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
18

An Evening with Bird Artist Peter Partington

Location: The Barn, Church Cottage, St Michael's Church, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Postcode: RG21 7QW (Google map)

Peter Partington is a well known wildlife artist who produces oils, watercolours and sculptures. He works mainly from his studio in Suffolk but believes in drawing from Nature in the landscape. He often travels internationally to record his impressions.
He will be bringing his overhead projector and, for the first half of the evening, he will spontaneously draw on to it whilst projecting the images on to a screen and explaining his methods of bird portraiture and illustration. He also accepts the challenge of drawing favourite birds from the audience.
For the second half he will show a range of images of his completed work in watercolour and oils.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 for non-local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
22

Day trip to Keyhaven Marshes Nature Reserve

Location: Meet in the car park by the Harbour for a 10.00am start (SZ 308 916 OS Landranger map 196) What 3 words ///evidently.drizzly.marmalade
Postcode: SO41 0TR (Google map)

A day visit to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust reserve at Keyhaven Marshes.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

October 2019

Wed
16

Trinidad & Tobago, Home of the Hummingbird

Location: The Barn, Church Cottage, St Michael's Church, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Postcode: RG21 7QW (Google map)

Talk by Ashley Grove.
"Hummingbirds have always fascinated me and my dream to one day photograph them finally came true in November 2013."
This illustrated talk gives you not only some lovely images of these little jewels, but some fascinating facts about some of the smallest birds in the world.
Besides the hummingbirds, Trinidad & Tobago has some wonderfully colourful bird life and also plays host to some of the birds we watch in disbelief on TV documentaries, like the bell bird, oilbirds and manikins.
There will also be plenty of great images from honeycreepers at the famous Asa Wright Centre in Trinidad, to the majestic tropic birds of Little Tobago island. If you have been thinking of visiting this talk may just make up your mind to book your trip.

We are also promised film with sound of some of the species, so a very entertaining show all round.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 for non-local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
20

Old Winchester Hill

Location: Meet in the reserve car park for a 10:00 start (SU 645 214; OS Map 185) What 3 Words ///proceeds.overused.spirit
Postcode: GU32 1HN (Google map)

A visit to Old Winchester Hill National Nature Reserve.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

November 2019

Wed
20

Birds of the North Norfolk Coastal Footpath

Location: The Barn, Church Cottage, St MIchael's Church Basingstoke
Postcode: RG21 7QW (Google map)

A talk by Jonathan Forgham.
Biography:
I am a lifelong birder, member of the YOC in the 1960's and early 70's, I went on four YOC holidays to Northumbria, Essex, Yorkshire and Slimbridge. By the age of 14 I travelled alone to The Pyrenees and my birding travels from then on have been annual or more. I have now birded in most European countries apart from Scandinavia, visited Sri Lanka on seven occasions in the last five years as well as a visit to Australia in 1992.
I visit Dungeness and North Norfolk at least once a month on birding days out, along with trips to other sites within 100 miles of my East Herts home. I have spent 10 years studying the whole natural history of Little Hadham parish, recording 109 bird species and over 750 moth species along with plants, butterflies, insects, mammals etc.
Away from birding, I was a teacher for 30 years before setting up my own science educational enhancement company which ran for 10 years. I have now retired.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 for non local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
24

West Wittering

Location: Meet in the East Head Car Park for a 10.00am start (SZ766984 - OS Landranger 197). Car Park Charge £3.50 What 3 words ///slogged.socket.tumblers
Latitude/longitude: 50.780,-0.914 (Google map)

A visit to West Wittering. The village of West Wittering lies in a beautiful part of West Sussex, at the mouth of Chichester Harbour. Surrounded by the South Downs on one side and the Solent on the other it is a wonderful area to visit. In the birding calendar, this area is best visited in the winter, when large numbers of Brent geese and waders are present and the natural sheltered tidal lagoon often contains good numbers of wintering grebes, divers and diving ducks.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: No charge

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: RSPBBasingstoke@gmail.com

December 2019

Sun
15

Walk at Longparish

Location: Meet at the grass car park south of River Test north of Larkwhistle Farm crossroads SU445 448 What 3 words ///backdrop.juggled.steams
Postcode: SP11 6QJ (Google map)

A walk at Longparish with leader Geoff Sharp.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 470286

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Wed
18

Basingstoke Local Group Christmas Meeting

Location: The Barn, Church Cottage, St Michael's Church, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Postcode: RG21 7QW (Google map)

Christmas meeting quiz, festive snacks and members' slides.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 for non local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

January 2020

Wed
15

Wildlife of the Okanagan Valley

Location: The Barn, Church Cottage, St Michael's Church, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Postcode: RG21 7QW (Google map)

Slide show and talk by Lee Morgan. Lee is a professional ecologist and talented all-round naturalist and photographer formerly based in Basingstoke, now living in Canada. He is an extremely popular tour leader with a wide range of skills, having a particular reputation for the gourmet picnics he serves during European tours! Recent travels on Naturetrek tours have taken him to Abruzzo in Italy, the Picos, Gredos and Extremadura in Spain, Spitzbergen and Baja California.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 for non-local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
19

Walk at Blashford Lakes

Location: Meet in car park north of the Ellingham Drove for a 10.00am start (SU 150 081 OS Landranger map 195) What 3 Words ///fairway.either.gambles
Postcode: BH24 3PJ (Google map)

A guided walk at Blashford Lakes which consists of a series of flooded former gravel pits, now used for drinking water storage and nature conservation. The lakes are surrounded by willow, birch and alder woodland, as well as grassland. The reserve attracts thousands of wildfowl in winter as well as bittern and good numbers of woodland birds including redpoll, siskin and brambling. Wildlife watching is easy with access to 6 accessible bird hides and a number of "viewing screens" around this Hampshire Wildlife Trust (HWT) site.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: no charge

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

February 2020

Wed
19

Australia West to East

Location: The Barn, Church Cottage, St Michael's Church, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Postcode: RG21 7QW (Google map)

A slide show and talk by Margaret Carr on her and Tim's recent trip to Australia.

Time: 7.45 pm

Price: £3.50 for non-local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
23

Walk at Frensham Common

Location: Meet at the car park alongside Frensham Great Pond for a 10.00am start (SU 485 405 Landranger 196) What 3 words ///knee.breeding.obliging
Postcode: GU10 2QD (Google map)

A walk at Frensham Common. A remnant of the formerly much more extensive Surrey heaths, Frensham Common consists of undulating lowland heath with gorse scrub and bracken and there are two artificial lakes adding to the ornithological interest.
Despite being very popular with visitors the common attracts an interesting range of birds at any time of year and provides birders with an opportunity to see various coastal species difficult to see elsewhere in Surrey.

Time: 10.00am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

March 2020

Wed
18

The Gambia, a Birding Treat!

Location: The Barn, Church Cottage, St Michael's Church, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Postcode: RG21 7QW (Google map)

A talk by Dave and Jenny Levy.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 for non-local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
22

Day trip to Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve

Location: Meet in car park by the Hillhead Sailing Club for 10.00am start (SU 535 023 OS Landranger map 196) What 3 words ///sweeper.petulant.iron
Postcode: PO14 3JT (Google map)

A day trip to Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve. The reserve covers 369 acres of the Meon Valley, encompassing a mosaic of natural habitats. River, fen, pools, reedbed and meadow are carefully managed, giving protection to a range of special wildlife.
Water vole were re-introduced in 2013 and Ratty can now frequently be seen in the canal and ditches on the reserve.

Time: 10.00am

Price: £4.25 adults £4.00 concessions £2.00 Children (5-15years)

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

April 2020

Wed
15

Secret Lives of Heathland Birds

Location: The Barn, Church Cottage, St Michael's Church, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Postcode: RG21 7QW (Google map)

A talk by John Eyre. John has been interested in birds for as long as he can remember. Raised in Derbyshire, he now lives in Hampshire where he is particularly interested in heathland birds concentrating on nightjar, woodlark and Dartford warbler. As an active member of Hampshire Ornithological Society he spent a long spell as its' chairman, co-editing Birds of Hampshire and, more recently, editing Hampshire Bird Atlas 2007-12. He has also served on the BTO Council and chaired the national Atlas Working Group.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 for non-local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
19

Day trip to RSPB Pulborough Brooks Reserve

Location: RSPB Pulborough Brooks Meet in the Reserve Car Park (TQ059164)
What 3 Words ///denser.listening.fidelity
Postcode: RH20 2EL (Google map)

Group visit to Pulborough Brooks. Pulborough Brooks is set in the sheltered Arun Valley within the South Downs National Park. The reserve is open all year and boasts a great variety of habitats including wetlands, woodland, and heathland. Pulborough Brooks is a haven for a wide range of wildlife, and a fantastic day out for people of all ages.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free - don't forget your RSPB membership card for entrance to the reserve

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

May 2020

Wed
20

Basingstoke Local Group AGM

Location: The Barn, Church Cottage, St Michael's Church, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Postcode: RG21 7QW (Google map)

Annual General Meeting of RSPB Basingstoke Local Group.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
24

Acres Down New Forest

Location: Meet in the Wick Wood Car Park for a 10.00am start (SU267 096OS Landranger map 195)
What 3 Words ///however.performed.koala
Postcode: SO43 7GE (Google map)

New Forest Walk to see what we can find

Time: 10.00am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

June 2020

Sun
21

Martin Down National Nature Reserve

Location: Meet at the car park at the southern end of Sillen lane Martin for 10.00am start (SU 057 191 OS Landranger Map 184)
What 3 words ///weeded.butlers.spoon
Postcode: SP6 3LB (Google map)

A trip to Martin Down a national nature reserve covering some 336 hectares and jointly owned and managed by Natural England and the Hampshire County Council.
Although one of the largest areas of chalk grassland in the country, Martin Down represents a small remnant of downland which once covered the chalk. The site includes grassland and woodland, supporting a wide range of wild flowers, insects and birds.
The down is rich in archaeology, dating from the Neolithic Bokerley Ditch to the rifle range used during the Second World War.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

July 2020

Sun
19

Magdalen Hill Down Butterfly Conservation reserve

Location: Meet for a 10:00 start in the Magdalen Hill Cemetery car park (SU510295). What 3 Words ///punk.cobbled.convey

Postcode: SO21 1HE (Google map)

A trip to a Butterfly Conservation reserve. Fifty years ago Magdalen Hill Down was open, grazed downland famous for Adonis blues. Much of it was then ploughed-up for arable cultivation and the steeper slopes left to invading scrub.
By 1989 the butterflies were greatly reduced, but our scrub clearance and grazing management has carefully restored the site into a haven for wildflowers and butterflies once again.
The original reserve has been extended twice (mid 1995 and 2004) by taking on large neighbouring areas of arable land. On these chalk grassland is being very successfully re-created through sowing with native grass and flower seed from other Hampshire sites.

Time: 10.00am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

August 2020

Sun
23

Day trip to Pagham Harbour

Location: Meet in the Sidlesham Information Centre Car Park (SZ 857 966 OS Landranger map 197)
What 3 Words ///buildings.working.treaty
Postcode: PO20 7NE (Google map)

A day trip to Pagham Harbour, a glorious and peaceful nature reserve, one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Sussex coast, and an internationally important wetland site for wildlife. It's a big, sheltered inlet that fills and empties with each tide, with wild ducks, geese and wading birds flighting 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. Resident species include little egrets, ringed plovers and lapwings. In spring and autumn all sorts of migrant birds pass through. In the summer, lapwings and little terns breed, and butterflies flit along the hedgerows, dragonflies patrol the ponds, and lizards bask in the sun.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com