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.

December 2018

Sat
15

Field trip to RSPB Rainham Marshes Reserve

Location: RSPB Rainham Marshes
Postcode: RM19 1SZ (Google map)

In December this reserve should hold a good many winter visitors. including geese, ducks possibly fieldfares and redwings and a variety of waders.
The visitor centre provides hot food and drinks and a shop. There is a small charge for the car park.

Time: 09.30 - 13.30

Price: Free but there is a small charge for the car park.

Telephone: 0208 854 7251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Fri
21

Indoor Meeting - The Birding Biker - Gary Prescott

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

Gary is known as the Birding Biker because he has just completed his third year in the saddle birding around the UK. In 2016 he set the European Green Birding record of 318 different bird species in one year.

Time: 19.15 - 21.45

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

Telephone: 0208 854 7251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

January 2019

Fri
11

Indoor Meeting - Saving Special Places - Andre Farrar

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

Andre works at the RSPB HQ The Lodge in Bedfordshire and is the Public Relations Manager. He will be talking about the birds and biodiversity of special places.

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

Field Trip - Abberton Reervoir, Essex Wildlife Trust, Colchester

Location: Abberon Reservoir
Postcode: SE18 2PP (Google map)

Abberton's variety of winter visitors usually includes goldeneye, goosander and smew, along with a plethora of more common wildfowl, waders and grebes. The fairly new visitors centre offers hot and cold food, while shelter is also offered by two large hides. There is a donation of £2 for non-members of Essex Wildlife Trust.
The coach leaves from Bexleyheath Library, Townley Road, Bexleyheath at 07.30am. Please contact Diane Lelliott to book your place on the coach.

Time: 07.30am - 19.00pm

Price: £18 coach plus £2 donation to Essex Wildlife

Booking essential

Telephone: 0208 850 9705

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
19

Bexley Local Group Work Party - RSPB Northward Hill

Location: Northward Hill RSPB Reserve

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

February 2019

Thu
7

Local Walk - Lamborbey Park - Leaders Ralph and Brenda Todd

Location: Meet at Sidcup Leisure Centre Car Park (pay and display, alternative street parking may be available)

water birds should be in fine plumage, possible jingfisher, peregrine falcon and winter thrushes, tits and finches

Time: 10am - 12.30pm

Price: free small charge for car park

Telephone: 02088547251

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Fri
8

Indoor Meeting - Birds of the Falkland Islands - John Buckingham

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

John will be speaking of his trip to this remote archipelago in the South Atlantic, which offers a superb opportunity to discover at close hand, some exciting Antartic bird species including albatrosses and penguins.

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 to RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Location: RSPB Pulborough Brooks
Postcode: SE18 2PP (Google map)

Past visits to this reserve have given our group excellent views of the smaller birds like bullfinches, crossbills and goldcrests as well as the wildfowl and raptors that are attracted to the grazing marshes in the river valley. Hot and cold food and drinks are available at the centre.
The coach will leave at 08.30am from Bexleyheath Library, Townley Road.

Time: 08.30 - 19.00

Price: £18 coach

Booking essential

Telephone: 02088509705

E-mail: stuartbans@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
16

Bexley Local Group Work Party - RSPB Northward Hill

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

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 - 9.30am

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: 10am - 13.00pm

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 - 13th 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 - Ralph & Brenda Todd

Location: Crossness Nature Reserve

Meet within the reserve perimeter gates off Norman Road, the gates will be opened at 9.15 then locked once everyone has arrived and re-opened at 12.30pm. It has been a few years since 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