General Information about our Field Meetings

All the walks are FREE (except for travel costs, car park or entrance fees) and most trips will be for the morning only; sometimes we will run over a little so it is always a good idea to bring something to eat and drink. Unless otherwise stated, all trips will be lead by Andy Harding (contactable on 07884 063589 & ).

Please let the trip leader or Ed Hilton (07793025503 & ) know if you are coming to a meeting so we have an idea of numbers. We have a Surrey Bird Club Field Trips Whatsapp Group and members are encouraged to join this group to help with travelling queries, trip updates, car shares etc. Please message Andy on the above number to join it.

Surrey Bird Club is committed to sustainable birding and encourages people to car share and use public transport where practical. Please let Andy know if you want to arrange a lift or use the Whatsapp group to arrange with others.

Children are welcome on trips but must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Non-members are welcome to attend but priority will be given to members if spaces are limited; also if a non-member attends 3 or more meetings, they will be required to join the club if they want to attend any more.

Pulborough Brooks April 2024 (Nicola Glennie)

Field Meetings 2024

Friday May 10th Thursley Common

One of the highlights of the Surrey Bird Club outings calendar. Target birds are Nightjars but with a supporting cast of Woodcock, Redstart, Cuckoo, Dartford Warbler, Woodlark, Curlew, Willow Warbler and Stonechat. Please note no facilities on site. Bring some warm clothing and a torch. We will not be back to the car park before 10pm. Meet: 7pm in The Moat Car Park, Thursley Road, nr Elstead GU8 6LW

May 17th Newlands Corner (Friday, morning)

The walk will take in the stunning views of the North & South Downs at Newlands Corner, the Norman church at the top of St Martha’s Hill & return through the ancient yews of Merrow Downs woods. Undulating terrain that can be muddy. Not suitable for individuals with mobility issues.

In Spring, good for warblers, hirundines & Cuckoo.  All year round the area is good for raptors, green woodpecker, bullfinch, marsh tit and firecrest. Hawfinch are also present in small numbers. Meet at 09.30 in front of the visitor centre; from Guildford take A246/A25 to Newlands Corner and use Surrey County Council car park (free parking). Café & toilet facilities available. (OS: TQ 043493, Post Code: GU4 8SE, walk length approx 5 km.)

Please note this trip will be lead by Clare Harrington , Mobile: 07903 560261.

June 8th Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve , Kent 

Stodmarsh NNR is 241 hectares of lakes, extensive reedbeds and wet meadows, which are an excellent sanctuary for migrating birds such as swallows and house martins in the summer and starlings in the winter. Bittern, hobby, marsh harrier, kingfisher, great crested grebe, water rail, reed bunting, bearded reedling can all be seen.  Further information: Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve – Thanet Local Group ( 

Access to the site is by taking the Grove Ferry Road from the A28 Margate to Canterbury road, turning right at every junction until you enter Stodmarsh village. Turn right before the Red Lion Pub and the car park is equipped with toilets. Please note parking meters have been installed in the Grove Ferry car park.  Latitude / Longitude: 51.306447029213, 1.1872060751465; nearby postcode:  CT3 4BA 

Dave Smith (SBC Chair) will be leading this trip and is accessible on the Field Meetings Whatsapp Group. (Alternatively contact Ed Hilton or Andy Harding for enquiries.) 

Future Dates for the Diary, details TBC:

July 6th Papercourt Meadows

Sept 14th RSPB Pagham Harbour / Mederry

Oct 6th Beddington Farmlands

Oct 23rd Otmoor and Farmoor Reservoir

Nov 9th Oare Marshes

Dec 8th Holmethorpe Nature Reserve

Redstart, Thursley 2022 Andy Harding

The Surrey Bird Club hereby gives notice that all arrangements made by the Club for any person taking part in any meeting, visit or other activity are made by the Club as agents for that person and that consequently the Club accepts no responsibility for any loss, injury or inconvenience arising from his or her participation in Club activities. Passengers accept lifts in private cars at their own risk.

Here is some feedback from one of our trips “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 the Club

For all enquiries, email Ed Hilton at: or Andy Harding at