Programme of Winter Field Excursions 2017-18




Thu 21st Sept. South Walney. WI 9.15am or CWT car park (SD215621) at 10.30am. Mike Walker.
Fri 20th Oct. Sunderland Point Wader Roost. WI 10.15am or Potts Corner (SD414572) at 11.00am.

Alan Smith.


Mon 6th Nov. Knott End/Wyre Estuary. WI 9.30am or Knott End car park (SD346484) at 10.30am. Exact route to be determined on day with walk of up to 4 miles.

High tide is about 12.20pm and its one of the highest of the month. We will spend the first 30 -40 minutes around the mouth of the estuary, looking for birds on the in-coming tide and the lower section of the river. 

We will then lead a walk of about 4miles maximum. This is a circular walk starting and finishing at Knott End car park.  The walk follows the river Wyre south to Barnaby’s sands – a salt marsh which should be good for waders on the high tide.  The route then doubles back and turns inland (by a large green gate) over low lying farmland, to return to Knott End.

NB please make sure on the way back, at Hackensall Hall you check the Wyre way signpost and follow the sign for Knott End.

 In winter this area is good for flocks of waders – lapwing, dunlin, redshank, golden & grey plover, black & bar tailed godwit, curlew etc. A variety of duck species should be on the river or the lakes at Preesall. Raptors can include kestrel, sparrow hawk, peregrine and buzzard. Flocks of twite and smaller numbers of snow bunting could also be about. The area hosts barn, tawny and little owl, and in winter occasional short eared owl. Winter thrushes and the usual suspects (finches, tits etc) should also be seen. 

There are toilets (20p per visit!) in the car park and a café near the ferry point. The café is open 09.30am – 4.00pm.

Pete Stevens
Wed 20th Dec.

Christmas Lunch: preceded by walk from Silverdale Hotel car park at 9.30am.  Lunch 12.30pm for 1.00pm. Details at September lecture or on website.

David Talbot.
Now Thurs 18th


Thurs 4th Jan.

Pilling and North Fylde. WI 9.00am or Fluke Hall (SD389500) at 10.00am.

Starting at Fluke Hall for wader movement early on the incoming tide, we will then move to Pilling Lane Ends for a 10m+ high tide, which is due about 12.30. Subsequently, we will visit the feeding stations on Bradshaw Lane and look for goose flocks on the North Fylde Mosses. Time permitting; we may finish by looking for wintering swans between Cockerham and Glasson Dock. After leaving Pilling Lane Ends we will be on narrow roads with limited parking opportunities. Car sharing essential.

 Keith Williams.
Thu 1st Feb.

Hodbarrow. WI 9.15am or Haverigg Beach car park (SD161785) at 10.30am.

The purpose of the trip is to explore the area around Hodbarrow, to see what birds are overwintering on the lake and to observe estuary birds as the tide reaches it’s high point, which will be at about 12 pm. Waders use the island in the lake, which is used by summer breeding birds such as the terns,  as a roost at high tide and hopefully the tide (10 metre) will ensure that this happens. The island is viewed from a hide, so we will have shelter to do this and probably use it as a lunch stop. The walk out to the hide will allow us to observe birds in the bay. For those wanting a short day this route can be reversed in the afternoon. For those wanting to see and do more we will carry on and complete a circuit of the lake. The car park at Haverrigg has toilets and a café which I am led to believe are open through the winter.

Peter Moreton.
Sat 3rd Mar.

Carnforth Slag Tips. WI 8.45am or Cote Stones car park (SD486715) at 9.00am.  Limited parking. 1.00pm finish.

From the car park we will be looking for wintering passerines along the Keer Estuary before setting up telescopes towards the far end of the slag tips to watch for movement generated by the incoming tide. A predicted high tide, of 10.1 metres at 12.15, should flood the salt marsh North of the slag tips, potentially putting up additional species. The car park holds about 5 cars, and is popular with dog walkers, so car sharing will reduce the likelihood of members having to park quarter of a mile away.

John Webb.




It is recommended that, in the event of adverse weather reports prior to a field trip the leader of the day be contacted. If they are not available contact John Webb: 01524 701497.  

Please bring a packed lunch for field trips.

Members and friends attend lectures/meetings/ field trips at their own risk and the Society cannot be held responsible for accidents.

We encourage members to share cars to field trip sites in the interest of the protection of habitats and landscape and as there is often limited parking. The cost of the trip should be divided as agreed by those sharing the car.

No Dogs.