Meetings and Trips

 

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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
30 November 2018
The Evergreen Club, Allestree, Derby Tony Davison - "In Search of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper - Kamchatka to Chucotka"
Friday
25 January 2019
Friends Meeting House, Chesterfield Jack Baddams - "Birds in Folklore"
Friday
22 February 2019
The Evergreen Club, Allestree, Derby Rob Adams - "Surn - a Magical Place"
Saturday
2 March 2019
Methodist Church Schoolrooms, Market Place, Buxton SK17 6HX Joint meeting with Buxton Field Club plus TBD
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
Wednesday
12 December 2018
Albert Village Lake Rod has visited the lake and the good news is that there are plenty of gulls, including Caspians. It’s therefore worth visiting this site with Rod for one last time (although I said this last year and the year before so maybe the gulls will never leave!). As well as Caspians there’s the possibility of Glaucous, Iceland and Yellow-legged. Meet in the usual car park at 12:30 (grid ref SK304182). Albert Village Lake lies just over the Derbyshire border in NW Leicestershire. Directions from Derby - take the A514 to Swadlincote. In Woodville at the Clock Garage roundabout turn left onto the A511 signposted Leicester. After about 1 mile at a set of traffic lights take the right-hand turn signposted Moira and Albert Village. This is Hepworth Road At the first roundabout take the second exit. At the next roundabout take the second exit and follow signs for Albert Village. At the third roundabout take the first exit into Occupation Lane. Follow this to the road junction with Main Street/Mushroom Road-the Mushroom Hall public house will be facing you. Go straight across this junction into Occupation Road, drive over two traffic calmers and after the second one turn right into a small car park serving the playing fields. Booking is not required. For more info please email debsbooler@hotmail.com or call 07773303834. Be prepared for cold conditions and if the weather is bad please feel free to call Rod 01332 678571 (between 19:00 and 21:00 only please) to check for cancellation.
Wednesday
16 January 2019
Albert Village Lake See above for details
Saturday
2 February 2019
Wiches Oak Water (Aston-on-Trent GP) Rod Key - Prior booking required - details will be published closer to the event
Saturday
23 March 2019
Upper Derwentdale Andrew Sherwin (01246 221070) - annual Goshawk hunting trip. 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

April 2019 (date TBD)
Drakelow NR Please meet at 5am (yes, 05:00!)
Saturday
27 April 2019
Cannock Chase 2 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

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

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 (SK0197). For more details please contact me 01457 23 86 64 E-mail petercarefoot@talktalk.net or Deb Booler debsbooler@hotmail.com

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

Saturday
18 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).

May 2019
Whisby Nature Resereve near Lincoln or Paxton Pits (Date TBD)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. For more information please email debsbooler@hotmail.com or call 07773 303834

May and June 2019
Clumber Park ADVANCE NOTICE dates TBD: FIELDTRIP to CLUMBER PARK for Nightjars (Booking essential, limited to 5 DOS members). 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. To book please email debsbooler@hotmail.com to enquire and provide contact details or call 07773 303834

 

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For the meeting times, exact locations and joining details please consult the forthcoming bulletins.

 

Please be aware of the weather conditions and dress accordingly, strong footwear is recommended.

 

 
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