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 currently has 1-2 places available as at 15 January 2020..
(click on pigeon to contact me)
|Dates for your Diary|
|Tue Apr 21st||Thursley Common 10:00 – 12:00 NOW CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS|
This is a classic lowland heathland site and home to Dartford warblers, woodlarks, stonechats and redstarts, all of which should be more visible/audible at this earlier than usual date. We will probably be too early for hobbys and most dragonfly species however. We will not be able to cover it all in two hours, so will concentrate on the core area around the bog. You will be able to turn back to the car park before we reach the halfway point if you wish. The tracks are either firm sand or wide boardwalks so offer easy walking. Meet in the Moat Pond car park, off Thursley Road, Elstead at GR: SU 900417 Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/c36fipk61nN2