Day Trips

Saturday 17th April 2021

LAKENHEATH & OUSE WASHES RSPB RESERVES
LAKENHEATH & OUSE WASHES RSPB RESERVES

We start the day at Lakenheath Fen, where in spring we expect to see and hear booming Eurasian Bitterns and Common Cuckoos calling in the poplar woods. Eurasian Hobby reach their highest numbers in late April/May, with maybe up to 40 in the air at one time! The reed-beds are full of singing European Reed and Sedge Warblers and in the last few years we have seen both Marsh and Savi’s Warblers here. Rarities in recent years have included Little Bittern, Red-footed Falcon, Great Egret and Collared Pratincole amongst others.

After lunch we drive to the RSPB’s Ouse Washes reserve to look for breeding waders that may include Black-tailed Godwit, Common Snipe, Common Redshank, Northern Lapwing and Ruff.

Wader migration is in ‘full flow’ with 'coastal' waders such as Grey Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot and Bar-tailed Godwits passing through. Common Greenshank, Spotted Redshank, Whimbrel and small numbers of Pied Avocets and Wood Sandpipers are other regular spring visitors. Black Terns, Little Gulls and Arctic Terns may visit during the month and could be a highlight of the day.

£50

(does not include reserve admission charges)