Even before I moved to Cambridge I had heard of Gog Magog Down and thought it sounded interesting, not just because of the unusual name but because I like hills. I have still never been there, but for a while I have thought it could be a 'Birds of East Anglia' event to explore it. This morning I looked at the map for the area and discovered the existence of Wandlebury Country Park, which has a nature reserve, a bird hide, and a car park, so that seems the obvious place for us to 'meet up'. Full details of how to get here, and car parking charges, are on the web page, which can be found here:
Edit: And here is the map I was looking at:
My idea for this event is for us to meet in the car park at 11 a.m., go for a wander round the country park and possibly also parts of Gog Magog Down outside the confines of the country park, taking our binoculars of course, and then maybe go to a cafe or pub for something to eat and / or drink (or just go home, for anyone who doesn't want to stay out for that). I haven't yet looked into cafes or pubs in the area as Michael has kindly offered to help out with this aspect of planning, thanks Michael!
For anyone needing transport help to get to this event, I can offer lifts from Ely or Cambridge (including both railway stations). If anyone needs to borrow a pair of binoculars, I have two spare pairs which I can lend to the first two people who ask.
Regarding expectations for this event: at the last event I felt that I had raised people's expectations somewhat and persuaded them to travel a long distance on the basis of those expectations, so when the weather and birds did not cooperate in the first half of the day I felt a bit bad. I also forgot (to an extent) that these events are as much about just getting outdoors and meeting other people, and for that you don't have to travel a long distance or see unusual birds.
So I am deliberately trying to avoid raising expectations with this event - that is, expectations of unusual birds, or even of good planning on my part :) What I am happy to raise expectations of, is that we will get outdoors, go for a short walk, meet other attendees (if anyone else signs up) and hopefully see *some* birds. But even if we don't see *any* birds, we can still enjoy the suspense of not knowing what we will see!
Thanks for reading, I hope you can RSVP 'yes' for this event!