Steve's LocalBIRDERS and AWAY-DAY BIRDING

Steve's LocalBIRDERS and
AWAY-DAY BIRDING provide a great birding experience within East Anglia.

Days run from 8am to 4pm or 9am to 5pm with the meeting point a recognised car park at the venue.

The cost for Steve's LocalBIRDERS will be £30 and the Away-Days £40 (in cash on the day please) (admission to reserves not included).

Just bring a pair of binoculars, a packed lunch and come along for a great day!

Booking is essential, give us a call or email to book your place.
Wednesday 28th October 2020
Steve’s LocalBIRDER to EAST MERSEA
A circular walk from/to Cudmore Grove Country Park. The country park is a great place to scan the Blackwater Estuary where in the past we have seen many Slavonian Grebes. Flocks of Brent Geese feed on the grazing marshes along with European Golden Plover and Black-tailed Godwits. The walk will give us a chance to look for raptors such as Common Buzzard, Western Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine and possible Hen Harrier. Our walk concludes with a search for the enigmatic Red Squirrel which have been reintroduced and are thriving!
£30
1 Place Available


Saturday 31st October 2020
AWAY-DAY BIRDING: EASTERN VAGRANTS IN COASTAL SUFFOLK – Self Drive
Autumn is a great time to catch up with some easterly species and early wintering birds such as Yellow-browed Warbler, Great Grey Shrike and Snow Bunting.
Our day in Suffolk will provide us with the best birds that are around and watching weather forecasts carefully, we hope they are favourable for migration.
A huge variety of migrants are possible and scarce/rare species could include Pectoral and Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Grey Phalarope, Sabine’s Gull or Leach’s Petrel through to Radde’s, Dusky,
Yellow-browed and Pallas’s Leaf Warblers. On previous tours we have seen Lapland Bunting, Rough-legged Buzzard, Pallid Swift, Rose-coloured Starling, Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll and Barred Warbler amongst others. We will have up-to-the-minute bird news ensuring we make the most of the day!
£40
Fully Booked


Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th November 2020
NORFOLK WINTER BIRDING SELF-DRIVE BREAK

The county of Norfolk has some of the most diverse habitats in the UK, with coastal sand dunes, lagoons, coniferous and deciduous woodlands, freshmarsh, saltmarsh and heaths. These in turn attract many residents and wintering species which make a superb destination for this one night break.

Days 1 - 2
Self-drive and meet in Northwest Norfolk to spend the weekend exploring sites such as Titchwell, Holkham and Cley where we can expect to see many exciting species.
The reed-beds and marshes are home to Eurasian Bittern, Western Marsh Harrier, Water Rail, Bearded Reedling and Western Barn Owl plus sought-after goodies such as Water Pipit, Hen Harrier, Twite and Lapland Bunting. The sea and sandy beaches hold wintering Long-tailed Duck, Velvet Scoter, Common Scoter, Common Eider, Red-breasted Merganser and grebes such as Red-necked and Slavonian plus Red-throated and Great Northern Divers.
 
During winter months the Holkham and Burnham Overy area are home to a small flock of Horned Lark and Snow Bunting which can found mixed in with Eurasian Skylark. The grazing marsh is home to thousands of Pink-footed Geese which may include a few European White-fronted Geese. Careful scrutiny of the goose flocks may reveal rarer species and past tours to this area have yielded Tundra Bean, Black Brant, Ross's, Barnacle and Greenland White-fronted Geese. We stand a good chance of locating Grey Partridge, Great Egret, Eurasian Spoonbill and maybe Rough-legged Buzzard and hope to connect with Hen Harriers as they come in to roost.
Overnight: Kings Lynn

£170
Includes accommodation for 1 night, evening meal on Saturday & breakfast on Sunday.
Cancelled


Wednesday 11th November 2020
COLNE POINT & HOWLANDS MARSH
Howlands Marsh is a super place for birding in the winter and on past tours we have seen Western Marsh Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon and Black-legged Kittiwake which was a surprise! Colne Point is our afternoon location where Grey Partridge, Merlin, Corn Bunting, Western Barn Owl, Common Kingfisher and other goodies await us.
£30
Fully Booked


Saturday 14th November 2020
THAMESIDE THURROCK NATURE PARK EWT RESERVE
Situated on the River Thames, this fabulous reserve is a great place to see thousands of waders and wildfowl when they move to safe roosting sites as the tides comes in. It's not unusual to see Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Sparrowhawk and Merlin hunting the area! European Stonechat, Eurasian Skylark and Meadow Pipits inhabit the rough grassland and on previous visits we have seen Common Kingfisher, Short-eared Owl, Lesser Redpoll, Ring-necked Parakeet and many more superb species.
£30
Fully Booked


Tuesday 17th November 2020
TOLLESBURY WICK EWT RESERVE
A circular walk around the seawall with a focus on wintering wader species such as Red Knot, Sanderling, European Golden Plover, Ruff, Dunlin, Common Redshank and many more. On our last visits to this super reserve we have seen Great Northern & Red-throated Divers, Slavonian Grebe, Common Scoter, Western Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl, Corn Bunting, Western Marsh Harrier and Merlin.
£30
1 Place Available


Wednesday 18th November 2020
HEYBRIDGE GRAVEL PITS & CHIGBOROUGH LAKES EWT RESERVE
We will spend the morning exploring Heybridge gravel-pits with superb habitats and species such as Common Greenshank, Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler, Peregrine Falcon, Water Rail and Bearded Tit. After lunch we move to the nearby Chigborough Lakes EWT reserve where Eurasian Bullfinch, Redwing and Fieldfare can be found in the scrubby areas and on the flooded lakes we should see a good variety of wildfowl.
£30
Fully Booked


Tuesday 24th November 2020
WINTER IN THE BRECKS
The Brecks is one of the great natural areas of Britain. It is a place of strange beauty and there are hidden stories connected with it that go back to the Stone Age. Ancient heathland once covered huge areas of the Brecks, created by the axes of prehistoric farmers and the nibbling teeth of sheep and rabbits. 'Brecks' were temporary fields cultivated for a few years and then allowed to revert to heath once soil became exhausted. Through many centuries heaths and the mysterious, fluctuating Breckland lakes known as meres, became home to a distinctive range of plants and animals. We search the vast woodlands for the elusive Hawfinch which occur in small numbers. Eurasian Siskin and Lesser Redpoll feed in riverside Alders, whilst Common Crossbill are regular visitors and Brambling feed on Beech mast. Other species could include Lesser Spotted Woodpecker as well as Common Kingfisher, Tawny Owl, Grey Wagtail, Great Grey Shrike, Northern Goshawk, Grey Wagtail, Mandarin Duck, Marsh Tit, European Stonechat, European Nuthatch and Eurasian Treecreeper.
£30
Fully Booked


Wednesday 25th November 2020
WINTER IN THE BRECKS
The Brecks is one of the great natural areas of Britain. It is a place of strange beauty and there are hidden stories connected with it that go back to the Stone Age. Ancient heathland once covered huge areas of the Brecks, created by the axes of prehistoric farmers and the nibbling teeth of sheep and rabbits. 'Brecks' were temporary fields cultivated for a few years and then allowed to revert to heath once soil became exhausted. Through many centuries heaths and the mysterious, fluctuating Breckland lakes known as meres, became home to a distinctive range of plants and animals. We search the vast woodlands for the elusive Hawfinch which occur in small numbers. Eurasian Siskin and Lesser Redpoll feed in riverside Alders, whilst Common Crossbill are regular visitors and Brambling feed on Beech mast. Other species could include Lesser Spotted Woodpecker as well as Common Kingfisher, Tawny Owl, Grey Wagtail, Great Grey Shrike, Northern Goshawk, Grey Wagtail, Mandarin Duck, Marsh Tit, European Stonechat, European Nuthatch and Eurasian Treecreeper.
£30
Fully Booked


Thursday 26th November 2020
RAINHAM MARSHES RSPB RESERVE
We spend the day at this fabulous RSPB reserve on the north shore of the River Thames. Winter birding can produce Bearded Tits, Cetti's Warblers and Western Marsh Harriers plus the chance of Western Barn Owl, Great Egret and vast flocks of wildfowl and waders. There is a superb café on site that will certainly be visited!
£30
2 Places Available


Friday 27th November 2020
WINTER IN THE BRECKS
The Brecks is one of the great natural areas of Britain. It is a place of strange beauty and there are hidden stories connected with it that go back to the Stone Age. Ancient heathland once covered huge areas of the Brecks, created by the axes of prehistoric farmers and the nibbling teeth of sheep and rabbits. 'Brecks' were temporary fields cultivated for a few years and then allowed to revert to heath once soil became exhausted. Through many centuries heaths and the mysterious, fluctuating Breckland lakes known as meres, became home to a distinctive range of plants and animals. We search the vast woodlands for the elusive Hawfinch which occur in small numbers. Eurasian Siskin and Lesser Redpoll feed in riverside Alders, whilst Common Crossbill are regular visitors and Brambling feed on Beech mast. Other species could include Lesser Spotted Woodpecker as well as Common Kingfisher, Tawny Owl, Grey Wagtail, Great Grey Shrike, Northern Goshawk, Grey Wagtail, Mandarin Duck, Marsh Tit, European Stonechat, European Nuthatch and Eurasian Treecreeper.
£30
Places Available


Saturday 28th November 2020
WALLASEA ISLAND RSPB RESERVE
A superb site on the southern shore of the River Crouch with a variety of habitats from lagoons, grasslands and ditches through to estuary and scrub. These attract wonderful species such as Hen & Western Marsh Harriers, Short-eared and Western Barn Owl, Merlin and Peregrine Falcon plus thousands of Eurasian Wigeon and Eurasian Teal. All this and lots of wintering waders make this a great winter destination!
£30
Fully Booked


Sunday 29th November 2020
WALLASEA ISLAND RSPB RESERVE
A superb site on the southern shore of the River Crouch with a variety of habitats from lagoons, grasslands and ditches through to estuary and scrub. These attract wonderful species such as Hen & Western Marsh Harriers, Short-eared and Western Barn Owl, Merlin and Peregrine Falcon plus thousands of Eurasian Wigeon and Eurasian Teal. All this and lots of wintering waders make this a great winter destination!
£30
Places Available


Thursday 17th December 2020
RAINHAM MARSHES RSPB RESERVE
We spend the day at this fabulous RSPB reserve on the north shore of the River Thames. Winter birding can produce Bearded Tits, Cetti’s Warblers and Western Marsh Harriers plus the chance of Western Barn Owl, Great Egret and vast flocks of wildfowl and waders. There is a superb café on site that will certainly be visited!
Fully Booked