Typical Outdoor Events

For exact details each month it is essential to attend the Indoor Meeting on Thursday.For Nuneaton and District Birdwatchers Club field trips prior booking is essential. We currently use a minibus hired from C2V in Attleborough.  We typically leave Nuneaton Library car park at 7.30 a.m. and return around 5.00 p.m.  We make a couple of pick-ups other than the car park including Whittleford, Stockingford, and Whitestone, depending on the destination.

The local RSPB group also offer coach outings with possible Nuneaton pick up arrangments. See http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/coventryandwarwickshire/events/

Destination Details:

Idle Valley & Rufford CP.

The Idle Valley Nature Reserve is what used to be known as Lound Gravel Pits. In 2002 it was taken over by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and declared a SSSI by Natural England. It is the largest wetland in Nottinghamshire and over 250 bird species have been recorded here. There is an impressive visitor centre on site with all amenities, which was not there during our last club trip. All manner of wildfowl are currently wintering in 2015, including whooper swan and pink-footed goose.

Nearby Rufford CP has replaced Clumber Park as Nottinghamshire’s best site for hawfinch. We will try our luck here with this elusive bird briefly on route to Idle Valley.

Carsington Water

This Severn Trent Water site comprises a large reservoir, reedbeds, scrapes, and woodlands. Its website states species counts of “70 daily, 100 monthly, 170 annually, and 224 species in total”. There are three hides and a visitor centre with all amenities and an RSPB shop. Time permitting we will also visit nearby Lathkill Dale to try and see dipper.

Carngafallt & Elan Valley

A new destination for the club, this Welsh uplands site boasts good numbers of redstart, pied flycatcher, whinchat, tree pipit, and wood warbler. There are no facilities on site so we will move for lunch to the nearby Elan Valley Centre. This has a visitor centre with full facilities, and lots of trails. Common birds of the broadleaved woodlands here too include redstart, pied flycatcher and wood warbler. The rocky hillsides have breeding whinchat, tree pipit, stonechat, and also many wheatears which are often seen by the roadside. The reservoir has a variety of waterfowl including breeding goosander. Goshawk also breeds here while red kite is seen over the visitor centre most days.

Middleton Lakes

Our closest RSPB reserve is maturing every year. We will meet in the car park at 9.00 a.m. and walk through the reserve to the Lookout Hide overlooking the northern scrapes. This is about a 2 mile circular walk.

Bentley Woods

We will meet at the car park of Church End Brewery at 6.30 pm for a two mile circular walk through Birchley Wood, open farmland, and Bentley Woods, returning to the brewery for pre-prepared sandwiches and cakes.

Shustoke Reservoir

Summer terns are our target birds here. Meeting in the car park at 9.00 am we will have a 3-mile circular walk around the reservoir, ponds and fields.

Caldecote Fields

Parking at The Anchor in Nuneaton Road at 9.00 am we will walk part of the Quarryman’s Walk route, before returning along the Coventry Canal.

Titchfield Haven

A National Nature Reserve in Hampshire is our September destination. A visitor centre has full facilities and amenities. The reserve is home to breeding Mediterranean gulls, bearded tits, and marsh harriers, and attracts allsorts of autumn migrants with rarities regularly recorded. The reserve adjoins the sea too so sea-watchers will get a fix and passage migrants might be observed flying past.

Titchwell

This Norfolk gem needs no introduction. A regular club trip destination, it is always productive in autumn. A fully stocked visitor centre, cafe and toilets are on site, with many hides and more sea-watching available. There is little point in suggesting what we might see as anything could drop in!

Whitacre Heath

The new scrapes and landscaping should be finished and all the hides open again by this time. There are woodlands, lakes, and scrapes to explore with winter finches, thrushes, and wildfowl in our sights. The annual club Christmas meal will follow in The Swan Inn, more details nearer the time.