The objectives of the group are to visit local areas for birding. We usually see about 90 bird species during the year, including wintering species, local breeding summer visitors, and migrants passing through. Members of the Group share identification tips; learn to identify birds by song and discuss the observed bird behaviour. The objective is to help members improve their birding skills, whether in the garden or, for example, on holiday. Please contact either of the leaders if you wish to join the group. The Group meets 11 times a year, in the morning on the first Thursday of the month. The meetings are outdoors, at locations generally close to Oundle. The visits usually involve a walk of about two miles, on level ground, though it may sometimes be muddy! Members are expected to have binoculars.
Leaders: Richard Chandler, 01832 274295 and John Hunt 01832 273225
Oundle U3A Birding Group - Programme, 2019-20
Usually first Thursday of each month at 9.15am - but note exceptions shown below. *additional dates; ** = all day.
**5th Sept. 2019 Frampton Marsh, near Boston, Lincs. (10.00 am start at Frampton; afternoon at Freiston Shore, but no need to come for the full day).
3rd October 2019 Stanwick Lakes (9.30 am start at Stanwick).
7th November 2019 Oundle Lodge Farm, Stoke Doyle, for winter finches.
16th December 2019 Talk (+ lunch). The Hub, Glapthorne Road. There will be a charge to cover the venue and lunch.
9th January 2020 Thrapston Lake and Titchmarsh Local Nature Reserve.
- 16th or 23rd January 2020 afternoon: kite roost, or a lunch combined with afternoon visit to Eldernell, Nene Washes, for Short-eared Owls.
Date to be decided when more information is available.
**6th February 2020 Rutland Water (10.00 am start at Egelton Visitor Centre).
5th March 2020 Summer Leys Local Nature Reserve (09.30 am start).
2nd April 2020 Short Wood/Polebrook/Old Sulehay for early warblers (location depending on conditions underfoot).
**16th April 2020 Frampton Marsh, near Boston, Lincs. (10.00 am start at Frampton).
7th May 2020 Glapthorne Cow Pastures (or elsewhere) for Nightingales and warblers.
4th June 2020 Summer Leys Local Nature Reserve (09.30 am start at Summer Leys).
2nd July 2020 Snipe Meadow, Oundle, for birds and dragonflies.
- 16th July 2020 Osprey walk, Rutland Water (10:00 start at Lyndon Visitor Centre).