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.

January 2018

Wed
10

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.
There is a small admission fee for the nature reserve (£2.00).
OS Map ref. TQ 167323

A flat walk on mostly good paths, looking for winter visitors and hardy resident species.
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

Sun
21

Big Garden Birdwatch at St Anne's Well Gardens, Hove

Location: St Anne's Well Gardens
5 Furze Hill,
Hove,

Postcode: BN3 1NF (Google map)

Join RSPB Brighton & District Local Group to prepare for the world's biggest wildlife survey at St Anne's Well Gardens.
We will have...
Two guided walks around the park to look for birds (10.30 & 14.30)
A bird spotter sheet if you want to walk round at your own pace.
Information and instructions on how to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch on 27th/28th/29th January.
An activity for the children,
Information about the local group's activities for 2018.
Details of the Brighton house sparrow project.
RSPB sales goods and a membership stand, so why not come and join us?

Time: 9am to 4.00pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 07802 293417

E-mail: mark.weston@rspb.org.uk

Thu
25

Illustrated talk - Andrew Cleave MBE - Wildlife in the Garden

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

A detailed look at the wildlife which shares our gardens. Photographed in many different gardens, some famous, some unknown, from all over Britain, the lecture covers both the gardener's friends and those species, which may be pests. Organic and environmentally friendly methods of dealing with them are described. Birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and a host of insects all share our gardens with us and provide an opportunity for wildlife-watching on the doorstep.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.00 including tea & biscuit.

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: anne.hyatt@rspb.org.uk

Sun
28

Coach trip to Titchfield Haven nature reserve

Location: Pick-up:
Black Lion Patcham @ 8.30am
Old Steine @ 8.40am
Hove Town Hall @ 8.50am
Southlands Hospital Shops @ 9.00am
Lancing Manor A27 @ 9.10am.

Last visited in Nov. 2014 this lovely little reserve has a lot to offer!
As well as the shop and tearoom it has several hides, lagoons with numbered island to assist with species location, good views out to sea with many interesting birds usually seen.
Species can include bearded tit, kingfisher, wildfowl, Mediterranean. gulls, turnstones, water rail, cettis warbler, black tailed godwit, brent geese and many more.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
Facilities will be on the coach as we will not be passing services on route, but this site is only 1.25 hours from the last pick up point.
As always, stout shoes are recommended.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 3pm.

Time: Various pick up points

Price: £23 inc. entry.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

February 2018

Wed
14

Mid-week wildlife walk at Castle Hill, Newhaven

Location: Meet in the car park at the bottom of the hill by Newhaven Fort.
OS Map ref. TQ 447002

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
Depending on the weather we can either climb up to the top or view from the bottom (or both).
Excellent views from the top if we get there.

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
22

Illustrated talk - David Darrell Lambert - Unwrapping raptors - An identification guide

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

This is a straight forward, no nonsense guide to identifying raptors (as long as they stay in view for long enough). Whether they are flying or perched all is covered during this lively and entertaining lecture. We'll start with common species and work through to the rarest ones time permitting"
"On the face of it an afternoon totally devoted to the identification of raptors might have seemed a long time. But nothing could have been further from the truth, as we were treated by David to a very lively, entertaining and educative afternoon. David truly engaged all present by using his photographs.. "
- RSPB Guildford & District Local Group.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.00, which includes refreshments

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: anne.hyatt@rspb.org.uk

Sun
25

Coach outing to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

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

Increases in the cost of the ferry crossings have stopped us visiting the island for a while, but for this trip we will travel down to Lymington through the New Forest, then cross without the coach to Yarmouth. The estuary usually has a wide variety of waders which we will hopefully see on route or on the return trip depending on the tide. When we reach the island the River Yar is just across the road and again we should see numerous waders. There is a couple of café and facilities at the port and in the town. My last visit turned up grey phalarope, great northern diver and kingfisher!
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
We plan to have a short comfort stop on route depending on the ferry timing.
As always, stout shoes are recommended.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
Please note that due to ferry times we will arrive back at the coach at 5pm.

Time: Various pick up points

Price: £35 inc. crossing.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

March 2018

Wed
14

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.
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 - Marcus Ward - Woodland birds of the New Forest

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

The talk covers a range of specialist woodland species that I have been studying in the New Forest for a number of years. For my sins I tend to focus on those species that are either difficult to study or relatively little is known. The talk includes both audio and video clips along with the best places and times to see each species in case any of your members venture to our neck of the woods.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.00 inc. tea & biscuit.

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: anne.hyatt@rspb.org.uk

Sun
25

Coach outing to the London Wetland Centre, Barnes

Location: Pick up:
Lancing Manor A27 08.30am
Southlands Hospital shops 8.40am
Hove Town Hall 8.50am
Old Steine 9.00am
Black Lion, Patcham 9.10am

Last visited in 2016, birds will be in breeding plumage and should be displaying.
A numerous array of wild birds can be seen including ring necked parakeets, bittern, sand martin and water vole.
This site has several hides, and a visitor's centre with cafe 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.
Members of the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust (WWT) will need to bring their membership cards or will have to pay an entry fee!
We will be leaving this site at 4pm.
Prices inc. entry... Concession = £30.50...Adult = £33.50...Member = £21.

Time: Various pick up points

Price: £33.50 inc.entry

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

April 2018

Wed
11

Mid-week wildlife walk - Seaford Head

Location: Meet at South Hill Barn car park on the Head.
OS Map Ref. TV 505980

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.
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

Sun
22

Coach outing to Brownsea Island, Dorset, National Trust

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 May 2015.
Back by popular demand, we will be crossing via Sandbanks to Brownsea Island well know for red squirrels and Lord Baden Powell's 1st scout camp.
Species that we might see, include avocet, oystercatcher, spoonbill, greenshank, common and sandwich terns, amongst the gulls, black headed, Mediterranean and yellow legged could also be found!
This site has hides, toilets and a cafe.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
There is also a wildlife trust reserve on Brownsea for which there is a small charge if you wish to enter (Not included in the cost of our trip approx. £2 cash)
Please note: Any National TrustT members forgetting to bring their members card will have to pay the landing fee!
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.
Prices inc. boat and landing fee. Adult=£36....Junior=£31...NT Member=£30

Time: Various pick-up times

Price: £30+

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

Thu
26

Illustrated talk - Peter Holden MBE - Birds: their hidden world

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

Peter Holden is something of a legend within RSPB circles and his presentations are always hugely entertaining and informative
This talks looks at British birds and their amazing lives, the sort of information that most 'bird books' leave out!. We look at their adaptation and aspects of reproduction; from the secretive time of acquiring a territory and building a nest to their highly developed social behaviour and the roles of the different sexes. On the way we will consider the purpose of bird song, by listening to common examples, and we will explore the mystery of mechanical sound used by a few familiar species. Finally, we will consider, if left to their own devises, how long can these birds survive in the wild.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.00, including refreshments

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: anne.hyatt@rspb.org.uk

May 2018

Wed
9

Mid-week wildlife walk at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Location: RSPB Pulborough Brooks:
Meet in the car park. (entry fee for non RSPB members)
TQ 060164

In search of resident song birds and summer 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, +
Reserve entry fee for non RSPB members (£5)

Time: 10 am

Price: Free to Brighton local group members. £2 donation for non-members of the Brighton local group. + £5 entry to reserve for non RSPB members.

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

Sat
19

Coach outing to RSPB Ham Wall + Shapwick Heath

Location: Pick up:
Lancing Manor - A27 07.00am
Southlands Hospital-Shops 07.10am
Hove Town Hall 07.20am
Old Steine 07.30am
Black Lion, Patcham 07.40am

Please note this trip is on Saturday.
With an early start, this will be the groups 1st visit to these awesome reserves, which are the sites of Britain's 1st breeding cattle egret, great white egret, little bittern and night heron. The sites can also boast up to 30 booming bitterns, and is good for marsh harrier, waders and pool frogs.
These two sites (which are opposite each other) form part of the Avalon Marshes and are in sight of the Glastonbury Tor!
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 small visitor centre (shed), viewpoints and toilets.
Please wear stout shoes and bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 4pm.

Time: Various pick-up times

Price: £31.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

Thu
24

Brighton & District Local Group AGM followed by illustrated talk by Penny Williams from the BTO

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

Our Annual general Meeting, which lasts approx 1/2 hour, will be followed by a talk titled - A Year in the Life of a Regional British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Representative.
The talk is split into two halves: first half will be about the BTO surveys that I organise plus photos from a recent holiday (probably abroad) e.g. in 2016 I am talking about Tibetan China
The second half is talking about the other surveys in which I participate plus photos from a different recent holiday (probably abroad) e.g. in 2016 I am talking about Ascension Island and St Helena
"Penny has always enjoyed nature. Her growing interest in birds started in 2000, joining BTO Garden Birdwatch. She subsequently took on other BTO surveys (including BBS, WBBS, and WeBS) and became secretary for Surrey Bird Club.
She became BTO Regional Rep for Surrey in 2009. Penny's paid work has been as a Solicitor doing probate work so getting out enjoying nature has been a great break from this".

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: AGM free, but £3.00 including refreshments if you stay for talk.

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: anne.hyatt@rspb.org.uk

June 2018

Wed
13

Mid-week wildlife walk at Steep Down, Lancing

Location: Steep Down, Lancing:
Meet in public car park by Lancing Ring, north of Lancing Village
TQ 182063

Looking for farmland birds
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

July 2018

Wed
11

Mid-week wildlife walk at Shipley

Location: Shipley
Meet in the village parking area, School Lane, just east of the windmill.
TQ 144220

There is limited parking in the village so please car share where possible
Looking for farmland birds and Butterflies.
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

August 2018

Wed
8

Mid-week wildlife walk at Kithurst Hill Storrington

Location: Kithurst Hill, Storrington:
Meet in public car park at the top of Kithurst Hill, Storrington.
From Storrington take the B2139 (Amberley Road) westward for about a mile, turn left onto small road/track marked Kithurst Hill and continue to car park at end.
TQ 070125

A walk along part of the South Downs Way, looking for farmland birds.
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: 10am

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

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

September 2018

Wed
12

Mid-week wildlife walk at East Dean (East Sussex)

Location: East Dean (East Sussex)
Meet in the village car park south of the A259, off of Gilberts Drive (Birling Gap road).
TV 557978
Postcode: BN20 0DL (Google map)

Includes walking along parts of the Seven Sisters, whilst looking for migrants that are getting ready to depart.
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

Sun
23

Coach outing to Langford Lake. Wiltshire WT.

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

This Wiltshire Wildlife Trust reserve is a new site for the group.
A reclaimed gravel pit with lakes that are good for otters, osprey, grebes, kingfisher and waders on migration, including several species of sandpipers.
The 4 lakes provide a vital stopping off point and resident habitat for about 150 different bird species.
There are 5 hides around the lakes, which should give us good views of the reserve.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own, or with someone from the group.
It has a pop up cafe, toilets and a visitor centre.
We will also stop on route.
As always, stout shoes are recommended.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving at 4pm

Time: Various pick-up times

Price: £26.50 inc. entry

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

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: anne.hyatt@rspb.org.uk

October 2018

Wed
10

Mid-week 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 and 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: anne.hyatt@rspb.org.uk

Sun
28

Coach outing to Fingringhoe Wick, Essex Wildlife Trust

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 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: anne.hyatt@rspb.org.uk

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 south 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