Group News


By the 31 March 2002 the Group had raised £ 5930  for the 2001 – 2002 projects.

For the year 2002-2003 the Group is raising money for the following projects at the Fairburn Ings Reserve

    1. Special tree surgeon saw                                                        400           
    2. Power washer for building maintenance                                    250
    3. Specialised water quality testing equipment
        (photometer - especially for storm water overflow and
        agricultural run-off)                                                                 600
    4. New reserve telescope (For WEBS survey, wader productivity)   400
    5. Workshop tools                                                                       95

                                                             TOTAL                        £1745



The last year started at Spurn in October with snow bunting and whooper swan then bittern at Leighton Moss in November and at Filey in January there were divers, purple sandpipers, knot, sanderling and snow bunting again.

February at Kingsbury Water Park produced barn owl, stonechat, redpoll and siskin before rain. Sandwell Valley in March had a lively flock of goldeneye, water rail for everyone to see, little ringed plover newly arrived for summer, green woodpecker and two wheatears in the same field, and our first chaffchaffs and willow warblers of the year.

Titchwell in April had little egret at the same time as brent geese, marsh harriers, spotted redshank, mediterranean and little gull, sandwich, common and little tern and wood warbler in the car park.

I thought could the year possibly get any better? But our May weekend at Minsmere produced bittern again, 7 knot in glorious summer plumage, the colony of sand martins viewed at close range, cetti’s in the bushes and bearded tits nesting in the reeds, also an American wigeon drake on the marsh.

Fingringhoe Wick in Essex had nightingales exploding into song everywhere amongst the May blossom, whitethroats launching themselves into their aerial display and turtle doves churring from all corners. Then hobbies, yellow wagtails and red-necked grebe finished our weekend at Abberton Reservoir.

In September, amongst the thousands of birds at Rutland Water, were several green sandpipers, snipe feeding well out in the open, good views of very busy greenshanks and a pectoral sandpiper feeding close to the hide – not forgetting the good size flock of tree sparrows at the feeding station.

In all a total of 151 species seen this year.

Hilary Sills

Field trips Organiser


During 2002 a total of 97 different species of birds were observed on the bird watching walks organised by the Group in the local area. Since 1990 a total of 128 species have been observed on a total of 147 walks. 

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