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December 2018

Friday, 28 December 2018

Our year in numbers

Our year in numbers

At our Christmas Wildlife Quiz in December we asked our members to let us know their favourite moment from our Group's events in 2018. You can read what they said in our February newsletter.

In the meantime, here are a few numbers that capture some of the standout moments from our year and what we've achieved together for nature.

6 ... the number of coach trips we've led to the country's best places for wildlife. We've seen some fantastic and rare species - from booming bitterns to breeding cranes, unbeatable views of a kingfisher to fishing ospreys. Find out more by visiting our Trip Reports page and you can see what we've got coming up on our Events page.

122 ... the incredible number of people who took part in our first Bromley Swift Survey. Our team of volunteer surveyors have collected a fantastic amount of information, which we'll be sharing at a special talk on Wednesday 6 March in the Bromley United Reformed Church (see our Events page for more details). We're looking for more surveyors for summer 2019 - find out more at our talk in March or get in touch (

44 million ... the number of birds that the UK has lost from its skies since the 1960s. In May, to raise awareness of this shocking fact, explain why this has happened and what we can all do to help wildlife, we presented a screening of the documentary film The Messenger, followed by a Q&A with an expert panel. We highly recommend the film - you can buy it on DVD here:

25 ... the number of guided wildlife walks that we've led in and around Bromley this year - thanks to all our volunteer expert guides! They were packed with unforgettable moments - from encountering the diverse bat population of Mote Park to the colourful butterflies of White Hill, not to mention the delights of Bromley's countryside - home to little owls, yellowhammers, bullfinches and much more!

10,000 ... in September our Group helped run the RSPB's stall at the first People's Walk for Wildlife. We then joined the 10,000 people in filling London with birdsong as a reminder of the wildlife that we've lost. The event was brilliantly organised by the inspirational Chris Packham and sent a powerful message to politicians that urgent action is needed to conserve our wildlife and environment. You can read our reflections on the day here:

10 ... the number of wildlife talks that we've organised in central Bromley. Expert and entertaining speakers have shed light on a vast range of topics. Highlights included finding out the secrets of our woodland birds with ecologist Simon Ginnaw, learning about Operation Turtle Dove with the RSPB's Nicole Khan and discovering the astonishing tale of four Prisoner of War birdwatchers with author and broadcaster Derek Niemann.

All our events are open to everyone, of all ages - RSPB members and non-members, wildlife experts and absolute beginners. You can find more details on our website and Facebook page. You can also download our printable 2018/19 events programme below.

If you would like to receive our newsletter about Bromley's wildlife and our Group's activities please visit the Join page on our website.

Wishing you all a very happy new year.

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Saturday, 22 December 2018

Conservation successes in 2018

Conservation successes in 2018

It's been quite a year!

The RSPB has been hard at work saving nature. The scale and diversity of the RSPB's conservation work makes it difficult to capture the sheer range of highlights in 2018 (across something like 15 time zones around the world!). But, to get an idea of what has been achieved over the past 12 months - please do have a read of Martin Harper's blog at the end of the page below (Martin is the RSPB's Director of Conservation).

One important addition since this blog was posted is that the future looks a little brighter for the nightingales of Lodge Hill, near Rochester. You can get the latest by reading Adrian Thomas' blog here (please copy and paste the text of this link into your browser):

None of this would be possible without the RSPB's staff, volunteers, partners and members. This includes all our Group's members and volunteers - we do lots to support the work of the RSPB in Bromley, from raising funds to surveying wildlife. We'll be sharing our Group's highlights here soon.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Celebrate Christmas at Dungeness

Celebrate Christmas at Dungeness

Join us on Sunday 9 December for a coach trip to RSPB Dungeness on the Kent coast.

Dungeness is a fantastic place for wildfowl over the winter because lots of different species of ducks, swans and geese migrate south from the northern regions. Smew have already put in an appearance. Only 180 of these delightful ducks spend their winter with us in the whole of the UK. They've been joined by Bewick's and whooper swans, spoonbills and Brent geese. Pintail, wigeon and teal numbers are also steadily increasing.

On the day of our trip the reserve will be hosting its Winter Wildlife Fair. There'll be festive arts and crafts activities in the visitor centre, with local charity, craft and produce stalls, free mulled wine tasters, as well as a raffle.

Our coach trip is £20 (£10 for 25s & under). The meeting place for the coach is in Hawthorne Road, Bickley, BR1 2HH at 8.30am.

To book your place email or call 07392 790 719.

You can keep an eye on the latest sightings here: