We are a group with a range of birdwatching experience and skill – from Is that a Sparrow? to spotting a Meadow Pipit at fifty yards! Bird observation is at the heart of our expeditions, so we take time to quietly, watch and listen.
Our ambition is to enjoy being outside in (almost) all weather, binoculars at the ready, learning collaboratively about the brilliant and varied birdlife that is all around us.
Using mostly public transport, we travel to various sites in the local area, e.g. Walthamstow Wetlands, and further afield, e.g. Kent and Hertfordshire. Consequently, the time spent, can vary from three hours to a whole day.
Group Convener: Rosemary Szyszkowski
There are currently two Groups. Group 1 meets on the first Friday of every month, at 10 a.m. Group 2 meets on the second Friday of every month, at 10 a.m. The number of places per birdwatch is no more than 12 members, dividing into smaller groups on site where necessary
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For the first outing of the year we stayed local, with a scenic walk from Kenwood to Highgate, taking in some woodland, heath and several ponds along the way. We were accompanied by the sounds of cawing Crows, chattering Magpies, squawking Parakeets, squirrels rustling in the leaves, and melodious Robins guarding their territories. But more interesting sights were a Mandarin Duck, a Heron in the middle of the heathland, and – easily most excitingly – a Kingfisher. We enjoyed a very welcome hot drink at Le Pain Quotidien before making our way home, many of us on foot, in glorious sunshine.