Three South Coast Harbours : Pagham, Chichester and Langstone, for wintering wildfowl, waders and much, much more:
Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November
Thousands upon thousands of birds winter in the three great harbours of Pagham, Chichester and Langstone and we will be enjoying the spectacle they offer in this three-day trip. Pagham is renowned as a rarity hotspot, attracting as it has an impressive number of mouth-wateringly rare species over the years. It also regularly holds a wide array of coastal wintering species - grebes, sea duck, raptors and an abundance of waders - and we'll also visit nearby RSPB Medmerry, one of the largest managed realignment schemes ever undertaken in Europe.
Picturesque Chichester Harbour, with the South Downs and Chichester's wonderful cathedral as a backdrop, also holds vast avian interest. At its western edge, where this harbour merges with Langstone, is Hayling Island, usually home to one of Britain's largest wintering flocks of Black-necked Grebes. Langstone itself hosts vast numbers of wintering Dark-bellied Brent Geese - offering one of the South Coast's greatest avian spectacles - and the harbour's Farlington Marshes, with their grazed grasslands, shallow lagoons and extensive reedbeds, are sure to be worth a visit.
Trip leader John Grant, born and bred in Portsmouth, did much of his boyhood birding in these haunts, and cannot wait to share their delights with you.
Leader: John Grant
Transport, accommodation and cost to be notified once bookings have been taken.
Book with Helen Gooderham
Bird Ringing Demonstrations - NT Dunwich Heath & RSPB Minsmere
sessions continue to 5 November (Dunwich) and 7 November (Minsmere)
(subject to favourable weather conditions)
Waveney Ringing Group (WRG) is a team of friendly individuals with a range of bird ringing expertise. The team consists of trainees, C-permit holders and A- permit holders, with training endorsements, all who are dedicated to our voluntary role of studying birds.
Waveney Ringing Group showcase bird ringing at National Trust Dunwich Heath (Tuesdays) and RSPB Minsmere (Thursdays) from Easter through to the Autumn migration period. It's a great opportunity for youngsters to see birds close up - bring the family along to say hello.
Session Details - click here:
No booking is necessary at either venue but birds are early risers so there is often more to see earlier in the day. The sessions are weather dependent - we cannot bird ring in very wet and/or windy conditions so please check before travelling.
Find out more about the Club's bird ringing activities here