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.

January 2019

Wed
9

Talk: The Eagle Watchers: Observing and Conserving Raptors, Dr Ruth Tingay (Bromley Local Group)

Location: United Reformed Church (Verrall Hall), 20 Widmore Road, Bromley
Postcode: BR1 1RY (Google map)

An impassioned talk on saving our majestic birds of prey, from the frontline of nature conservation.

Dr Ruth Tingay is a raptor ecologist and conservationist with a specialism in eagles and has 20 years of field experience on five continents. She is a past President of the Raptor Research Foundation, has authored 30 plus scientific papers and co-edited the popular science book 'The Eagle Watchers' (2010). For the last eight years she has been writing the Raptor Persecution UK blog, attracting more than 4 million views and the wrath of the driven grouse shooting industry.

You can read the blog here: https://raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/

Follow Ruth on Twitter: @RuthTingay

Time: Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Ends by 9pm.

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Sat
19

Local walk: Beckenham Place Park (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet in the Mansion's car park, Beckenham Hill Road
Postcode: BR3 1UL (Google map)

Get ready for the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch with a guided walk through this historic park, with a wide range of habitats. It's a perfect place for spotting our resident birds and winter visitors, including fieldfare and redwing.

The guided walk will be led by Liz Anderson (RSPB Bromley Local Group volunteer).

Time: 9.30am - midday

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Sun
27

Car trip: Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest, Kent (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet in the car park
Postcode: TN17 2SJ (Google map)

The UK's finest collection of conifer trees, Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest is a winter roosting place for hawfinch, brambling, siskin and lesser redpoll.

The trip will be led by Simon Ginnaw, an ecologist and international tour guide. Simon is a superb ornithologist and studies the Forest's birdlife.

Time: 10am - 4pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

February 2019

Sat
9

Local walk: Lilly's Wood, Orpington (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet at the wood's entrance, next to the eastern entrance to Goddington Park, Chelsfield Lane
Postcode: BR6 7TH (Google map)

Local ecologist Jamie Fletcher will show us his favourite birding patch in Bromley. Lilly's Wood supports flocks of threatened woodland and farmland birds.

You can read more about this little-known wildlife gem on our Places to See Birds page.

Time: 9.30am - midday

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Wed
13

Talk: Looking for the Goshawk, Conor Jameson (Bromley Local Group)

Location: United Reformed Church (Verrall Hall), 20 Widmore Road, Bromley
Postcode: BR1 1RY (Google map)

"Goshawks can cast a spell on you. I know because it happened to me". A gripping tale on the trail of our most mysterious and charismatic bird.

Conor is an acclaimed author and regularly writes in the national press. He has also been a scriptwriter for the BBC Natural History Unit.

His book 'Looking for the Goshawk' gained outstanding reviews from all quarters, with the BBC Wildlife Magazine describing it as a "timely book, a satisfying mix of page-turning action and thoughtful speculation - It is also a fine meditation on what (the goshawk's) presence means to us." The Times was similarly impressed: "...a rich body of work....provides a solid foundation which encourages us to look up."

Time: Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Ends by 9pm.

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Sun
17

Coach trip: Fingringhoe Wick and Abberton Reservoir, Essex (Bromley Local Group)

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

Occupying a scenic position overlooking the Colne Estuary in the heart of rural Essex, Fingringhoe Wick is a winter home to thousands of waders and wildfowl, including up to 700 avocets. Other star species include Brent geese, golden and grey plovers, knot, lapwing, dunlin, shoveler, teal, wigeon, kingfisher and red-breasted merganser. Kestrel, sparrowhawk, marsh harrier, buzzard and peregrine are seen almost daily.

Fingringhoe also contains a wide range of other habitats including woodland, grassland, heathland, lakes and ponds so is a haven for all kinds of wildlife.

Abberton Reservoir is a renowned hotspot for waterbirds, including smew and goosander. The surrounding fields are prime barn owl territory - look out for them from mid-afternoon onwards.

Both of these Essex Wildlife Trust reserves have excellent facilities including extensive nature trails, plentiful hides, shop, cafe and toilets.

Time: The coach leaves promptly at 8am. We expect to be back by around 6pm.

Price: £20 for adults, £10 for 25s & under

Booking essential

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com