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Sedge warbler at Rutland Water

Rutland Water – 12 June 2022

As with most of the reserves we’ve visited this year, it was three years since our last trip to Rutland…

Tideswell Dale Photo: Bill Boaden

Tideswell Dale – 1 June 2022

Fourteen of us, led by Helen Foley, set off in lovely bright sunshine with the birds in full song. The…

Upper Burbage Valley Photo: Neil Fawson

Burbage – 18 May 2022

We had perfect weather for our walk across the wild, boulder strewn moorland of the Upper Burbage Valley, dominated by…

Attenborough – 15 May 2022

We arrived at Attenborough just after 9am and the weather gods were again kind to us as the forecast rain…

Great crested grebe Photo: William Bennet

Old Moor – 11 May 2022

We set off along the Trans-Pennine Trail in light rain, with chiffchaffs, willow warblers and wrens in full song. After…

Kingfisher female Photo: Bob Russon

A day of two halves

Getting up at 4.15 am can’t be anyone’s idea of fun but an early start was the only way we…

Female pied flycatcher Photo: Edwyn Anderton

Padley Gorge – 7 May 2022

Starting early, at 8 am, 34 of us set off across the rustic wooden footbridge on a beautiful sunny spring…

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A Royal Visit

Although I’m very unlikely to get the Queen coming to dinner, even in her Platinum Jubilee year, I was fortunate…

Bluebells at Burton Mere - Paul Maddox - Apr 22

Burton Mere – 24 April 2022

Will Taylor, our youngest group member, has written this report on our trip to the Burton Mere RSPB reserve in…

Holmebrook Valley – 23 April 2022

It was nippy for late April and birdsong was certainly suppressed by the cool temperature but, undeterred and led by…

Sparrowhawk feasting on a woodpigeon

It’s all go in the garden

With all this good weather we had a few weeks ago, things were starting to buzz in the garden, and…