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 2018

Thu
27

Illustrated talk - Gordon Small - Wild Scotland

Location: BHASVIC (Sports Hall Cafe)
Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College, 205 Dyke Road, Hove
Postcode: BN3 6EG (Google map)

These days it is possible to drive to the borders area of Scotland within six hours, so if you haven't done it, then there really is no excuse for missing out on some of the scenery and wildlife that is there. Hopefully this talk will inspire you to spend some time in this magnificent part of our country.
Otters on Mull, pine marten, bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth, black grouse, ptarmigan, crossbill, crested tit, white tailed and golden eagles, red kite, snow bunting, capercaillie and much more.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.00 which includes refreshments

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: BrightonIndoorMeetings@gmail.com

October 2018

Wed
10

Mid-week wildlife walk at RSPB Pagham Harbour

Location: Pagham Harbour
Meet at Siddlesham Ferry Visitor Centre on B2145
OS Map ref. SZ 856966

A walk beside the harbour, looking for passing migrant species.
This is an easy going walk.
Binoculars/strong footwear are advisable and you should bring a packed lunch.
All welcome.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free to Brighton local group members. £2 donation for non-members of the Brighton local group

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

Thu
25

Illustrated talk - Brian Gallop - Ducks, Geese & Swans of the British Isles

Location: BHASVIC (Sports Hall Cafe)
Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College, 205 Dyke Road, Hove
Postcode: BN3 6EG (Google map)

Brian is an established tour leader and RSPB stalwart, as well as an accomplished natural history photographer, Tour leader (UK and Continental) and speaker. A past group leader of RSPB Tonbridge Local Group, he will be giving us some fascinating insights into this group of birds.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.00 inc. tea & biscuit.

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: BrightonIndoorMeetings@gmail.com

Sun
28

Coach outing to Fingringhoe Wick, Essex

Location: Pick up:
Lancing A27. 08.00am
Southlands Hospital Shops, 8.10am.
Hove Town Hall, 8.20am.
Old Steine, 8.30am.
Black Lion Patcham 8.40am.

Last visited in 2016!
This Essex Wildlife Trust site has a visitor centre and toilets.
On our last visit we encountered 200 golden plover as well as grey plover, including both species of godwit. It was also good for avocet and other waders, winter thrushes, ducks and geese. There is also a possibility of hen harrier and twite.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
As always, stout shoes are recommended.
We will also stop on route.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 4pm.

Time: Various pickup times

Price: £26.50 inc. entry

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

November 2018

Wed
14

Mid-week wildlife walk to Ferring beach

Location: Ferring Beach:
Meet on the coast road at the bottom of Sea Lane, Ferring - be aware there is another Sea Lane nearby in Goring.
OS Map ref. TQ100015

A flat walk including seafront (some parts on shingle) and fields (can be muddy), looking for winter visitors.
Easy going walks, in pleasant company.
Everyone welcome, bring a packed lunch and binoculars, strong footwear is advised.
A donation of £2 is appreciated from those who are not group members.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free to Brighton local group members. £2 donation for non-members of the Brighton local group.

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

Thu
22

Illustrated talk - Matt Eade - My journey through Patagonia & Antarctica

Location: BHASVIC (Sports Hall Cafe)
Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College, 205 Dyke Road, Hove
Postcode: BN3 6EG (Google map)

Matt is a well-known local birder who lives in Seaford. He will be telling us about his exciting journey to these amazing places in late 2016.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.00 inc. tea & biscuit.

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: BrightonIndoorMeetings@gmail.com

Sun
25

Coach outing to Thurrock Thameside nature park

Location: Pick up:
Lancing Manor - A27 - 08.00am
Southlands Hospital Shops .- 08.10am
Hove Town Hall - 08.20am
Old Steine - 08.30am
Black Lion Patcham - 08.40am

Yet another new site for the group recommended by one of our members. Just east of Rainham Marshes, and opposite Cliff Pools RSPB reserve, this site which overlooks the Thames estuary should be good for waders and wildfowl. It has internationally important numbers of ring plover and avocet. The reserve also boasts hare, watervole and harvest mouse.
The visitor centre has toilet facilities and a café.
As always, stout shoes are recommended.
We will also stop on route.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 3pm instead of the usual 4pm.

Time: Various pickup times

Price: £23.50 inc. entry.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

December 2018

Wed
12

Festive mid-week wildlife walk round RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Location: RSPB Pulborough Brooks:
Meet in the car park
TQ 060164.

Christmas lunch, bring seasonal food.
A walk around the reserve looking at winter wildfowl, followed by our now traditional festive picnic.
Binoculars/Strong footwear is advisable and bring a packed lunch.
All welcome.
Free to Brighton local group members.
£2 donation for non-members of the Brighton local group.
There is also a £5 entry fee to the reserve for non RSPB members.

Time: 10 am

Price: See above (bring RSPB membership card)

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

January 2019

Wed
9

Mid-week wildlife walk to Warnham local nature reserve, Horsham

Location: Meet in the car park.
From the Robin Hood Roundabout on the A24, take the B2237 eastwards towards Horsham, the reserve is on the left. OS Map ref. TQ 167323

A flat walk on mostly good paths, looking for winter visitors and hardy resident species. There is a small admission fee for the nature reserve (currently £2.00)
Easy going walks, in pleasant company.
Everyone welcome, bring a packed lunch and binoculars, strong footwear is advised.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free to group members. A donation of £2 is appreciated from those who are not group members

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

Thu
24

Illustrated talk - David Darrell-Lambert - The Easy Way to Identify Gulls

Location: BHASVIC (Sports Hall Cafe)
Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College, 205 Dyke Road, Hove
Postcode: BN3 6EG (Google map)

Back by public demand after his very entertaining talk last year about raptors, David will help us work out "The Easy Way to Identify Gulls"!
"Of all the talk titles in our schedule this year, this one may have sounded rather earnest, perhaps a little dry. But with David Darrell-Lambert at the helm, it was a remarkably entertaining evening, with lots of banter and audience participation" Cambridge Local Group

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: BrightonIndoorMeetings@gmail.com

Sun
27

Coach outing to Blashford Lakes

Location: Pick up:
Black Lion, Patcham 8.00am
Old Steine 8.10am
Hove Town Hall 8.20am
Southlands Hospital Shops 8.30am
Lancing Manor A27 08.40am

Last visited in 2017.
An old favourite of the group, and a good place for more (in fact loads) of ducks, goosander, gulls, waders, siskin & redpoll. In the past we have also had black necked grebe, brambling and otter.
This site offers a small visitor centre which has toilet facilities and we may be lucky to have a pop up cafe although not guaranteed!
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
We will have a comfort/coffee stop on route.
Please wear stout shoes and bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 3pm instead of the usual 4pm.
A £2.50 donation to the Wildlife Trust has be included in the cost of the trip.

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: £24 (inc. entry donation)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

February 2019

Wed
13

Mid-week Wildlife walk at Tide Mills, Newhaven

Location: Meet in Seaford Buckle car park. From Newhaven take the A259 towards Seaford, continue past the Tide Mills car park to Bishopstone, turn right towards the seafront, pass under the railway and the car park is on the left around the corner.
TV 469997

Searching the coastal area between Seaford and Newhaven for winter birds.
Binoculars/Strong footwear are advisable, and you should bring a packed lunch.
All welcome.

Time: 10.am

Price: Free to Brighton Local Group members. £2 Donation for Non-Members of the Brighton Local Group.

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

Sat
23

Coach outing to RSPB Dungeness Reserve

Location: Pick up:
Lancing A27. 08.00am
Southlands Hospital Shops, 8.10am.
Hove Town Hall, 8.20am.
Old Steine, 8.30am.
Black Lion Patcham 8.40am.

Last visited in 2017
Britain's only desert and the RSPB's oldest reserve!
A good opportunity to top up your duck & wader species, as well as your bird food.
We will visit the main reserve and also the ARC pit across the road from the reserve.
Nothing is guaranteed, but there is a good chance of bittern, great white egret, smew, marsh harrier, bearded tit & tree sparrow.
There are 6 hides (plus 2 at ARC pit), and visitors centre with coffee and toilet facilities.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
We will have a comfort stop on route.
Please wear stout shoes and bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 3pm instead of the usual 4pm.
RSPB members will need to bring their membership cards or you may have to pay the entry fee!

Time: variable pick up points

Price: £20.00 (Non RSPB members £25)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

Thu
28

Illustrated talk - John Oliver - Behind the Scenes at Pulborough Brooks

Location: BHASVIC (Sports Hall Cafe)
Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College, 205 Dyke Road, Hove
Postcode: BN3 6EG (Google map)

John will be going behind the scenes of RSPB Pulborough Brooks reserve to show the group some of the work that the RSPB teams have been doing to attract wildlife and visitors. He will also briefly cover our reserves at Lewes Brooks and Adur.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: BrightonIndoorMeetings@gmail.com

March 2019

Wed
13

Mid-week wildlife walk - Burpham & the Burgh

Location: Burpham & the Burgh.
From the A27 near Arundel Station, take turning north sign-posted Warningcamp.
Meet on the triangular green north of Burpham village.
Please park responsibly and avoid blocking gates or restricting farm machinery access.
OS Map ref. TQ 041095

A good area for raptors, game and farm birds, can be muddy.
Easy going walks, in pleasant company.
Everyone welcome, bring a packed lunch and binoculars, strong footwear is advised.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free to Brighton local group members. £2 donation for non-members of the Brighton local group.

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

Sun
24

Coach outing to RSPB Radipole & Lodmoor Reserves

Location: Pick up:
Black Lion, Patcham 7.30am
Old Steine 7.40am
Hove Town Hall 7.50am
Southlands Hospital Shops 8.00am
Lancing Manor A27 08.10am

Last visited in 2012, so about time we visited again!
We will start at Radipole Lake where we could see bearded tit, cettis warbler, marsh harrier, kingfisher, and an array of ducks and gulls. Then moving on to Lodmoor which is a couple of miles down the road. This spot is good for waders and on our last visit we had good views of long billed dowitcher (or was it the short billed?)
You will have the option to go round both sites on your own or with someone from the group.
Radipole has a visitor centre with toilets but Lodmoor does not.
We will have a comfort stop on route
Please wear stout shoes and bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 4pm.

Time: various pick up points

Price: £24

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

Thu
28

Illustrated talk - David Boag - The Mediterranean Naturally

Location: BHASVIC (Sports Hall Cafe)
Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College, 205 Dyke Road, Hove
Postcode: BN3 6EG (Google map)

"I have been visiting the region for over 30 years and I share many of the things I have seen and some of my images of the wildlife. One of the most exciting things about the Mediterranean is that we see the rarities of Britain. Birds that we recognise from books because they occasionally find their way to our shores, are common in the Med. - such as bee-eater, hoopoe, black redstart, turtle dove, to mention a few. The same applies to butterflies and other creatures. I also love the muddle of the Med. nothing is quite finished, nothing is in straight lines, nothing is too tidy. This leaves space for wildlife and creates a relaxing atmosphere."

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments +raffle ticket

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: BrightonIndoorMeetings@gmail.com

April 2019

Wed
10

Mid-week wildlife walk - Seaford Head

Location: Meet at South Hill Barn car park on the Head.
OS Map Ref. TV 505981

A walk along the Cuckmere Valley and around the head looking for newly arrived spring migrants.
Easy going walks, in pleasant company.
Everyone welcome, bring a packed lunch and binoculars, strong footwear is advised.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free to Brighton local group members. £2 donation for non-members of the Brighton local group.

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

Sun
28

Coach outing to The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire

Location: Pick up:
Lancing Manor A27 07.30am
Southlands Hospital Shops. 07.40am
Hove Town Hall 07.50am
Old Steine 08.00am
Black Lion Patcham 08.10am

Last visited in 2014.
This is not only RSPB HQ, but also a beautiful nature reserve surrounding it which comprises restored heathland, fields and woodland. Great for woodland birds and insects it also had breeding raven on our last visit. Summer migrants should be arriving so look out for warblers, hirundines, buzzards & woodpeckers. Possible siskin and redpoll or if we are really lucky crossbill!
It may not be warm enough for an ice cream, but bird food and feeders etc. will be available in the RSPB shop.
We will have a comfort stop on route.
Please wear stout shoes and bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 4pm.

Time: Various pick-up times

Price: £23

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

May 2019

Sun
19

Coach outing to Durlston Country Park, Dorset

Location: Pick up:
Black Lion, Patcham 8.00am
Old Steine 8.10am
Hove Town Hall 8.20am
Southlands Hospital Shops 8.30am
Lancing Manor A27 08.40am

Last visited in 2014.
A beautiful part of the Jurassic coast with awesome views out to sea. With good views of guillemot & razorbill, passing migrants, peregrine, buzzards, as well as summer visitors including hirundines, butterflies, dragonflies & wild flowers.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
We will have a comfort stop on route.
This site has a visitor centre, cafe, hides, viewpoints and toilets.
Please wear stout shoes and bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 4pm.

Time: Various pickup times

Price: £24

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

September 2019

Sun
22

Coach trip to RSPB Arne Reserve

Location: Pick-up:
Black Lion Patcham @ 8.00am
Old Steine @ 8.10am
Hove Town Hall @ 8.20am
Southlands Hospital Shops @ 8.30am
Lancing Manor A27 @ 8.40am.

Last visited in 2016!
This site is rich in wildlife with the possibility of 6 species of reptile, raft spiders, Dartford warbler, woodland birds and waders. On my last visit I saw a smooth snake!
We could also encounter departing migrants and is a good spot for passing Osprey which are also being re-introduced into the area.
As always, stout shoes are recommended.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
This site offers toilets & hides, shop & tea-room.
We will also stop on route.
We will be leaving at 4pm

Time: Various pick up points

Price: £23

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com