About Field Trips

 

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-£22.00 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. 

For non-coach trips, meet at the venue car park at 09:00. 

Future Field Trips

Venue Event Date Description
Abberton Reservoir - No coach trip 20-Jan-2019

ABBERTON RESERVOIR (CO2 0EU) & FINGRINGHOE (CO5 7DN) EWT RESERVES – Superb Essex sites with so much potential to see stunning species like Bittern, Smew, Goldeneye, grebe, divers, owls and winter thrushes. Hot drinks and food are available at both reserves

Chelmsford depart 17-Feb-2019

FRAMPTON MARSH RSPB RESERVE – Returning to this excellent Lincolnshire reserve on the north side of the ‘Wash’ for Lapland Bunting, Twite, Tree Sparrow, raptors and masses of waders, geese plus possible rarities. Chelmsford only

Chelmsford depart, Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required 17-Mar-2019

PULBOROUGH BROOKS RSPB RESERVE – In the heart of the Sussex countryside we will be looking for Water Rail, Bullfinch, Blackcap, Peregrine, woodpeckers, lingering winter and early summer migrants in the varied habitats. Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required

Chelmsford depart 14-Apr-2019

The ‘BRECKLANDS’ – Lynford Arboretum & Santon Downham, two very different sites to discover Hawfinch, Firecrest, Brambling and Crossbill at Lynford; Cuckoo, Grey Wagtail, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Turtle Dove and Lesser Redpoll at Santon Downham, along with early summer migrants. Chelmsford only

Chelmsford depart, Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required 19-May-2019

NORMANDY MARSH to KEYHAVEN MARSH HWT RESERVES – A first time site to be visited where we amble along the 5 miles of the beautiful coast of the Western Solent between the two reserves where we will see breeding Common, Sandwich and Little Terns with Mediterranean Gulls amongst the gull colony. Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required   

Chelmsford depart, Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required 09-Jun-2019

OLD LODGE SWT RESERVE – Ashdown Forest in part of the ‘Weald’ is in the beautiful Sussex countryside, where we will be looking for Tree Pipit, Woodlark, Redstart, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Turtle Dove, Spotted Flycatcher, Hobby, Yellowhammer and Peregrine, plus Damsel and Dragonflies across the stunning undulating landscape. Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required

Past Field Trips

Venue Event Date Description
Thameside EWT Nature Park (SS17 0RN) - Non coach trip 09-Dec-2018

THAMESIDE EWT NATURE PARK (SS17 0RN) – Located on the Thames estuary, with its varied habitats, with many winter visitors, raptors, waders and wildfowl. Hot drinks served in the warm centre

Chelmsford depart, Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required 11-Nov-2018

OARE MARSHES KWT RESERVE – Overlooking the Swale estuary towards the Isle-of-Sheppey, we will be looking for Merlin, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk plus winter waders and wildfowl. Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required

The Naze - Non Coach Trip 21-Oct-2018

WALTON-on-the-NAZE (CO14 8LE) & HOLLAND HAVEN (CO15 5TX) – A trip to the north-east of the county starting at the Naze and around the John Weston reserve area for winter migrants such as Short-eared Owl, Fieldfare, Redwing, Wheatear, Firecrest, Brent Geese and the possibility that a rarity might be found like Yellow-browed Warbler or Ring Ouzel or Wryneck. Then on to Holland Haven Country Park during the afternoon to complete the day in north-east Essex

Chelmsford depart 16-Sep-2018

SNETTISHAM RSPB RESERVE & COASTAL PARK – This area of the ‘Wash’ is infamous for its huge flocks of Wader murmurations as the incoming tide drives them off the feeding grounds. We will also visit the coastal park north of the RSPB Reserve for migrants amongst the extended scrub. Chelmsford only

Chelmsford depart 19-Aug-2018

The Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre at Egleton reserve on Rutland Water is home of the annual ‘Bird Fair’, where you have the opportunity to see and try latest products; attend events and talks; mingle with personalities; view fine art or taste some great food. You might see an Osprey or a Red Kite. Internet entrance pre-booking is possible with discount for RSPB/EWT members. (Valid membership cards must be presented on entry). Chelmsford only

Lakenheath Fen RSPB Reserve 10-Jun-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.

Titchwell RSPB Reserve 13-May-2018

TITCHWELL RSPB RESERVE – A return to one of our favourite reserves on the North Norfolk coast. Some great species can 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. 

Rutland Water 08-Apr-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 opportunities to see Kingfisher, Willow Warbler, Bullfinch, Common Buzzard, Red Kite and a host of additional early summer migrants from the many hides, not forgetting Osprey! Chelmsford only.

Dungeness RSPB Reserve 11-Feb-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.

Rainham Marshes (Non coach Trip) 14-Jan-2018

RAINHAM MARSHES RSPB RESERVE (RM19 1SZ) – 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.

Blue House EWT Reserve (Non coach Trip) 03-Dec-2017

BLUE HOUSE FARM EWT RESERVE (CM3 6GU) 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.

Hickling Broad NWT Reserve 05-Nov-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.

Minsmere RSPB Reserve 22-Oct-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.     

Languard Point, Felixstowe 24-Sep-2017

LANDGUARD POINT, FELIXSTOWE (IP11 3TW) – 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 & foreshore area for resident & early migrants and possible rarities arriving from Europe. 

Chelmsford departure 20-Aug-2017

The BIRD FAIR – 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.

Chobham Common 18-Jun-2017

Chobham Common - The largest National Nature Reserve in the south-east of England and a SPA. Nationally important for Nightjar, Dartford Warbler, Woodlark, Tree Pipit and Hobby amongst the 116 species recorded on this site. Shenfield & Grays pick-ups as required.

Cley Marshes NWT Reserve 14-May-2017

(07:00 Start). Cley Marshes NWT Reserve - We return to this superb NWT flagship reserve on the north Norfolk coast. An extremely popular site to visit at this prime time for summer migrants, raptors, terns, warblers and that something 'special' that can turn up on any visit. Chelmsford only.

The Brecklands 09-Apr-2017

The Brecklands - Lynford Arboretum & Santon Downham, two very different sites to discover. Hawfinch, Firecrest, Brambling and Crossbill at Lynford; Cuckoo, Grey Wagtail, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Turtle Dove and Lesser Redpoll at Sonton Downham, along with early summer migrants. Stanway and Colchester pick-up as required.

Rye Meads RSPB Reserve & Amwell Quarry 12-Mar-2017

Rye Meads forms part of the Lee Valley, looking for Kingfisher, Smew, Bittern, Siskin and other winter visitors sheltering in this protected area. Then on to Amwell for Bittern, Peregrine, Water Rail, Redwing and Fieldfare. No coach provided  - please arrange own transport to venue. Meet at 9:00 at RSPB Rye Meads reserve.

Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve 19-Feb-2017

Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve - One of the jewels along the Thames Estuary in North Kent. This excellent reserve is great for Merlin, Marsh Harrier, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Short-eared Owl plus large flocks of winter waders and wildfowl. Shenfield and Grays pick-ups as required.

Old Hall Marshes RSPB Reserve 08-Jan-2017

(Non Coach Trip) Old Hall Marshes RSPB Reserve (CM9 8TP) - Arguably one of the remotest and best coastal marsh sites in Essex. Brent Geese, Red-breasted Merganser, Bearded Tit, Avocet, Scoter, Long-tailed Duck are all possible with divers, raptors, owls and winter fowl, plus much more. No facilities on site.

Frampton Marsh RSPB Reserve 13-Nov-2016

To the north side of the 'Wash' for La-pland Bunting, Tree Sparrow, Twite, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine Falcon with masses of waders and geese, plus possible rarities.

Note Chelsmford only (7am start)

Walton on the Naze EWT & Holland Haven 16-Oct-2016

For winter migrants such as Fieldfare, Redwing, Wheatear, Firecrest, Brent Geese and a rarity like Wryneck, Yellow-browed Warbler or Ring Ouzel might be found.

Note Non-coach Trip.

Departs Chelmsford 18-Sep-2016

We start the day at Lackford Lakes SWT reserve looking for Kingfisher, Water Rail plus wildfowl, waders and migrants from the many hides before spending the afternoon at the famous Lakenheath RSPB reserve. Expect species such as Common Crane, Bearded Tit, Bittern, Hobby, Marsh Harrier, Barn Owl, warblers plus lots more. Stanway & Colchester pickups as required.

Rutland Bird Fair 21-Aug-2016
Ashdown Forest 05-Jun-2016
Minsmere RSPB Reserve 08-May-2016
Dungeness RSPB Reserve 10-Apr-2016