Field Trips 2017 - 2018

The Society organises two kinds of field trips, local trips where members arrange their own transport to meet at the venue and join a communal outing and coach trips to locations further afield. For more details and to reserve coach seats, phone Gerry Johnson on 07775 663166 (after 19:00).

All Coach trips commence from Trinity Church (opposite the County Hotel) at 07:15 for 07:30, unless stated otherwise, with pick-ups at Shenfield High School at 07:45 and Oak P.H. Grays at 08:00 or Swan P.H. Stanway at 08:00, depending on the direction on the day. There is a large ’free‘ car park next to County Hotel in Chelmsford.

Coach trips cost £20.00-£23.00 each, subject to destination. Accompanied juniors travel ‘free’. An entrance charge applies to some venues and reserves for non-members of RSPB, WWT, Wildlife Trusts, etc. To avoid disappointing anyone on a waiting list, non-attended coach bookings, without 24hrs cancellation notice, will incur the full trip cost. 

Non-coach trips are free to attend by everyone, meet at the venue car park, or as indicated, at the specific times stated, which varies for each meeting!

Field Trip Calendar 2017 - 2018

Date Venue Description

Sunday 20th August 2017

RUTLAND 'BIRD FAIR' (07:00 start)

The Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre on the Egleton Reserve at Rutland Water is home of the annual ‘Bird Fair’, where you have the opportunity to birdwatch from the 30 hides, book your next holiday, purchase a field guide or clothing, take in a lecture or two or just enjoy the many displays in the huge marquees and outside exhibits. Internet pre-booking is possible with reduced rates for RSPB/EWT members (Valid cards must be presented at the entrance on the day). Chelmsford only.

Sunday 24th September 2017


A 07:15 start (Sorry, a later entry is NOT permitted to LBO) meet in the Fort Car Park, at the end of View Point Road to see species being ringed etc. Alternatively a 09:30 start to walk around the common and foreshore area for resident and early migrants and possible rarities arriving from Europe.

Sunday 22nd October 2017 MINSMERE RSPB RESERVE We return to the RSPB's superb flagship reserve on the Suffolk coast, with its extensive range of habitats. Cetti's Warbler, Avocet, Bittern, Treecreeper, Mediterranean Gull, Spotted Redshank, Bearded Tit, Marsh Harriers and many more. The adjacent Dunwich Heath also offers sightings of Stonechat and Dartford Warbler. Stanway pick-up as required.
Sunday 5th November 2017 HICKLING BROAD NWT RESERVE Hickling Broad and the Stubbs Mill Raptor Watch Point has in the past provided sightings of Bittern, Barn Owl, Common Crane, Hen Harrier, Whooper Swan, Merlin, Chinese Water Deer, winter thrushes and the spectacle of up to 100 Marsh Harriers returning to roost. Stanway pick-up as required.       
Sunday 3rd December 2017 BLUE HOUSE FARM EWT RESERVE (CM3 6GU)  (no coach) A 09:00 start for a visit to this reserve on the River Crouch which has blossomed over the years with winter wildfowl, raptors, owls, grebes, flocks of Brent Geese and winter migrants. No facilities on site.
Sunday 14th January 2018 RAINHAM MARSHES RSPB RESERVE (RM19 1SZ) (no coach) A 09:30 start at one of the best reserves on the Thames estuary, especially in winter where Short-eared Owl, raptors, waders, wildfowl and geese can be seen. Hot drinks and food are available in the centre with panoramic views across the reserve.
Sunday 11th February 2018 DUNGENESS RSPB RESERVE This remote shingle expanse with unique vegetation and flooded gravel pits attracts many winter visitors and the occasional rarity along with divers, grebes, gulls and auks in the warm water of the 'patch' just off shore from the power station. Shenfield and Grays pick-ups as required.                                                           
Sunday 8th April 2018 RUTLAND WATER RESERVE

Rutland Water in the Midlands is home to the annual 'Bird Fair' in August and the successful 'Osprey Reintroduction Programme'. It offers many opportunties to see Kingfisher, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, Common Buzzard, Red Kite and a host of additional early summer migrants from the many hides, not forgeting Osprey! Chelmsford only.

Sunday 13th May 2018


A return to one of our favourite reserves on the North Norfolk coast. Some great species cann be found such as Bearded Tit, Spoonbill, Marsh Harrier, Spotted Redshank, Water Rail, Wheatear, terns and a host of summer visitors occur with the chance of a rarity turning up. Chelmsford only.
Sunday 10th June 2018 LAKENHEATH FEN RSPB RESERVE A Fenland delight where we can expect species such as Common Crane, Bearded Tit, Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, Hobby, Cuckoo, Cetti's Warblers plus lots more. Chelmsford only.