Programme




SPRING/SUMMER 2017 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 -  
Fully booked
Dates - 1st Wednesday of the month: March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2.

Course 2 -  Places Available
Dates - 3rd Wednesday of the month except*: March 15, April 19, May 17, June 28*, July 19, August 16 *please note 1 week later.

SUNDAY MORNING MONTHLY - START 09.30 a.m.
Cost    £45 for 6 sessions -  Places Available
Dates - April 23, May 21, June 25, July 16, August 20, September 17

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

SpringTerm 2016      Dates: January 10, 24, February 7, 21, March 7, 21  Fully booked
Summer Term 2016  Dates: April 25, May 9, 23, June 6, 27*, July 4.    2 spaces available
*Please note dates with care.

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 - 

NIGHTINGALE & SPRING MIGRANTS 
    Sunday 30 April 2017
     
Time: 07:00 - 10:00   Cost £8 per person
From Corfe Castle, birds we hope to see and hear include Nightingale, Blackcap, Yellowhammer, Lesser and Common Whitethroat, Chiffchaff.

SPRING MIGRANTS - BISHOPS DYKE    Sunday 7 May 2017
     
Time: 07:00 - 10:00   Cost £8 per person
Walk from Pig Bush car park near Beaulieu in the New Forest for wet heathland and woodland birds with Dartford Warbler, Redstart, Woodlark, Lapwing, Snipe, Redshank and raptors.

BUTTERFLIES AT BENTLEY WOOD       Saturday 20 May 2017
     
Time: 10:00 - 14:00   Cost £8 per person
An outstanding site for butterflies, we will be looking particularly for Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Duke of Burgundy and Argent & Sable moth, birds include breeding Tree Pipit.

NIGHTJARS AT HOLT HEATH
    Friday 02 June 2017
     
Time: 20:00 - 22:00   Cost £8 per person
Holt Heath near Wimborne, an excellent site to see both Nightjars and Woodcock, as we wait for dusk we will walk to see heathland species including Hobby, Cuckoo and Dartford Warbler.

EVENING WALK AT MARTIN DOWN  Friday 30 June 2017
     
Time: 19:00 - 21:30   Cost £8 per person
Evening walk at this outstanding downland reserve, will the Turtle Doves return again?
We should have no problem seeing/hearing breeding Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet, Stonechat and Barn Owl.

WILDLIFE OF THE NEW FOREST 
  Saturday 22 July 2017
     
Time: 08:30 - 12:00   Cost £8 per person
A woodland and heathland walk at Hawkhill Inclosure and Beaulieu Heath.  With breeding Buzzards, Stonechats, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks for butterflies including Silver-studded Blue, White Admiral, Ringlet and many dragonfly and damselfly species.

SEABIRDS & MIGRANTS - PORTLAND HARBOUR
  Sunday 30 July 2017
     
Time: 08:00 - 14:00   Cost £16 per person
Starting with a seawatch at Portland Bill, a good time for Shearwaters and early migrants, also taking in Ferrybridge and Weymouth reserves.


AUTUMN MIGRANTS ON SLEPE HEATH   Saturday 26 August 2017
     
Time: 08:00 - 11:00   Cost £8 per person

A new National Trust reserve on the edge of Poole Harbour overlooking Hartland Moor and the Wareham Channel, with Dartford Warbler, Stonechat, Woodlark and Hobby are a regular summer visitor.  Possible migrants include Osprey, warblers, Whinchat, flycatchers.

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

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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