Events

All our events are open to everyone, of all ages. You do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) and birdwatching experience is not necessary. If you have any questions about any of the events or if you would like to request a lift to a trip please email bromleyRSPB@gmail.com or call 07392 790719.

Our talks are held on the second Wednesday of the month (September to June). Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start. They finish by 9pm. The price is £3.50.

June 2018

Sun
24

Event: Countryside Day at Keston

Location: the green (part of Hayes Common) opposite the Greyhound public house, alongside Commonside
Postcode: BR2 6BP (Google map)

The Countryside Day at Keston brings together several local groups, including the RSPB Bromley Local Group, to celebrate Bromley's beautiful countryside.

A fun day for all the family, you can visit the stalls, enjoy the Keston Primary School Band and the Ravensbourne Morris Men.

Our stall will be selling plants and RSPB goods to raise money for the RSPB. We'll also have a tombola, games for children and information about the birds of Bromley and our group. We'll have a special display about our Bromley Swift Survey.

There will be lots of refreshments to buy from the stalls.

The event is hosted by the Friends of Keston Common in collaboration with the Keston Residents Association and Bromley Council.

Time: 2 pm - 5 pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

July 2018

Sun
1

Coach trip: RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk (departing from Bickley)

Location: Meet in Hawthorne Road (at Bickley train station end), Bickley
Postcode: BR1 2HH (Google map)

Back by popular demand, a trip to a magical place for nature.

The coastal lagoons, alongside the sandy beach, are a magnet for waders, terns and gulls. The famous scrape, which was featured on Springwatch, is a stronghold for avocets. Rare wader species frequently drop in and in mid-summer they are likely to be in their colourful summer plumage.

Bearded tits, warblers and a sizeable proportion of the UK's bitterns make themselves at home in the reedbeds, while marsh harriers and hobbies hunt overhead.

The reserve's heathland and woodland is equally impressive with star species including Dartford warblers, stone curlews and nightingales (to name only a few).

It's a place where you can get up close to beautiful and rare wildlife. The reserve provides homes for 5,700 different species, with more than 1,000 moths and 1,000 fungi, as well an amazing variety of plants, insects and mammals.

Useful information:

The reserve has excellent facilities including a large visitor centre with toilets, shop and café (don't miss the excellent cakes!). There are plenty of nature trails and hides, each providing superb views of the wildlife. Helpful and knowledgeable staff will be dotted around the reserve.

Organised by the RSPB Bromley Local Group (www.rspb.org.uk/groups/bromley).

Time: 8 am to 7 pm

Price: £20 for adults, £10 for persons aged 15 or under

Booking essential

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Sat
28

Butterfly walk: White Hill, Shoreham, Kent

Location: Meet outside Shoreham train station
Postcode: TN14 7RT (Google map)

In the heart of the picturesque Darent Valley in Kent, White Hill is a stunning example of chalk downland, one of the UK's most precious habitats.

The wildflower-rich meadows are home to rare butterflies, with dark green fritillaries, marbled whites and chalkhill blues amongst the star species. A wide range of moth species can also be found including peach blossom and pale pinion.

The Kent Branch of Butterfly Conservation manage the site to conserve the butterflies and moths, and will be leading our guided walk.

Organised by the RSPB Bromley Local Group (www.rspb.org.uk/groups/bromley), in partnership with the Kent Branch of Butterfly Conservation (https://butterfly-conservation.org/182/kent--se-london-branch.html).

Time: 10.30 am - 1 pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

August 2018

Sat
18

Coach trip: Birdfair 2018, Rutland Water

Location: Meet in Hawthorne Road (at Bickley train station end), Bickley
Postcode: BR1 2HH (Google map)

A coach trip to the 'Glastonbury of Birdwatching' as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Birdfair's unbeatable programme of events features the country's leading wildlife experts, including lots of famous faces. The programme includes a packed schedule of talks running in four separate venues, quiz shows, Q&A sessions, exclusive book launches and family-based entertainment.

There will be hundreds of stands selling everything a wildlife-enthusiast could need, with knowledgeable staff on hand to provide advice. Top wildlife artists and photographers will be displaying their work. If you fancy a spot of birdwatching, there are on-site hides to view Rutland Water's huge variety of species.

Admission to Birdfair is separate. We have negotiated a group discount, so the admission price will be £11.50 per person (£6 for students), which the Group will be paying in advance. Please pay this to us when booking your place on the coach. The total price to book your place will therefore be £31.50 for adults. To get the discount you must book your place by Wednesday 8 August. If you cancel your booking by Wednesday 8 August we will give you a full refund. After that date no refund will be possible as we will have booked the coach and Birdfair tickets.

Time: 8 am to 8 pm

Price: £20 for adults, £10 for persons aged 15 or under (admission to Birdfair is extra, see details above)

Booking essential

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Sat
25

Bat walk: Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent

Location: Meet in the main car park in Mote Park
Postcode: ME15 7SU (Google map)

A free guided walk led by ecologist and international tour-guide Simon Ginnaw, first looking at the park's wildlife, trees and history, before searching for bats on International Bat Night.

Organised by the RSPB Bromley Local Group (www.rspb.org.uk/groups/bromley).

Time: 6.30 pm - 10 pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com