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Outdoor Meetings

Outdoor Meetings for 2022


General Information

The following events are scheduled, but some details may change. Please check this page in the run-up to events or confirm by emailing the organiser of each meeting.

Most meetings will last 2-3 hours, but please email the organiser if you require more exact timings.

The events are free to members, but there will be a £2.00 fee for non-members.
Payment with cash on the day, please, or by online payment to CHOG, sort code 30-92-02, account number 02700708. Thank you.

OS grid references can be used to find the location on https://gridreferencefinder.com and what3words locations used on www.what3words.com.

For general enquiries about meetings, please contact Richard Cordery

From 2022 onwards, each outdoor meeting will be documented shortly after its date and posted to CHOG Online – see the CHOG Online page for how to connect.

The aim is to provide members who were unable to attend, or those who want to visit again, the opportunity to go birdwatching at the location themselves and try to find (or improve upon!) the variety of species encountered by the organised meeting. We shall endeavour to post an account of each meeting within two weeks of it taking place.

Sunday 30th January 2022 09:00 – 12:00

Keyhaven and Pennington Marsh

An approximately 3 hour walk along the sea wall to the lagoons and back.

Meet at the Keyhaven Long Stay Car Park opposite The Gun Inn, SZ 306915, What3Words ///kinds.optimists.devalued (Keyhaven Amenity Car Park on GoogleMaps) near the toilet block at 09:00am.

Please note that the car park ticket machines have been vandalised and payment for parking is only via the RingGo App, or New Forest District Council long stay parking clock. The App mentions payment by phone being possible by calling 01590 605959 but I would recommend downloading the App as I am not sure if this is the case. If you do not have a smartphone and you are unable to pay by phone, then as a last resort, I could add your car onto my App and you could pay me cash. Please arrive early (8.45am) if you need me to do this. There are 2 car parks at Keyhaven. The one I have recommended on the website is the long stay car park, RingGo location 2588. Parking is £4 for 4 hours, which should be plenty of time as I am aiming to get back to the car park by 12 noon (start of walk is at 9.00am). The short stay car park (by the sea wall up the lane) is location 22596 but the maximum stay is 3 hours and this also costs £4 so I would not recommend using this unless the long stay one is full (which is unlikely in my experience). Please register by emailing Richard Cordery

Saturday 5th March 2022 09:00 – 12:00 (Fully booked)

Wareham Channel and Poole Harbour boat cruise – Run by Birds of Poole Harbour.

This 3 hour boat trip heads up the Wareham Channel as well as a Poole Harbour tour including viewing the Brownsea Island lagoon, looking for ducks, waders and raptors with the chance of grebes and possibly divers too. The upper deck of the boat is the best for viewing but is exposed to the elements so please wear warm and waterproof clothing. There is a lower deck with windows too, if shelter is required, and there are basic toilet facilities on the boat.

Please meet at 08.45am at the Greenslades Pleasure Boats kiosk on Poole Quay, SZ 01114 for boarding the boat for a prompt 09:00am sailing.

Nearest car parking is at Quay Visitors Multi-storey car park, Old Orchard, Poole BH15 1SB.

If you’d still like to try and book for the trip, the only advice would be to keep and eye on the Birds of Poole Harbour website for spaces that are available. 

If you make a booking yourself, please contact Richard Cordery and let him know you’re coming along. Also if you have booked and can no longer make the trip, please let Richard know as soon as possible, as it may be possible to re-sell your ticket to someone else.

Adults £25.00, children 4-15 years old £12.50.

Further details are available here:
https://www.birdsofpooleharbourbookings.co.uk/event/wareham-channel-cruise

Sunday 20th March 2022 08:00 – 11:00

Millyford Bridge and Acres Down (Fully booked)

This walk is fully booked due to limited car parking at the site. If you would like to go on a reserve list in case of cancellations, or are willing to car-share with someone already going on the trip please contact Richard for him to arrange.

A walk through the forest and up onto Acres Down looking and listening for resident woodland birds and scanning for raptors from the lookout.

Please note the earlier start time, this is in order to improve our chances of finding woodland birds which are most active during the first couple of hours of daylight.

Meet at Millyford Bridge car park which is free but you may wish to arrive a little earlier as space can be limited. Footpaths could be muddy so please wear appropriate footwear.
Meet at SU 26782 07860, what3words ///paid.slipping.reporters

Please register by emailing Richard Cordery

Sunday 24th April 2022 15:30 – 17:30

Stanpit Marsh 

Spring migrants and watching for waders on the rising tide.

Meet at Stanpit Marsh Car Park SZ 17183 92473, what3words ///urban.bumps.fired
Free car parking but small car park so you may have to find parking along nearby roads if travelling by car.

Please register by emailing Richard Cordery

Sunday 8th May 2022 07:00 – 09:30am (Fully booked)

NEW FOR CHOG – Beginners bird identification workshop.

If you are interested in birdwatching but just beginning or restarting and you want to increase your enjoyment and connection to nature, this new CHOG activity is for you!

This is an outdoor workshop to learn how to identify birds, primarily by song, and focussing on several species of warbler in Wick area.

You will learn about each of the species’ song, migration and breeding habitats. Some of the species are very skulking, such as the Cetti’s Warbler, but if we are fortunate you may catch a glimpse.

This is a workshop rather than a guided walk because it will be a small group of up to 12 people with the aim of improving skills of those attending. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and trying out your new learning. Led by Dave Taylor. Length: approximately 2.5 hours. Cost: £5.  Members only.

To be on a waiting list, please email Gina

Saturday 21st May 2022 08:30 – 11:00

Hengistbury Head 

Hoping to see and hear a number of warbler species and other summer visitors.

Meet opposite the visitor centre on the rise overlooking the Harbour at SZ 16640 91109, what3words ///defeat.curvy.basket
You are welcome to stay on after the walk for refreshments, which can be bought at The Hiker cafe, and a chat with other people who have come on the walk.

Parking at Hengistbury Head Car Park (charges apply) See here.
Payment is by card, phone or RingGo (location 59021) only. The ticket machines do not accept cash. Limited parking along The Broadway, 1 hour limit starting from 10am so you would need to get back to your car by 11am if you park here.

Please register by emailing Richard Cordery

Thursday 2nd June 2022 20:30 – 22:30 (approx)

Town Common, Christchurch

An evening walk hoping to hear and see Nightjars.

Meet at the corner at the junction of Marsh Lane and Suffolk Avenue (use https://gridreferencefinder.com SZ 15134 94694, What3Words http://www.what3words.com/hockey.tricks.mooring) for an approximately 3.5 mile walk along the old railway track and around Town Common and back. Insect repellent strongly advised! A torch or a well-charged mobile phone with torch facility will be useful for the walk back in the dark.
Parking is a little limited but you can park on the roadside along Marsh Lane (but not on the mud track part of that which leads down to Coward’s Marsh), Bronte Avenue, Walcott Avenue or Flambard Avenue. The latter 2 roads are quite narrow so if using these, please park with one set of wheels up on the pavement to allow cars to pass and enough space for pedestrians to walk, but do not park on dropped kerbs where you will obstruct driveways.

Please register by emailing Richard Cordery

Saturday 18th June 2022 09:00 – 12:00

Pig Bush, New Forest

A walk around the heathland looking for birds and dragonflies and a watch for raptors.
Please feel free to bring along a packed lunch if you wish to join me and others at the meeting for a picnic near the car park after the walk (weather permitting!).

Meet at Pig Bush Car Park SU 36191 05028, what3words ///fields.gaps.jazzy

Please register by emailing Richard Cordery

Sunday 24th July 2022 10.00-12.30
 
Town Common, Christchurch
 
Dr Chris Chapleo, our Chairman, will be helping us find and identify Dragonflies and Damselflies on this walk around the heathland. It will be around 3.5-4 miles of walking, initially along the old railway track at the bottom of St. Catherine’s Hill, and we will also be looking out for birds and other wildlife as well as Odonata.
 
Meet at the corner at the junction of Marsh Lane and Suffolk Avenue (use https://gridreferencefinder.com SZ 15134 94694, What3Words http://www.what3words.com/hockey.tricks.mooring) 
 
 
Parking is a little limited but you can park on the roadside along Marsh Lane (but not on the mud track part of that which leads down to Coward’s Marsh), Bronte Avenue, Walcott Avenue or Flambard Avenue. The latter 2 roads are quite narrow so if using these, please park with one set of wheels up on the pavement to allow cars to pass and enough space for pedestrians to walk, but do not park on dropped kerbs where you will obstruct driveways.

Please register by emailing Richard Cordery

Car Sharing
We encourage car sharing for outdoor meetings where possible for environmental reasons and to assist with parking, especially as car-parks at some venues have limited space. If you have friends or family coming along to the meetings, please make arrangements for car sharing yourselves, but only if you are happy to do this in the current Coronavirus situation and with adequate precautions where necessary.

Harbour Map


Our interactive harbour map helps you to identify locations around the harbour and gives some useful pointers.

Harbour Map

Our interactive harbour map helps you to identify locations around the harbour and gives some useful pointers.