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August 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Results from the Group's 2017 Garden Bird Survey

Results from the Group's 2017 Garden Bird Survey

Highlights include woodpigeon and blackbird at 1 and 2 respectively and the rise and rise of the ring necked parakeet now up to number 8. Chaffinch is back in the top 10 at number 10, but the decline of old favourites like song thrush, and starling sees them down at 17 and 11 respectively. Both former top 10s, the starling a stalwart in the top 10 for many years.

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Download our 2017/18 programme of events

Download our 2017/18 programme of events

Our new programme hopefully has something for everyone. Our popular monthly talks will focus on Britain's wildlife, with detours to Africa - along the Nile valley, via the Red Coast, in September 2017 and from Namibia to Zambia, via the Victoria Falls in April 2018. All talks will present us with superb wildlife photography and some will help us identify birds and uncover their secret lives (don't miss two of our favourite speakers - David Darrell Lambert and Simon Ginnaw). A number of talks will also discuss the work being done to conserve wildlife that is under threat - we'll have a talk on conserving Bromley's biodiversity and two presentations on much loved summer migrants that are sadly in decline - swifts and turtle doves.

Our local walks are led by knowledgeable Group members and are a chance to learn about and enjoy the abundance of wildlife that is on our doorstep. We're lucky to live in a borough with such varied habitats and large areas of countryside. On recent walks we've come across kestrels, buzzards, lapwings, kingfishers, skylarks, bullfinches, yellowhammers and masses of redwings and fieldfares, to name only a few. This year's programme will take us to some of the best places Bromley has to offer for watching wildlife in the company of people who know the places well.

Our trips are divided into two. Every other month we will have a coach trip. Our coach trips go to some of the most special and unique places for wildlife in the country and are a chance to see birds not often seen in or around our borough. They are also a chance to learn about the RSPB's conservation work as on many trips we will be joined by RSPB staff or volunteers to discuss how they're helping nature. We're also running two special coach trips - one to hear nightjars and woodcocks in June and one to the Rutland Bird Fair (with its breeding ospreys) in August.

The price of the coach trips will be stated on our website and Facebook page and advertised at talks. Booking is essential.

On the other months we will have trips to some of the best nature reserves that are close to Bromley. You can get to these either by car (always under an hour's drive) or by public transport. For those wanting a lift, you can either give us a call / email or put your name on our sign-up sheet at the preceding talk.

In the summer of 2018 we are also holding a butterfly walk and a bat walk, both led by experts. The RSPB aims to help all nature and it seems right that as a Group we make the most of the quiet months for birdwatching (July and August) by appreciating other animals. In the same spirit we'll also have a talk on bumblebee conservation in February 2018, which will be a chance to hear the inspiring story of how a previously extinct bumblebee is being reintroduced to the Sussex coast

I hope to see you at one of our events soon!

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Don't forget you can now follow your Bromley local group on Facebook!

Don't forget you can now follow your Bromley local group on Facebook!

Our Facebook page features regular articles on the best places to go birdwatching in Bromley, as well as news and comment on local and national wildlife stories. It also contains details of our upcoming and recent events, including photos - and much more! Read more at www.facebook.com/RSPBBromley