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

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. […]

Bird Watching

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 […]

Bird Watching

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 […]

Bird Watching

July outing report

A change from our usual sort of July habitat was to go to Fermyn Woods Country Park. Birds, as expected, were few and far between but the variety of butterflies on the wing made up for that. At least twelve different species were seen with White admiral, White-letter hairstreak (pictured) and two differently coloured Silver-washed […]

June outing report

Our all day visit to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s Attenborough Reserve on the longest day of the year was rewarded with a fine sunny day. Birds of note seen were an Australian (Black) Swan, several Black-tailed Godwits in full summer plumage, a couple of Garganey going into eclipse plumage, a couple of Red-crested Pochard likewise and […]

May outing report

Swifts filled the sky along with a few Swallow and House Martin as we began our walk around Titchmarsh Nature Reserve on a fine, but cool in the wind, sunny day. Along by the River Nene the warblers were in full voice but difficult to see now the trees were in full leaf! Heard, if […]

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April outing report

At last! Some glorious sunshine for our birding. Some said that was too hot! We were at the Rutland Water Egleton reserve on the hottest April day since 1949!! The birding was pretty hot too with Group year firsts of American Wigeon, Osprey,  Avocet, Turnstone, Bar-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Little Gull, Common […]