News archive

April 2018

Friday, 27 April 2018

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Change of venue - coach trip to Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk on Sunday 29 April

Our coach trip this Sunday will take us to RSPB Lakenheath Fen in Suffolk. The trip was due to visit the nearby RSPB Ouses Washes but the wet spring has caused the reserve to flood, so there has been a change of plan.

Lakenheath Fen is one of the RSPB's newest reserves and has a great story. The area was once carrot fields but has now been transformed into a wetland wonderland. Most famous for its booming bitterns, the reedbeds and marshes are also home to kingfishers, cranes, otters and watervoles. There's much else besides, from bearded tits to warblers, as well as damselflies and rare fenland plants. You can check out the latest sightings here:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/lakenheath-fen/recent-sightings/

There are a few spaces left. If you'd like to book a place please email bromleyrspb@gmail.com or call 07392 790 719. For everyone who has already booked on the trip, see you on Sunday.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The Messenger film screening on Wednesday 2 May

The Messenger film screening on Wednesday 2 May


On Wednesday 2 May, Screen25 in South Norwood is screening the award-winning documentary film The Messenger at 7:45pm. The screening is being held in partnership with the RSPB Bromley and Croydon Local Groups and will feature a post-screening discussion with a panel of expert guests.

This visually stunning film unravels the mystery behind the world's vanishing songbird population and questions what this means for humankind's own future.

It's also an inspiring tale about the people who are working to save these much-loved birds and a powerful call to action to anyone who cares about wildlife.

Tickets can be bought from: https://www.screen25.com/whats-on

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Bromley Swift Survey - can you help us save our swifts?

Bromley Swift Survey - can you help us save our swifts?

This summer you can help us save one of our borough's best-loved, but most threatened, birds.

We are running the first Bromley Swift Survey to find out where swifts are still nesting so that more nest sites can be provided and protected. We are looking for volunteers from across the London Borough of Bromley. You can take part by emailing bromleyrspbrecords@gmail.com.

No experience of doing bird surveys is needed or knowledge of swifts. Help will be available, for example on how to identify a swift.

Volunteers will be asked to go for a short walk along the streets near to where they live or another location in the borough of their choice and let us know if they see any swifts flying at rooftop level, which means they will be nesting nearby.

The couple of hours before dusk on a warm evening would be best, as the swifts will be most active then. The walk should be done at least once in May, June and July - so a total of three short walks.

This major citizen science survey is the first of its kind in London and is urgently needed as swifts are fast disappearing from our skies. Between 1995 and 2015 the UK lost half of its swifts. Their numbers appear to have fallen even more in Bromley. It is thought that this has partly been caused by our tendency to seal up our roofs when we are carrying out renovations. This prevents swifts getting access to nest - they nest exclusively in our rooftops.

They are amazing birds, travelling at speeds of up to 70mph and undertaking an epic 7,000 mile journey from southern Africa to the UK every spring. Their acrobatic flight and distinctive calls are just as much a part of the British summer as Wimbledon and strawberries and cream. But unless action is urgently taken, this spectacle could become a thing of the past.

This summer's survey is the first step to trying to save them as once their existing colonies have been located, action to protect their nesting spaces and provide new ones can be targeted to the right areas.

To take part in the survey please email bromleyrspbrecords@gmail.com.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Heronwatch 2018

Heronwatch 2018

Join us from 11am to 4pm on Sunday 8 April in Kelsey Park, Beckenham for dramatic views of South London's largest colony of breeding herons. A heronry is a chaotic place, with incredible scenes of fighting, fishing and feeding!

We'll have telescopes and on-hand experts to get you right into the drama, as well as a shop and tombola. Tombola prizes will include limited edition wildlife prints (also available to buy), RSPB books for adults and children and chocolate curlew eggs.

Organised jointly with the Friends of Kelsey Park