Field Trip to RSPB Winterbourne Downs – Saturday 13/07/2024

In Wiltshire’s chalk country, the RSPB has recreated wildlife-rich habitats once typical of most downland farms to provide a safe haven for Stone Curlews and Lapwings and a marvellous variety of chalk-loving plants and insects. Fields once used for crops are being transformed into flowering grasslands. Wildlife is showing its appreciation and plenty of bugs have moved in to make the most of the nectar-rich fields. South facing butterfly banks have been built and packed with the favourite flowers of the Small Blue and Brown Argus. In addition to Stone Curlew, we will look for Skylark, Lapwing, Yellowhammer, Linnet, Corn Bunting and Grey Partridge.

Winterbourne Downs hedgerows provide nesting opportunities for Blackcaps, Common Whitethroats, and Goldfinches and there is always the chance of raptors such as Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk overhead.

This meeting is free to join for RSPB North East Hants Local Group Members (booking essential).

Non Members of the group are welcome to attend for a suggested donation of £3.00 per person. Advance booking is essential. Please contact the Outdoor Meetings Organiser on 01276 29434.

Please note there are no toilet facilities at the reserve. The nearest with refreshments – including hot food are within 500 metres at The Malet Arms public house, Newton Toney, SP4 0HF. Tel 01980 629279.

Meet at Winterbourne Downs Reserve Car Park SP4 0HE at 9.30 am