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 2017-2018 Indoor Meeting Programme

Date Venue Information
26 January 2018
Friends Meeting House, Chesterfield Mike Lane - "A Lane around the UK"
23 February 2018
The Evergreen Club, Allestree, Derby Mike McKavett - "Bird Migration - The Great Eastern Flyway"
3 March 2018
Methodist Church Schoolrooms, Market Place, Buxton SK17 6HX Joint meeting with Buxton Field Club plus Ian Butler - "Suns, Seas and Sandpipers"
23 March 2018
Evergreen Club, Allestree AGM plus Jamie Dunning, “The South Pennine Twite Project”
9 April 2018
Friends Meeting House, Bakewell Joint meeting with the Bakewell Bird Study Group plus Steve Race - "Wild Shetland"



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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
17 January 2018
Albert Village Lake Rod Key - Meet at 12-30pm. Having been informed by locals last year that the tip was closing down mid-June 2017, Rod was surprised to see recent reports of Caspian Gulls on Albert Village Lake and decided to visit late October. Sure enough there were about 1,000 “Big“ Gulls on the water which included 5 Caspian Gulls and 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and more surprisingly a juvenile Shag. It seems then that it’s worth visiting this site one last time (although I said that last year and hear we are) and Rod has kindly agreed to be trip leader. With forecasts of a bad winter there’s a strong possibility of Glaucous and Iceland as well as Yellow-legged and Caspian. 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. For more info please email 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).
27 January 2018
Wiches Oak Water (Aston-on-Trent GP) Rod Key - Prior booking required - details will be published closer to the event
24 March 2018
Upper Derwentdale Andrew Sherwin (01246 221070) - annual Goshawk hunting trip. Loads to see but expect it to be cold!
24 March 2018
Cannock Chase for Woodlarks Leaders: BARRIE, ANITA & ELLIOTT 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:

20 April 2018
Drakelow NR Evening trip, meet at 5pm
28 April 2018 at 08:15 for 08:30 start
Arnfield Reservoir Peter Carefoot - morning trip. 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 or Deb Booler
28 April 2018

Please meet in the Punch Bowl Car Park at 06:15am for the 06:30 start. In previous years we have recorded Raven, Crossbill, Woodlark, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, 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 see most years. 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. The Punch Bowl Car Park is situated on the A513 between RUGELEY and STAFFORD at Grid Ref SJ983207. Keep to the A513 at Wolseley Arms junction and after 1.0 miles 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 and the start of a sharp right hand bend. For more information please email or call 07773 303834. Enquiries on the day: 07889 800126

6 May 2018
Whisby Nature Resereve near Lincoln 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 all of which were present in 2016. We had 3 singing Nightingales on this trip in 2015, 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 are 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 or call 07773 303834

12 May 2018
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. This is prime Ring Ouzel territory with 10 breeding pairs in 2013. Good numbers were seen in 2016. 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. As usual we will look out for the resident water voles. 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 Mobile on the day Mobile 07702 232518 (reception in the area is poor).

20 May 2018
Coombes Valley RSPB Rosie Hamilton - Meet at the Car Park (SK009533) Meet at the Visitor Centre (toilets available) at 8.15 am for an 8.30am start. This is a morning-only trip, which will last roughly three hours.
It is a second trip for the DOS to this location. The 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, Redstart, Wood Warbler and Tree Pipit, along with woodpeckers, common woodland birds and maybe 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 lies off the A523 road, three miles (4.8 km) east of Leek. After passing Bradnop, (from Leek) or just before Bradnop (from Ashbourne) turn up the minor road (and across a railway line) to Apesford (signposted to RSPB Coombes Valley) - 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. For more information contact: - Deb Booler or Rosie Hamilton 01335 418134. For use on the day only Rosie’s mobile is 07415 490720.
26 May 2018
Hayfield/Kinder Peter Carefoot: For more details phone Peter on 01457 238664 or Mobile on the day Mobile 07702 232518 (reception in the area is poor).
May and June, dates TBA, 2018
Clumber Park Shared event with Ogston Bird Club, meet just before 19:00 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 (or for more info) please email or call 07773 303834
16 September 2018
Willington GP in the autumn Richard Winspear


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


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