Bird Watching

Bird Watching

This group is very informal, meeting regularly on the 4th Friday of each month for visits organised by and for our own members.  If the 4th Friday clashes with a Bank Holiday weekend then we may meet on the 3rd Friday (see calendar for details).

We usually meet at the layby behind Rheged at 9 am to arrange car-sharing (from Penrith take the A66 west, turn left by the Burger King/Travelodge onto the Redhills road; the layby is on the right hand side after about half a mile, it is situated immediately behind the Rheged visitor centre).

Most of the monthly visits are outdoors and last most of the day so a packed lunch and appropriate clothing for the time of year is needed.  We go to a variety of locations including RSPB and Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserves.  The reserves usually have hides where you are sheltered from the elements but some of the locations can be cold and windy and the walking is on rough tracks.  Please contact the visit organiser if you would like further information about a specific location.

Please feel free to attend those events which appeal to you. New members are always welcome. Monthly meetings may be subject to change according to the weather so please check details in advance from the visit organiser if the forecast is bad.  

Click this link for details of our meetings in 2020  Birdwatching calendar 2020

The group co-ordinator is Hedda Moore Tel: 07981321306.  An alternative contact, if you cannot get through to Hedda, is David Jones 01768 484170.

We also have an email contact list, if you would like to join the email list please send your email address to Andrea Willett at  We operate an open email list so that all members of the group can send messages/photographs to everyone else.  This does mean that the other members of the group can see your email address.  You can ask to take your name off the email list at any time.

We look forward to meeting you.

Whooper swan at Caerlaverock. Photograph taken by Carolyn Marshall on a U3A visit. Copyright 2016 All rights reserved.