Shortly after Christmas, the Southampton Natural History Society and the Hampshire Ornithological Society had a walk along Weston Shore to take in the view and to spot any winter birds in the area.
We walked from the car park opposite the entrance to Westwood, along the shore up to Weston Yacht Club and then across the Conkerfield up to Netley Abbey.
It became clear that with the expertise in the group, they were able to spot a number of birds that others might have missed. Collections of small birds were spotted in the trees lining the Weston Shore Link and the birds spotted included the long-tailed tit, goldcrest, redwing and even a buzzard.
The group later walked up into Westwood and sadly I had to leave them at that point. It had been a really enjoyable stroll and it’s great that these nature groups take an interest in our beautiful beach. Some photos are included here; not of the birds we saw unfortunately as I wasn’t quick enough with my camera!