Events

Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

September 2019

Wed
11

Mid-week wildlife walk at East Dean, East Sussex

Location: East Dean (East Sussex)
Meet in the village car park south of the A259, off of Gilberts Drive (Birling Gap road).
TV 557978 (nearest postcode BN20 0DL)
Postcode: BN20 0DL (Google map)

Includes walking along parts of the Seven Sisters, whilst looking for migrants that are getting ready to depart.
Easy going walks, in pleasant company.
Everyone welcome, bring a packed lunch and binoculars, strong footwear is advised.
A donation of £2 is appreciated from those who are not group members.

Time: 10 am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £2.00.

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

Sun
22

Coach trip to RSPB Arne reserve

Location: Pick-up:
Black Lion Patcham @ 8.00am
Old Steine @ 8.10am
Hove Town Hall @ 8.20am
Southlands Hospital Shops @ 8.30am
Lancing Manor A27 @ 8.40am.

Last visited in 2016!
This site is rich in wildlife with the possibility of 6 species of reptile, raft spiders, Dartford warbler, woodland birds and waders. On my last visit I saw a smooth snake!
We could also encounter departing migrants and is a good spot for passing Osprey which are also being re-introduced into the area.
As always, stout shoes are recommended.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
This site offers toilets & hides, shop & tea-room.
We will also stop on route.
We will be leaving at 4pm

Time: Various pick up points

Price: £23

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

Thu
26

Illustrated talk - Simon Ginnaw - A Woodland Year

Location: North Barn of West Blatchington Windmill, Holmes Avenue, Hove (TQ 279068)
Postcode: BN3 7LH (Google map)

Woodlands and forests are a place of myths, legends and fairy-tales!! Our woodlands are also packed from floor to the highest canopy with wildlife - but they're not always easy to see. Using birdsong and music Simon will lead us on a walk in the woods following the seasons, to discover beautiful butterflies, plentiful birds, and the mysterious creatures of the night. Discover the secrets of the central character in all this drama - the one on which all the creatures of the forest depend - the trees.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 07971 179210

E-mail: crussell31@gmail.com

October 2019

Wed
9

Mid-week wildlife walk at RSPB Pagham Harbour

Location: Pagham Harbour
Meet at Siddlesham Ferry Visitor Centre on B2145
OS Map ref. SZ 856966 (nearest postcode PO20 7NE)
Postcode: PO20 7NE (Google map)

A walk beside the harbour, looking for passing migrant species.
This is an easy going walk.
Binoculars/strong footwear are advisable and you should bring a packed lunch.
All welcome.

Time: 10 am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £2.00.

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

Thu
24

Illustrated talk - Mike Mockler - Wildlife of Botswana

Location: North Barn of West Blatchington Windmill, Holmes Avenue, Hove (TQ 279068)
Postcode: BN3 7LH (Google map)

Okavango! Wildlife of Botswana.
Photographs from the famous wetland paradise of the Okavango Delta and the superb wildlife sanctuary of Linyanti offer a fascinating glimpse of two of Africa's finest and most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries. Wonderful mammals and birds.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 07971 179210

E-mail: crussell31@gmail.com

Sun
27

Coach outing to Lee Valley, Fishers Green

Location: Pick up:
Lancing A27. 08.00am
Southlands Hospital Shops, 8.10am.
Hove Town Hall, 8.20am.
Old Steine, 8.30am.
Black Lion Patcham 8.40am

Last visited in 2013!
The Lee Valley supports a wide range of wildlife and is easily accessible, making it the perfect place to get up close to some amazing wildlife spectacles.
Over 200 bird species have been recorded in the Valley, of which 150 can be seen every year, including the rare and elusive bittern. There are also 35 species of mammal, from the secretive otter to the charismatic water vole.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
As always, stout shoes are recommended.
We will also stop on route.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 4pm.

Time: Various pick up points

Price: £25

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

November 2019

Wed
13

Mid-week wildlife walk at Ferring Beach

Location: Ferring Beach
Meet on the coast road at the bottom of Sea Lane
(be aware there is another Sea Lane in Goring)
Map reference TQ 100015 (nearest postcode BN12 5SS)
Postcode: BN12 5SS (Google map)

A flat walk including seafront (some parts on shingle) and fields (can be muddy), looking for winter visitors.
Binoculars and strong footwear are advisable, and you should bring a packed lunch.
All welcome.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £2.00.

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

Sun
24

Coach outing to Abberton Resevoir, Essex

Location: Pick up:
Lancing Manor A27 07.30am
Southlands Hospital shops 7.40am
Hove Town Hall 7.50am
Old Steine 8.00am
Black Lion, Patcham 8.10am

Last visited in 2016!
This Essex Wildlife Trust site now has an improved visitor centre with shop, toilet and small cafe.
There are 3 accessible hides and is an excellent site for ducks, geese, grebes and waders. All 3 species of divers are possible; it is also a good spot for raptors and hares. On our last visit hedgerows had been newly planted so these should be better developed and hold small birds.
We will have a comfort stop on route.
As always, stout shoes are recommended.
We will also stop on route.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 3pm (or 3.30pm if the weather is good) instead of the usual 4pm.
A £2.50 donation to the Wildlife Trust has been included in the cost of the trip.

Time: Various pick up points

Price: £26.50 inc. entry donation

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

Thu
28

Illustrated talk - Mick White - Costa Rica - A world of nature

Location: North Barn of West Blatchington Windmill, Holmes Avenue, Hove (TQ 279068)
Postcode: BN3 7LH (Google map)

This talk will take the audience on a journey into the rain-forests of Costa Rica, exploring some of the diverse habitats that can be found and the animals that Live in them. We will visit three areas of Costa Rica firstly the Caribbean side, Then the Central Area, and finish on the Pacific coast, each offering a different climate and different species. Finally we will look at some of the threats facing our rain-forests today and look at what we can do to help.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 07971 179210

E-mail: crussell31@gmail.com

December 2019

Wed
11

Festive mid-week wildlife walk around RSPB Pulborough Brooks reserve

Location: RSPB Pulborough Brooks:
Meet in the car park. (entry fee for non RSPB members)
TQ 060164. (Nearest postcode: RH20 2EL)
Postcode: RH20 2EL (Google map)

A walk around the reserve looking at winter wildfowl, followed by our now traditional festive picnic.
Binoculars and strong footwear are advisable, and you should bring a (festive!) packed lunch.
All welcome.

Time: 10am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £2.00.. + £6 entry to reserve for non RSPB members.

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

January 2020

Sun
26

Coach outing to London Wetlands WWT

Location: Pick up:
Lancing A27. 08.00am
Southlands Hospital Shops, 8.10am.
Hove Town Hall, 8.20am.
Old Steine, 8.30am.
Black Lion Patcham 8.40am

Last visited in March 2018 (See Trip reports) this popular location has an impressive array of collection birds helping you hone your skills before visiting the wild areas.
As previously we will probably be greeted by the ring necked parakeets which hang around the entrance.
Please bring your own packed lunch. (which cannot be eaten in the café!)
As most of the birds are labelled and there is a tarmac path to follow we will not be leading you round on this occasion.
This site offers toilets & hides, shop & tearoom.
We will also stop on route.
We will be leaving at 3pm

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: WWT members £21. NON WWT MEMBERS: Adult £33, Child £28, Concession (65+) £31

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

February 2020

Sat
22

Coach outing to Tichfield Haven.

Location: Pick-up:
Black Lion Patcham @ 8.00am
Old Steine @ 8.10am
Hove Town Hall @ 8.20am
Southlands Hospital Shops @ 8.30am
Lancing Manor A27 @ 8.40am.

Please note this trip is on a SATURDAY!!!!
Last visited in January 2018 (See Trip reports.)
A great little reserve which offers, woodland coastal are marshland birds.
The hides are not too far apart and there is a tearoom and shop.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
As always, stout shoes are recommended.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 3pm.
The entry charge of £3.75 will be included in the price of the trip.

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: £24 (inc. entry)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

March 2020

Sun
22

Coach outing to Rainham Marshes

Location: Pick up:
Lancing A27. 08.00am
Southlands Hospital Shops, 8.10am.
Hove Town Hall, 8.20am.
Old Steine, 8.30am.
Black Lion Patcham 8.40am

Last visited in October 2017 (See Trip reports)
Rainham is home to one of the largest populations of water vole in the UK.
Barn owl can be visible if you know where to look and the reserve has an impressive selection of gulls and waders.
It also has a tearoom which overlooks the reserve as well as a shop.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
As always, stout shoes are recommended.
We will also stop on route.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 4pm.

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: £24 (Non RSPB members + £6 entry)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

April 2020

Sun
26

Coach outing to Beaulieu Road Station. New Forest.

Location: Pick-up:
Black Lion Patcham @ 8.00am
Old Steine @ 8.10am
Hove Town Hall @ 8.20am
Southlands Hospital Shops @ 8.30am
Lancing Manor A27 @ 8.40am

Last visited in April 2015 (See Trip reports).
Beaulieu Road Station in the New Forest is a typical heathland habitat, with the possibility of dartford warbler, woodlark etc. With it's surrounding woodland it is good for woodpeckers, redstart, cuckoo, dragon & butterflies.
Whilst it is not as well equipped like most of our trips there is an Inn next to the site that can offer facilities if you buy a coffee or decide to have lunch.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
As always, stout shoes are recommended.
We will also stop on route.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 4pm.

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: £24

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

May 2020

Sun
31

Coach outing to RSPB Lakenheath

Location: Pick up:
Lancing A27. 07.00am
Southlands Hospital Shops, 7.10am.
Hove Town Hall, 7.20am.
Old Steine, 7.30am.
Black Lion Patcham 7.40am

Last visited in May 2017 (See Trip reports)
This must be the UK's best example of what you can do with a carrot field!
An awesome array of species make this a trip not to miss!
Bittern, harriers, bearded tit, cuckoo, kingfisher to name but a few. Great for dragon & butterflies also!
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
As always, stout shoes are recommended.
We will also stop on route.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 4pm.

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: £29 (Non RSPB members + £4 entry fee)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com