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.

October 2019

Thu
24

Illustrated talk - Mike Mockler - Wildlife of Botswana

Location: North Barn of West Blatchington Windmill, Holmes Avenue, Hove (TQ 279068)
Postcode: BN3 7LH (Google map)

Okavango! Wildlife of Botswana.
Photographs from the famous wetland paradise of the Okavango Delta and the superb wildlife sanctuary of Linyanti offer a fascinating glimpse of two of Africa's finest and most beautiful wildlife sanctuaries. Wonderful mammals and birds.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 07971 179210

E-mail: crussell31@gmail.com

Sun
27

Coach outing to Lee Valley, Fishers Green

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 2013!
The Lee Valley supports a wide range of wildlife and is easily accessible, making it the perfect place to get up close to some amazing wildlife spectacles.
Over 200 bird species have been recorded in the Valley, of which 150 can be seen every year, including the rare and elusive bittern. There are also 35 species of mammal, from the secretive otter to the charismatic water vole.
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 pick up points

Price: £25

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

November 2019

Wed
13

Mid-week wildlife walk at Ferring Beach

Location: Ferring Beach
Meet on the coast road at the bottom of Sea Lane
(be aware there is another Sea Lane in Goring)
Map reference TQ 100015 (nearest postcode BN12 5SS)
Postcode: BN12 5SS (Google map)

A flat walk including seafront (some parts on shingle) and fields (can be muddy), looking for winter visitors.
Binoculars and strong footwear are advisable, and you should bring a packed lunch.
All welcome.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £2.00.

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

Sun
24

Coach outing to Abberton Resevoir, Essex

Location: Pick up:
Lancing Manor A27 07.30am
Southlands Hospital shops 7.40am
Hove Town Hall 7.50am
Old Steine 8.00am
Black Lion, Patcham 8.10am

Last visited in 2016!
This Essex Wildlife Trust site now has an improved visitor centre with shop, toilet and small cafe.
There are 3 accessible hides and is an excellent site for ducks, geese, grebes and waders. All 3 species of divers are possible; it is also a good spot for raptors and hares. On our last visit hedgerows had been newly planted so these should be better developed and hold small birds.
We will have a comfort stop on route.
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 (or 3.30pm if the weather is good) instead of the usual 4pm.
A £2.50 donation to the Wildlife Trust has been included in the cost of the trip.

Time: Various pick up points

Price: £26.50 inc. entry donation

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

Thu
28

Illustrated talk - Mick White - Costa Rica - A world of nature

Location: North Barn of West Blatchington Windmill, Holmes Avenue, Hove (TQ 279068)
Postcode: BN3 7LH (Google map)

This talk will take the audience on a journey into the rain-forests of Costa Rica, exploring some of the diverse habitats that can be found and the animals that Live in them. We will visit three areas of Costa Rica firstly the Caribbean side, Then the Central Area, and finish on the Pacific coast, each offering a different climate and different species. Finally we will look at some of the threats facing our rain-forests today and look at what we can do to help.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 07971 179210

E-mail: crussell31@gmail.com

December 2019

Wed
11

Festive mid-week wildlife walk around RSPB Pulborough Brooks reserve

Location: RSPB Pulborough Brooks:
Meet in the car park. (entry fee for non RSPB members)
TQ 060164. (Nearest postcode: RH20 2EL)
Postcode: RH20 2EL (Google map)

A walk around the reserve looking at winter wildfowl, followed by our now traditional festive picnic.
Binoculars and strong footwear are advisable, and you should bring a (festive!) packed lunch.
All welcome.

Time: 10am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £2.00.. + £6 entry to reserve for non RSPB members.

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

January 2020

Wed
8

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.
Warnham. OS Map Reference: TQ 167323 Post code for your Sat Nav: RH12 2RA

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.
https://www.warnhamnaturereservefriends.org.uk/visit/


Time: 10 am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £3.00.

Telephone: 07986 505325

E-mail: brightonbirdgroup@gmail.com

Thu
23

Illustrated talk: Gordon Bain, Columbian Wildlife - A Brief View

Location: North Barn of West Blatchington Windmill,
Holmes Avenue,
Hove
(TQ 279068)
Postcode: BN3 7LH (Google map)

Gordon Bain is a member of our local group who had the pleasure of touring a small region of Colombia in early 2019. He managed to successfully photograph various birds and monkeys in the trying conditions of the rainforest. The talk will end with a short piece of intriguing film.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 07971179210

E-mail: crussell31@gmail.com

Sun
26

Coach outing to London Wetlands WWT

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 March 2018 (See Trip reports) this popular location has an impressive array of collection birds helping you hone your skills before visiting the wild areas.
As previously we will probably be greeted by the ring necked parakeets which hang around the entrance.
Please bring your own packed lunch. (which cannot be eaten in the café!)
As most of the birds are labelled and there is a tarmac path to follow we will not be leading you round on this occasion.
This site offers toilets & hides, shop & tearoom.
We will also stop on route.
We will be leaving at 3pm

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: WWT members £21. NON WWT MEMBERS: Adult £33, Child £28, Concession (65+) £31

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

February 2020

Wed
12

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.
Tide Mills Newhaven OS Map Reference: TV 469997 Nearest postal code for your Sat Nav BN25 2QW

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: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £3.00.

Telephone: 07986 505325

E-mail: brightonbirdgroup@gmail.com

Sat
22

Coach outing to Titchfield Haven.

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.

Please note this trip is on a SATURDAY!!!!
Last visited in January 2018 (See Trip reports.)
A great little reserve which offers, woodland coastal are marshland birds.
The hides are not too far apart and there is a tearoom and shop.
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.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 3pm.
The entry charge of £3.75 will be included in the price of the trip.

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: £24 (inc. entry)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

Thu
27

Illustrated talk: Gary Prescott - Biking Birder Adventures and The RSPB

Location: North Barn of West Blatchington Windmill,
Holmes Avenue,
Hove (TQ 279068)
Postcode: BN3 7LH (Google map)

A lively talk by The Biking Birder, Gary Prescott, the only person to have cycled to every RSPB nature reserve in the UK and this Gary has done twice! Superb birds, fantastic nature reserves and best of all, plenty of anecdotes from his adventures and of the people he has met. Gary is the World Green Birding champion and a passionate environmentalist. He has been on Springwatch and various other TV and radio shows.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 07971179210

E-mail: crussell31@gmail.com

March 2020

Wed
11

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.
Burpham and The Burgh OS Map Reference: TQ 041095. Nearest Post code for your Sat Nav BN18 9RN

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: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £3.00.

Telephone: 07986 505325

E-mail: brightonbirdgroup@gmail.com

Sun
22

Coach outing to Rainham Marshes

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 October 2017 (See Trip reports)
Rainham is home to one of the largest populations of water vole in the UK.
Barn owl can be visible if you know where to look and the reserve has an impressive selection of gulls and waders.
It also has a tearoom which overlooks the reserve as well as a shop.
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: Variable pick up times.

Price: £24 (Non RSPB members + £6 entry)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

Thu
26

Illustrated talk: Paul Stanbury - Madagascar's Weird and Wonderful Wildlife

Location: North Barn of West Blatchington Windmill,
Holmes Avenue,
Hove (TQ 279068)
Postcode: BN3 7LH (Google map)

Naturetrek's Paul Stanbury will be talking on the mammals, birds and other wildlife of Madagascar, a wonderfully diverse island cut off from mainland Africa for 90 million years where evolution has taken its own unique and bizarre course.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 07971179210

E-mail: crussell31@gmail.com

April 2020

Wed
8

Mid-week wildlife walk - Seaford Head

Location: Meet at South Hill Barn car park on the Head.
Seaford Head OS Map Reference TV 504981 Nearest Post Code for your Sat Nav BN25 4JQ

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: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £3.00.

Telephone: 07986 505325

E-mail: brightonbirdgroup@gmail.com

Thu
23

Illustrated talk: Conor Jameson - Looking for the Goshawk - The Lost Raptor

Location: North Barn of West Blatchington Windmill,
Holmes Avenue,
Hove. (TQ279068)
Postcode: BN3 7LH (Google map)

Conor Jameson's personal, narrative account of the natural history of this mystery-shrouded bird of prey: how it lives, where it lives and why it might be missing from our lives. His search took him to some unexpected places, at home and abroad. This talk focuses on how his adventure turned into the essay with which he won BBC Wildlife Nature Writer of the Year, and then the book, which received a Roger Deakin Award.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 07971179210

E-mail: crussell31@gmail.com

Sun
26

Coach outing to Beaulieu Road Station. New Forest.

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 April 2015 (See Trip reports).
Beaulieu Road Station in the New Forest is a typical heathland habitat, with the possibility of dartford warbler, woodlark etc. With it's surrounding woodland it is good for woodpeckers, redstart, cuckoo, dragon & butterflies.
Whilst it is not as well equipped like most of our trips there is an Inn next to the site that can offer facilities if you buy a coffee or decide to have lunch.
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: Variable pick up times.

Price: £24

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

May 2020

Wed
13

Mid-week wildlife walk at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Location: RSPB Pulborough Brooks:
Meet near the front entrance (entry fee for non-RSPB members).
RSPB Pulborough Brooks OS Map Reference: TQ 060164. Nearest Post code for your Sat Nav RH20 2EL

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.

Time: 10 am

Price: £1 for Brighton local group members. £3 donation for non-members of the Brighton local group. + £6 entry to reserve for non RSPB members.

Telephone: 07986 505325

E-mail: brightonbirdgroup@gmail.com

Thu
28

Illustrated talk - Chloe Rose - The conservation of swifts - what you can do to help

Location: North Barn of West Blatchington Windmill, Holmes Avenue, Hove (TQ 279068)

Postcode: BN3 7LH (Google map)

Chloe Rose, Senior Conservation Officer for the RSPB, will be giving a talk on swifts, the most spectacular and charismatic urban bird, highlighting their sad decline and what can be done to help the species. Chloe has recruited helpers and established groups to assist swifts around Brighton and Hove over the last three years. She will present the results of this work, as well as provide advice on the different ways of protecting swifts and encouraging them into your own home.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 07971179210

E-mail: crussell31@gmail.com

Sun
31

Coach outing to RSPB Lakenheath

Location: Pick up:
Lancing A27. 07.00am
Southlands Hospital Shops, 7.10am.
Hove Town Hall, 7.20am.
Old Steine, 7.30am.
Black Lion Patcham 7.40am

Last visited in May 2017 (See Trip reports)
This must be the UK's best example of what you can do with a carrot field!
An awesome array of species make this a trip not to miss!
Bittern, harriers, bearded tit, cuckoo, kingfisher to name but a few. Great for dragon & butterflies also!
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: Variable pick up times.

Price: £29 (Non RSPB members + £4 entry fee)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

June 2020

Wed
10

Mid-week wildlife walk to Bramber Brooks Nature Reserve

Location: Bramber Brooks Nature Reserve.
Meeting place tbc.

NEW WALK! SPECIAL EVENT!!!!!!!!
A special walk with guest leader Brianne Reeve. A guided walk around the new nature reserve at Bramber. Places strictly limited to 20 so please contact Lynn Beun to book. Email address: brightonbirdgroup@gmail.com
Binoculars/strong footwear are advisable and you should bring a packed lunch.
All welcome.

Time: 10 am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £3.00.

Booking essential

Telephone: 07986 505325

E-mail: brightonbirdgroup@gmail.com

July 2020

Wed
8

Mid-week wildlife walk at Shipley

Location: Shipley
Meet in the village parking area, School Lane, just east of the windmill.
Shipley OS Map Reference: TQ 144220 Nearest Post code for your Sat Nav RH13 8PH

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.

Time: 10 am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £3.00.

Telephone: 07986 505325

E-mail: brightonbirdgroup@gmail.com

August 2020

Wed
12

Mid-week wildlife walk at Steep Down, Lancing

Location: Steep Down, Lancing:
Meet in public car park by Lancing Ring, north of Lancing village
Steep Down Lancing: OS Map Reference TQ 183062. Nearest Post code for your Sat Nav BN15 0QF.

Looking for farmland birds
Easy going walks, in pleasant company.
Everyone welcome, bring a packed lunch and binoculars, strong footwear is advised.

Time: 10 am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £3.00.

Telephone: 07986 505325

E-mail: brightonbirdgroup@gmail.com

September 2020

Wed
9

Mid-week wildlife walk to East Dean.

Location: Meet in the village car park south of the A259, off Gilberts Drive (Birling Gap Road).
East Dean OS Map Reference: TV 557978 Nearest Post code for your Sat Nav BN20 0DL

Includes walking along parts of the South Downs way, looking for migrants that are getting ready to depart.
Binoculars/strong footwear are advisable and you should bring a packed lunch.
All welcome.

Time: 10 am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £3.00.

Telephone: 07986 505325

E-mail: brightonbirdgroup@gmail.com

Thu
24

Illustrated talk: Mark Mallalieu - Honey-buzzards and Hawfinches in Sussex

Location: North Barn of West Blatchington Windmill,
Holmes Avenue,
Hove. (TQ 279068)
Postcode: BN3 7LH (Google map)

Mark Mallalieu, the Sussex Bird Recorder, will talk about the 2017/18 Hawfinch invasion and subsequent efforts to find Sussex's breeding Hawfinches, one of the county's most elusive nesting birds. He will also reveal some of the secrets of another very scarce and hard to find Sussex breeding bird, the Honey-buzzard.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 07971179210

E-mail: crussell31@gmail.com

Sun
27

Coach outing to RSPB Minsmere

Location: Pick up:
Lancing A27. 07.00am
Southlands Hospital Shops, 7.10am.
Hove Town Hall, 7.20am.
Old Steine, 7.30am.
Black Lion Patcham 7.40am

Last visited in May 2015 (See Trip reports).
The RSPB's flagship reserve as featured on Spring watch for 3 years on the trot.
A mixture of woodland, coastal, wetland, marshland and reedbeds obviously indicates a wide variety of species.
With a possibility of stone curlew if your lucky.
This site has a shop and tearoom and again is another trip you cannot afford to miss.
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: Variable pick up times.

Price: £29 (Non RSPB members + £9 entry fee)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01903 606581

E-mail: markweston64@talktalk.net

October 2020

Wed
14

Mid-week wildlife walk to Pagham Harbour RSPB Nature Reserve

Location: Pagham Harbour OS Map Reference: SZ 856966. Nearest post code for your Sat Nav PO20 7NE
Meet at Sidlesham Ferry RSPB Visitor Centre on the B2145.

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

Time: 10 am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £3.00.

Telephone: 07986 505325

E-mail: brightonbirdgroup@gmail.com

Thu
22

Illustrated talk by Mike Dilger -How to Spend £300,000 in Argentina.

Location: North Barn of West Blatchington Windmill,
Holmes Avenue,
Hove (TQ 279068)
Postcode: BN3 7LH (Google map)

CELEBRITY GUEST SPEAKER - MIKE DILGER - ('The One Show's natural history star'),
At Birdfair 2018, the Great British public raised over £300,000 to support the creation of Argentina's newest national park - Mar Chiquita in the Province of Cordoba. This reserve is the largest inland salt sea in South America and plays host in the winter to all three species of South American Flamingo, in addition to hundreds of other species. Mike Dilger travelled out there in 2019 to find out where all your money went!
Followed by a 2nd talk with details tbc.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £tbc

Telephone: 07971179210

E-mail: crussell31@gmail.com