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.

February 2020

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

Sun
25

Coach outing to College Lakes.

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 June 2016. (See Trip reports)
This beautiful Wildlife Trust site was covered in an amazing array of wild flowers, butterflies and dragonflies on our last visit.
We did not see many birds so this time we are going in the winter to take advantage of the ducks and geese etc.
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: £27 includes a donation to BBO WT.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

November 2020

Wed
11

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.

Telephone: 07986 505325

E-mail: brightonbirdgroup@gmail.com

Sun
22

Coach outing to Rye Harbour Nature 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 November 2017 (See Trip reports) This wildlife trust reserve is great for roosting waders since the electric fence was installed to keep out dogs and other mammal predators. If it is not too windy we may be able to do a bit of sea watching or just relax in one of the hides. For the more adventurous castle water is not far away which can often turn up bittern or rarer grebes.
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, and brand new visitor centre which may include a cafe?
We will also stop on route.
We will be leaving at 3pm

Time: Variable pick up times.

Price: £20.00

Booking essential

Telephone: 01273 843619

E-mail: ritaparker3619@msn.com

Thu
26

Illustrated talk: Dr Barry Yates - 50 years of bird conservation at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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

In the sixties Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Sussex Ornithological Society identified the need to create coastal nature reserves in Sussex to protect the habitat of breeding and feeding birds from the increasing pressure of development and people. This led to both Pagham and Rye Harbour Local Nature Reserves being established at the opposite ends of Sussex. The manager of RHNR, Dr Barry Yates, will describe some of the changes in birdlife and the habitat management that makes Rye Harbour the home to more than 95 species of breeding birds and many other rare and endangered animals and plants.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 which includes refreshments+raffle ticket

Telephone: 07971179210

E-mail: crussell31@gmail.com

December 2020

Wed
9

Mid-week festive wildlife walk round Pulborough Brooks RSPB Nature 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).

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

Time: 10 am

Price: Suggested donation to the RSPB from group members £1.00, non-group members £3.00.. + £6 entry to reserve for non RSPB members.

Telephone: 07986 505325

E-mail: brightonbirdgroup@gmail.com