Field Meetings

Field Meetings are social birding events that enable RAFOS members to enjoy a casual birding meeting with the emphasis on joining with other like-minded individuals regardless of where they may be stationed and whether or not they are still serving. An opportunity to share your interest, to gain knowledge and to enjoy watching birds in a relaxed atmosphere.

To register interest or get more details contact RAFOS Secretary


 Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

The start of our year, a tour of the WWT Centre at Slimbridge guided by Bill Francis.

Details of WWT Centre at http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/slimbridge


Chew Valley, Avon

The Chew Valley Lake is a large reservoir to the south of Bristol. Our day is based at the warm and comfortable CVRS Hut near the Causeway, Leaders are Dave and Anne Bodley helped by Val Kersley. A day of birds, banter and good food. All welcome.

See http://www.cvlbirding.co.uk for more information


Portland Weekend, Dorset

A weekend in the old lighthouse on Portland Bill has featured annually in our program. The lighthouse is an observatory and ringing station with nightly moth trapping and a bookshop.

Details are on http://www.portlandbirdobs.blogspot.co.uk

The organisers, Dave and Ann Bodley, have announced that from 2016 onwards they will not be holding this event as they feel that it has run its course having been run since the early 1970’s. An alternative venue is being considered.


Norfolk Weekend, North coast of Norfolk

A new event suitable for all levels of experience and fitness. The East Anglian migration watch has left Burnham Overy and migrated to a new venue.

New leader is John Towers


Islay Mist, Scotland

Islay has eight Malt Whisky Distilleries, most of them located close to Islay’s seashore – who said seawatching is boring? We visit the beautiful island of Islay on an 18 month rotation to record spring or autumn migration of sea and land birds. The islanders are friendly and there are the whisky distilleries to vist as well. Below are reports from previous visits. This event is suitable for all abilities and levels of fitness.

Islay Mist 13 Cttee report

Islay Mist 12 Cttee report

Islay Mist 10 Cttee report


 Little Marlow Gravel Pits

A chance to take a walk in early November and take in the fresh air of the Buckinghamshire countryside. This annual post-AGM wander around the gravel pits is a relaxed social event to end our birding year.

Book with secretary rafos_secretary@hotmail.com

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