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January-March news and day trips.

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Residential trips

In 2017 we would like to offer a few UK based two night trips for small groups of 5-6 people.
A few ideas to put out there now that may be of interest include one of our favourite destinations- North Norfolk in May/June and November/December, dates are yet to be confirmed.

Contact via email- Martin@Anserbirding.com or text/call 07733 363905.

Next day/half day trip date

Forest of Dean, 4 March  (half day trip) NOW FULLY BOOKED

See below for details.

Meet at Whitminster 0730am, return by 1.30pm. £20.00 per person. We can meet you along the way or near/at our first destination of the day.

South Devon is a possibility in March, subject to interest.

A day trip to take in wintering birds especially waders and wildfowl on the Exe estuary including Avocets, Slavonian Grebe and Red-throated Diver and the local speciality, the Cirl Bunting. Scarcer wintering birds recorded lately include Long-tailed Duck, American Wigeon and Yellow-browed Warbler with Bonaparte’s Gull, Velvet and Surf Scoter and a Desert Wheatear also present in South Devon.

Contact via email- Martin@Anserbirding.com or text/call 07733 363905.

Typical Birding day/half days include some of the following Gloucestershire birding venues

These meetings usually fall on Fridays or Saturdays. Pricing and a selection of destinations follow

Forest of Dean-A variety of birds occur with Great spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Lesser Spotted are extremely elusive. Crossbill, Hawfinch, Goshawk, Mandarin, Willow Tit, Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Redpoll, Siskin, Jay, Goosander and Dipper. In summer Nightjar and Woodcock can be seen and heard on nocturnal forays.

WWT Slimbridge where I work has plenty of events on offer year round. I usually cover the Sunday events. See website for latest sightings here http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge/wildlife/latest-sightings/

Upper Severn Estuary Includes migration of waders, wildfowl and passerines. Habitat, seasonal wetlands, intertidal estuary and freshwater pools and lakes.

Sharpness A good spot for ‘seawatching’ should we have gales or for watching visible migration. Black Redstarts (in winter), Peregrine and often Common Sandpiper or commoner waders.

Cotswolds Downland birds- Buzzard, Red Kite, Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Grey Partridge (scarce) and Red legged Partridge (many release birds) Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer, Marsh Tit, Linnet, Golden Plover (in winter), Lapwing and more. Habitat-upland hills, heath and some sympathetically farmed areas.

Rarity reaction
If anything special arrives nearby (or futher afield) a half or full day of quality birding can be built around the target bird or birds. This type of trip can be organised at late notice with a very early start. If this is of interest then keep a close eye on what birds are around, twitter feed and here on the news page.

Pricing and how to book a place

Prices based on a minimum of four participants- £20-25.00  for a half day (5 hours) and £40-50.00 for a full day (10 hours).

It is best to text or call 07733 363 905 to confirm a place or if you have any queries, alternatively send an email to Martin@anserbirding.com . See below (near bottom of page) for the typical meeting point details if not meeting at the destination.

Do you use Twitter?
Anser Birding events are now on @AnserNews

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General news

Watching Waterbirds with Kate Humble and me

The book I had been working on with Kate Humble, Think Publishing and A and C Black (now Bloomsbury) over the last couple of years is available in WWT shops, online, Amazon and all good book stores. It is intended as a bridge guide to introduce common wetland birds to those new to the hobby and also features the Great Waterbird Challenge for you to try out.

If you have bought it already, thank you very much, we do hope you enjoy using it. Link to bookshop.

https://www.wwt.org.uk/shop/shop/books/natural-history-books/watching-waterbirds-with-kate-humble-and-martin-mcgill/

Martin J McGill

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Whitminster Meeting Point

Directions for events if you meet at Whitminster…. leave Junction 13 of M5 and head to A38 Roundabout. On the A38 take exit for GLOUCESTER, WHITMINSTER heading North. Second exit if coming from A38 South or 3rd exit from A419. Head up the hill and take first left (after Garden Centre) turning into School Lane. The village hall and car park is immediately on the right of this junction. Meet here. Opposite is the Old Forge Pub which is on the east side of the A38, School Lane is on the West side.

I also use the layby (4-5 cars) just past Whitminster School on the right. To reach here continue down school lane and straight over the mini roundabout, the layby is immediately after the school where the village ends!

Link to map to search for Holbury Crescent http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

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BBC Tide Timetable for the West (note you can search anywhere in Britain from this link)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast/tides/west.shtml

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