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 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 7.00pm for a 7.15pm start. They finish by 9pm. RSPB Members: £3.50, Non-RSPB Members: £4.50.

December 2017

Sun
17

Coach trip: RSPB Dungeness, Kent

Location: Meet in Hawthorne Road (the train station end), Bickley. Car parking available on street and at Bickley station.
Postcode: BR1 2HH (Google map)

A coach trip to and guided walk around Dungeness - a perfect destination for winter birdwatching on the Kent coast.
We will start at the ARC/Hanson gravel pits, just outside the main RSPB reserve. Keeping our eyes peeled for ravens, woodcocks and marsh harriers flying overhead, we should see great white egrets as they hunt in the shallow waters. The pits also support huge numbers of ducks, including goldeneye.
Our next stop will be the lighthouse area to scan the horizon for seabirds, such as gannets, guillemots and gulls. This part of Dungeness is also a good spot for black redstarts, an attractive and rare bird (fewer than 100 breed in the UK).
After a good (pub) lunch we will explore the RSPB's main reserve with its nature trails and numerous hides, all within easy walking distance of the comfortable visitor centre. This is one of the most reliable places in Kent to see goosander and the delightful smew. Black-necked, Slavonian and red-necked grebes may also be present. Before heading back to the coach for our journey home, we may be lucky enough to catch sight of a hunting owl (barn, short-eared and long-eared owls are all possible).
Guided walks will be led by Bob Francis and David Hampson (RSPB Bromley Local Group).
Useful information: There will be toilets when we get off the coach in Dungeness and there are also toilets, a café and gift shop in the main RSPB reserve. There is a choice between eating a pub lunch in The Pilot or (if you would like more time in the main RSPB reserve in the afternoon) bringing your own packed lunch or buying something in the RSPB café (limited drinks and snacks).
Booking is essential. Please email bromleyrspb@gmail.com or call 07392 790 719.
Organised by the RSPB Bromley Local Group.

Time: 8.00am. Coach leaves promptly! We expect to be back around 6 to 7pm.

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07392 790719

E-mail: bromleyRSPB@gmail.com

January 2018

Wed
10

Talk: Birds Beyond The Boughs, Simon Ginnaw

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

Ever wished you could understand what birds are saying or how woodland birds all live together? Simon will reveal the secret lives and fascinating ecology of our familiar birds.
Organised by RSPB Bromley Local Group.

Time: Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.15pm start. Ends by 9pm.

Price: £3.50 for RSPB members or £4.50 for non-RSPB members.

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Sun
14

Local walk: Hayes Common, Bromley

Location: Meet outside Hayes train station.
Postcode: BR2 7EN (Google map)

A morning walk through Hayes' parks and then onto Hayes Common for a variety of birds including nuthatch, goldcrest, coal tit and winter thrushes. The parks support a surprising diversity of birdlife, including waterbirds. The common's woods are interspersed with pockets of heathland and in places provide fine views over the surrounding countryside, where kestrels and buzzards can often be seen.
The guided walk will be led by Geoff Coad (RSPB Bromley Local Group).

Time: 9.30am - midday

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyRSPB@gmail.com

Sun
21

Car share trip: Murston Pits, Kent

Location: Park in lay-by just before Tonge Corner, Church Road
Postcode: ME9 9BA (Google map)

These pits next to the Swale, near Sittingbourne, are an excellent birding area. Red-breasted merganser, goldeneye and often scaup can be found, along with black and bar-tailed godwits (over 60 species are likely).
The guided walk will be led by Jonathan Barnard, an international birdwatching guide from Altiplano Tours (www.altiplanotours.co.uk). This is one of his favourite birding sites in Kent.
Booking is essential. There is limited parking space so we will be taking a small number of cars. If you would like to come, either in your own car or joining another car, please email bromleyRSPB@gmail.com or call 07392 790 719.

Organised by the RSPB Bromley Local Group.

Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyRSPB@gmail.com