Lady Bay Birdwatchers was formed in the mid-1980s when a small group of friends, who live in the Lady Bay area of West Bridgford, Nottingham, realised there was a common interest in birds within the group. The interest developed into trips to various reserves around the country and eventually into a regular monthly meet from September through to May.
Over the last 30 or so years, we have visited a number of areas of mainland Britain but have mainly concentrated on the Midlands and the East Coast due to a combination of time restrictions and family commitments. We have a very relaxed approach to birdwatching; there is no pressure to join in as we recognise that there are so many other demands on an individual’s time.
We have, however, developed an appetite for trips abroad or weekends away and have now visited Spain five times, the Farne islands, the Somerset Levels and Wales on a number of occasions. Morocco was added to the list in 2019.
We are not experts in any shape or form but like to get out in the open air, enjoying both the social side of the trips and the natural environment.
Our aim is simply to encourage an interest in birds and increase simple identification skills; being able to add the names of 30-40 birds to a walk in the country significantly increases the enjoyment of the outdoors. An individual can then pursue their own specific interests by joining much more professional outfits such as the various wildlife trusts, societies etc.