Our Guided Walks for June and July 2022

The RSPB still asks us to limit numbers on walks so please use the Eventbrite links below to book.  To avoid disappointment please book early.  Booking closes the previous evening. If you need to cancel, please revisit the Eventbrite link.  If without internet, or Eventbrite proves difficult, book by call or text to 07708-310402 or email christophercoppock@live.co.uk  The leader’s number is for on-the-day emergencies only. 

At the start of the walk the leader will collect or confirm your contact details for UK Test-&-Trace.  We will keep these for 21 days then they will be securely deleted. The leader may refuse anyone who has not booked, or ignores social distancing. You must not attend if you or any close contact have tested positive or had symptoms of Covid in the last ten days.  Please bring hand-sanitiser, a face-covering (optional) and your own snacks and optics to avoid sharing.  Wear boots or strong shoes, and dress for the weather. We welcome accompanied children (u16s) but please leave the dog at home.

Weds 8th June 2022, 10.00-14.30

RSPB OTMOOR (OXON) AND GALLOWS BRIDGE FARM (BUCKS)

Leader: Mike Bird, 07510-320661

Our donations have helped the RSPB restore from intensive farming this huge former wetland. Possible are Cranes, Hobby, Turtle dove, Curlew, Marsh harrier, Bittern and many dragonflies. Three hides but no toilets. Level but lengthy walking. Meet in car park, SP 570 126 (RSPB members free—bring your card–others £2)–but small so car-share if possible and don’t park on lane). From Abingdon Arms pub, Beckley (OX3 9TD), take Otmoor Lane for 1 mile and past firing range. Optional return stop at BBOWT Gallows Bridge Farm for breeding Curlew, etc. Signed off minor road linking A41 to Grendon Underwood, SP 671 199.


Sat 25th June 2022, 10.00-13.00

WHIPSNADE AND DUNSTABLE DOWNS, BEDS

Leader: Pete How, 07946-884654

A good follow-up to Nick Bowles’ 12th May talk on butterflies. This chalk downland has both flowers and butterflies, as well as warblers and other scrub birds. Great views, too, from one of SE England’s highest points. Meet at Chiltern Gateway visitor centre off B4541 one mile south of Dunstable: TL 007 198, LU6 2GY. Cafe, shop and toilets. Parking £3.50/day (NT members free). Steep slopes are unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs.


Weds 13th July 2022, 10.00-13.00 – NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FROM PRINTED PROGRAMME

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY—COME AND TRY IT!

COLLEGE LAKE WILDLIFE CENTRE, nr TRING, HERTS

Leader: Paul Young, 07973-431602

Here’s your chance to try wildlife photography–even if you’re a complete beginner and your only camera is your phone! If birds seem too challenging, College Lake has plenty of flowers and insects—and 17-25th is National Dragonfly Week! Visitor centre, toilets and cafe at this flagship BBOWT reserve. Meet in car park (£4 suggested donation) signed off B488 ¼ mile north of canal bridge, Bulbourne. SP 936 138, HP23 5QG