A day out - if you fancy it


Alan T and I have been talking for some time as to how good it would be if a “few” of the ISpy crowd could get together one day for a spot of photography.
Apart from the chat and tea we could share it would be good to put people with names and exchange views and interests whilst indulging in our hobbies of birds and photography.
The question is where and there will not be one place to suit all.
Alan and I are willing to travel and we have already met up with Muddy (Mark) at Martin Mere – which was a really good day. (Mark pays for the coffees – real bonus)
Any thoughts anyone.
Say any Saturday or Sunday (Alan and I can also do mid week with a little notice)
Martin Mere – is excellent (Near Southport)
Blackbrook Zoological Park is a great day out – (Near Leek)
Slimbridge is a possibility – Near Bristol
Butterfly World at Stratford is not birds but is very different.
Any thoughts?
Any interest?
Any alternative suggestions?


20 Jul, 2011
phili said:

I'm up for the weekend after this one,[30,31st July],unfortunately working this weekend.I would have to tag along with someone as I don't have a car,willing to pay my way.All the above sound good venues,Alan and I did an outing at Westport a couple of weeks ago which was very good.I am on 01782 826678 or philip.isom@sky.com Regards,Phil.

20 Jul, 2011

great Mike, what about WWT at Washington (not USA), or if any of the members might suggest a place local to them (preferably where there's lots and lots of Kingfishers or Puffins.............

20 Jul, 2011
mike said:

Weather forecast says this Sunday will be decent too - so there is a possibility. Martin Mere are having a Birds of Prey event this Sunday too and reptiles.
The Welney Marshes site would be no further than Washington or Slimbridge too.

20 Jul, 2011
welshie said:

I'm up for a meet within reasonable travelling distance, provided I get a bit of notice. I live in Essex, but have family and 'history' in Shropshire.

21 Jul, 2011
donna said:

sounds good Mike I would love to meet up with the eye spy a bird folk

21 Jul, 2011
johnponting said:

Sounds good to me but no need to target Kingfishers (ticked that box!).

This weekend a bit short notice but might manage if I rearrange a bit and get a hotel for Saturday.

After that I'm booked or holidaying until after 14th August.

Martin Mere, Washington, Welney, Slimbridge all on my list to visit at some stage.

21 Jul, 2011
mike said:

First one looking like Martin Mere - this Saturday 25th. Will probably be there by 9:30am.
Once this blog has picked up all interested parties we must look at availability to get as many of us there as possible.

21 Jul, 2011
robashfield said:

Good idea Mike,can't do next 3 weekends cus of work & hols,but mid Aug no prob,poss leek or if people want,upton warren? Slimbridge is also good....

21 Jul, 2011
david said:

Brilliant idea, folks. Hope that you can all work something out. :-)

22 Jul, 2011
mike said:

Alan, Muddy(Mark) and myself will be in the coffee shop at Martin Mere at 10am Saturday 25th.

22 Jul, 2011
johnponting said:

I'm trying hard Mike but may have to leave here before 6:30 am on Saturday morning. I'm sure I'll recognise you three if I make it. I'll be the one with a red carnation in my hat band and a copy of the Times between my teeth.

22 Jul, 2011
robashfield said:

Is that this sat mike? Thats 23rd!lol

22 Jul, 2011
mike said:

Anyone who fancies it when you get there call my mobile 07738534577

22 Jul, 2011
littlewren said:

sounds a great idea .....keep posting the dates and venues and I am sure some of us will make it to some of them.....

22 Jul, 2011
jane said:

Hope you all have a wonderful day out !!

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