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January 2019

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Get ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch

Get ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch

Now celebrating its 40th year, the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch runs from Saturday 26 January to Monday 28 January.

It's easy and fun to join in - whatever your age. To take part all you need to do is spend one hour watching the birds in your garden or local park over the weekend and let the RSPB know what you see. You don't even need to leave your sofa!

The link at the end of this page has everything you need to know to take part.

The more people involved, the more the RSPB can learn about how our birds are faring and, more importantly, put things right.

To help hone your bird spotting skills in time for the weekend, we are leading a free guided bird walk in Beckenham Place Park on Saturday 19 January. The walk will run from 9.30am to midday. There's no need to book - just turn up at 9.30am. Meet in the car park off Beckenham Hill Road, BR3 1UL - more details on our Events page. Volunteers will be on hand to give you bird ID tips and talk about how to take part in the survey.

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Change to January talk

Change to January talk

On Wednesday 9 January Dr Rob Sheldon will be visiting us to talk about the conservation of one of the world's most endangered birds - the sociable lapwing. For more details please visit our Events page.

Dr Ruth Tingay was due to talk to us about raptor persecution but due to unforeseen circumstances is unable to join us - Ruth sends her apologies.

The sociable lapwing is an enigmatic and beautiful bird that breeds in Kazakhstan and spends its winters in the Middle East and Africa. It has suffered huge declines in range and population and is now listed as critically endangered.

Since 2004 research and conservation efforts have led to a greater understanding of the problems facing this species and how it can be saved from extinction.

Rob will tell us about the work that has been carried out across many countries to safeguard the future of this wonderful bird and the implications for other species.

Dr Rob Sheldon is one of the UK's leading conservationists. He has worked in nature conservation for almost 20 years, including 12 years with the RSPB. In his role as Head of International Species Recovery he oversaw the RSPB's work to save the world's most threatened species, including the sociable lapwing.

Now working freelance, he is also the Chair of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, The Caucasus and Central Asia. He recently contributed to the People's Manifesto for Wildlife, which was coordinated by Chris Packham.

Organised by the RSPB Bromley Local Group (

Full image credit: Sanjeev Kumar Goyal [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons.