Steve’s LocalBIRDERS

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.

Steve’s LocalBIRDERS are £30 and AWAY-DAY BIRDING £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.

Saturday 5th December 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
2 Places Available

Monday 7th December 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
Places Available

Tuesday 8th December 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
1 Place Available

Wednesday 9th December 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

Friday 11th December 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

Saturday 12th December 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
1 Place Available

Sunday 13th December 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

Tuesday 15th December 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
2 Places Available

Wednesday 16th December 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

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!
£30
Fully Booked

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