Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Dorney Wetlands 2018
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 09:30

Details:

On a rather cold windy morning 23 people set off from the car park.

We walked to the first bridge and saw the usual tufted duck, pochard, shelduck, gadwall and mute swan. As we crossed the bridge one of the members spotted a water rail in the reeds and most got a good view of it.

Having crossed the bridge we saw some snipe flying. From the field beyond the bridge we saw reed bunting and long tailed tits.

Crossing back over the second bridge, we headed towards the weir and the stream that goes across Elton Wick common. We saw chiffchaff, Cetti's warbler, little egret, teal and a flock of Canada geese grazing on the common. We did not see any waders apart from a flock of lapwings.

The total number of species seen was 48, which is about normal for Dorney.

The next outdoor meeting is to Rye Meads RSPB, Herts on Sunday 25th February.

Dorney Wetlands, 14/2/2018, cold, windy

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Shelduck

Gadwall

Teal

Mallard

Pochard

Tufted Duck

Pheasant

Cormorant

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite

Common Buzzard

Water Rail

Moorhen

Coot

Lapwing

Snipe

Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Herring Gull

Stock Dove

Wood Pigeon

Green Woodpecker

Kestrel

Ring-necked Parakeet

Magpie

Jay

Jackdaw

Carrion Crow

Goldcrest

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Cetti's Warbler

Long-tailed Tit

Chiffchaff

Wren

Starling

Blackbird

Redwing

Robin

Pied Wagtail

Chaffinch

Bullfinch

Reed Bunting

48 Bird Species seen

23 People

 
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View over Dorney Wetlands and Jubilee River

Meet at 9.30 am in the car park, off Lane End Road, near SL4 6QT. Lat/Long: 51.5069, -0.6629 OS SU928795
Click here for a map of the car park location

The Jubilee River is a flood relief channel designed to resemble a natural river. It is seven miles long and opened in 2002, with wildlife habitats along the river. The section called Dorney Wetlands provides breeding and feeding habitat for many birds, such as reed warbler, reed bunting, grebes, snipe, skylark and meadow pipits. Winter brings large flocks of wildfowl and lapwing.

To the south of the Manor Farm weir is a stream flowing through Eton Wick to the Thames. This often flooded area is good for chiffchaff, Cetti's warbler, water rail, pied and grey wagtail.

Bird species recorded on our previous visits - 2009=57, 2010=45, 2011=52, 2012=48, 2014=54, 2015=51, 2016=52, 2017=52

Visitors have access to a variety of paths, a lookout point, three bird screens, footbridges and a boardwalk.

Good paths, three mile walk or less.

Free entry and parking. No facilities, but Dorney village has a pub 600 yards from the car park.

Click here for report and photos of our 2017 visit to Dorney Wetlands

Click here for information about Dorney Wetlands