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.

November 2018

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 25s & 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

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. @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