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RSPB Arne 2017
Saturday COACH trip

Date: Saturday 9 September 2017 at 07:00


The coach was on good time at Braywick Park to pick up 22 people and then went to Whiteknights in Reading to pick up a further 10.

The weather forecast for Arne was to be sunny with heavy showers, which was exactly what we got. We arrived at Arne about 10am. One of the wardens gave a brief talk on what was about and then we split into smaller groups.

On the way to the Shipstal hide we saw an immature female Redstart. The birds seen from the hide, which looks over the estuary, were at least 200 Curlew in the distance and Little Egrets, Swallows flying low for the insects and various Gulls all around the wetland.

Having moved on from the hide, we walked through the wooded area to see Chiffchaff, Coal Tits, Long Tailed Tits and some saw Spotted Flycatchers. Walking on further into the area where the gorse and heather is on the hill which looked over part of the estuary, we saw Dartford Warblers, Stonechat and in the distance an Osprey was spotted sitting in some dead trees. Sika Deer were seen grazing on the marshland.

Walking back the heavens opened and we had to take shelter. We took shelter in the coach from the next shower.

After the rain cleared we went to the Coombe Heath part of the reserve, which is mainly gorse and heather, where we saw a flock of Meadow Pipits.

The Coombe Heath hide looks across the estuary from a different position. There were Black-tailed Godwits, 22 Spoonbills, Greenshank, Redshanks and some Grey Plovers. We returned via the information centre to the cafe for a well needed cup of tea or coffee.

A good days birding was had by all and 75 species were seen. Also of note were the spiders, butterflies and dragonflies.

The coach left at 4:30pm, but the driver took the wrong road and you cannot get a 9' coach down a 6' 6" road. He had to back up the road for about half a mile with the help of policeman 'Clews' (good job Brian).

Click Here to see a few photos from the trip

Arne, 9/9/2017, sunny periods, showers

Mute Swan

Canada Goose







Little Egret

Great White Egret

Grey Heron


Great Crested Grebe


Common Buzzard




Grey Plover

Ringed Plover


Black-tailed Godwit

Green Sandpiper



Sandwich Tern

Common Tern

Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Wood Pigeon

Collared Dove



Green Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker






Carrion Crow



Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Sand Martin


House Martin

Cetti's Warbler (H)

Long-tailed Tit


Dartford Warbler






Song Thrush

Mistle Thrush

Spotted Flycatcher






House Sparrow

Grey Wagtail

Pied Wagtail

Meadow Pipit




75 Bird Species + 1 heard

Other Wildlife

Roe Deer

Fallow Deer

Sika Deer


Grey Squirrel


Wood Mouse


Speckled Wood Butterfly

Comma Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly

Meadow Brown Butterfly

Peacock Butterfly

Large White Butterfly

Small White Butterfly

Black Darter Dragonfly

Common Darter Dragonfly

Southern Hawker Dragonfly

Garden Spider

Raft Spider

Wasp Spider

32 People

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Aerial view of Arne RSPB reserveDavid Wootton (

Arne is the RSPB's flagship heathland reserve, consisting of open heathland, tidal estuary, marsh, sand dunes, mud flats, beach, an old oak woodland and farmland, all on a peninsular in Poole Harbour. The view above shows the Coombe Heath trail in the foreground. Beyond lies the information centre and then the Shipstal Point Trail, which goes as far as the distant bay.

Early migrant waders returning to the harbour include whimbrel, greenshank and spotted redshank. We can also expect to watch thousands of waders, ducks and geese in the harbour, including avocet, black-tailed godwit, dunlin and little egret.

Within the reserve we can expect finches, linnet, redpoll, siskin, reed bunting, green woodpecker and Sika deer.

Ben Hall (

Dartford Warbler on a bush With a bit of luck, we could also see some of these - Dartford warbler, spoonbill, hobby, brent goose, stonechat, marsh and hen harriers, merlin, and osprey.

David Kjaer (

Herd of Sika deer


Information hut
Shop - bird food, books
Cafe - hot/cold meals, snacks
Bird feeders
5 miles of trails
2 hides, 2 screens, viewpoint




For more details of RSPB Arne, click here


A map of the Arne RSPB reserve

Map base from OpenStreetMap.
Purple is heath, light brown is farmland. Brown blobs are hides. Sand, marsh, woodland and water should be obvious.

Coach trip details -

  • Full payment of £20.00 is required on booking. For under 16s the full cost is only £10.00. All money will be refunded if the trip is cancelled.
  • For bookings and any other details, email Helen Pearson , or call Helen on 01628 639648 and leave a voicemail, or see Helen at a meeting. Please book at least one week in advance, preferably much earlier.
  • The coach leaves promptly at 7.00 am from the lay-by in front of the entrance to Braywick Park (Braywick Sports Ground), Braywick Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1DX. There is a free car park inside the park.
  • The coach also picks up from the main Shinfield Road (Queens Drive) entrance to Whiteknights Park (RG6 6UR) at 7:30 am. Please arrive in good time. The university says that you can park for free in Car Park 1a which is to the left of the drive (NB not in the car park next to the Sports Centre).
  • Consider bringing a packed lunch and any drinks or snacks that you may require.
  • This coach trip involves a journey time of about two and a half hours each way, including comfort stop.
  • The coach has room for large items such as telescopes, tripods, hampers and camera bags.