Trip Reports

Violet Dropwing

Birders Big Brother House (Casa Monte da Eira) Portugal

We were based in the village of Giões, roughly an hour’s-drive from Faro Airport. It is an ideal birding location being relatively close to the bird-rich coastal saltpans and close to huge expanses of Montados, an area of Mediterranean woodland of Holm and Cork Oak.

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Thorpeness Mere

North Warren and Hazlewood – Feb 18th 2018

This would be the first WBC trip of the year, and we picked a great day to do it. Although the Beast from the East was just around the corner, bringing Siberian winter to the east coast, Sunday 18th February…

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Yurt camp, Taukum desert

Waveney Bird Club’s tour of Kazakhstan

Waveney Bird Club’s tour of Kazakhstan 23rd May to 1st June 2017 This was to be WBC’s 10th international tour and the first outside of the Western Palearctic. On previous tours, we have employed our own ground agents and organised the…

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Fen Raft Sider

Carlton Marshes 19 May 2017

Despite a virtual deluge throughout the day, as promised by Kathy the weather cleared for our guided tour across Carlton Marshes, although the sky was threatening the rain held off. The evening started with Steve Piotrowski donating a well received…

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Above Madzharavo - E Rhodopes

Bulgaria – May 9th to 16th 2017

Introduction – Steve P This was to be the club’s second expedition to Bulgaria following Waveney Bird Club’s tour in 2013.  It was perhaps to be a little overshadowed by the club’s forthcoming, more eye-catching and exotic trip to Kazakhstan,…

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mandarin

Brecks, 2 April, 2017

Although the events planning committee tries to vary the programme by at least a third year-on-year, this trip is one of the ‘gotta-be’s’ in the WBC calendar. The Brecks represent a major change of diet for those of us who…

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Mollie advises on the location of Tufted Duck flock....

Outney Common and Bath Hills, March 19th 2017

The usual trek round Outney Common in Bungay on a Spring evening before a couple of beers at the Green Dragon received a promotion this year, with its own, whole day billing. A little earlier in the season than usual,…

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Hollesley and Boyton Feb 5th 2017

In 2016, the Hollesley/Boyton WBC trip featured a wind that could remove vital organs, blowing over river walls, making eyes run and dropping tears on optics. But we still had a right good time and some good birds at these…

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Georgia and Armenia 2016 Blog

Introduction (Steve Piotrowski) This was to be Waveney Bird Club’s eighth foreign tour and undoubtedly our most adventurous yetvbearing in mind that we were charting unknown territory and visiting two former Soviet-bloc countries that no one in the party had…

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Ditchingham Hall Estate, Good Friday Walk

So the calendar comes round to the first ‘official’ event of the WBC outdoor events programme (not counting the NYD Lizardland Challenge, of course), and once again, we returned to the fantastic Ditchingham Hall Estate on Good Friday. Easter seemed…

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Hollesley, Boyton and Snape Feb 6th 2016

It is the policy of the small group that plans the WBC calendar of events to change around a third of them annually. This trip was one of the new ones and – from a subjective point of view –…

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Yellow Legs in blue light

LizardLand Challenge – Jan 1st 2016

Waveney Bird Club’s year-starting birding trip has for years centred on Lowestoft and Lothingland; an area offering a range of environmental choices at this time of the year. Since 2015 though, this has evolved into a co-operation with the Lowestoft…

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Night Herons at Polgar wetlands

Hungary August 2015

Hortobagy – flatter than the Fens! (PS) If you’ve never been there, or thought about it much, Hungary is likely to be a bit a surprise. Firstly, it’s flat – very flat. Think of the Fens on a national scale,…

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Portland, Summer 2015

Portland Intro: Between July 30th and Aug. 2nd, a group of WBC regulars took a trip to the Portland Bird Observatory in Dorset, going via a few good sites in the New Forest. The aim was principally damselflies, dragonflies and butterflies,…

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WBC to Farnes

Farnes, 5-7 June 2015

WBC Farnes trip, 5-7 June 2015 Friday For those who don’t know, the Farne Islands are a long way from Suffolk. A very long way. But, if you ain’t out there, you won’t see it, as the birding saying goes.…

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Do you have a hobby?

Minsmere, 10th May

Ah, Minsmere! The Suffolk coastal birder’s spiritual home! I still can’t remember if this or Cley was the first reserve I was thrown off. These days you’re more likely to be greeted by an affable character in an RSPB fleece…

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watching chiffchaff

Ditchingham Hall Estate, Good Friday

Whether you’re a Christian, or whether you’re a birder, or whether you’re both….. there’s no doubt that the time around Easter is a signal for a period of transformation. Whether it actually happens or not on that particular weekend is…

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Brecks, March 22nd 2015

Goshawks over Santon Downham Driving from my house in Long Stratton en-route to Andrew’s near New Buckenham, I came across two Barn Owls hunting in the early morning light which was very pleasing and I wondered if this might be…

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snow buntings

Dunwich and Blythburgh 8th February

There are few better places to be on a winter’s day than the Suffolk coast – even if you’re trudging shingle with a north-west wind blowing across you. Big sky country, definitely. So to Dunwich and Blythburgh for the plucky…

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New Year’s Day, Lowestoft and Oulton Broad

  A new day and a new year – but who to believe on the weather? For those who behaved themselves on New Year’s Eve, there was a bit of a split. The BBC radio news had given a brief…

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North Norfolk Birding Trip

Well, the programme announced a ‘weekend in North Norfolk, where the migration will be far from over….’ However, after Kathy wheeled and dealed accommodation that could hold 15, and got the place for a week, it suddenly became necessary to…

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Orfordness, 11-12 October 2014

Is there an adjective you couldn’t use for Orfordness? It’s one of those areas that can be everything, and sometimes all on the same day – in bright sunshine, the fantastic skyscapes can rival anything in the UK; with grey,…

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Bawdsey Hall

September 7th 2014 Only a handful of WBC trip stalwarts made the almost transcontinental journey down to Bawdsey Hall on Sunday 7th September; perhaps the 8am start influenced others, but they missed a treat. Imagine you could go back to being…

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Pied Flycatcher, Kevin Allenby

Kessingland and Benacre

August 30th 2014 As so many times before on the Suffolk coast, the weather forecast was wrong. The promised dry weather seemed to have gone round Hulver at 7.30 on this Saturday morning, heading for the glamour of Kessingland Sewerage…

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Morocco, Spring 2014

23rd April to 4th May 2014 Introduction This eagerly awaited 12-day tour of the mountains and deserts of Morocco was to be Waveney Bird Club’s sixth foreign trip. Our party consisted of 15 members and was led by Steve Piotrowski…

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Minsmere Walk June 2014

The welcome arrival of the Springwatch team to Suffolk and Minsmere in particular this year added an extra interest to the day’s proceedings for the club.

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Brecks, Good Friday 2014

Report of trip to The Brecks on Good Friday, 2014 to see some of the specialities of the heaths and forests.

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Outney & Carlton 2014

A two part trip, first to Outney Common, the Lows, Bath Hills and Earsham and later to Carlton Marshes.

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Trip Report: Bulgaria 2013

Trip to Bulgaria where a fantastic range of birds (and other wildlife) was seen in a most enjoyable holiday.

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