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 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 […]

Bird Watching July Outing Report

At last! Four months after our last outing we were out and about again re-visiting Sywell Country park. Why Sywell again? One, not too far; two, the toilets were open (only one at a time) and three, the café was serving drinks and food from its outside window. The group, only ever having visited it […]

Bird Watching June Report

No group outing still so once again we did a Garden Bird Watch on our bird watching day. All twelve of us took part this time covering ten gardens. The day itself was miserable, in all probability an outing would have been cancelled anyway! However we still recorded 26 different species. Two species recorded in […]

Bird Watching – bird anagrams

Some of you may have seen/done this from the LRWT Lockdown Lowdowns I email out but here it is for anybody else who’s looking for something to do and get the brain ticking over. Enjoy! Bruce    

Bird Watching May Report

Still not allowed out in a group I decided we could do a Garden Watch on our bird watching day. Members were asked to spend as little or as much time as they had to record the birds seen or heard in or from their garden, not interested in numbers as such but the number […]

Bird Watching March Outing Report

Seven of the group decided that getting out into the fresh air and attempting to abide by the ‘social distancing’ rules was much better than being confined indoors! Whether we actually saw any birds as we wandered around Sywell Country Park was almost an irrelevance! Despite the cold, overcast, drizzly morning a few Chiffchaffs were […]

Bird Watching February Outing Report

A forecast of heavy rain showers and strong winds meant we changed our proposed venue of Sywell Country Park to somewhere nearer where, if the worst came to the worst, we could sit in the café and have a mardle over a cup of coffee. In the event, we almost made it around East Carlton […]

January Outing Report

A more than rather windy morning at Draycote Reservoir was rewarded by some good sightings, mostly out on the water. Several Little Grebes were bobbing about on the waves but one especially drew our attention as it fought tenaciously with a large fish before getting it the right way round to swallow it in one […]


December Outing Report

Fortunately for us, a rare window of fine, mild, weather coincided with our visit to Pitsford Water. An amble over the Dam to Moulton Grange Bay produced the usual variety of land birds including a flock of Long-tailed Tits, Pied Wagtails on the Dam wall, Fieldfare, Redwing,  riding high in the sky a Sparrowhawk and […]