Somerset Levels - Lesley Staves (01488 682301)
We had a wonderful time when we visited RSPB Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath reserves the last time with Bitterns all round, Great Egrets and huge numbers of singing migrants. We shall hope for something similar for this day trip, leaving Terry's house in Donnington at 7.45am and meeting in Ham Wall carpark around 10. Bring food for the day. (GR 182/ST449397) Please ring Lesley if you need a lift.
Mouldon Hill / West Swindon - Jim Burnett (07836 200132)
An easy flat spring morning walk from Mouldon Hill country park into West Swindon along a disused railway line, along the river Ray through "natural habitat" which is popular with breeding birds such as Lesser and Common Whitethroat. Meet in the country park carpark off the A4198 Thamesdown Drive at GR 173/SU118878. Please ring Jim for more details.
Woolhampton GPs - Roger Frankum (01635 863372)
A morning stroll around the lakes and canal at Woolhampton where there should be plenty of activity with breeding birds and bird song. Fine weather will bring out the dragonflies too. Meet in the Rowbarge carpark at 8.30 am. (GR 174/SU573664)
Newtown Common - Alan Lindsay (01635 202521)
Newtown has been the Club's most consistent site for Nightjars in recent years and for this evening visit we will welcome members of Kintbury Wildlife Group to join us. Tree Pipit and Woodcock could be found too. Meet in the carpark at the top of Jonathan Hill at 9pm. (GR174/SU476636)
Greenham Common - Debby Reynolds (01835 860254)
In case the weather isn't suitable in June, this is another chance to look for Nightjars and Woodcock. Greenham Common has usually been good, particularly in the 'old' area at the back of the bunkers. Meet at 9pm in the Blue Gate carpark at the top of Pyle Hill. (GR 174/SU484653)
Aldworth Downs - Lesley Staves (10488 682301)
An evening wander on the Downs looking and listening for speciality downland species. We found Yellow Wagtail and Hobby on our last visit here. Meet at 7pm on the track beyond Starveall. (GR 174/SU544813)
Speen Moors - Terry Jackman (01635 529823)
Our summer morning walk to see what we can find. Breeding will be over, so there should be plenty of young birds about. Meet in Northcroft Leisure Centre carpark at 8.30am. Parking charges apply. (GR 174/SU463663)
Join us for our regular get-together for an afternoon of chat, laughs and hopefully a bit of sunshine. Bob and Jean Lyle invite us once again to their lovely garden in Bucklebury - bring something to cook, all salads, accompaniments etc will be provided. More details next newsletter.
Walbury Hill / Combe - Lesley Staves (01488 682301)
An early morning wander over Walbury Hill and Gallows Down hoping to see returning summer migrants such as Wheatear and Whinchat and whatever else we can find. Meet in the carpark on the western side of Walbury at 8am. (Please remember not to leave valuables in the car.) GR 174/SU371620