West Midland Bird Club

Birmingham Branch — Field Trips

Field Trips depart from the bus bay beside the Copthorne Hotel, Paradise Circus, Birmingham (maps here *) prompt at the times stated.

Food and drink should be brought and waterproofs. Appropriate clothing and footwear, to guard against the elements, is recommended.

Please note that the 48-seat coach can become fully booked, so non-arrivals on the day can deny those on the waiting list the chance to enjoy the trip. Please contact us — however late — if you cannot honour a booking. On Sunday morning call Ray Davis' mobile: 07762 061603 with any late cancellations. Thank you.

Please contact us for further details.

Birmingham Branch Field Trips in 2014

Sunday 12 January 2014

Rutland Water

Depart: 07:00 AM. Expected return: 06:30 PM.

Cost: min £16, max £21

Prime inland reservoir with lagoons, marshy margins, fields and woodland to provide a wide range of species to start the year. The cost includes reserve entrance fee.

Sunday 9 February 2014

Cromford / Carsington Water

Depart: 07:00 AM. Expected return: 07:00 PM.

Cost: min £12, max £16

A new venture with a morning visit to Cromford a prime site for Hawfinch at this time of year. Dipper and Grey Wagtail are likely on the River Derwent close by, and close views of Little Grebe possible on the canal. Afterwards a walk down the side of Carsington Water offers views of waterfowl and grebes, and maybe divers. The waterside trees will have passerine interest. Finish with refreshments at the Visitor Centre!

Sunday 16 March 2014

Forest of Dean

Depart: 07:00 AM. Expected return: 07:00 PM.

Cost: min £12, max £16

The regular visit to this Gloucestershire site at the time of peak activity offering prospect of displaying Goshawk, finding Hawfinch and Crossbill, and admiring spectacular Mandarin and finding other woodland species. Hopefully we will avoid delays this time and get to Yat Rock to view Peregrine!

Friday 11 April 2014

Devon Weekend

We will stay at the Best Western Passage Hotel at Kingsteignton.

The cost is £45.00 per person per night for half board for those sharing a room and £60 for singles. Full payment of £90 (or £120 for singles) for the 2 nights will be required to confirm a booking. Cheques to be made payable to West Midland Bird Club (WMBC) and sent to Ray Davies at 140 Bradbury Road, Solihull B92 8AL, to be received no later than 21 February. This is also the latest date for bookings to be taken. These conditions are necessary to meet the terms and conditions of the hotel and assist our administration of the cost.

Travel by own transport to meet at 6.30pm for dinner at 7.00pm.

Centred near Kingsteignton we will search for local specialities and lingering wintering species, as well as the first summer migrants and rarities that may be present.

Sunday 4 May 2014

Ynys-Hir RSPB Nature Reserve

Depart: 07:00 AM. Expected return: 07:00 PM.

Cost: min £15, max £20

This prime attractive reserve in mid-Wales should yield Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart and possibly Tree Pipit and Red Kite as well as other summer migrant warblers. Coastal birds add to the interest. Unmissable opportunity to visit the site of Springwatch!

Sunday 1 June 2014

Bempton Cliffs / Blacktoft Sands

Depart: 07:00 AM. Expected return: 07:00 PM.

Cost: min £17, max £24

The spectacular cliffs at Bempton RSPB offer the only English mainland site for close views of nesting Gannet, Puffin, Guillemot and Razorbill. Often Corn Bunting are seen. Blacktoft is an estuary reserve good for waders, rarities, raptors. Bearded Tit is a speciality.

Sunday 29 June 2014

Weeting Heath / Lakenheath RSPB

Depart: 07:00 AM. Expected return: 07:30 PM.

Cost: min £20, max £27

In search of rare British breeding birds we start at Weeting Heath hoping for Stone Curlew and possibly Spotted Flycatcher with outside chance of Woodlark. In the afternoon we search Lakenheath RSPB for Golden Oriole in the poplar plantations, Bearded Tit around pools and reeds, and Crane and Bittern in the extended reedbeds.

Sunday 14 September 2014

Titchwell RSPB

Depart: 07:00 AM. Expected return: 07:30 PM.

Cost: min £17, max £23

Seek seabirds, waders, wildfowl and migrants at a peak migration time at this prime RSPB reserve. Another opportunity also to see how effective recent major changes and improvements (made to combat the effects of predicted higher sea levels, and to upgrade viewing facilities) have been.

Sunday 5 October 2014

Spurn Head

Depart: 07:00 AM. Expected return: 07:00 PM.

Cost: min £18, max £25

Jutting out into the North Sea a peninsula that regularly attracts waders, passage migrants and vagrants. There is always interest over the sea to add to the species list. Expect anything!

Friday 7 November 2014

Norfolk Weekend

We will stay at the Best Western Le Strange Arms in Old Hunstanton. The cost is £63.00 per person per night for half board for those sharing a room and £73.00 for any singles after the first 6. Full payment of £126,00 (or £146 for singles required to pay supplement)) for the 2 nights will be required to confirm a booking. Cheques to be made payable to West Midland Bird Club and sent to Ray Davies at '140 Bradbury Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 8AL', to be received no later than 22nd September. This is also the latest date for bookings to be taken. These conditions are necessary to meet the terms and conditions of the hotel and assist our administration of the cost.

Travel by own transport to meet at 6.30pm for dinner at 7.00pm. Car sharing may be more practical on Saturday to minimize convoy size.

The change of base to the Le Strange Hotel in Old Hunstanton will enable us to visit such places as Salthouse & East Bank (Cley), Wells Wood, Holkham, Burnham Norton, Titchwell, Holm and Snettisham — weather, tides and birds (of course) will decide detail. Waders, wildfowl and seabirds are certain, winter migrants eg Snow Bunting, Shorelark etc perhaps, Harriers, Owls we'll seek them all! A great time in prospect!

Sunday 7 December 2014

Lee Valley Country Park

Depart: 07:00 AM. Expected return: 07:00 PM.

Cost: min £15, max £22

Lakes and farmland with mature lakeland edges and woodland offers the potential for winter wildfowl, passerines, birds of field and farm and the occasional raptor. Bittern is always a possibility.

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