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.

February 2019

Sat
23

Nature walk at Hall Place

Location: Hall Place, Bexley

Join the Bexley RSPB group on a 90 minute nature and bird walk around the estate before it is open to members of the public . Followed by tea and pastries.


Booking is essential please visit the Hall Place website to book your place

Time: 08.00am - 09.30am

Price: £8

Booking essential

March 2019

Fri
8

Indoor Meeting - RSPB Northward Hill - Julian Nash

Location: John Fisher, 48 Thanet Road, Bexley, DA5 1AP
Postcode: DA5 1AP (Google map)

Julian Nash is the area manager of the North Kent Marshes and he will be giving us an update of the work of the RSPB in his area.

Time: 19.15 - 21.45

Price: £3.50 RSPB members, £4.50 non members, children under 16 50p

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Sun
10

Field Trip - Titchfield Haven LNR, Hampshire

Location: Titchfield Haven LNR, Hampshire
Postcode: SE18 2PP (Google map)

This reserves position on the Solent gives us the chance of adding sea ducks like eider and scoter to our lsit along with a variety of waders and gulls, while the extensive freshwater habitats are favoured by many different birds including water rail and kingfisher. There is a visitors centre where food and other facilities are available.
Group admission £3.75
Coach will leave from outside Bexleyheath library at 07.30am. Please contact Diane Lelliott to book your places.

Time: 07.30am - 19.00pm

Price: £18 coach plus group donation of £3.75 per adult

Booking essential

Telephone: 02088509705

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
16

Bexley Local Group Work Party - RSPB Northward Hill - CANCELLED

Location: RSPB Northward Hill

Our group has been providing practical assistance to the North Kent RSPB reserves for many years, tackling a variety of practical tasks designed to improve habitats for wildlife including birds and water voles. Work at your own pace, no previous experience necessary; tools and instruction provided.
Contact Bob Parker for more information on 01322 665849.

Time: 09.30 - 12.00

Price: Free

Telephone: 01322 665849

Thu
21

Car Field trip to Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve -Leaders Ralph and Brenda Todd

Location: Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve - meet in the main car park
Postcode: TN13 3DH (Google map)

Join us and hopefully we will find wintering wildfowl and early spring migrants.

Time: 10.00 - 13.00

Price: Free.

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
23

Bexley Local Group 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Location: The Boathouse Danson Road, Bexleyheath
Postcode: DA6 8HL (Google map)

Our anniversary meal takes place on the actual date of the first ever meeting of RSPB Bexley Local Group.
The evening will consist of a three course meal with wine on the table along with non alcoholic drinks. Our guest of honour will be Dr Mike Clarke, RSPB chief executive, with other VIP guests.
The cost is £45 per ticket and these are available from Nicky Wilson , 29 Days Lane, Sidcup, Kent, DA15 8JL.

Time: 19.00 - 22.30

Price: £45

Booking essential

Telephone: 07958 353 750

E-mail: BexleyRSPB40@gmail.com

Sat
30

Field trip to RSPB Northward Hill, High Halstow

Location: RSPB Northward Hill
Postcode: ME3 8DS (Google map)

We will be looking for hares on the pastures, waders in the pools, and in the woods we would hope for good views of the heronry, busy with nesting grey herons and little egrets.

Meet in the carpark at Bromhey Farm which is signposted from the High Halstow to Cooling Road.
Toilets are available at the car park.

Time: 09.30am - 12.30pm

Price: free

April 2019

Fri
5

Local Walk - Crayford Marshes- Leaders Donna Zimmer & Nicky Wilson.

Location: Meet at the corner of Moat Lane / Slade Green Railway Station.

We will be looking for skylark, corn bunting, little owl, early summer migrants and waders by the Thames.

Time: 09.30 - 13.00

Price: Free.

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
6

Spring Fair April 2019

Location: Freemantle Hall, High Street, Bexley.

Come along to our Annual Spring fair where you can buy RSPB goods, cards, gifts, craft stalls, bird feeding supplies, white elephant stall. books, cakes & preserves, tombola and refreshments.

Time: 10am - 1pm

Price: Adults 30p children free.

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Fri
12

Indoor Meeting - 70 years at RSPB Minsmere - Adam Rowlands

Location: John Fisher Church Hall, 48 Thanet Road, Bexley, DA5 1AP
Postcode: DA5 1AP (Google map)

Adam works at RSPB Minsmere in Suffolk and he is coming to talk about the life of Minsmere over the last 70 years.

Time: 19.15 - 21.45

Price: £3.50 RSPB members, £4.50 non members, children under 16 50p

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
13

Quiz Night - 13 April 2019.

Location: John Fisher Church Hall, Thanet Road, Bexley, DA5 1AP
Postcode: DA5 1AP (Google map)

Join us for our fun general knowledge quiz

Tables maximum of 6

Costs £5 per person

Please bring your own nibbles and soft drinks. Alcoholic drinks are available from the bar.

Time: 19.15 - 22.00

Price: £5 per person

Booking essential

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Sun
14

Field Trip To Attenborough Nature Reserve - Notts Wildlife Trust

Location: Attenborough Nature Reserve
Postcode: SE18 2PP (Google map)

This reserve located by the River Trent is formed from naturalised gravel pits, will be unfamiliar to most of us but should offer plenty of habitat to explore along its three nature trails. Among the attractions is an artificial sand martin bank that saw 279 chicks fledge in 2017, All facilities are on site and donations are gratefully accepted by the Trust.
The coach will leave at 7 A.M. from Bexleyheath Library, Townley Road, Bexleyheath.
Please contact Diane Lelliott to book your coach seat

Time: 07.00am - 19.00pm

Price: £18 coach plus donation to Notts Wildlife Trust

Booking essential

Telephone: 02088509705

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Thu
18

Local Walk - Crossness Nature Reserve and Thames Foreshore -Leaders Ralph & Brenda Todd.

Location: Crossness Nature Reserve

Meet within the reserve perimeter gates off Norman Road. The gates will be opened at 9.15, locked once everyone has arrived and re-opened at 12.30pm. It has been a few years since we organised a spring visit to this popular reserve. A rising tide could produce close views of wildfowl and waders and with the spring migration underway anything could turn up.

Time: 09.30am - 12.30pm

Price: Free.

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

May 2019

Fri
10

Indoor Meeting - Bexley Local Group AGM & Social Evening

Location: John Fisher Church hall, 48 Thanet Road, Bexley DA5 1AP
Postcode: DA5 1AP (Google map)

A short AGM followed by a film presentation by a group member and a social evening including a fun quiz.

Time: 19.15 - 21.45

Price: £3.50 RSPB members, £4.50 non members, children under 16 50p

Sat
11

Bexley Local Group 40th Anniversary Concert with the Sidcup Symphony Orchestra

Location: St Johns Church, Sidcup.

This is part of our 40th anniversary celebrations and the concert will be a "Celebration of Nature".
The programme of music and arrangements for purchasing tickets will be published when they are available.

Time: 19.00 - 22.30

Price: To be arranged.

Booking essential

Thu
16

Local Group Holiday to the Huelva province in Spain

Location: Isla Christina - Spain
Postcode: SE18 2PP (Google map)

16-23 May 2019

SOLD OUT

This holiday is the first overseas holiday for many years. There are four half day and two full day bird watching trips arranged with local guides.
This group holiday has SOLD OUT at present, but please contact Stuart Banks to see if any places become available.
We are staying at the Occidental Hotel, Isla Christina and the all inclusive stay at the resort has been booked through Saga Holidays.

Time: 16.00

Price: Price on application.

Booking essential

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

June 2019

Sun
9

Field trip to RSPB Minsmere Suffolk - Leader Ralph Todd.

Location: RSPB Minsmere.
Postcode: SE18 2PP (Google map)

Minsmere's varied habitat will be alive with breeding birds including gulls, terns, avocets, bitterns, marsh harriers, reed warblers and many more, some visible from a number of hides. All facilities are available at the visitors centre.


This visit coincides with the groups first visit to RSPB Minsmere in 1979.

The coach will leave from outside Bexleyheath Library at 7.30 please book your coach seat with Diane Lelliott

Time: 07.30am - 19.00pm

Price: £18 coach

Booking essential

Telephone: 02088509705

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Fri
14

Indoor Meeting - The Return of the Osprey - Ralph Todd

Location: John Fisher Church Hall, 48 Thanet Road, Bexley DA5 1AP
Postcode: DA5 1AP (Google map)

When the groups founder gave this talk in 1979 there were fewer than 15 pairs of osprey's breeding in the UK - all in Scotland. Today over 300 pairs breed, including around 20 in England and Wales. This talk reflects on a great conservation success story by the RSPB, the role volunteers have played in it, some wonderful birdwatching in the stunning landscapes of Speyside and an update on current osprey projects.

Time: 19.15 - 21.45

Price: £3.50 RSPB members, £4.50 non members, children under 16 50p

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

August 2019

Sun
18

Coach trip to The Birdfair - Rutland Water.

Location: Rutland Water
Postcode: SE18 2PP (Google map)

This event attracts 20,000 visitors plus exhibitors from around the world, raising funds for Birdlife International. There is an opportunity to birdwatch along with the fair

Please contact Diane Lelliott to book your place

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL MONIES FOR THIS TRIP MUST BE PAID FOR BY 31st JULY SO THAT WE CAN ORDER ENTRANCE TICKETS.

Time: 7am

Price: £32

Booking essential

Telephone: 02088509705

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

September 2019

Sun
22

Coach Trip to RSPB Titchwell - leader Martin Burke

Location: RSPB Titchwell
Postcode: SE18 2PP (Google map)

A fabulous reserve at all times of the year and we can expect to see a wide variety of wildfowl, waders and hopefully some birds of prey.

Please contact Diane Lelliott to book your coach seat

Time: 07.30am - 19.00pm

Price: £18 coach.

Telephone: 02088509705

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
28

Car Field trip to Bough Beech and Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve - leader George Kalli

Location: Bough Beech KWT
Postcode: TN14 6LD (Google map)

Meet at Bough Beech Centre. Planned as a follow up to September's indoor meeting talk you can either join both walks or dip into either.

Time: 09.30 - 14.00

Price: Free.

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

October 2019

Fri
11

Indoor Meeting - The Albatross Campaign - Cleo Small.

Location: John Fisher Church Hall, 48 Thanet Road, Bexley
Postcode: DA5 1AP (Google map)

Tonight we welcome the RSPB seabird specialist to bring us up to date with the Global Seabird Programme. Cleo will be talking about their work in Marine Protected Areas and with seabirds around the world.

Time: 19.15 - 21.45

Price: £3.50 RSPB members, £4.50 non members, children under 16 50p

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Sun
13

Coach Trip tp Cley NWT - leader Martin Burke.

Location: Cley NWT
Postcode: SE18 2PP (Google map)

With its well positioned hides we should have great views of waders, wildfowl and a chance of bearded tit, bittern and harriers.

Please contact Diane Leliott to book ypur seat

There is an entrance charge for non NWT members

Time: 07.30 - 19.00

Price: £18 coach plus entrance fee to Cley.

Booking essential

Telephone: 02088509705

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
19

Quiz Night - 19 October 2019

Location: John Fisher Church Hall, 48 Thanet Road
Postcode: DA5 1AP (Google map)

A fun General Knowledge Quiz.
Table of six maximum.
Costs £5 per person

Please bring soft drinks and nibbles, alcoholic drinks to be bought from the bar.
Doors open at 19.15 quiz to start at 19.45 prompt.

Time: 19.15 - 21.45

Price: £5 per person.

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

November 2019

Fri
8

Indoor Meeting - A year in the life of Mote Park - Simon Ginnaw.

Location: John Fisher Church hall, 48 Thanet Road, Bexley
Postcode: DA5 1AP (Google map)

A welcome return to our group for Simon Ginnaw who returns to present the first talk he gave about his local patch of Mote Park. He will transport us through the seasons with photograph, music and birdsong. We will discover the secret lives of our best loved wildlife.

Time: 19.15 - 21.45

Price: £3.50 RSPB members, £4.50 non members, children under 16 50p

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Sun
17

Coach trip to Pagham Harbour - leader George Kalli.

Location: RSPB Pagham Harbour.
Postcode: SE18 2PP (Google map)

A repeat of the groups second ever coach trip.

Please contact Diane Lelliott to book your coach seat

Time: 07.30 - 19.00

Price: £18 .

Booking essential

Telephone: 02088509705

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
23

Autumn Fair 23rd November 2019.

Location: Freemantle Hall, High Street, Bexley
Postcode: SE18 2PP (Google map)

Come along to our Annual Autumn Fair where you can buy RSPB goods, cards, gifts. There will also be craft stalls, bird feeding supplies, a white elephant stall. books, cakes & preserves, tombola and refreshments.

Time: 10am - 1pm

Price: 30p adults and children free.

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

December 2019

Fri
13

Indoor Meeting - 40th Anniversary Social Evening.

Location: John Fisher Church Hall, 48 Thanet Road, Bexley
Postcode: DA5 1AP (Google map)

As we come to the end of our anniversary year we are holding a social evening with some short presentations from members and have a chance to share memories of the year and past events. It will hopefully be a chance to meet former members and other local groups as we also come to the end of the 50th year of RSPB Local Groups.

Time: 19.15 - 21.45

Price: £3.50 RSPB members, £4.50 non members, children under 16 50p.

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk