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.

November 2018

Wed
21

Hampshire - Nature in Trust

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

Hampshire - Nature in Trust talk and slide show by Mike Read.
During 2016, Mike and his wife visited one Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust mainland reserve each month through the year to capture the scenery and wildlife of each reserve. The wide spread of locations produced a broad variety of habitats and shows to excellent affect the great work that the HIoWWT is doing throughout my home county. During this year-long project mainly bright days were chosen for each visit; every reserve was visited at least twice in its allotted month. Perhaps it is a project that you could undertake to see what you can find on your local Wildlife Trust nature reserves! If you are not already a member, do consider joining your local Trust.
Mike is a man of many talents: an experienced tour leader, an author and, as he is probably best known, a superb wildlife photographer. He has a number of books to his name including 'The Barn Owl', 'Red Kite Country' and 'The New Forest National Park'.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 for non local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
25

Day trip to RSPB Pulborough Brooks Reserve

Location: Pulborough Brooks
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

December 2018

Sun
16

Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve

Location: Meet in reserve car park for a 10.00am start. (SU 347 155; OS Landranger 196)
Postcode: SO40 3YD (Google map)

A visit to Hampshire and Isle Wight Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Testwood Lakes is a wonderful nature reserve to visit with the family. The great variety of birdlife to which Testwood Lakes plays host can be viewed from two strategically placed hides, and there's something to see all year round.

Time: 10.00am

Price: no charge

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Wed
19

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: 7.45

Price: £3.50 for non local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

January 2019

Wed
16

Wildlife of the Pacific North West

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
20

Day trip to Pagham Harbour

Location: Meet in the Sidlesham Information Centre Car Park (SZ 857 966 OS Landranger map 197)
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

February 2019

Wed
20

Belarus & Latvia

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

Talk by Andrew Cleave. Having taken early retirement from his job teaching and running an Environmental Education Centre a few years ago, Andrew is now able to concentrate on writing, photography, lecturing and tour leading. His published works, numbering over 30 titles so far, cover a range of natural history and environmental subjects, and include field guides to Trees, Wild Flowers, Seashore Life and Birds, Biology Revision Guides and numerous articles in magazines and journals. Andrew is a frequent lecturer to National Trust and RSPB groups, and has also run courses on dormouse conservation and ecology. He is a committee member of the Lundy Field Society and is presently involved with a survey of the island's flora. He has travelled extensively, especially in Europe, and led tours for Naturetrek. Andrew was appointed MBE in 1995 for services to Environmental Education.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 for non local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
24

Day trip to WWT Slimbridge

Location: Meet for 10.00am start in Reserve car Park. (SO 723 048; OS Landranger 162)
Postcode: GL2 7BT (Google map)

A visit to Wildlife & Wetland Trust (WWT) Slimbridge, for white-fronted geese, Bewick's swans, pintails, pochards, tufted ducks, gadwalls, teals and many others at very close range. There is often a very big roost of starlings at this time of year that do their amazing acrobatic displays over the grounds at dusk. There have been as many as a quarter of a million starlings roosting at Slimbridge. This also attracts many predators like sparrowhawks and peregrines that come in to the mass of starlings.
During this time of the year large parts of the reserve are deliberately flooded and it is quite normal to see 45,000 water birds feeding. It is not uncommon to see 8,000 European wigeons, 6,000 golden plovers, 2,000 dunlin, 800 curlew and 12,000 lapwings.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Non WWT members Adults £14.50 Concessions £12.30 Children 4-16 £8.50

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

March 2019

Wed
20

New Zealand - Top to Toe

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

Slide show and talk by Margaret Carr on her and Tim's recent trip to New Zealand.

Time: 7.45 pm

Price: £3.50 for non-local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
24

Day trip to Farlington Marshes

Location: Meet in the main Reserve car park for a 10.00am start. (SU 679 044 OS Landranger map 196)
Postcode: PO6 1UN (Google map)

Exploring Farlington Marshes, this site is a coastal grazing marsh and lagoon which has several pools, both freshwater and brackish, and a broad stream which provide feeding and roosting sites for waders and wildfowl. It is internationally important for the bird population that it supports, such as bearded tit, sedge and reed warblers.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

April 2019

Wed
17

The Wildlife Wanderer

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

Slide show and talk by David Bailey International Award-Winning Wildlife Photographer.
David was born in the New Forest, but spent many years living in Dorset before moving to Wales, he now travels the UK photographing wildlife.
He won the 2011 Welsh Wildlife Photographic Award and voted best Welsh Marine Photographer. He worked as cameraman, photographer, consultant and appeared on all four BBC One Rhys Jones Wildlife Patrol UK and International series and has also appeared on Springwatch, Springwatch Extra, BBC Radio Wales and ITV Wales, Coast & Country. In 2016 awarded the Brand Laureate International Personality Award receiving the award alongside Adele for being recognised as being the worlds best in their particular fields and in 2017 David's first book Wildlife Wanderer was published.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 for non-local group members

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
28

Day trip to Boldrewood

Location: Meet for a 10:00 start in the main car park (SU242086 OS Landranger 195)
Postcode: SO43 7GE (Google map)

Trip to Boldrewood in the heart of the New Forest.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

May 2019

Wed
15

Basingstoke Local Group AGM

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

Annual General Meeting of the RSPB Basingstoke Local Group.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

Sun
19

Day trip to Durlston Country Park & National Nature Reserve

Location: Meet in the Car Park by the Information Centre for a 10.00am start (SZ 032 773 - OS Landranger 195)
Postcode: BH19 2JL (Google map)

Day trip to Durlston Head Country Park. Few places in Britain equal Durlston: the bare statistics merely hint at the amazing diversity of wildlife: 33 species of breeding butterfly, over 250 species of bird recorded, 500 wildflowers, 500 moths and thousands of other invertebrates. Durlston's special qualities stem from a combination of geography, geology, history and careful management which has created a mosaic of nationally important wildlife habitats: sea-cliffs, downs, ancient meadows, hedgerows, woodland, and dry-stone walls each with their characteristic plants and animals.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Parking £5 all day £4 up to four hours £2.50 up to two hours

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

June 2019

Sun
23

Day trip to Thursley Common National Nature Reserve

Location: Meet in the car park by The Moat for a 10.00am start (SU 899 415 - OS Landranger 186)
Postcode: GU8 6LW (Google map)

A visit to Thursley NNR, one of the largest remaining fragments of Surrey heath, and includes areas of lowland heath, mire and woodland. The site supports a range of typical heathland wildlife including large invertebrate populations. The best time to visit the reserve is between May and September. The reserve's mixture of mire and wet heath is one of the finest examples of its type in southern England. The site contains bog pools, sphagnum lawns and, in drier areas, tracts of cross-leaved heath on the sandy soils.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

July 2019

Sun
21

Day trip to NT Stockbridge Down

Location: Meet in the main reserve car park for a 10.00am start (SU 374 346 - OS Landranger 185)
Postcode: SO20 6HN (Google map)

A visit to Stockbridge Down, a National Trust (NT) chalk grassland oasis in a sea of arable land. Possessing the remains of an Iron Age hill fort, earthworks and around 14 Bronze Age burial mounds this is also a site of importance for archaeology, as well as nature conservation. It is a fantastic place to go for all sorts of wildlife, but is especially wonderful for its butterflies. It has over 30 species of butterfly here and on a warm sunny day in mid-summer you can be surrounded by clouds of them. It is also a very important site for overwintering birds that rely on the scrub habitat for shelter in the midst of the acres of surrounding farmland. Other bird species found here include linnet, bullfinch, long eared owl and skylark.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

August 2019

Sun
25

Thorney Island

Location: Meet on Thoney Road south of the sewage works for a 10.00am start (SU756 049; OS Landranger 197)
Postcode: PO10 8BL (Google map)

A walk at Thorney Island.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com

September 2019

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)
Postcode: SO41 0TR (Google map)

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

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 01256 770831

E-mail: rspbbasingstoke@gmail.com