Blacktoft Sands RSPB – Harrier Roost – Wed 22nd Nov 2017

Date: 22/11/17 Meeting Point: Car Park at Blacktoft Reserve on the Ouse near to Goole Time: 11:00 Transport: Members cars Lunch: bring packed lunch and drink Cost: free mid-week Leader: Martin Kaye Numbers Limit: None.

Notes: A one hour 15 min easy drive from Chesterfield up the M1 then M18 to junction 36 on the M62. The last 10 miles are a bit slow (15 min) but are well signed.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/b/blacktoftsands/about.aspx

7 hides and small visitors centre selling drinks and hiring binoculars.  All flat, easy going.  At this time of year this is one of the best reserves in the country to see Marsh and hopefully Hen Harriers returning to roost in the reed bed.  The late meeting time is designed because those wanting to see the Harriers returning, will need to stay until at least 15:30.  Last year, there were 6 Marsh Harriers in the air at the same time, and and we had good sightings of a Merlin and a Barn Owl.

Bring warm clothing because it can get pretty cold as dusk approaches.