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 2021

Sun
26

Coach outing to RSPB Minsmere

Location: Pick up times;
Lancing Manor - A27 7.00 am
Southlands Hospital Shops 7.10 am
Hove Town Hall 7.20 am
Old Steine 7.30 am
Black Lion, Patcham 7.40 am

Please note this trip has an early start!
Described by Chris Packham as the most diverse site that Springwatch has ever been filmed at, this is a trip not to miss. Extensive reed beds make this site ideal for bittern, marsh harrier, and bearded tit. My last visit to the new hide gave outstanding views of otter. With its coastal and woodland habitat, there should be lots to see so please book early for this trip to avoid disappointment.
This site has hides, toilets, shop & tearoom, and we will stop on route.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
Please wear stout shoes and bring your own packed lunch if not using the cafe.
Please note that Non - RSPB members will have to pay an additional entry fee of £9 (unless you join on the coach!)
We will be leaving at 4pm.

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: £30 (Non RSPB members + £9 entry fee)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

October 2021

Wed
13

Mid-week wildlife walk - Shoreham

Location: Meet at the coronation Green,
Shoreham High Street.
TQ214049
Nearest postcode BN43 5DD

A leisurely walk looking at waders followed by a walk along the river
Bring a packed lunch and binoculars, strong footwear is advised.
All welcome

Time: 10 am

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

E-mail: lynn.beun@rspb.org.uk

Sun
24

Coach outing to College Lakes. Tring - BBO WT.

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

Having previously visited this site in the summer of 2016, we shall now try a winter trip! This site offers cafe, hides, toliets and a visitor centre.
It is a superb site for ducks and geese, kingfisher, lapwing and possible polecat!
If we are lucky we could also see some late dragonflies!
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 4pm.
A donation to the BBO wildlife trust is included in the price of this trip.

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: £27

Booking essential

Telephone: 0127384361

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

November 2021

Wed
10

Mid-week wildlife walk to Ferring Beach

Location: Ferring Beach OS Map Reference TQ 100015. Nearest post code for your Sat Nav BN12 5SS
Meet on the coast road at the bottom of Sea Lane, Ferring. Be aware that there is another Sea Lane nearby in Goring.

A flat walk including seafront (some parts on shingle) and fields (can be muddy), looking for winter visitors.
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.

E-mail: lynn.beun@rspb.org.uk

Sun
28

Coach outing to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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

Last visited in March 2015, this Wildlife Trust site has recently added a new discovery centre.
This sight can throw up a few surprises!
It can also be good for bittern, marsh harrier, hen harrier, merlin, grey, golden and 'green' plover. bearded tit, slavonian grebe. On our last visit we also spotted seal!
This site has hides and toilets, and possible tearoom at the new centre.
You will have the option to go round the site on your own or with someone from the group.
If open? We will have a comfort stop on route.
Please wear Stout shoes and bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving at 3pm.

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: £20

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

December 2021

Wed
8

Mid-week festive wildlife walk at RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Location: Meet in the car park.
TQ060164
Nearest postcode for sat nav. RH20 2EQ

A walk around the reserve looking for winter wildfowl followed by our now traditional festive picnic.
Binoculars/Strong footwear are advisable, and you should bring a packed lunch. (festive)
Please be aware that we may not be allowed to share food.
All welcome.

Time: 10 am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00. non-group members £3.00 + £7 entry to reserve for non RSPB members.

E-mail: lynn.beun@rspb.org.uk

January 2022

Wed
12

Mid-Week Wildlife Walk - Warnham LNR 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.
TQ167323

A gentle stroll looking for woodland & wetland species.
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 + entry fee £3

Booking essential

E-mail: lynn.beun@rspb.org.uk

Sun
23

Coach outing to Abberton Resevoir, Essex

Location: Pick up:
Lancing Manor A27 7.30am
Southlands Hospital shops 7.45am
Hove Town Hall 8.10am
Old Steine 8.25am
Black Lion, Patcham 8.35am

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.
Please bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 3pm instead of the usual 4pm.
A £2.00 donation to the Wildlife Trust has been included in the cost of the trip.

Time: Various pick up points

Price: £28 (inc. entry donation)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

February 2022

Wed
9

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.

E-mail: lynn.beun@rspb.org.uk

Sat
26

Coach outing to RSPB Dungeness Reserve

Location: Pick up:
Lancing A27. 08.00am
Southlands Hospital Shops, 8.15am.
Hove Town Hall, 8.40am.
Old Steine, 8.55am.
Black Lion Patcham 9.05am.

Please note this trip is on a Saturday!
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.
Nothing is guaranteed, but there is a good chance of bittern, great white egret, smew, marsh harrier & bearded tit.
There are 5 hides and 2 new viewing areas, 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: £22.00 (Non RSPB members £27)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

March 2022

Wed
9

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.

E-mail: lynn.beun@rspb.org.uk

Sun
27

Coach outing to Rainham Marshes.

Location: Pick up:
Lancing Manor. 08.00am
Southlands hospital shops. 08.15am
Hove town hall. 08.40am
Old Steine. 08.55am
Black lion Patcham. 09.05am.

Boasting one of the highest population of Water Vole in the country this reserve can often throw up other surprises, despite its location!
Check out the pylons for Peregrine, reedbeds for Marsh Harrier, and lagoons for waders. Penduline tit is one of the surprises that often appear. The site also boasts a good variety of gulls for the discerning but please do not ask me to separate 1st/2nd year winter/summer plumage.
This site has a visitor centre with cafe, toilets and RSPB 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.
RSPB Members will need to bring their membership cards or you may have to pay an entry fee!

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: £25 (non RSPB members £31)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

April 2022

Wed
13

Mid-week wildlife walk - Seaford Head-

Location: Meet at South Hill barn car park on the head.
TV 549978

A walk along the Cuckmere valley & round the head looking for newly arrived spring migrants. Steep up & down hill sections

Time: 10 am

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

E-mail: lynn.beun@rspb.org.uk

Sun
24

Coach outing to the New Forest. (Beaulieu Road Station.)

Location: Pick up:
Black Lion Patcham 8.00am.
Old Steine, 8.10am.
Hove town hall, 8.25am
Southlands Hospital Shops, 8.50am.
Lancing A27, 09.05am

This site was last visited by the group in April 2015!
Stout shoes are recommended as this site can be a little boggy. Typical heathland habitat and species including dartford warbler (often accompanied by stonechat!) crossbills, siskin, redpoll, reed bunting, dragonflies, woodpeckers and migrants. Next to this site is a rather nice pub, 'The Drift Inn' where there will be the option to have lunch if you wish.
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.
Toilets are situated in the pub.
We will leave this site at 4pm

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: £25

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

May 2022

Wed
11

Mid-week wildlife walk - Pulborough Brooks RSPB reserve

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

In search of resident songbirds and summer visitors
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 + £7 entry.

E-mail: lynn.beun@rspb.org.uk

Sun
22

Coach outing to RSPB Lakenheath

Location: Pick up:
Lancing A27. 07.00am
Southlands Hospital Shops, 7.15am.
Hove Town Hall, 7.40am.
Old Steine, 7.55am.
Black Lion Patcham 8.05am

Once a carrot field, this awesome reserve is a must whether you have visited before or not.
With breeding crane, bittern, marsh harrier, kingfisher, bearded tit, cuckoo at every turn, butterflies & dragonflies, need I go on?
A great location for interesting surprises, this site is best viewed at your own pace but we will have someone from the group lead you round if you wish.
We will have a comfort stop on route.
This site has a visitor centre, viewpoints and toilets.
Please wear stout shoes and bring your own packed lunch.
We will be leaving this site at 4pm.
RSPB Members will need to bring their membership cards or you may have to pay an entry fee!

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: £30 (non RSPB members £34)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

June 2022

Wed
8

Mid-week wildlife walk at Barcombe Mills

Location: Barcombe Mills:
Meet in the small public car park on the north side of the road.
TQ 433146 (nearest postcode BN8 5BX)

A riverside walk that could be muddy after rain
Easy going walks, in pleasant company.
Everyone welcome, bring a packed lunch and binoculars, strong footwear is advised.

Time: 10am

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

E-mail: lynn.beun@rspb.org.uk

July 2022

Wed
13

Mid-week wildlife walk at the Knepp estate

Location: Details tbc.
Probably meet at Dial post.

Leisurely walk looking for stork & other 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: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £3.00.

E-mail: lynn.beun@rspb.org.uk

August 2022

Wed
10

Mid-week wildlife walk at Mile Oak Farm & Southwick Hill

Location: Meet at Mile Oak Farm, by the donkey paddock (near the farm shop).
Address: Mile Oak Farm, Mile Oak Road, Portslade, BN41 2RF

A walk around the farm and up to Southwick Hill, looking for farmland birds such as corn bunting, linnet and yellowhammer. This is also a good area for kestrels and buzzards.
Please bring a packed lunch & binoculars.
Strong footwear is advised.
All Welcome.

Time: 10 am

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

E-mail: lynn.beun@rspb.org.uk

September 2022

Wed
14

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

A leisurely walk to look for farmland & woodland birds.
Bring a packed lunch and binoculars, strong footwear is advised.
All Welcome.

Time: 10 am

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

E-mail: lynn.beun@rspb.org.uk

Sun
25

Coach trip to Arne RSPB nature reserve

Location: Pick-up:
Black Lion Patcham 8.00am
Old Steine 8.10am
Hove Town Hall 8.25am
Southlands Hospital Shops 8.50am
Lancing Manor A27 9.05am.

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: £28

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com