|Graham Jukes||Phone 01623 798890|
|Tony Wardell||Phone 01623 799065|
|Glynne Payze||Phone 01623 798102|
|Meets usually once a month|
|Group Full? No||Status Current|
End of Latest Information
|Please remember: 8am departure from Sherwood Ranger|
|(unless notified differently under "Latest Information" above)|
January: Rufford Park
4 of us had a good session on a dry, freezing day. 35 species were noted on the 60% ice-covered lake and its surroundings. 2 hawfinch and a mandarin duck topped the visit. There were also good sightings of siskins. A nuthatch and a tree creeper completed a satisfying morning. Thanks to Tony this month for the photos.
February: Besthorpe/Collingham/Langton Lowfields
6 of us had a pleasant day with good results. We saw 47 species of which 18 were added to this year's total standing making 53 in all. The sightings included reed bunting, skylark, curlew, stonechat and goldeneye.
March: Potteric Carr
10 ardent birders on a warm day saw 40 species of birds, 6 of which were added to this year's target: marsh harrier, oystercatcher, common snipe, cetti's warbler, little grebe and chiffchaff, bringing the total to 61. The day was brightened by violets, primroses, celandine, coltsfoot, along with blackthorne, goat willow and a red-tailed bumble bee.
Remaining 2019 programme
|May 16th||Gibraltar Point|
|June 20th||Whisby/Annesley Pit Tops|
|July 11th||Cotgrave Woods|
|August 15th||Idle Washlands|
|September 26th||Old Moor|
|October 24th||Netherfield pm/eve (murmuration)|
|December 19th||Colwick Park or Skylarks|
The Birders group is open to all Ravenshead U3A members. New members are always welcome, especially those with little birding experience. The leaders are ready and willing to offer help with identification and tips.
The group visits major bird reserves in our locality and beyond. We often visit areas nearby one month and travel further afield the next month. The purpose of the group is to help members identify the birds seen and to discuss how to improve their own birding skills. Although nominally a birding group, we are also on the lookout for other forms of wildlife, so that when spotted (flowers, fungi, invertebrates etc.) these are included in our photos and descriptions. In fact, at least one of our meetings during the year is devoted entirely to butterflies.
We'll be leaving the Sherwood Ranger at 8 am before each outing (unless notified under "Latest Information" above). The group is usually out for most of the day, and we are usually on our feet for several hours. Respite is available at certain reserves which have hides! The distance that we walk can vary depending on the reserve, so sturdy footwear is advised - as are a good pair of feet! We usually try to alternate a local visit with a more distant one. Cars are usually shared if desired.
What we see will be listed after each meet (see above) so that those interested in joining the group can see the kind of wildlife we're seeing. A selection of photographs taken on the day will also be posted here on the webpage. The names of most of the wildlife in the photos can be seen at the top of the full size photo frame after clicking on the thumbnail.
All information regarding 2018 meets (including wildlife spotted) has been moved to a subpage, accessed by clicking on the link "2018 meets" at the top right of this page.
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