Hi folks, I know I sort of said I might schedule a visit to Fowlmere next, but Wicken Fen has also been suggested a few times, most recently at the last event, and it has two advantages over Fowlmere: one it is bigger which allows a longer walk, and second it has a cafe :)
I am therefore scheduling this event for Wicken Fen and I hope at least a few of you can join me. The idea is to meet at 11 a.m. in the nature reserve car park which is pinpointed on this map: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/ids.srf?name=TL564705&z=115 , go for a walk around one half of the nature reserve, then have lunch in the cafe. Depending on time, daylight and what people want to do, some of us might then want to go for another wander around the second part of the nature reserve. The end time I have put for this event is really just a 'ballpark' time, anyone who wants to leave earlier can do so.
Be warned that Wicken Fen can be a relatively expensive afternoon out, as entrance to the northern part of the nature reserve is £5.90, and car parking is another £2.50 unless you are a member of the National Trust. Add to that the cost of the food in the cafe and anything you want to buy in the shop. There is however a southern part of the nature reserve to which access is free, so if people want to stick to that we can do so. Regarding the car parking, it might be possible to park in Wicken village and walk down to the reserve car park. I have done this myself in the past but I can't guarantee that you will find a space and if you are going to try I would allow another 10 minutes or so for the extra walk.
If there is anyone who would otherwise have difficulty getting to this event, I would happy to offer a lift from Ely railway station if you can get there by about 10:30 a.m. Anyone coming from Cambridge would however probably be better off getting a lift with someone driving from that direction.
Regarding birds and photography, as with the last event I don't want to raise any expectations regarding what birds we might see or what opportunities for photography there might be, but I hope that we can at least enjoy some exercise, each other's company, and just the suspense of not knowing what birds we might spot. (Plus the cafe of course!) For more information about the facilities, habitats and birds at Wicken Fen please see their website here: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen/
Finally, while I am here I will wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and say thanks again to Oscar for giving me free rein with his meetup group this year!