Coach Outings 2024

The cost of coach trips is £20 each, irrespective of distance. For some reserves, there may be an additional small entrance fee. Coach trips should be booked at least five weeks in advance by either contacting John Britten on 01933 622562, Mike Byrne on 01933 626251 or by emailing Mike at michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk.

Upcoming Coach Trips

9 June 2024
LWT Whisby Nature Park, LN6 9BW

Leaves Raunds Square at 8:00am and Thrapston Market Place at 8:10am.

Whisby Nature Park is a beautiful landscape near Lincoln, full of wildlife, walks and trails. Once barren and lifeless, this amazing place now abounds with wildlife. The park was created by quarrying for sand and gravel, but nature has reclaimed the pits and bare sand, creating habitats for many species. The lakes at Whisby Nature Park are surrounded by grassland, marsh, scrub and willow carr. Elements of the original quarry landscape remain, with fragments of heathland, old hedgerows and a small oak woodland. In spring and summer, flocks of tits and finches are joined by warblers. The lakes attract feeding Sand Martins and Swallows, and Black-headed Gulls nest on the islands. Chiffchaffs along with Reed and Garden Warblers can be heard. Whisby Nature Park has also been designated a dragonfly hotspot by the British Dragonfly Society. There are six waymarked trails to choose from at Whisby Nature Park ranging from 1.2 to 3 miles. Paths are level and, in many places, have a hard surface of compacted limestone.

Facilities: shop, toilets and café.

https://www.lincstrust.org.uk/get-involved/top-reserves/whisby-nature-park

BOOKINGS ARE BEING TAKEN! Please contact rspbmidnene@gmail.com to book your place.

29 September 2024
LWT Gibraltar Point, PE24 4SU

Leaves Raunds Square at 8:00am and Thrapston Market Place at 8:10am.

Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve is an area of some 430 hectares, comprising sandy and muddy seashores, sand-dunes, saltmarshes and freshwater habitats. It extends for a distance of about 3 miles along the Lincolnshire coast, from the southern end of Skegness to the entrance of the Wash. There is a network of paths, designed to take the visitor easily around the major habitats whilst keeping disturbance to a minimum. Many typical plants, growing in characteristic habitats, are labelled at points where they are easy to see from the paths. There is an observation platform at Mill Hill, which offers extensive views of the surrounding landscape, and public hides overlook the Mere and Fenland Lagoon.

Facilities: visitor centre, shop, toilets and café.

Admission: adult permit price of £1.00 in addition to normal coach fare.

https://www.lincstrust.org.uk/get-involved/top-reserves/gibraltar-point

3 November 2024
RSPB Dearne Valley Old Moor, S73 0YF

Leaves Raunds Square at 8:00am and Thrapston Market Place at 8:10am.

In the heart of Yorkshire’s Dearne Valley lies Old Moor, a family friendly nature reserve just waiting to welcome you. Blessed with a wide range of facilities and teeming with wildlife there is something for everyone to enjoy. In winter, it is home to hundreds of ducks, swans and geese. Old Moor’s swaying reedbeds and muddy wader scrapes are home to some of the UK’s rarest birds such as Avocets, Bitterns and Marsh Harriers. Elsewhere you can explore lakes, ponds and wet grasslands divided by hedgerows brimming with life. During the winter, the bird garden is at its best, giving excellent close views of a range of birds including Bullfinches and Bramblings. Winter wildfowl arrive in their thousands, with whistling Wigeons from as far away as Greenland. You may also catch a glimpse of our raptors, such as resident Marsh Harriers and Peregrines patrolling the reserve looking for a meal.

Facilities: visitor centre, shop, toilets, and café.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/days-out/reserves/dearne-valley-old-moor

Previous coach trips:

11 February 2024
RSPB Frampton Marsh, PE20 1AY

Leaves Raunds Square at 8:00am and Thrapston Market Place at 8:10am.

Blessed with a variety of freshwater habitats, Frampton Marsh provides close views of the abundant birdlife of The Wash, one of Europe’s most special places for wildlife. This is a landscape surrounded by waters teeming with life. The reserve is set against the shore of The Wash, with freshwater wetlands, reedbeds, wet grasslands and large shallow scrapes. The winter can be spectacular, with thousands of Wigeons, Teals, Brent Geese, Lapwings and Golden Plover all packed onto the wet grasslands. Whooper swans roost on the reedbed each night and with luck you may see a small flock of Twites, or even the elusive Lapland Bunting.

Facilities: visitor centre, toilets and café.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/days-out/reserves/frampton-marsh

Please note that the Potteric Carr coach trip has been cancelled.

CANCELLED: 21 April 2024
YWT Potteric Carr, DN4 8DB

Leaves Raunds Square at 8:00am and Thrapston Market Place at 8:10am.

Potteric Carr is a wild oasis just waiting to be explored. Now nestling between motorway and railway, it is a remnant of the vast fenland that once stretched all the way across the Humber basin to the coast. Around each corner you will discover a true mosaic of habitats, from reedbeds to winding woodland trails and networks of ponds teeming with life. Whilst walking through the mosaic of habitats, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, from Roe Deer tiptoeing through the woodlands to Great Crested Newts basking in the ponds. Enjoy incredible birdwatching from one of the hides dotted about the reserve. Potteric Carr attracts a huge number of wetland birds and is especially exciting during spring and autumn with migrating birds passing through. Listen carefully and you might even hear the booming of the elusive Bittern. Willow Tits, Marsh Harriers, Common Toad and Avocets can also be seen.

Facilities: shop, toilets and café.

Admission: adult permit price of £5.00 in addition to normal coach fare for non-members of YWT.