Bird sites one can visit from london by Public transport

To: Alison Turner <>, "<>" <>
Subject: Bird sites one can visit from london by Public transport
From: David Rees <>
Date: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:00:04 +1000

Places I visit for birds in the London area when seeing family in SE England include (in addition to London Wetland Centre)

Rainham Marshes in the Thames estuary run by the RSPB- can be seriously good, you will love the huge Marsh frogs!  Has good Cafe.  Short walk from station (not in a 'nice' area though). Can also watch proper modern trains go by - the high speed ones, the line to France forms the northern boundary of the reserve. I've seen good birds like River kingfisher, Cettis warbler, Northern wheatear, Short-eared Owl, Pied Avocet, Redshank, Western Marsh harrier there as well as many ducks, geese and hedgerow birds. 

Staines Resevior near Heathrow Airport is often brilliant for migrants in the spring. it has a public footpath going across it see   local buses via Asford, Staines and Heathrow.   I Go there a lot, I've seen 4 species of grebes there at once, Divers (loons,) black tern, arctic tern, wagtails, waders etc......    These were all filmed there and and

Chobham common - walk from Sunningdale station - has Nightjar, wookcock, Dartford Wablers, stonechats etc. (first two - at dusk, late May onwards).

Can suggest many other places if you are prepared to get on trains for an hour or so.

Best bird book for Europe, including the UK (Collins bird Guide - by  Svensson, Mullarney and Zetterstrom) can now be got as a ipad/phone app. 

Best wishes 


On Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 11:44 AM, Alison Turner <m("","ms.alison.turner");" target="_blank">> wrote:

I  will be in London for a week ( probably staying in the Putney area) and was looking for suggestions of good birding sites to visit for day trips  that I can get to with public transport ( and a bit of walking if necc ) ideally within 2 hours of where I am staying . I will be in the Peak district previously birding so I guess that I would like to see different types of birds . I will be there in mid june . I would consider a longer trip ( and staying overnight for one night ) , If there is anywhere really special to visit . I have never birded in the UK before.  Grateful for any suggestions


Kind regards



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