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.

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 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