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2015 saw a number of new birders joining our group and each outing settling down to 10-12 people which is an ideal number to prevent aggravating either the local bird population or the local birders.

We changed venue for our lunch in 2016 to Alison House in Cromford. The birding was good (a pair of sparrowhawks being my personal highlight) and the lunch was superb in a beautiful venue.

In the future I would like to take a more collaborative approach to the walks, with volunteers from the group leading one or two walks a year. Please get in touch if one of the venues listed below tickles your fancy and you would like to lead the walk.

Red Shank at Blacktoft Sands. Image courtesy of Ron Williams

The itinerary for 2017 is as follows:

3 January - Attenborouh

7 February - Longshaw and the top of Padley Gorge. Starling roost if it is still there

7 March - Old Moor / Wombwell Ings

4 April - Carsington Water

2 May - In search of Curlew and Ring Ouzel

6 June - Humber Night Away

4 July - Combs Valley

August No birding

5 September - Langford Lowfields

3 October - Pleasley and maybe Carr Vale

7 November - Potteric Carr

5 December - Monsal Trail and Hassop Station Cafe for lunch

Venues may change depending on the weather and who is willing to take responsibility for the outings. We may also have a summer trip and picnic to Avenue Washlands and an additional trip to Ogston

The Birding group coordinator (with Ron Williams) is Jane Burgess, who can be contacted by email by clicking on her name, or by telephone on 07954 588053.

Last updated on 29 December, 2016
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