Weekday and Weekend Walks, and Weekend Coach Outings

Dorney Wetlands 2019
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 23 January 2019 at 09:30


On a very cold Wednesday morning (after snow the night before), 20 brave souls made it to the Lane End car park for a walk along the Jubilee river.

Leaving the car park we saw redwings and fieldfare on the hawthorn hedges. On the river there were pochard, little grebe, great crested grebe and black-headed gulls.

Walking over the first bridge we saw three water rails plus coots and moorhens. We then walked across the field to the second bridge where we saw a pair of mandarin ducks, which we have not seen previously in this area of the river.

On the path heading towards the weir there were two stock doves. At the weir we saw at least 20 cormorants and about 30 tufted ducks. On the opposite side of the weir was a grey wagtail. We then went down onto Dorney Common and saw chiffchaff, pied wagtail and Cetti’s warbler.

Considering the weather, it was a good turn out with 44 birds seen plus one heard. We then returned to the car park. Some then went on for coffee and food at a local pub.

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Jubilee river and Dorney wetlands, 23/1/2019, cold, sunny intervals




Tufted Duck


Little Egret

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Red Kite

Water Rail




Black-headed Gull

Herring Gull

Stock Dove

Wood Pigeon

Green Woodpecker





Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Cetti's Warbler

Long-tailed Tit





Song Thrush


Mistle Thrush (H)



Grey Wagtail

Pied Wagtail



Reed Bunting

Tufted duck

Water rail

Wood pigeon


44 Bird Species seen plus 1 heard

20 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
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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 the Pineapple pub is 200 metres from the car park.

Click here for report and photos of our 2018 visit to Dorney Wetlands

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