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.
Ring me if interested. If the group is full I will add your name to the waiting list.

Contact details

Bruce White 01858 467976   email:


Bird Watching May Report

On a cold, windy, overcast May day we took a shorter route than usual around Irthlingborough Lakes & Meadows in anticipation of the rain forecast at noon – turned out to be a wise move! The walk down Greenway and over the meadows was accompanied by the raucous sound of many Starlings and the aerobatics […]

Bird Watching April Report

After five months of meeting up via Zoom we were set free again to meet up in person and enjoy a morning of catching up and a little bit of bird watching! We met at the Kelmarsh Station car park of the Brampton Valley Way and made our way south towards the tunnel and into […]

Bird Watching March Report

For our last (hopefully!) Zoom meeting Jonathan Cook, the County Recorder for Northamptonshire and our member Tony’s son, joined in for half an hour to show us some of his super photgraphs. Living in Hollowell he is handily placed for daily early morning visits (!) to the reservoir there and nearby Ravensthorpe Reservoir so most […]

Bird Watching February Report

Very much “as you were” at this month’s Zoom meeting; no-one had anything startling to report on from their gardens or whilst out walking. Perhaps a Goldcrest in one member’s garden was the highlight! The real highlight of the meeting was Richard’s amusing account of his hand in rescuing a sheep that had dived into […]

Bird Watching January Report

Once again our meeting took place as a Zoom session using the SLU3A’s Zoom Account. Unsurprisingly, with nobody embarking on birding expeditions since the January Lockdown, sightings were confined to local walks and garden observations. We’d all pretty much seen the same, whilst out and about varying sizes of flocks of Fieldfare and Redwing and […]

Bird Watching December Report

As some of the group live in Northamptonshire, others in Leicestershire and therefore in different Covid Regulation Tiers, I took the easy way out and booked the SLU3A Zoom Account for another session on our Bird Watching morning. Nine of us were able to join in the meeting; birds recorded by group members included Cetti’s […]

Bird Watching November Report

Lockdown 2 put paid to our November outing so I booked a session on the SLU3A’s Zoom account for our usual meeting morning. Nine of us successfully logged into our first (and last?) Zoom meeting. I’m guessing we’d all used Zoom before as not only were we all visible but everyones’ audio was working too! […]

Bird Watching October Outing Report

Obeying the current Covid-19 rules, we set off in two groups around LRWT’s Cossington Meadows reserve on a gloriously sunny October morning. Initially taking the path by the River Soar, there were plenty of Lapwing on the Plover Meadow scrape but these were trumped by the Stonechat on Lower Moor scrape which also held a […]

Bird Watching September Outing Report

Our outing to Stanwick Lakes was very much an Egret day as we saw all three species that inhabit the U.K.. Little Egrets are as ‘common as muck’ now and Great White Egrets are rapidly heading that way but to see a Cattle Egret was a bit special, though these too are more common than […]

Bird Watching August Outing Report

Consulting my records on return from Irthlingborough Lakes and Meadows Nature Reserve I couldn’t believe we’d only ever been there once before, in April 2016! As is usual at this time of year butterflies and dragonflies were the main attractions. Pick of the former was a Small Copper and Common Blue. Dragonfly wise, there were […]