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.

March 2019

Sat
23

Tutorial: Identifying birds by sound in the Blean Woods, Kent with Tony Swandale (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet at Bossenden Woods, near Canterbury (directions below)
Postcode: ME13 9LR (Google map)

A birdwatching tutorial in and around the Blean Woods in Kent. We'll be learning how to recognise spring songbirds by sound in one of the country's most historic woodlands.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please contact us on the details below.

The meeting place is Bossenden Woods, a mature oak woodland with an excellent range of resident birds including all three species of woodpecker, marsh tit, treecreeper, nuthatch, goldcrest and firecrest.

All species of bird produce unique vocalisations. This tutorial will explain why birds make the sounds they do. Participants will be given tips on how to identify the various species by the distinctive sounds they make (songs, contact, alarm and flight calls).

An early start will give us the best chance of hearing them. Please arrive by 6.50am for a prompt 7.00am start.

Depending on the weather conditions we may also call into the nearby Stodmarsh or Oare Marshes wetland reserves.

Tony was the warden of the famous Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory and also Oare Marshes for 25 years and now leads bird ID courses for the Kent Wildlife Trust and the University of Kent.

Directions

Meet at Bossenden Woods, part of the Blean Woods complex near Canterbury. Grid reference: TR083589. Post code: ME13 9LR

From the Faversham direction going south:

From the Brenley Corner roundabout / M2 just south of Faversham take the A2 exit to Canterbury. Keep in the left hand lane and very soon (100m) after leaving the roundabout exit the A2 to Boughton / Dunkirk. After half a mile turn left at the junction into Boughton-under-Blean and continue straight on for nearly two miles to Dunkirk.

In Dunkirk the road bears round the right. Turn left here (actually straight on). Bossenden Wood is on the left
immediately after Agrii Intelligence. Look for Union Jack flags and a prominent white sign marked "Agrii". Park on the road verge next to the wood.

What to bring?

Binoculars, if you have a pair. Please wrap up warmly, bring extra layers and clothing suitable for all kinds of weather including walking boots and waterproofs.

The paths may be wet and muddy. Paths are generally level with gradual slopes and a firm surface. The total distance walked on the day will be no more than one mile at a gentle pace with frequent stops to observe and listen to birds.

Please bring some of your own refreshments if required.

There are no toilets on the site.

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

Time: 7am - 12 noon (TBC)

Price: TBC (depends on numbers)

Booking essential

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

April 2019

Sun
7

Event: Spring Bird and Heron Watch in Kelsey Park, Beckenham

Location: Visit our stalls overlooking the lake in Kelsey Park, Manor Way, Beckenham
Postcode: BR3 3LS (Google map)

Our annual joint event with the Friends of Kelsey Park.

The island in the park's lake contains one of London's largest heronries.

Volunteers will be on hand with telescopes to give visitors up-close views of the boisterous breeding herons. Families are welcome and a telescope will be set at a lower level for children to get a good view. There will be two stalls, each offering a different perspective on the herons' family drama!

The Friends of Kelsey Park will also be leading bird walks around the park at 12 noon and 2pm.

Organised jointly by the Friends of Kelsey Park (www.fokp.org.uk) and the RSPB Bromley Local Group (www.rspb.org.uk/groups/bromley)

Time: 11.00am - 4.00pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Wed
10

Talk: The story of extinct birds, Michael Blencowe (Bromley Local Group)

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

An illustrated tale of extinct birds, heroic naturalists, whistling Maoris, Hawaiian kings and feather thieves. Join Michael's search for the beautiful huia, the clumsy spectacled cormorant and other long-lost birds.

Michael is a nature writer and works for the Sussex Wildlife Trust.

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

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
14

Coach trip: RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk (Bromley Local Group)

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

A visit to a magical place for nature - with its wetland scrapes, reedbed, woodland and heathland teeming with spring wildlife.

Minsmere is one of our country's best nature reserves. Thanks to careful management it now provides homes for an exceptional 5,700 different species.

At the time of our visit in mid-spring the reserve will be coming alive. Britain's loudest bird, the male bittern, will be booming to attract a mate, while the woods, reedbeds and heathland are a magnet for our summer songbirds. Thousands of waders, ducks, geese, swans and seabirds will be making themselves heard in the wetlands - including breeding avocets, the stars of many series of the BBC's Springwatch.

There is a lovely cafe and RSPB shop and plenty of nature trails and hides.

When we get there, they'll be the option of joining a guided group walk or doing your own thing.

Meet in Hawthorne Road (the train station end), Bickley, BR1 2HH. Car parking is available on street and at Bickley station. The coach departs promptly at 8am.

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

Time: 8.00am - 7.30pm

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Wed
24

Local walk: Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet in the car park, Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks
Postcode: TN13 3DH (Google map)

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve is renowned as an excellent place for birdwatching. The roughly equal proportions of water and land include five lakes, pools, reedbed and woods.

Our spring walk will be looking for our summer migrants including sand martins and warblers. The islands in the lakes provide a perfect nesting place for little ringed plovers. Kingfishers are often seen, along with woodland birds, and who knows what will be passing through during the spring migration.

The walk will end back in the car park at around 12pm. There is the option of exploring another part of the reserve in the afternoon after lunch.

The guided walk will be led by Peter Smart (RSPB Bromley Local Group and a volunteer at the reserve).

Useful information: There is a visitor centre with a café, shop and toilets next to the car park. There are lots of hides dotted around the reserve.

The reserve is a 15 minute walk from two train stations: Sevenoaks and Bat & Ball.

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

Time: 9.30am - midday (plus option of more birding after lunch)

Price: Free (optional donation to Kent Wildlife Trust)

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

May 2019

Thu
2

Dawn chorus walk: Birthday Wood, Pratts Bottom (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet in Downs View Close, off Ringwood Avenue, which is off Rushmore Hill
Postcode: BR6 7SU (Google map)

Get ready for International Dawn Chorus Day by immersing yourself in birdsong in this peaceful wood in the south of our borough, with its carpet of wildflowers.

Park in Downs View Close, off Ringwood Avenue, which is off Rushmore Hill (BR6 7SU).

Led by Bob Francis (RSPB Bromley Local Group volunteer and former Group leader).

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

Time: 9.30am - midday

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Mon
6

Car share trip: Leybourne Lakes Country Park, Kent (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet in the main car park
Postcode: ME20 6AA (Google map)

This park, near Maidstone, is the best place close to Bromley to hear singing nightingales. Plus hobby, cuckoo, warblers and waterbirds.

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

Time: 10am - 4pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Wed
8

Talk: A Prickly Affair: The Charm of the Hedgehog, Hugh Warwick (Bromley Local Group)

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

Discover the many wonders of the hedgehog: a funny, charming creature of the countryside.

Hugh is an ecologist and writer of highly praised books. A regular in the national press, as well as TV and radio, he is also the spokesperson for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

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

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
19

Coach trip: RSPB Arne, Dorset (Bromley Local Group)

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

Don't miss our Group's first visit to one of the country best nature reserves.

Famous as home of the BBC's Autumnwatch, Arne is set in the ancient Dorset heaths, on the shores of Poole Harbour. Expect spectacular scenery, rare heathland wildlife (including Dartford warblers) and waders in the harbour.

Arne remains one of the few places in the UK where all six of the UK's native reptiles can be found, along with a dazzling variety of butterflies and wildflowers.

The reserve has outstanding facilities, including a new visitor centre, cafe and shop (don't miss the freshly made Dorset scones!), seven signposted nature trails and hides.

Meet in Hawthorne Road (the train station end), Bickley, BR1 2HH. Car parking is available on street and at Bickley station. The coach leaves promptly at 8am.

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

Time: 8.00am - 8.00pm

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com

Fri
31

Car share trip: RSPB Tudeley Woods, Kent (Bromley Local Group)

Location: Meet in the reserve's car park off Dislingbury Lane, near Tonbridge
Postcode: TN11 0PT (Google map)

Get away from it all with a walk in the ancient woods and through the newly restored heathland and meadows. Tree pipits and woodlark are returning, along with plentiful wildflowers, butterflies and orchids.

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

Time: 10am - 4pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 07392 790 719

E-mail: bromleyrspb@gmail.com