“Felixstowe Fish & Ships Walk”

Saturday 3 November

Photo: tomline43 / CC-BY-2

Full walk: approx. 6.5 miles
On this trip we will meet at Landguard Bird Observatory (LBO) at 8.00am, observe the ringing activities and spend a little time sea watching, before moving on to our local walk around the Felixstowe Ferry/Falkenham area. Depending on the bird action, we will leave LBO mid-morning and transfer to the carpark at Felixstowe Ferry. From here, we will take in a circular walk along the river wall to Kingsfleet to Deben Lodge and then across the fields, past a new reservoir and back through Old Felixstowe to the Ferry.

Meeting Point: Landguard Bird Observatory
Start time: 8.00am
Leaders: Nigel Odin and Steve Piotrowski

“The Saints of South Elmham Walk”

Sunday 4 November – sorry, cancelled due to lack of interest

Photo: Andrew Hill / CC BY-ND 2.0

Full walk: 4.5 miles
The Saints is away from well-beaten birdwatching trails, but it is stacked with wildlife. This morning walk will be a circular one around the beautiful 450-acre South Elmham Hall Estate which is run on an environmentally friendly basis. South Elmham Hall is a 13th century former Bishops’ palace standing within a four-acre moated site’ South Elmham Hall is a 13th century former bishop’s palace standing within a four-acre moated site. We will venture through the deer park and on to South Elmham Minster, which was once described as one of the most romantic and enigmatic ruins in England. The traditional mixed farm that surrounds has won awards for conservation and wildlife management.

Start at 9.00am
Meeting Point – South Elmham Hall Free Car Park
Leader: Roger Walsh

Honey Buzzards by Steve Roberts

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Steve has been studying Honey-buzzards for 30 years and have published several landmark papers on the species for British Birds. He retired from teaching and now works as the nest-finder and tree climber for BBC Springwatch. His work has resulted in him having to travel widely bird nesting and includes climbing up to the nests of such iconic species as Harpy Eagle and Crowned Eagle. Excitingly, this year he will be attempting to reach the nest of the Philippine Eagle.

The Maltings Sports Ground – Pirnhow Street, Ditchingham
7.30pm start

WBC’s infamous Bird Brain of Waveney Challenge and Christmas Party

Tuesday 18 December


This will also be a good opportunity to get together with other local groups to celebrate the forthcoming Christmas festivities. In 2017, BINS wrestled the Waveney Bird Brain Challenge Trophy from WBC in a hard-fort contest but can they retain this prestigious award. As previously, there will be four teams: RSPB Minsmere, BTO, BINS and of course WBC’s home stars. There will be two semi-finals and a final and the teams will be strictly controlled by Quizmaster, Chris McIntyre. Audience banter and participation will be actively encouraged and there will also be a special prize for the most knowledgeable spectator!

Please come along to barrack/support your team! Christmas supper will be included.

Time: 7 p.m. (please note early start)
The Maltings Sports Ground – Pirnhow Street, Ditchingham

WBC Event Notes:

  • Members are asked to consider car sharing. When emails are sent out by Kathy regarding events, please confirm your place but also advise her if you are happy to car share and you are happy to offer other members a lift.
  • When car sharing members are respectful to car owners and offer to perhaps share travel expenses.
  • Fees/deposits received by Kathy within the advised timescale will ensure your place on WBC trips is secured.  Please make cheques made out to Waveney Bird Club unless otherwise advised. Please note that all deposits are non-refundable.
  • The club reserves the right to alter or cancel any event. Only those that have registered an interest for that particular event will be informed of any changes. The leader may choose to alter the itinerary on the day.
  • As several trips include the usage of other organisations facilities we would therefore recommend you bring appropriate membership cards on you to prove your entitlement to free or reduced admission costs.
  • Please always ensure meeting places on car parks that you bring sufficient change to cover any parking costs.
  • Most outdoor events are all-day, so it is advisable to bring sufficient food and drink.
  • Young people (15 or under) are very welcome providing they attend with a responsible adult.
  • Members are asked to please not bring dogs.
  • Appropriate footwear and warm clothing is advisable on all field events – no “loud” colours such as reds and yellows please. We would also recommend that where the forecast is poor you bring perhaps additional clothing that you can use if required.
  • Please inform the leader on the day if you leave the event earlier than the prescribed finishing time.
  • Please inform the leader if short-notice circumstances mean you will not be attending or running late.