LICHFIELD RSPB LOCAL GROUP MAY NEWSLETTER

NEW RSPB LICHFIELD LOCAL GROUP WEBSITE
The RSPB has been revamping Local Group websites and we now have a new Lichfield group
website. Colin Beresford has been setting it up for us and the website is now live. The link to it is
http://group.rspb.org.uk/lichfield
We are still working on developing the new website. It has a much more modern look and will enable
us to provide more information etc than was possible with the old Lichfield group website which will
now be discontinued.
BIRDWATCHING AT ATTENBOROUGH NATURE RESERVE
Twelve of visited Attenborough reserve on 13th April.
This is a large reserve operated by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust near Long Eaton and has been
developed from former gravel pits next to the River Trent. There are several lakes and hides with
varied habitat. April is a good month to visit when all the summer migrants have arrived.
We saw and heard a good range of warblers; blackcaps, chiffchaffs, whitethroats and sedge
warblers. There were Cetti’s warblers everywhere. Sand martins were flying around. The star bird
species of the day was a juvenile little gull which we eventually managed to find and it obligingly sat
on a post for several minutes so that most of us were able to get good views of it.
This is a large reserve and we were only had time to visit a small portion of it before a heavy shower
arrived and we decided to make for the very good visitor centre which has an excellent café. This is
a reserve that is well worth making the effort to visit.
NIGHTINGALES
I have not seen any nightingales since 2018 and when I went to Paxton Pits in 2019 there were
none to be seen. I read in Birdwatching Magazine recently that a good location to see nightingales
is Castor Hanglands Nature reserve, a few miles from Peterborough, so last Sunday I visited the
reserve. I counted at least 5 singing nightingales, all in a small area of woodland and scrub.
Unfortunately they were hiding in the undergrowth as usual but I did get a brief view of one flying.
SUTTON COLDFIELD RSPB GROUP COACH TRIPS – Sutton group are running coach trips to RSPB
Lakenheath Fen on Sunday 22nd May and RSPB Bempton Cliffs on Sunday 19th June. For further information
and to book please contact Tony Green on 0753 132 9664 or tonygreen777@hotmail.co.uk.
Lichfield RSPB Local Group
A NIGHT FOR NIGHTJARS ON WEDNESDAY 8th JUNE
Please note change of date from that shown in the 2022 programme.
We will meet as in previous years at the Whitehouse car park (postcode WS12 4PR) on Cannock
Chase at 9pm. Hopefully we will see and hear these enigmatic visitors. There is also a very good
chance of seeing Woodcock performing their roding flight and perhaps cuckoos. Put some warm
clothes on as it can get quite chilly when the sun goes down and a torch may be useful to get back
to the car park.
LOCAL BIRDWATCHING WALKS AUTUMN/WINTER 2022
The walks will last approximately 2 hours. Paths can be muddy so please bring appropriate footwear.
Meet at the venue at 10.00am.
The programme of walks is as follows:
Tuesday 13th September
Pipe Hall Farm
Meet at the Woodland Trust free car park. This is on St. Matthews Road, Burntwood. Postcode is WS7 9EL.
Wednesday 19th October
The Wolseley Centre, Rugeley
Meet at the reserve car park.
Monday 14th November
Doxey Marshes, Stafford
Meet at the car park at the end of Wootton Drive, Stafford. Postcode is ST16 1PU.
Tuesday 13th December
RSPB Middleton Lakes
Meet at the reserve car park.
SEE YOU ALL IN SEPTEMBER AND HAVE A GREAT SUMMER
NEXT MEETING: 13th SEPTEMBER

Wildlife of Sydney and the Blue Mountains – Nick Martin
We welcome back Nick Martin tonight. Nick was the manager at Middleton Lakes before moving
to Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.
From vibrant fairy wrens to noisy cockatoos, frogmouths to fruit bats Sydney has a wide variety
of wildlife to enchant visitors to this wonderful antipodean destination. Across four visits Nick
has accumulated many images to illustrate his exploration of this area and its nature