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December 2015

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Message from the Chairman of Council RSPB

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Fellow Volunteers,

By now, you may have picked up this week's hugely encouraging news from the meeting of the EU's Environment Ministers on the Nature Directives: Defra's Rory Stewart - like his EU counterparts - made it clear that the UK wanted to see better implementation of the Nature Directives rather than renegotiation.

Although matters are not yet fully resolved, we couldn't have hoped for a better position and better end to 2015: defending the laws that #DefendNature was one of the year's big three priorities, and it's been fantastic to see the passion, power and determination of the RSPB at its absolute best in this year-long campaign. Who else could inspire 66,000 of its supporters to speak up for nature, encourage 40,000 more across the UK to add their voices, and with BirdLife and other partners catalyse a grand total of 520,325 folk across Europe to back the same message? The lesson is clear; not only can the RSPB challenge the world's biggest political institutions when they try to mess with wildlife, but also very many others are increasingly ready to stand at our side.

Growing our support through 2015 was another of our big 3 priorities, and on 1st December our membership strength stood at 1,178,237 - over 26,000 more than at this time last year. This is despite everything that has been thrown at us through a year that has hardly been positive to charities. As usual, we've excelled under difficult circumstances - and what's more we're raising our game through policies, ways of working and processes to show that our supporter promise is among the best in our sector. Our work depends on trust from all around us - and throughout the RSPB we're showing how much we merit it. Our supporters will stick with us if we stick with our values.

All of this depends, of course, on working better together for the common good - our third big priority for 2015. The Board and Trustees have had very positive feedback from the hundreds of you who have been participating in the DOT programme, from the new flexi and TOIL arrangements, and from the new Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). I know and recognise that there are still challenging issues ahead - but equally I know that we have to meet them in a way that makes the RSPB stronger, more effective and more able to deliver its mission.

Although it somehow never seems to cover the astonishing range and scale of your commitment to the RSPB, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you - you deserve these thanks 1.2 million times over.

In the end, I guess it's quite simple: We couldn't be here without you.

I wish you and your loved ones all the very best of the season, and a peaceful, successful, nature-filled 2016.


Steve Ormerod

Chairman, RSPB Council
http://www.rspb.org.uk/about/run/council/index.aspx

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Just to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Look forward to seeing some of you on our post christmas walk on the 27th December at Dell Quay.

Don't forget to keep those bird feeders and water bowls clean - and well topped up.

All best to you , thank you for all the support over the past year

Kerry Jackson

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Earnley Concourse

Updated news on the Propsed Change of Use to the Earnley Concourse, Medmerry.

The application has now been withdrawn.

Full copy of letters on the CDC website including objection by the RSPB - follow the link below

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Events Pagham Harbour and Medmerry Jan -March 2016

Events Pagham Harbour and Medmerry Jan -March 2016

The sheltered inlet at the heart of the reserve fills and
empties with each tide, with ducks, geese and wading
birds flying to and fro. With a wealth of wildlife, beautiful
landscapes and a rich historical heritage, it is a great
place to get away from it all.
There is something of interest all year round. Spring
brings all sorts of migrant birds passing through. During
summer important breeding birds such as little terns
commence nesting, butterflies flit along the hedgerows,
dragonflies patrol over ponds and lizards bask in the
sun. In winter the harbour attracts large flocks of
migratory birds such as brent geese and pintail.

see the pdf download for information on events in and around Pagham Harbour and Medmerry

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Adult and child birdwatching

Pulborough Brooks nature reserve events December 2015 - February 2016

December
Tuesday 1 December - Homes for nature Our expert will be on hand to provide advice on how to get the most out of your wildlife boxes.
Drop in from 11 am - 2 pm
Free - donations welcome.

Tuesday 1 December - Christmas crafts for grownups! A chance to get creative and try your hand at a number of Christmas craft projects inspired by nature and incorporating materials from our lovely reserve.
Time: 6 - 9 pm
Cost: £6 per person (£3 for RSPB members)
Booking essential.

Thursday 3 December (and every Thursday) Wildlife walkabout We're giving all sorts of nature a home and our regular gentle ramble is an ideal introduction to some of our very special wildlife.
Time: 10 am - 12 pm
Cost: £8 per person (£2.50 for RSPB members)

Tuesday 8 December - Christmas crafts for grownups! (see 1 December for details)
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Cost: £6 per person (£3 for RSPB members)
Booking essential.

Saturday 12 December - Birding for beginners A chance to enjoy our birds, learning a little bit more about them and how to distinguish one from another.
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Cost: £12 per person (£8 for RSPB members) Booking essential.

Saturday 12 December - Christmas gift wrapping For those purchasing our festive wrapping paper Santa's RSPB helpers will be on hand to wrap presents.
Drop in from 1 - 4 pm
Free - donations welcome.

Sunday 13 December - Wild Families Deck the halls! A chance to get creative and make your own Christmas decorations using natural materials.
Drop in from 10 am - 12.30 pm
Cost: £4 per child (£2 for Wildlife Explorer members)

Monday 21 December - Wild Families wild in the woods Kick through the leaves as we go wild in the woods! Go on a woodland treasure hunt, hug a tree and make some wild art.
Time: 10 am - 12 pm
Cost: £4 per child (£2 for Wildlife Explorer members)

Monday 21 December - Christmas gift wrapping (see 12 December for details)
Drop in from 10 am - 4 pm
Free - donations welcome.

January
Wednesday 6 January - Birding for beginners (see 12 December for details)
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Cost: £12 per person (£8 for RSPB members) Booking essential.

Sunday 10 January - Dawn of the ducks As the sun rises over Pulborough Brooks we will soak up the sights and sounds of the hundreds of wildfowl that spend the winter here. This will be followed by a delicious cooked breakfast in our tearoom.
Time: 6.30 - 9 am
Cost: £25 per person (£18 for members)
Booking essential.

Sunday 10 January - Big Garden Birdwatch The countdown! Drop in to make your own bird feeder and learn more about the birds that might pop up in your garden.
Drop in from 10 am - 2 pm
Cost: £6 per person (£3 for RSPB members)

Friday 15 January - Evening talk Pulborough Brooks John Oliver will talk about the history of the reserve and its wildlife through the seasons.
Time: 7 - 8.30 pm
Cost: £3 per person (£2 for RSPB members)
Booking essential.

Saturday 23 January - Pulborough survey The alternative egg hunt Join us for a talk about butterflies on the reserve, before we set out to search for the eggs of the elusive brown hairstreak!
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Cost: £3 per person (£2 for RSPB members)
Booking essential.

February
Sunday 7 February - Dawn of the ducks (see 10 January for details)
Time: 6.30 - 9 am
Cost: £25 per person (£18 for members)
Booking essential.

Tuesday 16 February - Wild Families young birders A chance for younger birders to learn about bird watching with a walk around the reserve to see what we can spot!
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Cost: £6 per person (£3 for RSPB members)
Booking essential.

Wednesday 17 February - Wild Families wild in the woods (see 21 December for details)
Time: 1 - 3 pm
Cost: £4 per child (£2 for Wildlife Explorer members)

Thursday 18 February - Giving nature a home Drop in to create a nest box to take back to your patch and provide a home for wildlife.
Time: 10 am - 12 pm
Cost: £15 to create a nest box and bird feeder
Booking essential.

Friday 19 February - bird song master class In no time the birds will be singing at their best, so join us to pick up some tips on recognising who is serenading you from the undergrowth!
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Cost: £12 per person (£8 for RSPB members)

Sunday 28 February - Birding for beginners (see 12 December for details)
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Cost: £12 per person (£8 for RSPB members) Booking essential.

Big Garden Birdwatch
30 and 31 January Fill up your feeders, make a cuppa and make your garden birds count. Pick up a form when you visit us or find out more at www.rspb.org.uk

Wild families
These are special events designed just for families, where you can all discover nature in a fun way. The activities are designed with 5 to 12 year olds in mind, but older and younger siblings, parents and grandparents should enjoy them too.

How to book
Booking is essential for some of our events. If you would like to make a booking, please contact the reserve on01798 875851. We ask for payment at the time of booking. Event costs include your nature trail entry, unless stated otherwise.

Coming up in Spring
Events in the next couple of months include dawn chorus and our Nightingale Festival.
Get closer to nature in a beautiful landscape
Lovely walks, fresh air and superb views
Great wildlife watching throughout the year
Hides and viewpoints
Play and picnic areas, activities for families
Electric buggy hire
Café serving home-cooked lunches and delicious cake
Visitor centre with gift shop and bird feeding advice
Opening times
The visitor centre is open 9.30 am - 5 pm daily, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The nature trail is open daily from dawn to dusk, except Christmas Day.
The café is open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm and serves lunches between 12 noon and 2.30 pm.
Entry to the nature trail is free for RSPB members. For non-members it costs £5 per adult and £2 per child.

How to get here
By train: the nearest train station is Pulborough (2 miles)
By bus: catch the Compass bus 100.
By car: the reserve is off the A283 between Pulborough and Storrington

RSPB Pulborough Brooks
Wiggonholt, Pulborough, West Sussex,
RH20 2EL Tel. 01798 875851
rspb.org.uk/pulboroughbrooks