Ethos: The group's field trips are organised by its members to recognised sites thought to possess good numbers of birds at different times of year, such as during spring and autumn migration periods. 

The group is run democratically, all members having a say on our annual programme of meetings. 

We like to keep numbers limited to 12 to minimise noise and disturbance and maximise bird sightings. 

We are not experts and in true U3A form, like to learn from each other. 

We like to share transport to more distant sites to keep costs down and make a minimal carbon footprint.

Programme of the Blackbourne U3A Watching Birds Group 2019

Date Location Organiser Notes
Jan 10 Welney – winter migrant swans Tony/Ann  
Feb 14 Stour estuary Holbrook or Orwell estuary at Woodbridge Peter/Gill 12 noon lunch – afternoon walk Incoming tide 2-4 (HT 6pm)
March 14 Lynford Arboretum (jolly good scones at Browns)??? Dave/Gill  
April 11 Minsmere Sally/Beryl  
May 9 Lakenheath for bittern + warblers Bryann/Sue  
May 30 Fingringhoe Wick for Nightingales   Fred/Sheila HT at 10am of little importance
June 13 Strumpshaw Fen for Birds+ Swallowtails Dave/Gill  
Sept 12 Cley for early winter migrants   Angela Receding tide 8-12
Oct 10 RSPB Titchwell for winter migrants Peter/Gill Low Tide 10-1:00
Oct 31 Boyton Marshes + Hollesley Bay or Carlton Marshes Bryann/Sue Incoming tide 10-12 (HT 12-2)
Nov 14 Nene Washes Tony/Ann