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
Hawfinch and Rufford Walk - Saturday 25th January
With Samantha and Mike, meet at 8am in the main car park where we will look for Hawfinch and then an optional walk around the grounds finishing around noon.
Winter Walk at Idle Valley NR - Saturday 1st February
Walk around the north end with Lound Bird Club’s Gary Hobson, starting from Chainbridge Lane. The walk will last approximately 4 hours from 9am. Please be advised toilet and cafe facilities only at Rural Learning Centre at Bellmoor end, open from 10am-4pm.
Spring at Langford Lowfields - Saturday 25th April
Meet at 10am at the car park on Cottage Lane off the A1133 south of Collingham (NG23 7QL). Led by Joe Harris, site manager, including areas not usually accessible without a guide. Lasting approximately 3 hours, it is limited to 15 so pre-booking is essential.
Netherfield Spring Warbler Walk - Sunday 10th May
A spring walk around Netherfield Lagoons with Pete Smith, aimed at seeing the vast array of warblers which make the reserve their home for the summer. Meet on Teal Close (NG4 2PE) at 8am. Please note there are no toilets nearby.
Butterflies at Cotgrave Woods - Sunday 12th July
There will be a £3 charge for non-members for all in county events.
Please register your interest by emailing Samantha Haworth if you plan on attending any of the above incounty walks.
Notts Birders Christmas Quiz - Thursday 12th December.
This popular event will take place at 7.30pm at the UNSSC, Highfields University Campus (NG7 2QA). From the West Entrance, the Sports and Social Club car park is the turning on the left after the Sports Centre. Enter in teams of 4, or come along and join others if you haven’t got a team. Not all questions require a knowledge of birds. Naturally, there will be mince pies! If you’ve any questions please contact Jenny Swindells.
Notts Birders AGM - Thursday 12th March.
Further details to be announced nearer the date.
Frampton Marsh - Sunday 26th January.
Join Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers at Frampton Marsh.
Meet in the reserve car park at 9.30am (PE20 1AY) for a guided walk around this fantastic RSPB reserve. Expect to see wildfowl and waders in very good numbers and hopefully a few raptors too. Some of the trails are wheelchair friendly, with access to several hides. The rough grass seawall track may be passable for sturdy wheelchairs with strong helpers!
Participants may choose to explore the reserve on their own or join Neil Glenn on his potter around the trails.
All birding abilities very welcome. Neil will bring a telescope, so don’t worry if you haven’t got one of your own. You are welcome to stay as long, or as little, as you like.
Yes, Notts Birdwatchers will return to the Isles of Scilly in 2020!
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: last year produced Blue Rock Thrush, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-eyed Vireos, Buff-breasted Sandpipers to name but a few. 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 David. The cost includes all accommodation on a B&B basis with 4 nights’ evening meals - with single, twin and double rooms available - and an experienced guide. Not included are 3 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: £500 (plus all extras mentioned above. Expect this week to cost a total of £700 and £800 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) 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 £35 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 when booking
· For this price to stand, I need all 10 places to be filled. If you book and then cancel, it will be up to you to find a replacement!
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 or part of the day. Neil will suggest an itinerary for the day, taking in the best birds, but participants can choose their own itinerary. 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, so prepare to be very flexible with arrangements.
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!
by Carl Cornish.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust welcomes first breeding success in the county for Little Egrets.
Read the full press release here [PDF]