Field Trip Programme

The field trip programme have been compiled by the Development & Publicity Sub-Committee in the absence of an Excursion Secretary.

Please can all those proposing to come on the excursions follow the guidelines which have been sent to members in the past and which are available on this website here.

Field Excursions 2022-23

All members are invited to these trips, which are friendly and open to beginners and experts alike. Help to identify and learn about the birds seen will be given by the group. Meet at the location given, no later than the time stated. PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE HOMEPAGE (UNDER “BREAKING NEWS”) TO ENSURE THE TRIP IS GOING AHEAD. THIS SECTION WILL CARRY A NOTICE ONLY IF DETAILS OF THE FIELDTRIP ARE CHANGED – NO ANNOUNCEMENT MEANS NO CHANGE!

ANYONE PLANNING TO GO ON THESE TRIPS SHOULD INFORM THE LEADER/ORGANISER OF THE FIELD TRIP SO THAT PARTICIPANT NUMBERS ARE KNOWN IN ADVANCE (see phone numbers below).

As always, if car sharing can be organised, this will be helpful both from a carbon emissions point of view and because parking space is often restricted at fieldtrip location. Remember that at some locations, amenities may not be available. All directions are suggestions only.


Sunday, 22nd January, 2023 – Colemere – By Car – Organiser: Sue Brealey

Sunday 29th January, 2023 – WWT Slimbridge – By Coach – Organiser: Sue Brealey

  • The coach trip to Slimbridge scheduled for December 11th, 2022, was cancelled  due to the extreme weather. The trip has been reschedukle for Sunday, 29th January, 2023, leaving Shirehall at 8am. This should get us to Slimbridge between 10 & 10.30, and we would leave after the Swan Feeding. Costs will be £20.00 for the coach, plus entry for non-members. If you are interested in booking this trip then do please email, text or phone using the contact details below.
  • Sue Brealey
  • Email: fieldtrips@shropshirebirds.co.uk
  • Mob: 07713 164463
  • Tel: 01939 262450.

Sunday – 26th February, 2023 – Carsington Water – By Car – Leaders Mim & Jock Elliott-Smith

  • Full Day – Meet at Car Park at 10.00am
  • Post Code for SatNav: DE6 1ST
  • Grid Ref: SK241515
  • What3Words: uncouth.orders.protected
  • Directiions: Take A53 to Stoke on Trent via Market Drayton, turning onto Queensway, then turn onto the A50 towards Uttoxeter.  Turn left at Uttoxeter onto B5030 & then B5032, towards Mayfield. Turn onto A52, towards Ashbourne, then turn onto B5035 towards Wirksworth. Follow the brown sign turning right to the Reservoir.
  • This reserve is owned by Severn Trent and therefore Car Parking charges apply. Meet at the Visitor Centre Car Park. £5.00 for the day, paid at the end of the day.
  • See: www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/carsington-water/
  • and www.stwater.co.uk/our-visitor-sites/carsington-water/parking-at-carsington/

Sunday – 19th March, 2023 – RSPB Burton Mere – By Car – Organiser: Sue Brealey

  • Full Day – Meet at the Car Park at 9.30am
  • Post Code for SatNav: CH64 5SF
  • Grid Ref: SJ31973
  • What3Words: desktop.unfounded.lipstick
  • Directions: Take A540 from Chester towards North Wirral. After the Two Miles crossroads (A540/A550), take the next left turning into Puddington Lane. The reserve is sign posted on the left, before coming to Burton village.
  • See www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/dee-estuary-burton-mere-wetlands/

Sunday – 23rd April, 2023 – Rutland Water – By Coach – Organiser: Sue Brealey

  • Full Day – Meet at Shirehall Car Park to leave at 8am
  • Cost per person for the coach plus entry to the reserve. More details at a later date. Please book with Sue Brealey from January 2023
  • See www.lrwt.org.uk/rutland-water

Sunday – 14th May, 2023 – Elan Valley – By Car – Leader: Helen J. Griffiths

  • Full Day – Meet at Car Park at 10am
  • Post Code for SatNav: LD6 5HP
  • Grid Ref: SN 928 646
  • What3Words: dreadful.weddings.resolved
  • Directions: From Rhayader follow the B4518 west out of the town. The left turn for the Visitor Centre is signposted after three miles. If following SatNav, ignore any advice to cross over the iron bridge, instead drive over cattle grid and visitor’s centre is ahead of you.
  • See www.elanvalley.org.uk

Tuesday 30th May – Sunday 4th june, 2023 – Weekend Trip to Scotland – By Car – Organiser: Sue Brealey.

  • This trip is open to a maximum of 16, on a first come basis. Please contact Sue in order to make enquiries and/or to book places.

July – No Field Trip

 August – No Field Trip

Sunday – 17th September, 2023 – RSPB Burton Mere – By Car – Organiser: Sue Brealey

  • Full Day – Meet at the Car Park at 9.30am
  • Post Code for SatNav: CH64 5SF
  • Grid Ref: SJ31973
  • What3Words: desktop.unfounded.lipstick
  • Directions: Take A540 from Chester towards North Wirral. After the Two Miles crossroads (A540/A550), take the next left turning into Puddington Lane. The reserve is sign posted on the left, before coming to Burton village.
  • See www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/dee-estuary-burton-mere-wetlands/

Sunday – 15th October, 2023 – Pennington Flash – By Car – Leader – Estelle Hughes

  • Full Day – Meet at the Car Park at 10am
  • Post code for SatNav: WN7 3PA
  • Grid.Ref: SJ644990
  • What3Words: longingly.visitors.mimic
  • Directions: – From J22 of M6, take A580 towards Manchester. Turn left onto A572 (Newton Rd). Follow Sign Posts (Actually the Fire Station, but park is opposite). Pay & Display Car Park
  • See: www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Leisure/Greenheart/Pennington-Flash.aspx

Sunday, 19th November , 2023 – Mere Sands Wood NNR & Lunt Meadows -By Car – Organiser: Sue Brealey

  • Full Day – Meet at Car Park at 10am
  • Mere Sands Wood
    • Postcode for SatNav: L40 1TG
    • Grid Ref: SD447159
    • What3Words: coarser.suiting.stencil
    • Directions: Take M6 north to J27. Turn left onto  A5209 & follow it to Burscough and turn right onto A59. Follow A59 to just south of Rufford, and turn left onto A5246 (Holmeswood Road). The reserve is on the left. Car Park Charge £2.00
    • See www.lancswt.org.uk/nature-reserves/mere-sands-wood-nature-reserve
  • Lunt Meadows NNR
    • Postcode for SatNav: L29 7WL
    • Grid Ref: SD 353 017
    • Directions from Mere Sand Woods: Turn right onto Holmeswood road, then onto A59 towards Ormskirk. Keep following A59 towards Maghull, turn right towards Sefton, turn onto Lunt Lane for the Reserve.
    • See www.lancswt.org.uk/nature-reserves/lunt-meadows-nature-reserve
  • Note: If using the bridges at Runcorn, for the trip in November if returning from Lunt Meadows, please note that there are tolls and payment will need to be paid at the following website: www.merseyflow.co.uk/pay-for-crossing & follow the instructions. This needs to be done on the day of the crossing otherwise fines could be incurred.

Sunday – 10th December, 2023 – WWT Martinmere – By Coach – Organiser: Sue Brealey

  • Full Day – Meet at the Shirehall Car Park at 8.15am
  • There will be a cost per person for the coach plus entry to the reserve for non-members. More details at a later date. Please book with Sue Brealey from September 2023.

Conract Details

  • Sue Brealey                     01939 262450//07713 164463
  • Estelle Hughes                 01948 840902//07817 243693
  • Mim Elliott-Smith           01743 718616//07507 745497
  • Jock Elliott-Smith            01743 718616//07800 543757
  • Helen J. Griffiths             01597 811420//07800 880445

Email: fieldtrips@shropshirebirds.co.uk

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Page updated: 01/01/2023