Sorry for the short notice but I am ready for another Birds of East Anglia trip out and I thought Sunday 2nd March might be good for us to finally visit Fowlmere. For those who don't know, this is an RSPB reserve close to Cambridge which has been suggested several times as a destination for this group but which I have not yet organised a trip to. Here is its website:

This event will consist of a walk round the reserve with our binoculars and cameras, visiting the hides and trying to see what birds or other wildlife we can spot and photograph.  This will probably take two or three hours, after which those who want to (including me) can visit a local cafe or pub for refreshments and a chat.  Edit: Siobhan has recommended the Great British Queen in Meldreth or the Green Man at Frog End, and both sound good, so I suggest we try one of those.

Fowlmere is small enough that anyone who finds the pace too slow and decides to leave early can do so as the car park will never be that far away.

I suggest we meet in the car park at 12 p.m.. Please check the route before you set out as Fowlmere is not the easiest place to find. In particular the nature reserve is not actually in the village of Fowlmere but about a mile to the west (between Fowlmere and Melbourn).

I have put 12 p.m. as the start time partly because the days are getting a bit longer but mainly because I am a bit lazy (not really a morning person!) but if people would rather meet at 11 a.m. please comment to this effect and I could be persuaded to bring the start time forward. It is certainly true that birds are more active and visible in the morning but even 11 a.m. is rather late in this sense so I am not sure it would make a great deal of difference.

As always new attendees are welcome and I have two spare pairs of binoculars which I can lend out to the first two people who ask in the comments.

If anyone needs help getting to this event, I or others may be able to offer lifts from Cambridge or (in my case at least) Ely - please comment below if you would like a lift.

I think that's everything, I hope a few of you can join me and that we enjoy better weather, including better light for photography, than we have had at the last two outdoor events!

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  • Stephen

    I did better on this occasion and not only kept the list of species up-to-date during the afternoon, but also didn't lose it afterwards. As always please let me know if I have missed any species, which is always possible:

    Great Tit
    Song Thrush
    Blue Tit
    Goldcrest (heard singing)
    Black-headed Gull
    Dunnock (heard singing)
    Water Rail (heard calling)
    Long-tailed Tit
    Greylag Goose
    Carrion Crow
    Canada Goose
    Barn Owl
    Common Gull
    Mistle Thrush or Fieldfare

    1 · March 7, 2014

  • Thuy B.

    The meetup was excellent. Thank you everyone, and especially Stephen who can hear a bird sneeze!

    1 · March 7, 2014

  • Siobhan

    Damn! This is right near me so would have been great - but I'm not around that weekend. :-( However, I can recommend The British Queen

    in nearby Meldreth for drinks afterwards, or maybe The Green Man at Frog End, Melbourn,
    which is pretty close to the reserve. Both are good places for food and drink. Have fun! :-)

    February 20, 2014

    • Les B.

      The Green Man it was. A good place to round off the day.

      2 · March 5, 2014

  • Les B.

    A really great day Stephen, thanks to your erudition my knowledge is steadily increasing. I was particularly struck by your tips for recognition of Common and Black-headed Gulls in flight. My photos will appear here shortly.

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • Stephen

    Thanks for coming everyone and for the positive comments, also thanks to Denise for her knowledge of the reserve, without which we might not have seen the Barn Owls (well, I for one might not have looked very closely at that box!)

    March 4, 2014

  • Michael

    Another enjoyable day. Thanks again to Stephen for organising and leading.

    1 · March 4, 2014

  • Denise

    Thanks Stephen. Enjoyed the afternoon and your helpful information.

    1 · March 3, 2014

  • Rachel

    Great to meet you all and thanks for a lovely walk around the reserve. Thanks also to Stephen for the useful i.d. tips!

    2 · March 2, 2014

  • Louise M.

    Sorry i cant make this..'im working til gone midnight the night before then I have cycle training the next day. Next time!

    February 24, 2014

  • Rachel

    Sorry I can't make Fowlmere - too far away and not cost/carbon-effective. Enjoy everyone. Another time!

    February 24, 2014

  • Susie

    Sadly I can't make this date either as I am travelling back from my holiday this Sunday. Hope you all have a good time and I look forward to joining you on the next trip if I am free.

    February 24, 2014

  • Becky

    Unfortunately, I can't make this one either! It's my nephew's 18th so away for the weekend.

    February 23, 2014

  • Stephen

    Sorry you can't make it Pete and Siobhan. Siobhan thanks very much for those tips, they are really useful, in fact I will amend the details to say that we are probably going to go to one of those two pubs, and I probably won't bother with the scouting trip now!

    February 21, 2014

  • Pete

    I'll be on a walking weekend in the Malverns

    February 20, 2014

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