|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|
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.
We'll be leaving the Sherwood Ranger at 8 am before each outing. 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.
The birds we see will be listed after each meet (see below) 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 all of the birds in the photos can be seen at the top of the full size photo frame after clicking on the thumbnail.
All information regarding 2017 meets has been moved to a subpage, accessed by clicking on the link "2017 meets" at the top right of this page.
6 members went to Cromford/Carsington on a sunny, cold day. There were 47 sightings (a record for a daily count) of which 5 were added to the annual list: dipper, hawfinch, coal tit, willow tit and nuthatch. The annual list has reached 110 (we have two months to go). Today's highlight was that 4 members got a lifer (hawfinch).
NB Boston Belle outing will be on Monday 20th August. Booking will be done after the April meet: RSPB Members £18.50, non-members £21.
Thanks to Tony and David for this month's photos. Some on the right, scroll down to see the rest.
Programme for 2018
|February 15th||Rutland Water|
|March 22nd||Budby Common|
|April 11th||Netherfield Lagoons|
|June 13th||Padley Woods|
|July 11th||Skylarks/Blotts Pit|
|August 16th||Cotgrave Woods (Butterfly special)|
|August 20th||Boston Belle outing|
|September 20th||Idle Valley/The Carrs|
|October 18th||Blacktoft Sands|
|December 13th||Colwick Country Park|
|Please remember: 8am departure from Sherwood Ranger|
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