the traffic lights under a height barrier into the entrance road. 

For more information on this site please see this link: https://www.hiwwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/farlington-marshes-nature-reserve

Leader: Dudley Cox (07736 235876)

Sunday 20th November Tices Meadow

Restored gravel workings, this is a first class example of how a nature reserve can unfold and become a significant birding location particularly influenced by the extent of water and the adjoining grazing land with woodland, reedbed and scrub.

This will be a guided tour with one of the Reserve’s wardens. Large amounts of birds are expected but to include plenty of wildfowl, gulls and raptors in the form of Barn Owl, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Red Kite and Peregrines. Plenty of passerines with Reed Bunting, Bullfinch, Lesser Redpoll and Siskins and winter visitors in the form of Redwing, Fieldfare and potentially Brambling.

Meet 10am outside main entrance opposite car salesroom on Badshot Lea Road (SU869490); morning only, advise wearing wellies or stout foot wear. . Please see here for more information about this site.

Leader: Mark : 07765 368 977

Sunday 18th December Watermeads Nature Reserve, Morden

Situated on the River Wandle, this 11 acre park is owned and managed by The National Trust.

A great example of nature thriving within an urban area with regular sightings of wintering Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs (a few Siberians in recent years), Firecrest, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Cetti’s Warbler.

Meet 9am at entrance to Park on the London Road A217, adjacent to new bridge. Park opposite in Wandle Road SM4 6AH.

(Leader: Andy Harding 07884 063589)


General Information about our Field Trips:

All the walks are FREE (except for travel costs, car park or entrance fees) and non-members are welcome. Most trips will be for the morning only (unless otherwise stated), however, they do sometimes run over a bit so it is advisable to bring something to eat and drink.

We no longer require booking in advance of a field trip. However, in view of these unusual times, and also in case of severe weather such as a Met Office weather warning, we recommend double-checking the website or phoning the trip leader, before leaving to join a field trip in case we have to cancel at short notice.

Everybody is welcome, from beginners to experts, however any children aged 16 or under must be accompanied by an adult. Most sites visited are, unfortunately, not suitable for wheelchairs with rough, and often muddy, footpaths.

Holmethorpe , April 2021
Holmethorpe (April 2021) Photo by Liane Aviram

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