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: http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/f/fowlmere/
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!