|Group leader||Tricia Smart|
|Meets||Third Tuesday of the month at 10am|
The Bird Watching group was formed in April 2017 and we are looking for new members. Anyone who is interested in birds, whether a beginner or an expert, will be welcome to join us.
Most of our meetings are held outdoors at suitable venues around the Dorking area but sometimes we will meet indoors, venue yet to be decided. Occasionally we will arrange a day trip to a reserve which is further away, making our return to Dorking in the late afternoon. Some reserves charge a small entrance fee, but RSPB-managed reserves admit members free of charge on production of their membership card. To keep fuel costs down and for those who wish it, we can arrange car sharing for all meetings.
Our aim is to learn to identify both visually and by sound many of the birds we see on our visits. Bird song is more difficult to learn, but with the occasional indoor meeting to focus on this aspect we hope to improve our knowledge. We are also interested in learning more about the habitat and characteristics of the birds we see.
We held our first meeting at Warnham Reserve, near Horsham, where we spent a couple of hours walking through the varied habitats and stopping at the hides to observe both waders and woodland birds. By the end of our visit we had seen about 20 species. Our highlight was watching a nuthatch frequently going in and out of its nest. This was situated in a tree trunk close to the path we were taking.
If you are interested, please contact group leader Tricia Smart, who will be happy to provide you with further information and details of our programme.