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Isle Of Wight Ornithological Group

Contact: Dave Hunnybun (Secretary),
40 Church Hill Road, Cowes, IOW PO31 8HH.
(Current subscription of only £12 pa. birders from the mainland are welcome to join, and there's a reduced price for junior members.)


Membership gives you all this:-
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Monthly field trips.. . . . . . . .(See below for details)
AGM 2023. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saturday 22nd April 7.00 for 7.15 start at Arreton Community Centre
Annual Bird Report. . . . . . . free to members. (The 2020 Report is under preparation)
Sea Watching. . . . . . . . . . . . at St. Catherine's Point (Weekends around April)
3 newsletters each year
Social Events. . . . . . . . . . . . illustrated talks etc.
Garden Bird Survey. . . . . . .something all members can participate in.
Breeding Bird Survey. . . . . choose a 1km square and record the birds possibly nesting there.
For Latest Local Sightings
Going Birding IOW
For details of local birdwatching sites
IOW Site Guide
MAPS:-Click on the grid references (below) for map of the area, then select the scale-
(Under the map) my "arrow" shows Landranger 1:50000 scale. (For a street map use the "+" button)
(Maps are provided courtesy of www.streetmap.co.uk)


Why not join us on our next walk?

"Ryde to Seaview Seawatch"---Sunday January 7th. @ 9.00

With Derek Hale for Divers and Grebes in the Solent
Meet at the northern end of Ryde Canoe Lake
SZ603927 (Click for map).

"River Medina"---Sunday February 4th. @ 9.00

With Dave Hunnybun for Ducks and Waders
Meet at the bottom of Stag Lane
SZ503916 (Click for map).

"Brading Marsh"---Sunday March 24th. @ 8.30

With Derek Hale for early migrants etc.
Meet at the St. Helens end of Laundry Lane-Park near the old cattle sheds
SZ656880 (Click for map).

"St. Catherine’s Point"---Sunday April 14th. @ 7.00

With Dave Hunnybun for land and seawatch
Meet at the top of the road to the lighthouse,-Members arriving later go directly to the field W. of the lighthouse
SZ500756 (Click for map).

"West High Down"---Sunday April 21st. @ 8.00

With Derek Hale for Regular & Migrant birds.
Meet at High Down quarry car park
SZ325856 (Click for map).


Details of Previous Walks- 2023


"Western Yar"---Sunday December 10th. @ 9.00

With Kevin Lover for Winter Waders and Ducks
From Yarmouth Old Station (Now the "Off the Rails" Cafe)
SZ357893 (Click for map).

"Newtown NR"---Sun. November 19th. @ 9.00

With Derek Hale for Winter Waders and Ducks
From the Visitor Centre to the Boathouse and on to the Main Hide

Some of the birds seen;- c400 Dunlin, 8 Knot, c50 Grey Plover, c130 Golden Plover,
80 Shelduck, c50 Wigeon, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Pintail, c30 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing etc.
SZ423905 (Click for map).

"Culver Down"---Sunday October 22nd. @ 7.00

Leader: Derek Hale for overhead migration.
From the Beacon to Redcliff Field and back towards the Monument.

Some of the birds seen;- c50 Redpoll, c10 Siskin, c100 Goldfinch, 1 Reed Bunting,
1 Firecrest,1 Ring Ouzel, c50 Swallow, 6 Skylark, 2 Raven, Kestrel & Peregrine.
SZ636856 (Click for map).

"West Highdown"---Sunday September 24th. @ 8.00

Leader: Dave Hunnybun for migrants.
SZ325856 (Click for map).

"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday August 13th. @ 8.00

Leader: Derek Hale for migrants.
From the Radar Station, N. along Luccombe Down to Shanklin Down and back

Some of the birds seen;- 3 Redstart, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Skylark, 2 Raven, Kestrel, Peregrine.
SZ568786 (Click for map).

"Brading Marsh"---Sunday July 23rd. @ 8.30

Leader: Derek Hale
From the north end of Laundry Lane to the New Bridge Ponds then up the lane to Brading Marsh and back.

Some of the birds seen;- Green Sandpiper, Egyptian Geese, White-tailed Eagles, Gadwall, Lapwing,
Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Marsh Harrier, Kestrel, Buzzard.
SZ656880 (Click for map).

"Parkhurst"---Saturday, June 10th. @ 20.30

with Derek Hale for Nightjar & Woodcock etc.
From the Main Car Park to a clearing to the NW.

Birds seen;- 5+ Nightjar, 1 Jay also Song Thrush and Robin heard
SZ479900 (Click for map).

"Mottistone Down"---Sunday, May 7th. @ 9.00

With: Derek Hale for Warblers etc.
FP to the Mottistone Longstone and beyond - in thick fog at first.

Some of the birds seen;- Yellowhammer, Dartford Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff,
Linnet, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers.
SZ420845 (Click for map).

"West High Down"---Sunday April 16th. @ 8.00

With Derek Hale for Regular & Migrant birds.
From the High Down quarry car park via the Beacon and along the valley to Alum Bay, -back via Alum Bay Road

Some of the birds seen;- Firecrest, Wheatear, Dartford Warbler, Stonechats, Chiffchaffs,
Willow Warbler, Linnet, Bullfinch, Skylarks, Raven etc.
SZ325856 (Click for map).

"St. Catherine’s Point"---Sunday April 2nd. @ 7.00

With Dave Hunnybun for land and seawatch
Seawatching session from the field west of the lighthouse
SZ500756 (Click for map).

"Brading Marsh"---Sunday March 19th. @ 8.30

With Derek Hale for early migrants etc.
From the N. end of Laundry Lane going S. to the Old Sea Wall on Brading Marsh. (Beside the RSPB Reserve)

Some of the birds seen;- 2 White-tailed Eagles, 4 Wheatear, Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler, Chiffchaffs,
Skylarks, Lapwing, Herons, Marsh and Hen Harrier, Buzzard and Kestrel etc.
SZ656880 (Click for map).

"River Medina"---Sunday February 5th. @ 9.00

With Dave Hunnybun for Ducks and Waders
From Stag Lane to Pinkmead

Some of the birds seen;- Black Redstart, Chiffchaff, Mandarin, Peregrine, Jack Snipe, "Black Brant".
SZ503916 (Click for map).

"Ryde to Seaview"---Sunday January 8th. @ 9.00

With Derek Hale for a Solent Seawatch
From Ryde Esplanade to Puckpool and back.

Some of the birds seen;- Slavonian Grebe, Great-crested Grebe, Sandwich Tern, Firecrest.
SZ603927 (Click for map).

Details of Previous Walks- 2022


"Western Yar"---Sunday December 18th. @ 9.00

With Kevin Lover for Winter Waders and Ducks
Meet at Yarmouth Station (Now the "Off the Rails" Cafe)
SZ357893 (Click for map).

"Newtown NR"---Sun. November 20th. @ 9.00

With Derek Hale for Winter Waders and Ducks
From he NT Car Park to the Boathouse then on to the main Hide.
Some of the birds seen;- Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Stonechat, Skylark, Pintain, Wigeon, Teal, Red-breasted Merganser.
SZ423905 (Click for map).

"Culver Down"---Sunday October 16th. @ 7.00

With Derek Hale for overhead Migration
From the Car Park by the Pub to the far end Gun Emplacements, then Redcliff fields and back to the Monument.
Some of the birds seen;- SNOW BUNTING, Dartford Warbler, Stonechat, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Skylark, Swallow (500+), House Martin, Peregrine, Raven.
SZ636856 (Click for map).

"West Highdown"---Sunday, September 18th. @ 8.00

With Dave Hunnybun -for early returning migrants
From the "Quarry" Car Park to Alum Bay and back along Alum Bay Road
Some of the birds seen;- Dartford Warbler, Stonechat, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Swallow (100+)
SZ325856 (Click for map).

"Ventnor Downs"---Sunday, August 21st. @ 8.00

With Derek Hale
From the Radar Compound to Shanklin Down and back
Some of the birds seen;- Spotted Flycatcher, Redstart, Skylark, Raven, Swift.
SZ568786 (Click for map).

"Brading Marsh RSPB"---Sunday, July 24th. @ 08.30

With Derek Hale for Raptors and Ducks.
From the "New Bridge " Ponds along Laundry Lane to Brading Marsh.
Some of the birds seen;- White-tailed Eagle, Green Sandpiper, Swift, Swallow, Sand Martin, Reed Warbler etc.
SZ621883 (Click for map).

"Parkhurst"---Saturday, June 12th. @ 20.30

With Derek Hale for Nightjar & Woodcock etc.
Two clearings were visited NW of the Car Park.
Birds seen;- Woodcock and Nightjar
SZ479900 (Click for map).

"Mottistone Down"---Sunday, May 8th. @ 9.00

With Derek Hale for Warblers etc.
Meet @ Mottistone Down Car Park, on Lynch Lane.
Some of the birds seen;- Hobby, Yellowhammer, Stonechat, Linnet, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Swift
SZ420845 (Click for map).

"West High Down"---Sunday April 24th. @ 8.00

With Derek Hale for Regular & Migrant birds.
From the Quarry car park to Alum Bay
Some of the birds seen;- Grasshopper Warbler (Heard), Dartford Warbler, Stonechat, Skylark, Willow Warbler, Kestrel etc.
SZ325856 (Click for map).

"St. Catherine’s Point"---Sunday April 3rd. @ 7.00

With Derek Hale for land and seawatch
Down the lane to the Lighthouse for a Sea-watching session
Some of the birds seen;- Gannet, Fulmar, Auk Sp. Brent Geese, Wheatear, Yellowhammer,Stonechat.
SZ500756 (Click for map).

"Brading Marsh"---Sunday March 13th. @ 8.30

With Derek Hale for Raptors and early Migrants.
"New Bridge" ponds and Laundry Lane to Brading Marsh,
Some of the birds seen;- Glossy Ibis, Great White Egret, Snipe, Water Rail, White-tailed Eagle, Marsh Harrier.
SZ621883 (Click for map).

"River Medina"---Sunday Febuary 6th. @ 9.00

With Dave Hunnybun for Ducks and Waders etc.
From Dodnor Pond to Werrar and Pinkmead inlet.
Some of the birds seen;- Mandarin, 4 Bullfinch, 1m Stonechat, 2 Jack Snipe, c20 Stock Dove etc.
SZ503916 (Click for map).

"Ryde to Seaview"---Sunday January 9th. @ 9.00

With Derek Hale for Sea Watch in the Solent
From Ryde Canoe Lake via Appley Park to Puckpool.
Some of the birds seen;- Slavonian and Red-necked Grebes, Great Northern Diver, Razorbill, Shag
SZ603927 (Click for map).


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