Programme of Winter Field Excursions 2018-19
|Thursday, 18th October||
Red deer rut Martindale, and Ullswater.
Meet WI 8.30am or Martindale old church (NY 43447 18384), at 10.00am.
Minimal parking, please car share from WI.
We will convene at Martindale old church, NY 43447 18384, before proceeding to the head of Martindale to view the deer, and hopefully other wildlife, e.g. Winter thrushes. We will then return and park at Martindale new church before doing a 2-3 mile circuit of Hallin Fell. At this time of year Ullswater can carry interesting migrating ducks. We will have the opportunity to telescope the Lake, while also looking for beck side and woodland species. The car park at the church is popular with walkers, and can fill up. There is only very limited roadside parking at the head of Martindale, and there are likely to be other deer watchers there. Car sharing essential.
|Wednesday 28th November||
Due to the poor weather forecast this trip has been cancelled.
Conder Green and Glasson Dock.
Meet WI 10.00am or Conder Green Picnic Area car park (SD456562), at 10.45am.
|Thursday, 20th December||
Christmas Lunch preceded by walk Eaves Wood and Silverdale Moss. Meet WI 9.15am or Eaves Wood car park (SD472759), at 9.30am . Bring wellies.
Lunch at Silverdale Hotel, 12.30pm for 1.00pm.
|Thursday, 17th January||
Martin Mere. Meet WI 8.45am or Martin Mere car park 10.00am. Entry charge for non-members. Café available for lunch.
|Thursday, 21st February||
Carnforth Slag Tips. Meet WI 9.15am or Cote Stones, (SD4867150, at 9.40am. Limited parking, please car share if possible.
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 10.3 metres at 12.30pm, 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 a quarter of a mile away.
Monday, 4th to Friday 8th March
|Residential Birdwatching Field Trip to Dumfries & Galloway, based in Newton Stewart.
We will be staying for 4 nights, Monday to Thursday, at the Creebridge House Hotel, Newton Stewart. Members will be responsible for making their own bookings direct with the hotel. Newton Stewart is a convenient location for visiting many of Dumfries and Galloway's prime birdwatching sites. The details of the programme will be determined by participants to suit conditions and personal preferences. It is likely that most of the following sites will be included.
WWT Caerlaverock, and RSPB Mersehead can conveniently be visited during travel days, on Monday and Friday. Both sites have a range of wildfowl, and waders, with large flocks of barnacle geese. Raptors are usually present over the merse.
Loch Ryan is well known for its wintering divers, grebes, and sea ducks. Waders are also present. Watching while the tide comes in at The Wig is particularly recommended, but to get the most out of Loch Ryan it is necessary to visit other locations around its shores. If anyone is wanting to include some seawatching Corsewall Point can be added.
Luce Bay holds many of the same species as Loch Ryan, while the area between them is a regular location for white-fronted geese, and has a traditional harrier roost.
The Wigtown Peninsula offers a variety of interesting sites including the bird hide at Wigtown Harbour, RSPB Crook of Baldoon, Garlieston, and The Isle of Whithorn.
RSPB Ken/Dee is well known for its red squirrels, willow tits, and over-wintering white-fronted geese. It offers an alternative location for one of the travel days, or the focus of a circuit from Newton Stewart, which includes forest areas around Laurieston and Clatteringshaws Loch.”
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 on 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.