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.

August 2018

Sat
25

Bat walk: Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent (Bromley Local Group)

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

September 2018

Thu
6

Local walk: Nash, Hayes (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet outside Wickham Common School, Gates Green Road
Postcode: BR4 9DG (Google map)

A guided walk through rolling countryside, home to farmland birds including skylark, meadow pipit and yellowhammer.

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

Time: 9.30 am - midday

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Wed
12

Talk: Wildlife off the beaten track, Jeff Blincow (Bromley Local Group)

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

With enough exotic locations for a Bond film, Jeff will take us on an adventure-packed journey to all corners of the globe in search of stunning wildlife and scenery.

Jeff is an expert naturalist and a superb wildlife photographer.

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

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

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Sun
23

Car trip: Riverside Country Park, Kent (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet in the visitor centre car park, 333 Lower Rainham Road, Rainham, Gillingham
Postcode: ME7 2XH (Google map)

Riverside Country Park is an ideal spot for birding in the heart of the Thames Estuary during the peak of the autumn migration.

We will be meeting in the park's conveniently situated visitor centre, from which we will do a couple of walks. Going east towards Bloor's Wharf, Motney Hill and Rainham Dock East and then going west towards Copperhouse Marshes. Both sides offer varied birding and we will take a halfway break back at the visitor centre for lunch.

As well as the estuary, the reserve contains a variety of other habitats including grazing marsh, woods and large ponds.

Waders include avocet, greenshank, oystercatcher and redshank. Common, sandwich, black and little terns may be seen during the autumn migration. Goldcrests and firecrests are also regularly found on passage. Duck numbers will be beginning to build as species like pintail and wigeon arrive back for the winter.

We should also find summer migrants before they leave for Africa. The meadows and ponds teem with warbler species, as well as goldfinches, greenfinches and linnets.

Peregrine and merlin hunt in the area, as do buzzard, marsh harrier and sparrowhawk.

There's even a chance we will disturb a grey partridge.

Our guided walk will be led by Jonathan Barnard, international birdwatching tour-guide from Altiplano Tours (www.altiplanotours.co.uk). Jonathan also delivers birdwatching tutorials for the Kent Wildlife Trust.

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

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

October 2018

Wed
3

Local walk: Scadbury Park, Chislehurst (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet in Old Perry Street car park
Postcode: BR7 6PW (Google map)

A guided walk to explore the park's rich wildlife.

Scadbury Park is one of Bromley's wildlife gems. It's an extensive tract of open countryside, with wildflower meadows and ancient woods. It's home to an impressive variety of birds and other wildlife. To read more have a look at the article on our Places to See Birds page: https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/bromley/places/453920/

The walk will be followed by an optional tour of the remains of the moated Scadbury Manor by Michael Meekeums from the Orpington & District Archaeological Society (ODAS). A small donation to ODAS will be requested for this optional tour.

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

Time: 9.30 am - midday

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Wed
10

Talk: Saving Nature in the South East, Alan Johnson (Bromley Local Group)

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

Find out how the RSPB is saving the most threatened wildlife and habitats in our region, from little terns to swifts, woodland to heathland.

Alan leads the RSPB's conservation work in South East England.

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

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

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Sun
21

Coach trip: RSPB Pulborough Brooks, Sussex (Bromley Local Group)

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

The RSPB's Pulborough Brooks reserve is set in the beautiful Arun valley in the South Downs National Park, one of the country's richest areas for wildlife. A huge diversity of birds can be found in the reserves' extensive wetland, woodland and heathland.

Autumn is a perfect time to visit.

The woods will be turning golden, with a rainbow of colourful fungi.

Summer migrant birds will be feeding up on insects before their epic journeys southward.

Waders drop in on passage during their autumn migrations. Green and wood sandpipers, greenshank and ruff may be found probing in the soft mud on the pool edges.

The flooded meadows will be teeming with lapwing, wigeon, teal and lots of more ducks, geese and waders. The world's fastest bird, the peregrine falcon, is also a regular visitor (causing mass panic amongst the ducks and waders as it hunts!). Barn owls also patrol the fields later in the afternoon.

It will also be a last chance to enjoy some of our most spectacular butterflies before the winter closes in.

RSPB Pulborough Brooks is one of the country's most popular reserves and boasts excellent facilities, including a superb visitor centre, RSPB shop and cafe serving hot food, drinks and delicious cakes. There are also plentiful hides and nature trails.

There will be a choice between joining a guided walk or doing your own thing.

The trip is organised by the RSPB Bromley Local Group (www.rspb.org.uk/groups/bromley).

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

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

November 2018

Thu
1

Local walk: Ruxley Gravel Pits, Sidcup (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet at the unsigned Edgington Way entrance (close to the Tesco Superstore, on the same side of the road)
Postcode: DA14 5AD (Google map)

This is a rare opportunity to visit Bromley's best birdwatching site as it is normally closed to the public.

Ruxley Gravel Pits is an oasis for wildlife and is managed by the Kent Wildlife Trust.

It's the best place in Bromley to find and photograph kingfishers. Cetti's warblers are also present all year round. Last winter a great white egret took up residence - this graceful bird is exceptionally rare in Britain.

The pools are superb for ducks and grebes in the winter.

Raptors are often seen overhead including peregrine falcon, kestrel, buzzard and red kite.

Please arrive no earlier than 9 am but before 9.30 am. We will be opening the locked gates to allow people to walk or drive through to the parking area inside the reserve, which is where the walk will start from. We will be locking the gates again at 9.30 am before starting the walk so anyone who arrives after 9.30 am will not be able to access the reserve.

A volunteer from the RSPB Bromley Local Group will be at the gates from 9 am.

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

Time: 9.30 am - midday (please arrive before 9.30 am to make sure you can enter through the locked gates)

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Wed
14

Talk: Birds in a Cage, Derek Niemann (Bromley Local Group)

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

The fascinating and inspiring true story of how a passion for birds enabled four young men to escape the horror of internment in a German Prisoner of War camp.

Derek's talk is based on his critically acclaimed book of the same name. The BBC Wildlife Magazine wrote that the book is "Intensely moving...a beautiful and gripping story". Simon Barnes commented "A wonderfully crafted hymn to the life-giving qualities of birds".

Derek worked for the RSPB for 25 years and is a celebrated author and columnist for The Guardian.

Derek's website contains more information about his writing: http://www.whispersfromthewild.co.uk/

You can read his columns for The Guardian here: https://www.theguardian.com/profile/derek-niemann

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

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

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Sun
25

Car trip: Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park and Oare Marshes, Kent (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet in the Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park car park, off Bysing Wood Road, Faversham
Postcode: ME13 7UD (Google map)

A visit to the woods of Oare Gunpowder Works Country Park, followed by Oare Marshes, which for many is one of Kent's best nature reserves.

The Country Park is well worth a brief visit before we explore Oare Marshes. The park is home to a variety of woodland birds, including firecrest.

The Kent Wildlife Trust's Oare Marshes is a little gem. It's renowned as a place to get up close views of an extraordinary variety of species. Bearded tits can be seen in the reedbeds and there are waders and ducks galore, including internationally important numbers of black-tailed godwits. Snipe hide in the tussocky grass that fringes the shallow water and the autumn passage of waders brings in ruff, little stint, knot, spotted redshank and grey and golden plovers. Avocets are another Oare speciality.

Looking out to sea, seabirds, turnstones and rock pipits can often be found as well as seals, sometimes hauled out on the sand.

The trip will be led by Jonathan Barnard. Jonathan is an international birdwatching tour guide from Altiplano Tours (www.altiplanotours.co.uk) and delivers birdwatching tutorials for the Kent Widlife Trust.

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

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

December 2018

Sat
1

Local walk: Hawkwood, Chislehurst (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet in Gosshill Road, opposite Chislehurst train station
Postcode: BR7 5NN (Google map)

A walk through wildlife-rich pasture and woods in National Trust countryside.

The car park next to where we are meeting is a pay and display with limited time. You can walk through from Barfield Road / Gosshill Road but cannot drive through.

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

Time: 9.30 am to midday

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Sun
9

Coach trip: RSPB Dungeness, Kent (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet in Hawthorne Road (at Bickley train station end), Bickley
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 by exploring the RSPB Dungeness reserve with its extensive nature trails and numerous hides, all within easy walking distance of the comfortable visitor centre and well-stocked shop. 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.

There will then be an optional pub lunch by the sea at The Pilot Inn or you could choose to bring your own packed lunch and extend your time on the reserve.

In the afternoon we will visit the ARC / Hanson gravel pits, which are just outside the main RSPB reserve. These pits were recently acquired by the RSPB and are an excellent spot for waterbirds and raptors. Keeping our eyes peeled for ravens, woodcocks and marsh harriers flying overhead (as well as bitterns and water rails in the reeds), we should see great white egrets as they hunt in the shallow waters. The pits also support huge numbers of ducks, including goldeneye.

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).

There will be a choice between joining a guided walk and doing your own thing.

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

Time: The coach leaves promptly at 8.30 am. We expect to be back by around 5.30 pm.

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Wed
12

Christmas Wildlife Quiz (Bromley Local Group)

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

An entertaining quiz about all things wildlife.

The questions are suitable for all, whether you're a budding Chris Packham or a birding beginner.

Please bring along some refreshments.

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

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

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com