Bird Watching


Primarily bird watching of course but at the appropriate times of the year we encompass observing butterflies, dragon & damselflies; in fact anything else of wildlife interest.

Where and when

We meet on the third Thursday of each month.  Usually the outing is confined to the morning and within an hours drive of Market Harborough.  This means we include sites throughout Leicestershire & Rutland and take in parts of Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and Cambridgeshire.  Come May or June we may make a day of it and/or travel further afield.  During the winter months the location selected will have a café so we can finish off with a hot drink.

Other information

Suitable footwear is essential as many sites can be very muddy/wet.  Some sites will involve a pretty good walk of maybe 2-3 miles too.
Currently I'm not taking in any new members, but this situation could change anytime so ring me if interested and I'll add your name to my waiting list.

Contact details

Bruce White 01858 467976   email:



Bird Watching – March

February’s trip to the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s Brandon Marsh reserve was notable for several views of undoubtedly the prettiest of our crows, the Jay (pictured). Noteworthy too was watching a pair of Nuthatch in and out of a recently excavated hole in a large tree, presumably nest building. Other than the usual Lapwings the only […]


Bird Watching – February

After a rather stormy night leaving debris littered everywhere we were rather fortunate that our January morning at Sywell Country Park coincided with a spell of sunny, crisp weather before the rain returned in the afternoon! The morning got off to a good start with a few Siskin (pictured) and Goldfinch seen by the car […]

Greater Spotted Woodpecker

Bird Watching – January 2018

December’s visit to East Carlton Country Park coincided with an overcast, murky morning but mild with it. A Great Spotted Woodpecker greeted us from the top of the fir trees whilst we were hanging around the toilets! Possibly unsurprising but the place was pretty quiet. Nevertheless a Goldcrest was spotted a couple of times, a […]

Little Grebe

Bird Watching – December

Last month at Pitsford Water we finally got a decent morning of weather and birds! Amongst all the wildfowl a solitary green sandpiper was spotted and in the woods a great spotted woodpecker. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all, and never before seen by any of us, was what can only be described as a […]

Bird Watching – October meeting

En route to Lyndon (Rutland Water) last month as the visibility got worse and worse I was thinking ‘oh no, not a third disaster in a row!’  However, the morning turned out to be very productive despite only being able to see half-way across Manton Bay.  The first redwing, redpoll and siskin of the winter, […]

Bird Watching – September meeting

Well, after August’s fiasco at Clifford Hill Gravel Pits all I could say about September’s visit to Priory Water and Kirby Lakes is that we enjoyed a nice walk, a good old natter and the weather was good!!  Surely our luck will turn this month.  Bruce White.

Bird Watching – August meeting

August’s trip to Clifton Hill Gravel Pits (or Northampton Washlands if you prefer) turned into a bit of a fiasco!!  Meeting in the usual place at the car park by the side of the Holiday Inn, we then proceeded up onto the bank to be met by a ‘Footpath Closed’ sign.  Seemed like the Environment […]

Bird Watching – July meeting

As the weather slowly improved throughout the day at Egleton (Rutland Water) during our last meeting, so did the birding!  As is the norm these days, little egrets were everywhere but also three or four great white egrets were in evidence.  Waders were scarce but at the last hide we visited in the by-then sunny […]

Bird Watching – June meeting

June’s visit to Summer Leys was as notable for the butterflies as the birds!  Highlights of the butterflies were speckled wood, ringlet and Essex skipper whilst on the bird front, a large variety but nothing out of the ordinary.  Most of the warblers were seen but the cetti’s warbler as usual remained hidden.  Wildfowl was […]

Bird Watching – May meeting

There were two outings in May as so many couldn’t make our normal third Thursday.  So, on the first Thursday of May we headed to Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Lackford Lakes reserve (between Mildenhall and Bury if you’re wondering).  A couple of nightingales were singing but never showed.  A cuckoo could be heard all over the […]