Walbury Hill / Combe - Lesley Staves
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
Streatley - Leader to be arranged
A morning visit near the River Thames at Streatley to see what we might find. The area has been good in the past for Snipe, Lapwing and sometimes Yellow Wagtail. Because the route has yet to be planned, we will meet at Terry's house in Donnington at 8.30am to share transport.
Titchfield Haven - Terry Jackman
A full day visit to this popular reserve at Hill Head on the Solent. We shall hope to find waders and passage migrants and perhaps early winter visitors. Leaving Newbury at 8.30am we shall aim to be in the harbour carpark at 10. Bring food for the day or eat in the café at the reserve centre. GR 196/SU535023
Severn Beach - Jim Burnett
This day visit will take us on a walk between the two River Severn bridges, following the Severn Way, looking for waders and migrants on the river and the scrapes and pits on the landward side. It is a flat walk on a good footpath, but up to 6 miles there and back. Leaving Newbury at 8am we will meet in Severn Beach village at 9.30, in the railway station carpark. Bring food for the day. GR 172/ST530847
Burghfield - Peter Driver
NDOC member Peter will take us for a morning's exploration to show us the best places to visit in this extensive area of lakes. Contact us nearer the time for details of where to meet on site and parking arrangements.
"A Birder's Guide to Insects (and the birds that depend on them)" - St Mary's Church Hall
For our first evening meeting of the winter season at Greenham, local entomologist, Chris Foster, will give this talk, the title of which sounds intriguing! Chris is a Teaching Associate and PhD Student at Reading University and comes to us highly recommended. Meeting starts at 7.30pm.
Speen Moors - Terry Jackman
Our regular morning walk to see what we can find now autumn is here. Winter thrushes and finches could be in and resident birds will be busy preparing for the cold weather. Meet in Northcroft Leisure Centre car park at 9am. Parking charges apply. (GR 174/SU463663)
Blashford Lakes - Lesley Staves
This complex of lakes and woodland north of Ringwood often provides surprises, and the feeders usually attract Siskin, redpoll and Brambling in winter. Leaving Newbury at 8.45, we will hope to be in the reserve carpark off Ellingham Drove from the A338 at 10. Bring food for the day. GR 195/SU151083
Sub Antarctic New Zealand - St Mary's Church Hall, Greenham
For this evening we will welcome Dr Peter Gasson with this talk on his recent travels in southern New Zealand and the islands to the south. Dr Gasson is a plant anatomist at Kew Gardens, but he is also an accomplished bird photographer. Meeting starts at 7.30pm
Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes - Jim Burnett
It is a number of years since the Club visited these lakes in Somerset. They have a good range of over-wintering wildfowl and winter visitors could be in too. The hides at both Chew and Blagdon give good views (£5 permit per person), the lakes also being visible from the roads. Leaving Newbury at 8.15am, we should be at the Tea Shop at picnic area No 1 at 10. Bring food for the day. (GR 172/ST 573614)