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A Great Summer of Birding

Why don’t you join me on one or two of these terrific field trips this summer? They are open to all, but places go quickly. The quickest way to reserve a place is to e-mail me on dominic@birdwords.co.uk. You will need to make your way to the meeting place (see Events)

DAY TRIPS (10.30am-4pm) £15 per person (please pre-book)

Thursday 8th May – Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex

Thursday 15th May – Farlington Marshes, Hampshire

Friday 23rd May – Titchfield Haven, Hampshire

Friday 13th June – Devil’s Punchbowl and Thursley Common, Surrey
You can pay £7.50 for each section or come to both.

Friday 27th June – New Forest off the Beaten Track

Tuesday 8th July – Medmerry, West Sussex

Friday 18th July – Selborne, Hampshire

SMALL GROUP TRIPS (10 or less), 10.30am-4pm, £25 per person, please pre-book

Thursday 5th June – Stodmarsh, near Canterbury

Tuesday 17th June – Martin Down and Garston Wood, Wiltshire/Dorset

Thursday 3rd JulyLangford Lakes, Wiltshire

Tuesday 22nd July – Raptor Rapture, New Forest

£7 per person per session. Please pre-book if possible (but spaces likely)

7th May –  Longham Lakes, Ferndown, Dorset
14th May –  Radipole Lake, Weymouth
21st May –  Swineham, Wareham
4th June – Mark  Ash Wood, New Forest
11th June – Badbury Rings
18th June – Blashford  Lakes, Ringwood
25th June – Tarrant  Rushton Airfield (north of Wimborne)
2nd July – Lodmoor,  Weymouth
9th July – Arne
16th July – Blandford (for Otters, Kingfishers and lunch!)

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Belarus, anyone?

Azure Tit (c. Baz Scampion)

Azure Tit (copyright Baz Scampion)

I am planning a birding trip to Belarus next spring, from 19th-27th April 2012. It is with my usual friends at Ecotours Wildlife Holidays with myself and Balazs Szigeti as guides, as previously.

The timing of the tour is to maximise the chances of seeing owls, woodpeckers and grouse, as well as such species as Azure Tit. It will also minimise the chance of mosquitoes, which can be bad there. Belarus is an exciting destination, but a fairly new one just opening up to birders. Travelling is by minibus that we pick up in Warsaw, Poland. All meals are included.

Birds to be looked for include Capercaillie, Hazel Grouse, White-backed and Grey-headed Woodpeckers, colourful Ruffs, Great Snipe, Great Grey Owl and so on. Destinations the Pripyat River area, perhaps the very last of Europe’s great wildernesses, Sporovo and Belowezhkaya, the latter being the eastern extension of Poland’s Bialowieza Forest. Mammals that could be seen include European Bison and European Beaver.

For 19-27 April inclusive, this tour will cost in the region of £1400, including flights. The final price is not yet certain. There is a single room supplement of £135.

Please do contact me if you might be interested in joining this incredibly exciting tour.

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