We continue to attract new members and each outing in 2017 had 10-12 members enjoying the countryside, bird reserves and our lovely British birds. The Christmas walk and excellent lunch at Hassop Station Cafe had a record turnout!

We meet monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month, except in August when the birds are staying hidden as they grow new feathers. We share transport and for most months don't go further than an hour's drive from Matlock. In the early summer we may go further afield to places such as Bempton Cliffs or Rutland water and sometimes stay overnight and have dinner together.

Each month, the person responsible for the outing will send out details a week in advance and you just need to let them know if you are going to be there.

Knowledge is shared eagerly and there is no need to have anything other than an interest in birds to take part.

Red Shank at Blacktoft Sands. Image courtesy of Ron Williams

The itinerary for 2018 is as follows:

2 January - Attenborough (cancelled due to truly awful weather!)

6 February - Try again with Attenborough

6 March - Carver along the river

3 April - Carsington Water

1 May - Padley Gorge

5 June - Lathkill Dale

3 July - TBA

August - No birding

4 September - TBA

2 October - Potteric Carr

6 November - Old Moor

4 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.

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 14 January, 2018
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