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:


May Outing Report

A slightly disappointing day at Paxton Pits as not a solitary Nightingale was heard and though a Cuckoo was heard several times we never got a glimpse of it! No Kingfishers either. Memory plays tricks I know but surely five years ago when we last visited as a group there was a lot more around […]

April Outing Report

A bumper morning at Summer Leys for the half a dozen of us not involved in other Easter holiday activities! Not for a very long time have we seen the water levels on the scrape just right for waders with the result that Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Little Ringed  Plover, Ringed Plover and Snipe were observed. […]

March Outing Report

A first for the group this month was a visit to Stanford Reservoir courtesy of my permit! If there was any doubt about Spring’s arrival it was put to bed by the constant singing of Skylark and Chiffchaff as we made our way around the reserve. Reed Buntings were observed in large numbers with a […]

February Outing Report

Yet another sunny day this month at Daventry Country Park. Might have been a bit blowy while exposed out on the dam but once in the shelter of the trees that encompass most of the path around the reservoir the heat gradually increased such that by the time we’d finished and had repaired to the […]

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January Outing Report

A bright, cold, Winter’s day at Sywell Country Park started off in a fairly humdrum way as we negotiated our way around the first ‘arm’ of the reservoir. Things had to get better and they did! On the second ‘arm’ several Siskins were spotted feeding in the usual Alder trees although not easy to see. […]

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December Outing Report

We couldn’t have had a better morning weather wise for our visit to Barnwell Country Park at Oundle and the birds were pretty good too! That was a ‘little bird’ day really with many more seen around the reserve than of late. We got a few sightings of a gorgeous male Bullfinch and the low […]

November Outing Report

A pretty mundane morning at Stanwick Lakes for this month’s outing but at least the weather was kind to us – a balmy November day. A good flock of Long-tailed Tits seemed to be following us around the reserve! Otherwise little birds were few and far between. Plenty of the common ducks, gulls and geese […]

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October Outing Report

Sunshine from the off this month! A glorious October day saw us at the Rutland Water Egleton Reserve for an ‘All-dayer’. The birds didn’t disappoint either with not one, two or three but four Great White Egrets (pictured) to be seen; far more numerous, as expected, were Little Egrets and plenty of Grey Herons too. […]

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September Outing Report

Intermittent rain put a bit of a dampener on our walk over the Pitsford Water dam and back from Brixworth Country Park but spirits were soon revived after a hot drink in the café! Birdwise a couple of waders were the highlights, namely a greenshank (pictured) and a ringed plover. Dotted amongst the hundreds of […]

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August outing report

Fortunately for us the rain stopped just before we set off around Watermead Country Park but up until then that was looking pretty grim. By the time we finished we were basking in warm sunshine! A surprise on entering the Plover hide was that the Flash on Wanlip Meadows was completely without water so there was little […]