This page contains events for the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers as well as other events which may be of interest.
We now feature a number of walks organised by our Outdoors Events Organiser Samantha Haworth. These walks are open to all, as well as members of the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers.
If there are any events such as slide shows, bird walks etc in Nottinghamshire, you would like to see on this page then please send details to: Rob Hoare
NBW TRIP TO SCILLY OCTOBER 20TH – 27TH 2018
Yes, Notts Birdwatchers will return to the Isles of Scilly in October 2018! Join us for a week on the islands to try and see rare, scarce and common migrant birds. The Isles of Scilly boast a proven track record of attracting birds from all points of the compass. The islands are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so while we are searching for birds, we can admire the stunning scenery! It is impossible to say what birds we might see but regular scarcities include Richard’s Pipit, Wryneck, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Rose-coloured Starling, Yellow-browed Warbler, Spotted Crake, Short-toed Lark, Red-throated Pipit, Little Bunting, Common Rosefinch and many other species. Anything is possible, with regular rarities such as Blackpoll Warbler, Sora, Red-eyed Vireo, Wilson’s Snipe, American Golden Plover, Grey-cheeked Thrush, Arctic, Dusky and Radde’s Warblers, etc. etc. being found in recent years. Always expect the unexpected! While there, we may even find a local MEGA such as Jay, Magpie, Green Woodpecker, Yellowhammer, Bullfinch, Long-tailed Tit or Treecreeper and cause a stampede among resident birders: Scilly is a weird place!
So what do you need to know? We will be staying at Wingletang Guesthouse in Hugh Town, St. Mary’s, where we will be well looked after by Jacquie and Dave Ramsden. The cost includes all accommodation on a B&B basis with 3 nights’ evening meals - with single, twin and double rooms available - and an experienced guide. Not included are 4 evening meals (several pubs within easy walking distance of the digs), travel to the Isles of Scilly (you will have to purchase your own boat or plane travel to the islands plus get from your home to Cornwall to catch your chosen transport), snacks, drinks, insurance (highly recommended: travel delays are not uncommon!), inter-island boats (about £10 a time, should we choose to go off-island from St. Mary’s), taxis around St. Mary’s and other incidentals.
Price: £400 (plus all extras mentioned above. Expect this week to cost a total of between £600 and £700 depending on travel choice, pub meal choice, number of boat trips to other islands etc).
General Info: You will need to be relatively fit. Transport around the islands is usually by Shanks’s Pony (i.e.WALKING!). Taxis are available on St. Mary’s if needed (to get to a rare bird quickly or to get to the quay to dash to another island!) but otherwise be prepared to walk about five+ miles a day!
There will almost certainly be a chance to join a Pelagic trip on the Sapphire looking for seabirds (usually about £25 a day), depending on weather and demand.
Scilly allows for easy diversions and short cuts should you wish to leave the group to explore on your own (or return to the digs for a rest!).
All tour participants MUST be members of NBW
A non-refundable deposit will be asked for around the end of January
Itinerary: The itinerary on this trip will be very fluid. People can choose to do as they wish or can join the group for the day. After attending the island’s bird log the previous night, Neil will suggest an itinerary for the day, taking in the best birds. Radio contact is maintained by all birders, so bird news is disseminated virtually instantaneously. If something ‘good’ turns up on the islands, we can decide if and when to go for it and how to get there. Plans are quite often thrown into the air, as new birds are discovered or target species have gone.
Summary: The Isles of Scilly is a stunning location and most visitors instantly fall in love with the place and its relaxed way of life. Many good birds are found annually but cannot be guaranteed, of course. We will try for as many ‘good’ birds as possible, so come with a list of your own target species and we will see what we can do for you! The islands are also known for rare and scarce plants, exotic insects and a host of archaeological sites.
For more details, any questions and bookings, please e-mail Neil Glenn on firstname.lastname@example.org
Places have gone quickly in the past, so don’t dilly-dally!
Please contact Samantha at email@example.com to book a place on any of these walks.
There will be a £3 charge for non-members for all events.
NIGHTJARS are back and coming to a forest near you this summer - with Andy Lowe
Tuesday 19th June.
meeting at 8:30pm; meeting place to be decided nearer the time to allow for weather conditions and availability of the birds!
Butterflies at Cotgrave Woods - with Lynne Demaine
Sunday 8th July.
Butterfly walk at Cotgrave Woods to look for Purple Emperor, White Letter Hairstreak, and Purple Hairstreak. Main target is the butterflies, but there’s also farmland birds around like Yellowhammer, Linnet etc.
Meet at 9.30 at the right hand bend on Lamming Gap Lane, off the Melton Road. There is room for a few cars to park here. Again if people can let Samantha know if they plan on attending and there’s a £3 fee for non-members.
Clifton Grove Evening Owl Watch - with Rob Hoare
Meeting place and date will be announced early July.
Little Owl, Tawny Owl and Barn Owl will be our target species on a summer evening in July.
The plan is to visit a family of Little Owls that have been faithful to the same breeding site for a number of years. Once the young owlets fledge they stay faithful to the breeding area for a few weeks after, allowing excellent views of both the Juveniles and adults
We will then move onto the Barn Owls and view a regular breeding site from a public footpath where the adults can show very well hunting for Voles over nearby fields. As Barn Owl are Scheduled 1 breeding species, under no circumstances will we leave the public footpath, and viewing will be at a safe distance as not to cause any disturbance.
As the light starts to fade we will leave the Barn Owls and attempt to see Tawny Owl at one of two reliable sites close by.
This walk will involve a lot of pre-planning, so that we get the timing right for when the Little Owls have fledged to coincide with Barn Owls that are still actively hunting to feed young.
As long as the Owls breed on site again this year, we should be in for a good evening.
BTO training courses local to Nottinghhamshire, Spring 2018.
Bird ID: Wetland birds and WeBS courses - with David Hodkinson
Hone your waterbird ID skills and find out why the Wetland Bird Survey could be the survey for you.
In spring 2018 David Hodkinson will be holding two one-day training courses for the BTO focussed on improving ID skills and how to take part in the Wetland Bird Survey.
These will take place at the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre on Sat 24th February and Elm Tree Farm near Matlock on Wed 21st March.
Further details here.
The Hidden World of Birds Wednesday - with Peter Holden MBE, 4th April 2018
Beginning at 7:30pm, renowned author and conservationist Peter Holden MBE will be giving a talk for the Notts RSPB local group entitled ‘Birds: their Hidden World’, a presentation that takes a close look at the intimate lives of many of the birds that share our gardens and countryside. To quote Peter; “the more I have studied birds the more I have come to realise most bird books miss out the most interesting things”.
Hosted at The Nottingham Mechanics (NG1 4EZ), all are welcome and there will by an entry fee of £3.
by Carl Cornish.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust welcomes first breeding success in the county for Little Egrets.
Read the full press release here [PDF]