Q: What if the weather is bad?
A: If the weather turns nasty while we are out on a trip, unfortunately there is nothing much we can do but sit it out or go to another site nearby that may afford some protection (either through natural foliage or viewing hides). Fortunately this does not happen that often. If the weather forecast is looking bad prior to your trip there are a number of possible alternatives:
1) Should you be able to, you may want to change the date of your trip. This will always be your decision, but we may suggest changing it to an adjacent day or a day in the future that is suitable for you.
2) We can suggest an alternative itinerary depending on the forecast to an area where there is less likely to be poor weather. However if the forecast is bad over a large part of southern England, this may not always be possible.
3) The trip will go ahead, but as birds do not generally like poor weather any more than the rest of us, it will invariably result in a lower species list than if the weather had been better.
Should you not be able to postpone your trip (e.g. you are in transit to another destination and only have that one day to bird in the UK), we will endeavour to change itinerary to sites with shelter wherever possible. However, this may affect the types of bird we see and we may not be able to go after specific species. The types of weather that would force us to cancel or suggest that you postpone a trip would include heavy snowfalls (we do not want to risk your or our safety through avoidable road accidents), very strong hurricane force winds, or prolonged heavy rain that is forecast throughout your day. We want you to have an enjoyable day as possible with West London Birding and to see as many birds species / target species as possible. Therefore, we would rather your day wasn’t spoiled by poor weather. We will contact you should there be a question mark over the trip going ahead due to bad weather and discuss the options with you, but should you be in any doubt, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us prior to your trip.