LAKENHEATH RSPB RESERVE
LAKENHEATH RSPB RESERVE – A spring visit to this brilliant Fenland reserve is a delight where we can expect species such as Common Crane, Bearded Tit, Bittern, Marsh Harrier, Hobby, Barn Owl, Cetti’s Warbler and Cuckoo plus lots more. CHELMSFORD ONLY
CARLTON MARSHES SWT RESERVE
CARLTON MARSHES SWT RESERVE – A first time visit to this amazing reserve on the edge of ‘The Broads’. A £4 million pound Heritage Lottery grant has enabled the Suffolk Wildlife Trust to create over 1,000 acres of pristine habitat which has encouraged species such as Marsh Harrier, Bittern, Bearded Tit and Otter plus breeding waders such as Snipe, Redshank and Lapwing. New hides and trails plus a great centre with amazing views make this a great early spring destination. STANWAY PICK-UPS AS REQUIRED
WALLASEA ISLAND RSPB RESERVE (SS4 2DY)
WALLASEA ISLAND RSPB RESERVE (SS4 2DY) (Non coach trip) – Development of this ‘Wild Essex Coast’ for wildlife is now complete and has developed into an excellent area, attracting Short-eared Owl, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Great White Egret, flocks of waders & wildfowl with Hen and Marsh Harrier.
RUTLAND WATER RESERVE
RUTLAND WATER RESERVE – Rutland Water in the Midlands holds the annual ‘Bird Fair’ in August and is home to the successful ‘Osprey Reintroduction Programme’. In winter it offers opportunities to see Red Kite, Kingfisher, Goldeneye, Smew, Red-crested Pochard, Scaup, Great White Egret and rarer divers and grebes, plus the chance of Glaucous and Caspian Gulls. On our last visit we saw American Wigeon. Admission charges apply. CHELMSFORD ONLY
TITCHWELL RSPB RESERVE
TITCHWELL RSPB RESERVE – This well known reserve is a ‘Mecca’ for wintering species with so much to see during a winter visit, from Long-tailed Duck, Common and Velvet Scoter through to divers and grebes. Waders include Sanderling, Spotted Redshank and Golden Plover plus Bearded Tit, Brambling, Woodcock, Snow Bunting Water Rail, Barn Owl and Hen Harrier. A day not to be missed! CHELMSFORD ONLY
BOWERS MARSH RSPB RESERVE (SS13 2HG)
BOWERS MARSH RSPB RESERVE (SS13 2HG) – For our final trip of the year we visit this great reserve in the south of the county. Bowers Marsh is made up of dry and wet grassland, fresh and saline lagoons, intertidal habitat, saltmarsh and arable areas which in turn attracts large numbers of wildfowl and waders plus gulls, raptors and many other species
THAMESIDE EWT RESERVE (SS17 0RN) and RAINHAM MARSHES RSPB RESERVE (RM19 1SZ)
THAMESIDE EWT RESERVE (SS17 0RN) and RAINHAM MARSHES RSPB RESERVE (RM19 1SZ) (Non coach trip) – A return to these fabulous bird-filled reserves on the Thames estuary where the varied habitats will offer the chance to see a large selection of waders, gulls, raptors and much more. Both sites are blessed with excellent visitor centres which offer hot drinks and a selection of food in case it is cold!
BRADWELL BIRD OBSERVATORY (CM0 7PW) and DENGIE MARSH
BRADWELL BIRD OBSERVATORY (CM0 7PW) and DENGIE MARSH (Non coach trip) – A visit to the Dengie Coast and the area around Bradwell Bird Observatory during autumn migration where Peregrine Falcon, Marsh Harrier and many autumn migrants can be found in the scrub and bushes whilst vast numbers of waders feed out on the mudflats. The afternoon will be spent at the Bradwell Bird Observatory where we look for raptors over the saltmarsh
The NAZE (CO14 8LE) & HOLLAND HAVEN (CO15 5TX)
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, Ring Ouzel or Wryneck. Then on to Holland Haven Country Park during the afternoon to complete the day at this splendid part of Essex
STRUMPSHAW FEN RSPB RESERVE
CANCELLED - STRUMPSHAW FEN RSPB RESERVE - Set in the wild and beautiful Yare Valley near Norwich, Strumpshaw Fen is a great place to see the varied wildlife of the Norfolk Broads. As well as breeding species such as Marsh Harrier, Grasshopper Warble, Bittern and Hobby the reserve is a great place to see Swallowtail Butterflies plus Norfolk Hawker Dragonflies and a wide selection of orchids and rare plants. CHELMSFORD ONLY.