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.

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 (nearest postcode 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.

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 469996 (nearest postcode BN25 2QR)

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 (nearest postcode 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: 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 504981 (nearest postcode 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: 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 - Ralph and Brenda Todd - The natural wonders and wildlife of Iceland.

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

An in depth look at Iceland, its small but impressive list of birds including waders, skuas, seabirds, ptarmigan and a few passerines, plus plants, whales and dolphins along with some stunning scenery, waterfalls and glaciers. Also of interest are some of the changes to the culture and lifestyles we noticed between visits.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: BrightonIndoorMeetings@gmail.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

Wed
8

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 (nearest postcode 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.
A donation of £2 is appreciated from those who are not group members, +
Reserve entry fee for non RSPB members (£6)

Time: 10 am

Price: Free to Brighton local group members. £2 donation for non-members of the Brighton local group. + £6 entry to reserve for non RSPB members.

E-mail: ed.lough@ntlworld.com

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

Thu
23

Illustrated talk - Dr. Richard Black - Weathercocks - birds and climate change

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

Dr Richard Black is a senior conservation officer working in the Conservation Team at the RSPB South East Regional office. He will be offering us a fascinating insight into the effects of climate change on our birds

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: BrightonIndoorMeetings@gmail.com

June 2019

Wed
12

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.
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

July 2019

Wed
10

Mid-week wildlife walk at Shipley

Location: Shipley
Meet in the village parking area, School Lane, just east of the windmill.
TQ 144220 (nearest postcode 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.
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 2019

Wed
14

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 183062 (nearest postcode BN15 0QF)

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

September 2019

Wed
11

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 ((nearest postcode BN20 0DL)

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
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

Thu
26

Illustrated talk - Simon Ginnaw - A Woodland Year

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

Woodlands and forests are a place of myths, legends and fairy-tales!! Our woodlands are also packed from floor to the highest canopy with wildlife - but they're not always easy to see. Using birdsong and music Simon will lead us on a walk in the woods following the seasons, to discover beautiful butterflies, plentiful birds, and the mysterious creatures of the night. Discover the secrets of the central character in all this drama - the one on which all the creatures of the forest depend - the trees.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: BrightonIndoorMeetings@gmail.com

October 2019

Wed
9

Mid-week wildlife walk at RSPB Pagham Harbour

Location: Pagham Harbour
Meet at Siddlesham Ferry Visitor Centre on B2145
OS Map ref. SZ 856966 (nearest postcode PO20 7NE)

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
24

Illustrated talk - Mike Mockler - Africa - 100 not out

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

A look at the wildlife of several different African countries, based on over 100 African safaris. This talk shows the amazing variety of wonderful experiences that Africa has to offer with its extraordinarily rich wildlife. The famous large mammals are included along with a staggering array of birds and other lesser-known animals.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 01273 208615

E-mail: BrightonIndoorMeetings@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: £22

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)

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: 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 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 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: BHASVIC (Main Hall)
Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College.
205 Dyke Road,
Hove
Postcode: BN3 6EG (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: 01273 208615

E-mail: BrightonIndoorMeetings@gmail.com