Welcome to the bird-watching page.
My name is Peter Hambrook and I took over leadership of the group in September 2012. John Reeves is the Deputy Group Leader.
We are a fairly small, friendly, group of about 20 who like to get out and see birds locally at various sites, mainly in the Runnymede area but sometimes a little further away. Skill levels range from novice to regular active birder and we work as a group to find and identify birds. As leader I hope that I can add some background information about the birds seen, such as gender (where possible), whether it is resident or migratory and why it is that species and not a similar species.
We meet on Tuesday mornings, on the third Tuesday of the month, at 10:00. Walks usually last one to two hours, depending on the venue and are gentle in nature as the aim is to get as good a view as possible of the birds and watch their behaviour, rather than rack up a long list of briefly seen birds. We have two indoor meetings each winter at the Lyne Village Hall (small room). Please contact me via the ferocious pigeon if you would like to join a field trip as a visitor.
Watch this spot - details of future field trips will be added about two months before the start of the programme. See the right-hand column for links to field trip reports, local bird news and other web sites of interest. Hover your cursor over the links for extra information
I would like to include reports and pictures other than my own, so if you see something interesting locally or take a bird-related picture that you are proud of, please get in touch by using the link via the ferocious pigeon top right!
I have entered an Ordnance Survey grid reference to the latest events list. There is also a link to Google Maps - just copy and paste from http onwards into your browser's query field to bring up a map.Those with a sat. nav. will find that the map also has a panel showing a post code which will help you get to the general area but probably not to the exact site as wild places don't have post codes!
This group is full as at 24 November 2018
(click on pigeon to contact me)
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue Sep 17th||Staines Moor. 10:00 – 12:00 About 1.5 miles walk.|
This month is the busiest for departing summer birds so let’s hope some are passing through during our visit. As with all migration related trips it all depends on luck! Meet in Moor Lane, Staines, opposite entrance with information board, just before the road goes under the A30 Staines By-Pass. GR: TQ 031723 Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/hZclc
|Tue Oct 15th||Stoke Meadows/Riverside Park 10:00 – 12:00 (1.5 – 2 miles boardwalk/tow path)|
Stoke Meadows is next to the A3 near Burpham. It will hopefully be less muddy than on our last visit. We will be looking for early winter visitors and late departing summer migrants as well as resident birds, along the River Wey, at a pond and around Stoke Lock. From London direction on the A3, take the Burpham exit, A3100. At the second roundabout take the second exit onto Clay Lane, cross a roundabout and you will come to the bridge over the A3. Continue past the traffic lights and take the first left onto Bowers Lane, turn left at the T junction and the car park is 200 yards on the right. If coming from the A320, take Clay Lane through Jacob’s Well and turn right onto Bowers Lane just after crossing the Wey and before the traffic lights for the A3 slip road. GR: TQ 011526. Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/FCGFAuY5BiJ2 Post code: GU4 7ND
|Tue Nov 19th||INDOOR MEETING 10:00 – 12:00 (Hall available 09:45 - 12:15) |
Lyne Village Small Hall, Lyne Lane, Lyne, Chertsey KT16 0AN. Same venue again this year, with easy parking on site. This is up the steps after the two green doors, first meeting room on left. There is a small kitchen attached that we can use for a brew-up. Please self-cater.
I will be presenting photos (many not mine) from a bird-watching trip to Chile in February 2006. Details for access: http://www.lyne-village-hall.co.uk/contact-us/location/
|Tue Dec 17th||Papercourt 10:00 – 12:00 About two miles walk.|
Time for another winter visit to this site in the hope of finding winter thrushes. It is a very pleasant walk that includes a stretch of the Wey Navigation from the Tanyard Bridge to Papercourt Lock. There could be some muddy stretches if we have had some wet weather, so please wear suitable footwear, Wellingtons or waterproof walking boots recommended. Park close to the Papercourt Sailing Club entrance near the junction of Tannery Lane and Polesdon Lane where there is adequate roadside parking. We will meet in Tannery Lane. GR: TQ 038562 Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/rPh6x