Programme




NEW! SPRING/SUMMER 2018 PROGRAMME 
COURSE AND TRIP SUMMARY

MONTHLY COURSES -
We visit different birding areas each month, using up to date local information to ensure we make the most of our morning, taking you to the best places in West Hampshire, Poole Harbour and the New Forest.

WEDNESDAY MORNING MONTHLY - START 10:00 a.m
Cost £45 for 6 sessions
Course 1 -  
Dates - 1st Wednesday of the month: March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1    

Course 2 -  
Dates - 3rd Wednesday of the month: March 21, April 18, May 16, June 27* July 18, 
August 15  *please note 1 week later.

SUNDAY MORNING MONTHLY - START 09.30 a.m.    
Cost    £45 for 6 sessions
Dates - April 15, May 20, June 3, July 15, August 12, September 16

As with our Wednesday monthly course there is no firm programme, visiting different birding areas, using up to date local information to ensure we make the most of our morning and take in the advance weather forecast, you will be advised of our venue during the week up to our meeting. This could be in the New Forest, the south coast from Keyhaven to the Poole Harbour area or the chalkland areas around Martin Down. This gives us a variety of habitats for birds and other wildlife that is so abundant at that time of year.


TUESDAYS FORTNIGHTLY COURSES - START 10.00 A.M. Cost £45 for 6 week

Summer Term 2018   Dates: April 10, 24, May 8, 22, June 5, 26 

Each fortnight our programme takes us to different habitats for birds and other wildlife in Dorset, West Hampshire and th New Forest. Suitable for beginners to improvers exploring the delights of the local birdlife, learning more about identification, calls, behaviour and we are on hand to give you as much guidance as you need.


DAY AND HALF DAY EVENTS 

Winter Programme

ACRES DOWN, NEW FOREST   Sunday 25 February 2018   Fully booked
Time: 10:00 - 12:30   Cost £8 per person
Always a popular walk as Goshawks are now displaying, plus possible Hawfinch, Woodlark, Crossbill and Firecrest.

New Spring & Summer 2018 Programme 

UPTON COUNTRY PARK & HOLES BAY   Saturday 10 March 2018    spaces available
Time: 09:00-12:00   Cost £8 per person
Walk from Upton Country Park with woodland birds to look over Holes Bay for waders and wildfowl including Avocets, Spotted Redshank and Pintail


SOMERSET LEVELS   Sunday 25 March 2018    spaces available
Time: 10:00-16:30   Cost £16 per person
Starting at RSPB Ham Wall & Shapwick Heath then the short distance to RSPB Greylake reserve.  Target birds are Bittern, Great White Egret, Marsh Harriers, Bearded Tit, possible Glossy Ibis, Garganey, Little Ringed Plover, Cattle Egret.


EASTER WALK - RSPB LYTCHETT FIELDS   Monday 2 April 2018    spaces available
Time: 08:00-11:00   Cost £8 per person
This wetland reserve attracts a large number of waders, including Little Ringed Plover, Common and Green Sandpipers, Spotted Redshank, recent rarities include Lesser Yellowlegs and Stilt Sandpiper.


SPRING SONG IN THE NEW FOREST   Sunday 29 April 2018    1 space available
Time: 07:00-10:00   Cost £8 per person
Meeting at Bolderwood, not quite a dawn chorus but we arrive early enough to have plenty of song.  Woodlark, Cuckoo, Crossbill, Redstart, Firecrest, possible Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Hawfinch.


PIED FLYCATCHERS & CIRL BUNTINGS   Saturday 12 May 2018    1 space available
Time: 10:00-16:30   Cost £16 per person
Starting at Yarner Wood, Dartmoor for Pied Flycatchers, Wood Warbler, possible Lesser Spotted Woodpecker plus heathland birds and then on to Labrador Bay for Cirl Buntings

STONE CURLEWS & BUTTERFLIES   Saturday 26 May 2018    Fully Booked
Time: 10:00-16:00  Cost £16 per person
Starting at Bentley Wood for butterflies, particularly Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Duke of Burgundy, birds include Tree Pipit and Garden Warbler.  On to RSPB Winterbourne Down for farmland birds including Stone Curlew and Skylark.


NIGHTJARS AT HOLT HEATH   Friday 01 June 2018    spaces available
Time: 20:00-22:00  Cost £8 per person
Holt Heath near Wimborne, an excellent site to see both Nightjars and roding Woodcock often right over our heads.  As we wait for dusk we shall look for heathland species including Hobby, Cuckoo and Dartford Warbler.


EVENING WALK AT MARTIN DOWN   Friday 29 June 2018    1 space available
Time: 19:00-21:30   Cost £8 per person
Evening walk at this outstanding downland reserve, will our target birds the Turtle Doves return again?  Also Barn Owl, breeding Yellowhammer, Lesser Whitethroat and more


EVENING WALK IN WAREHAM FOREST   Friday 13 July 2018    spaces available
Time: 19:30-22:00   Cost £8 per person
A woodland and heathland walk at Morden Bog in Wareham Forest for Woodlark, Cuckoo, Hobby, Dartford Warbler and possible Nightjar to finish.


RIVER AND FARMLAND, NORTH DORSET  Saturday 28 July 2018    2 spaces available
Time: 09:00-12:00   Cost £8 per person
Starting from Fiddleford Mill, this walk is excellent for butterflies, dragonflies and flowers as well as birds including Hobby, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail.


PORTLAND & WEYMOUTH   Sunday 19 August 2018    spaces available
Time: 08:00-14:30  Cost £16 per person

A great time for seawtaching with passage of Shearwaters and Skuas, plus autumn migrants on land at Portland Bill, waders at Ferrybridge and to Lodmoor for more migrants, Bearded Tit and Marsh Harrier.

Please note that if a walk is fully booked sometimes we do sometimes get late cancellations and waiting list available.

Payment is required in advance please to confirm your place.

Please note: Car parking charges and lunches are not included. Please allow for sessions to overrun. Sometimes we can arrange car sharing - please ask. We can provide binoculars please request in advance.

TAILOR MADE BIRDWATCHING
We also offer a private bird guiding service where we can put an itinerary together to suit you.  We can offer complete flexibility at a relaxed easy going pace with expect local guides.  Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

We operate all year round, though some trips will be seasonal for certain birds. We cover all areas from the coastline of Portland/Weymouth in West Dorset, Poole Harbour, Christchurch Harbour, Keyhaven to Lymington on the Hampshire coast also Pagham Harbour in West Sussex and inland areas such as the New Forest, Wareham Forest and the chalklands of Martin Down which offers excellent opportunities to view butterflies as well as birds. Our rates are very reasonable, please email us with your requirements and for a price.

By Telephone: 01202 620049 or Via email: twoowls.birding@btinternet.com If you have any question or queries do not hesitate to contact us.If you email us and do not receive a reply within a reasonable period please ring us on 01202 620049 or 0794 9434009 Thank you.

Maximum group size is 12 for a more individual experience so please book early to ensure your place.

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