The meeting time for this walk is 10am at Os Ref: SU757049. This location can be found by turning south off the A259 in Hermitage. This is the only road leading on to Thorney Island. After 1km a lane turns off left, the only one (if you reach the MOD checkpoint you have missed the left turn). There is parking off road at the junction for 7 or 8 vehicles, but further along the lane there is additional roadside space for a few other vehicles.
Whilst this site is exceptional in Winter it does have some interest in summer too. It used to be the stronghold for Little Egret when they first colonised our island a few decades ago, with hundreds being found there. However this situation has altered as this species has dispersed and become more widespread. Birds that breed in the area include Sandwich, Common and Little Tern as well as Mediterranean Gull. Little Tern numbers are well down but are still around in small numbers, I fear people pressure in the area, on the beaches and on the waters of the harbour has taken its toll in the past 3 decades.
Hope to see you there.