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 Jun 18th||Little Bookham Common 10:00 – 11:30 (approx.)|
Meet in the 100 Pound Bridge car park on the north side of the common. Access via Cobham, turn right opposite Waitrose, continue until just after the wood yard on the right then take the left fork (Cobham Park Road) towards Downside. Keep right at the 90 degree right bend where there is an entrance to an estate. Continue with the green on your right and then take the left fork at the junction onto Bookham Road. Continue under the M25 and the railway and you will come to the car park after about half a mile. Young birds should be starting to appear and dragonflies and butterflies will be getting into their flight periods. GR: TQ 121568 Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/SSMzu
|Tue Jul 16th||Dorney/Jubilee River 10:00 – 12:00|
Our usual visit to this popular site in mid-summer to see birds of scrubby grassland, warblers, red kites, buzzards, breeding ducks and waders. Note this is a two hour meeting to take full advantage of this site but can be cut short if you don’t wish to stay the full time. Coming from Dorney village, meet in the small car park on the right of the B3026 just before crossing the river channel. GR: SU 929794. Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/P1QCuD5eSGQ2 The Google map shows the route from the car park by the Jubilee River to Dorney Court garden centre, which has loos and food.
|Tue Aug 20th||Staines Reservoir 10:00 – 12:00|
Our regular visit to the reservoir to catch the autumn migration at its peak. Hopefully we will see swallows and martins plus the chance of an interesting wader or two passing through. Meet at the entrance to the ramp up the reservoir at the eastern end of the causeway on Town Lane, which is off the A30 at Ashford Hospital. Please note that the small car park has now closed, so it is probably best to park either in Jordans Close or Diamedes Avenue, Stanwell. There is foot access from the latter close to Buttercup Square. GR: TQ 056734. Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/perSXgA8K9A2