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Changes will be avoided if at all possible, but please note that the committee reserves the right to change the programmes due to unforeseen circumstances

 

Some of the information given is preliminary so you can get the dates into your diaries and more information will be published later

 

The 2018-2019 Indoor Meeting Programme

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Date Venue Information
Friday
22 March 2019
Evergreen Club, Allestree AGM plus Members Evening
Monday
8 April 2019
Friends Meeting House, Bakewell Joint meeting with the Bakewell Bird Study Group plus Chris Sperring - "An Evening with Chris Sperring"

 

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Will members please note:

 

All meetings including the AGM, will start at 7.30 pm. Entry fee is £2 for members, £2-50p for non-members including refreshments. The joint meeting with the Buxton Field Club will be free.

 

The AGM will be free.

 

Reminders, more details, and any alterations will appear in the appropriate Bulletins. Make sure to check, so as to avoid wasted journeys and/or disappointment.

 

The meetings are a good chance to get to know other members of the Society, and find out what's happening in the county and further afield, as well as to enjoy the main event.

 


 

 

The 2016-2017 Fieldtrip Programme

Date Location Leader and Information
Saturday
23 March 2019
Upper Derwentdale Leader: Andrew Sherwin (01246 221070)

Annual Goshawk hunting trip. Meet at 08:00. Loads to see but expect it to be cold!

Saturday
30 March 2019
Cannock Chase 1 Leaders: BARRIE & ANITA STALEY

Please meet in the MARQUIS DRIVE VISITOR CENTRE at 0745hr (SK003151) - DO NOT PAY to park as we will move car parks shortly afterwards. Leave Rugeley SW on the A460 towards Cannock and Hednesford. After 3.5 miles turn right into Station Road at Chase Car Sales towards Pye Green and Stafford. After 150 yds immediately after passing over the railway, turn right onto Brindley Heath Road. Visitor Centre is on the right after 1.5 miles after the urning and is signposted. Target species are Woodlark, Raven, raptors, woodpeckers and possibly Crossbill. For more information contact: Barrie or Anita Staley 01283 567325 / 07889 800126 e-mail: barriestaley@outlook.com

Tuesday
23 April 2019
Drakelow NR 18:45 for 19:00 start

An evening visit to watch the regular roosting birds arrive that spend the night on Drakelow NR, the well-matured wetland by the River Trent near Burton-upon-Trent. Recently, this has included Little Egrets, Great White Egrets, masses of Jackdaws, Crows, Woodpigeons, Stock Doves and a large numbers of Cormorants. There should also be plenty of interest on Main Pool, with a variety of ducks and other species and nesting Egyptian and Greylag Geese. Plus, by this time of the year many of the summer migrants will have arrived and passerines should be still in song early evening and in April 2017 and 2018 we had Grasshopper Warblers reeling. Most of the visit will be confined to the Main Hide to limit disturbance to the roosting birds, especially the Cormorants which can be prone to be disturbed by minor disruption.

If attending please contact Syd in advance on 07879 947804 so you can be met at the main gate to the old Drakelow Power Station (grid ref: SK 229 191) at 18:45 and not be locked out (unless you are a permit holder, or already have the DWT gate number). The main gate is on the minor road between Walton-on-Trent and Stapenhill, near Burton-upon-Trent.

Saturday
27 April 2019
Annual Cannock Chase Romp Leaders: BARRIE & ANITA STALEY

Please meet in the Punch Bowl Car Park at 06:15 for the 06:30 start. In previous years we have recorded Raven, Crossbill, Woodlark, Redstart, Tree Pipit, Pied Flycatcher, Cuckoo, Stonechat, all three woodpeckers, many warblers and other common woodland species and we hope to see most again this year. The trip is timed to hopefully give us a good chance of seeing Wood Warblers, which still occur in very small numbers on the ‘Chase and which we saw well last year, together with Pied Flycatcher (the first sighting on this trip for several years). Although some of the speciality species have been rather difficult to locate in recent years, the 2017 Cannock Chase Bird Survey noted that four pairs of Pied Flycatchers bred and four to five pairs of Wood Warbler were found, so hopefully we can discover these once again. Also, a few Crossbills have been seen on the ‘Chase this year.

Weather permitting, we can also expect to see a good selection of raptors and a few butterflies, including Green Hairstreak (a ‘Chase speciality). The trip will finish around lunchtime.

Punch Bowl Car Park is situated on the A513 between Rugeley and Stafford at grid ref SK983027. Keep to the A513 at Wolseley Arms junction and after 1 mile continue past sign-board marked ‘Seven Springs CP’ for further 1.4 miles and the Punch Bowl CP signposted and is easily visible on the left side of the road at the start of a sharp right hand bend. Please note The Punch Bowl is the name the car park, not a pub!

For more information please email debsbooler@hotmail.com or call 07773 303834. Enquiries on the day: 07972 866041

Sunday
28 April 2019
Whisby Nature Park LWT for Nightingales Leaders: Leader: Alan Wragg

Meet in the car park 07:20 for a prompt 07:30 start. Whisby Nature Park lies on the south-western outskirts of Lincoln. Expect to see Nightingales, many spring warblers, Mediterranean Gulls and several species of waterfowl. We’ve had singing Nightingales on this trip in the last two years so we hope to find at least a couple. Finishing time will around 10:30, in time for breakfast at the Visitor Centre. Car parking is £2 for the day and there is plenty to see for those who wish to stay later.

To find Whisby NP take the A52 east around Nottingham, then the A46 towards Newark and Lincoln. Continue past Newark on the A46 to the outskirts of Lincoln. At the Travel Lodge/Wacky Warehouse roundabout, keep on the A46 Lincoln by-pass and turn left half-a-mile beyond the A46 island into Moor Lane and to the car park after another half-a-mile. The Park has brown tourist signs from the A46 Travel time from Derby is around one hour.

Saturday
4 May 2019
Arnfield Reservoir and Swallows Wood Peter Carefoot - morning trip at 08:15 for prompt 08:30 start

Swallows Wood is a nature reserve north of Arnfield Reservoir bordering farmed moorland. The 60-acre (24ha) reserve, which contains semi-natural woodlands, meadows, ponds and marsh areas, is owned by United Utilities who are responsible for its management. The area was formerly occupied by the Hollingworth and Waste Lodge Reservoirs. These were decommissioned in 1987, and the nature reserve was created. Swallows Wood is located on the fringes of the Peak District National Park and in late 2015 a large area of conifers was felled opening up the site. The walk will take in some pastures through to Arnfield settlement and back to the fishery. Here the shop has toilets for the disabled and refreshments including excellent coffee. The walk will be a leisurely stroll of about 2 miles. Expect a wide variety of bird life attracted by the water with the mixed woodland and moor. Arnfield Reservoir and Swallows Wood are located on the edge of Tintwistle Village. From the M1 (from the south) leave at Junction 35A and follow the A616 to Langsett. Take the first exit from the roundabout at Langsett to join the A628, follow this road to Tintwistle. As you leave the village you will see Arnfield Fishery on your right. Turn up Crossgate Lane where you can park the car in the lane. The fisheries car park is private (SK0197). For more details contact Peter on 01457 238664 or petercarefoot@talktalk.net. Mobile on the day 07702 232518.

Sunday
12 May 2019
Coombes Valley RSPB Leader: Deb Booler - meet 08:15 for a prompt 08:30 start

Meet at the Visitor Centre for a trip which will last roughly three hours. Coombes Valley RSPB Reserve is a delightful reserve set in mature oak woodland and in the spring it is an excellent place to see and hear Pied Flycatcher and Redstart, along with woodpeckers, common woodland birds, Wood Warbler and maybe Tree Pipit, Grey Wagtail and Dipper. The steep valley with a stream running along the bottom is also a wonderful place to see spring flowers and butterflies. The reserve is just off the A523, three miles (4.8 km) east of Leek. After passing Bradnop, (from Leek) or just before Bradnop (from Ashbourne). Turn off the A523 at the signpost to RSPB and and Apesford and cross a railway line. The reserve is on the left after a mile (1.6 km). Note that the reserve has rough tracks and steep hills so please wear suitable footwear; toilets available in the Centre. For more information please contact Deb on debsbooler@hotmail.com or 07773 303834

22 May
Clumber Park Nightjars (Booking essential, limited to 5 DOS members, if there is demand a third trip may be arranged). Shared event with Ogston Bird Club; Leader: John Parlby This has proved to be a successful trip in previous years with sightings of nightjars, woodcock and owls. Details of meeting point: if coming from the west e.g. Chesterfield, make your way to Cuckney which is about 6 miles north of Mansfield on the A60. Turn right (east) on the A616 for 3 miles to a left turn on the B6034. Drive along the B6034 for 1 mile then turn right signed Clumber Park. After about 1 mile enter the park through a massive ornamental gateway (the start of Lime Tree Avenue) After 1.5 miles there’s a large brown sign at SK619752 indicating a right turn to Clumber Park Visitor’s facilities. Take this right turn and drive a further 200m to the meeting point just through the electronic gates. These gates close at 19:00 so you need to be parked up inside them otherwise you’ll have to leave your car outside and transfer to someone else’s vehicle. Any problems with these directions, please call on 07833 720542 (phone has little/no service at the meeting point so text if close to 19:00). Bring midge repellent/net and clothes to cover ‘everything’ just in case. A camping seat is handy if you don’t like standing. There are five spaces per evening for DOS members so booking is essential. To book please email debsbooler@hotmail.com to enquire and provide contact details or call 07773 303834 (please note these are the correct dates, the May date in the last bulletin was incorrect).
Saturday
25 May 2019
Crowden Leader: Peter Carefoot - meet 07.45 for a prompt 08:00 start

The Crowden Caravan and Camp site car-park is on the busy Woodhead Road (A628) approximately 6 miles east of Glossop, Grid Ref SK073994. It is well signed as you approach. The area comprises valley moorland with redundant quarries, Torside Reservoir and Brockholes Wood Nature Reserve, which is one of the few remaining areas of natural upland oak with moorland in England. This is prime Ring Ouzel territory with at least two or three breeding pairs in 2013 and several birds were seen on the 2017 walk. The oak woods have Tree Pipits, Treecreepers, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers and Blackcap. Whinchat have been seen on all previous DOS walks in this area. Long and Short-eared, Tawny and Little Owls are present as are Raven, Kestrel and Peregrine. The trip will be a ramble over approximately 2 miles with two short, but moderate climbs. There are toilets and a shop serving tea, coffee and snacks but no sandwiches, so bring your own. For more details phone Peter on 01457 238664 or petercarefoot@talktalk.net. Mobile on the day Mobile 07702 232518 (reception in the area is poor).

13 June 2019
Clumber Park Nightjars (Booking essential, limited to 5 DOS members, if there is demand a third trip may be arranged). Shared event with Ogston Bird Club; Leader: John Parlby This has proved to be a successful trip in previous years with sightings of nightjars, woodcock and owls. Details of meeting point: if coming from the west e.g. Chesterfield, make your way to Cuckney which is about 6 miles north of Mansfield on the A60. Turn right (east) on the A616 for 3 miles to a left turn on the B6034. Drive along the B6034 for 1 mile then turn right signed Clumber Park. After about 1 mile enter the park through a massive ornamental gateway (the start of Lime Tree Avenue) After 1.5 miles there’s a large brown sign at SK619752 indicating a right turn to Clumber Park Visitor’s facilities. Take this right turn and drive a further 200m to the meeting point just through the electronic gates. These gates close at 19:00 so you need to be parked up inside them otherwise you’ll have to leave your car outside and transfer to someone else’s vehicle. Any problems with these directions, please call on 07833 720542 (phone has little/no service at the meeting point so text if close to 19:00). Bring midge repellent/net and clothes to cover ‘everything’ just in case. A camping seat is handy if you don’t like standing. There are five spaces per evening for DOS members so booking is essential. To book please email debsbooler@hotmail.com to enquire and provide contact details or call 07773 303834 (please note these are the correct dates, the May date in the last bulletin was incorrect).

 

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