Events

Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

April 2019

Wed
17

April Indoor Meeting - Saffron Summerfield - When Birds Sing

Location: St John's Hall
Hills Road
Cambridge

Postcode: CB2 8RN (Google map)

In 2007 Saffron Summerfield - Singer/Musician/Sound Artiste and lifetime Bird Watcher - was Artist in Residence at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and became intrigued when a Robin sang close to her window when she played the guitar. She recorded the Robin and created a duet with his song and her guitar and so her journey of research and discovery on Bird Songs and Calls began.

Just why does a small bird (Marsh Warbler) 'collect' up to 250 other bird songs and calls on its migratory path from Africa to Northern Europe thereby creating an astonishing 'Songline' of its journey each year?
How can a tiny bird like our WREN sing 100 notes within 8 seconds?
How many composers have been inspired by listening to birdsong?
Bird songs and calls are frequently referenced in Folk Songs from around the World.
Why does the Dawn Chorus have such an emotional and calming effect on some Humans?
The Victorian craze for keeping caged Goldfinches for their magical singing voice nearly did for the poor bird.
What is the connection between Pachelbel's Canon in D and Bird Song?
This presentation Includes recent research and tips on identifying bird songs and calls

This fascinating and revealing Talk is digitally presented with many of Saffron's own field recordings and photos and all levels of interest are catered for.

Time: 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start

Price: Free to Group Members, Guests are welcome at £3.00 per person - pay on arrival at the door.

E-mail: Andylaw1954@gmail.com

Sun
28

April Field Trip - EWT Fingringhoe Wick & Abberton Reservoir

Location: EWT Fingringhoe Wick & Abberton Reservoir on Sunday 28th April

Meeting at Fingringhoe Wick car park at 9.00 am.

Then onwards to Abberton Reservoir (CO2 0EU)

Postcode: CO5 7DN (Google map)

In April we are visiting Essex Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve and visitor centre, set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary. Even on the dullest of days the views are fantastic. Fingringhoe offers a wide range of habitats including; grassland, heathland, lakes, ponds and the recent reserve expansion and creation of a nationally important intertidal area. Our target birds here will be the nightingale and any newly arrived migrant in particular from the warbler species.

For more details regarding directions, entrance fees, recent sightings and general facilities please go to the following website (copy and paste into your browser):

http://www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick

We will then go onto Abberton Reservoir to view overwintering birds and look for early spring migrant birds amongst stunning views.

http://www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir

Please let the Field Trips Co-ordinator know that you are coming. In the case of bad weather, the destination may be changed or the trip may be cancelled at short notice. The Co-ordinator will let you know of such changes, via email or text message.

Please note: many of the field trips involve rough paths and tracks, which may be wet or muddy. Suitable clothing and footwear should be worn.



Time: 9.00 am

Price: Bird Guiding by Local Group Members is free. However, entrance fees and travel may incur charges. Please remember to bring appropriate membership cards (e.g. RSPB, WWT, National Trust) on field trips, or normal admission may be charged. To minimise our environmental impact, car sharing is encouraged. If you are willing to provide transport, or if you require a lift, please contact the Field Trips Co-ordinator at least seven days beforehand. A charge of up to 10p per mile per car can be made, at the discretion of the driver, to share fuel costs. If no charge is made, a donation to Group funds could be considered.

Booking essential

E-mail: Mel_brensmith@hotmail.co.uk

May 2019

Sat
4

May Field Trip - Dawn Chorus - RSPB Fowlmere

Location: Saturday 4th May Dawn Chorus Event
Meet at Fowlmere car park at 5.00 am

Please let the Field Trips Co-ordinator know that you are coming. In the case of bad weather, the destination may be changed or the trip may be cancelled at short notice. The Co-ordinator will let you know of such changes, via email or text message.

Please note: many of the field trips involve rough paths and tracks, which may be wet or muddy. Suitable clothing and footwear should be worn.



Postcode: SG8 6EZ (Google map)

Dawn Chorus Event

At this event we will listen to the dawn chorus which occurs when birds sing at the start of a new day. May is the best time to hear this wildlife orchestra from the single note of the early blackbird to the mix of warblers and other songbirds joining in as the sun rises. Dawn chorus in the British countryside each spring is something not to be missed! So why not get up early and after the birds have performed join us in a light breakfast.

For more details regarding directions, entrance fees, recent sightings and general facilities please go to the following website (copy and paste into your browser):

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/fowlmere/

Time: 5.00am

Price: It is important to book for this event as the walk will be followed by hot drink and bacon roll, with a vegetarian option. A donation to cover the costs and to provide a small amount to the Local Group funds, will be requested. Bird Guiding by Local Group Members is free. However, entrance fees and travel may incur charges. Please remember to bring appropriate membership cards (e.g. RSPB, WWT, National Trust) on field trips, or normal admission may be charged. To minimise our environmental impact, car sharing is encouraged. If you are willing to provide transport, or if you require a lift, please contact the Field Trips Co-ordinator at least seven days beforehand. A charge of up to 10p per mile per car can be made, at the discretion of the driver, to share fuel costs. If no charge is made, a donation to Group funds could be considered.

Booking essential

E-mail: Mel_brensmith@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
15

May Indoor Event - Ian Barthorpe (RSPB) - Costa Rica Explored

Location: St John's Hall
Hills Road
Cambridge

Postcode: CB2 8RN (Google map)

In this talk, Ian will take us on an exploration of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica has more than 850 species of birds (including a high number of regional endemics) in an extremely small area, approximately the same size as Wales. It is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet thanks to its position between North and South America, its tropical climate, and differences in altitude and habitat.

Ian will uncover the brightly coloured, tropical varieties, such as hummingbirds, parrots, toucans and trogons along with the more shy and secretive species such as antbirds and woodcreepers.

Time: 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start

Price: Free to Group Members, Guests are welcome at £3.00 per person - pay on arrival at the door.

E-mail: Andylaw1954@gmail.com

Sat
18

Norfolk Bird Fair - Pensthorpe 18th and 19th May 2019

Location: Pensthorpe Natural Park
Pensthorpe,
Fakenham,
Norfolk

Go to the following weblink for more information:
https://www.pensthorpe.com/event/norfolk-bird-wildlife-fair/
Postcode: NR21 0LN (Google map)

New event for 2019

Pensthorpe Conservation Trust are hosting a Norfolk Bird & Wildlife Fair, at Pensthorpe - a BRAND NEW TWO DAY EVENT showcasing why Norfolk is renowned as 'the birdwatching capital of Britain'.

The Norfolk Bird & Wildlife Fair will feature guest speakers, demonstrations, walks and talks, and book signings.

The event is a celebration of nature-spotting in Norfolk and will bring together experts in the fields of optic equipment, wildlife-inspired art and crafts, books and wildlife and nature holidays.

Travel to the event will not be organised by the RSPB Cambridge Local Group.

Time: 10 - 6pm on Saturday and 10 - 5pm on Sunday

Price: Day tickets cost £8 per person - this covers admission into the Bird & Wildlife Fair, the park and Hootz House, our indoor play area. Under 3's and Pensthorpe Annual Members are FREE. Parking is FREE.

Sun
19

Additional May Field Trip - Dunwich Heath, National Trust (NT) & Dingle Marshes RSPB

Location: Dunwich Heath - meet at the car park at 9am.
Directions by road: signposted from A12. From Westleton/Dunwich road, turn right 1 mile before Dunwich village into Minsmere road, then 1 mile to Dunwich Heath
Parking: 150 yards (pay and display)

Then onwards to Dingle Marshes (IP17 3BY)

Please let the Field Trips Co-ordinator know that you are coming. In the case of bad weather, the destination may be changed or the trip may be cancelled at short notice. The Co-ordinator will let you know of such changes, via email or text message.

Please note: many of the field trips involve rough paths and tracks, which may be wet or muddy. Suitable clothing and footwear should be worn.

Postcode: IP17 3DJ (Google map)

Dunwich Heath NT & Dingle Marshes RSPB
Dunwich Heath is owned by the National Trust and is a stronghold of the pretty Dartford warbler often seen alongside stonechats. On this field trip we hope to be rewarded with views of these two species along with woodlark and any other passing spring migrant. Later on, we will move to Dingle Marshes owned by the RSPB and hope to see avocet, wigeon, marsh harrier and bittern.


For more details regarding directions, entrance fees, recent sightings and general facilities please go to the following website (copy and paste into your browser)

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunwich-heath-and-beach

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/dingle-marshes/



Time: 9am

Price: Bird Guiding by Local Group Members is free. However, entrance fees and travel may incur charges. Please remember to bring appropriate membership cards (e.g. RSPB, WWT, National Trust) on field trips, or normal admission may be charged. To minimise our environmental impact, car sharing is encouraged. If you are willing to provide transport, or if you require a lift, please contact the Field Trips Co-ordinator at least seven days beforehand. A charge of up to 10p per mile per car can be made, at the discretion of the driver, to share fuel costs. If no charge is made, a donation to Group funds could be considered.

Booking essential

E-mail: Mel_brensmith@hotmail.co.uk

June 2019

Wed
5

June Evening Walk - RSPB Lakenheath Fen

Location: Meet at RSPB Lakenheath visitor car park at 7.00pm.

There are toilets and some visitor facilities at Lakenheath. Please check the website for details and access along with recent sightings and directions to the reserve:

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


Postcode: IP27 9AD (Google map)

Wednesday 5th June Evening Walk - RSPB Lakenheath Fen

This is one of our most popular summer evening walks. Come and see how the RSPB has transformed former carrot fields into a magical wetland home for kingfishers, cranes, otters and water voles.


Target birds - Cuckoo, marsh harrier, bittern and listening for grasshopper warbler. If we are lucky we may also catch sight of cranes. Last year we were also fortunate to see deer on the footpath along with a variety of butterflies and dragonflies throughout the walk.

Note that some of the footpaths are uneven therefore sensible footwear is advised.

Time: 7pm

Price: Entrance fee if you are not a national RSPB member - check Lakenheath Fen website for information. If you are willing to provide transport or you require a lift please contact Melvyn (see email below) at least seven days beforehand. A charge of up to 10p per mile per car can be made, at the discretion of the driver, to share fuel costs. If no charge is made, a donation to Group Funds could be considered. Note that this guided walk is for members of the local group. If you are not a member and wish to take part then please contact Melvyn for further information including costs.

Booking essential

E-mail: mel_brensmith@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
15

June Field Trip - RSPB Minsmere Flagship Reserve

Location: Meet at Minsmere reserve visitors car park at 9.00am

The reserve is signposted with brown tourist signs from Westleton.
Sat nav information is available to download from the RSPB Minsmere website:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/minsmere/


Postcode: IP17 3BY (Google map)

Saturday 15th June Field Trip to RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk

This is a great day out to the flagship reserve (overshadowed by potential development of the Sizewell site - so your support on this day is even more important than previous years). This annual visit never disappoints, with last year's visit resulting in great views (and many photos were taken) of bittern.

Excellent visitor facilities. Note that some paths are uneven so sturdy footwear is advised.

Target birds - avocet, terns, waders, bittern, bearded tit and marsh harrier

For recent sightings and full details of the reserve along with facilities go to the RSPB Minsmere website:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/minsmere/


Time: 9.00 am

Price: Entrance fee to Minsmere if you are not a National RSPB member. If you are willing to provide transport or you require a lift please contact Melvyn (see email below) at least seven days beforehand. A charge of up to 10p per mile per car can be made, at the discretion of the driver, to share fuel costs. If no charge is made, a donation to Group Funds could be considered

Booking essential

E-mail: mel_brensmith@hotmail.co.uk

July 2019

Sun
7

July Field Trip - RSPB Rye Meads

Location: RSPB Rye Meads
Rye Rd,
Hoddesdon,
Hertfordshire

Met at Rye meads car park at 9.00am
Postcode: SG12 8JS (Google map)

This delightful wetland reserve beside the River Lee is a firm favourite with walkers, birdwatchers and photographers thanks to its many trails and hides.

Common terns nest on specially-created rafts during the summer, while snipe, green sandpipers, shovelers, gadwalls and tufted ducks take over during the winter months. Artificial sandbanks are a great place to spot the blue flash of a kingfisher.

Target birds - kingfishers, water birds and water voles

Some footpaths maybe uneven so please ensure appropriate footwear is worn.

Further information regarding recent sightings, entrance fees and facilities are available from:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/rye-meads/


Time: 9am

Price: Entrance fee if you are not a National RSPB member. If you are willing to provide transport or you require a lift please contact Melvyn (see email below) at least seven days beforehand. A charge of up to 10p per mile per car can be made, at the discretion of the driver, to share fuel costs. If no charge is made, a donation to Group Funds could be considered.

Booking essential

E-mail: mel_brensmith@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
17

July Evening Walk - Burwell Fen

Location: Meet at the car park near Cock-up Bridge (near Upware) at 7.00pm


Postcode: CB25 0BN (Google map)

Wednesday 17th July Evening Walk
Burwell Fen

This Fen is a piece of land acquired in 2001 as part of the Wicken Fen Vision, a project to create a nature reserve to protect the original fen and create more space for people and wildlife, meeting the aspirations of Octavia Hill more than a century ago.

On a summer's evening we hope to see: marsh harrier, barn owl, waders and summer migrants along with an assortment of butterflies and dragonflies.

Time: 7pm

Price: Please discuss with Melvyn on booking for any additional charges for parking and guiding. If you are willing to provide transport or you require a lift please contact Melvyn (see email below) at least seven days beforehand. A charge of up to 10p per mile per car can be made, at the discretion of the driver, to share fuel costs. If no charge is made, a donation to Group Funds could be considered.

Booking essential

E-mail: mel_brensmith@hotmail.co.uk

August 2019

Fri
16

Bird Fair - Rutland 16th, 17th and 18th August

Location: For directions and costs to the event go to:

https://birdfair.org.uk/2015/06/10/opening-times-future-dates/

If you wish to attend some of the workshops it is advisable to book as far in advance as the online booking facility allows due to the interest in this event.
Postcode: LE15 8BT (Google map)

A reminder to pop this in your diary for 2019 - The Bird Fair - a birdwatchers Glastonbury!

The event brings together all aspects of birdwatching from kit to holidays and also focuses on global conservation projects. There are numerous presentations (large and small) to cater for a variety of interests and views.

As always there will be the handful of birding 'personalities' around to sign books and give presentations on their favoured topic.

Also, the venue is at Rutland Water, so don't forget your binoculars and catch up with the nesting Osprey as well as other summer migrants who use this area as their breeding grounds.

For more information visit: https://birdfair.org.uk/2015/06/10/opening-times-future-dates/

Time: Refer to the Bird Fair website for opening times and timing of presentations/workshops

Price: Refer to the Bird Fair website

Sat
17

August Field Trip - RSPB Titchwell, Norfolk

Location: Meet at Titchwell car park at 9.00am

Titchwell Marsh,
Main Rd,
Titchwell,
King's Lynn

Postcode: PE31 8BB (Google map)

Saturday 17th August Field Trip - RSPB Titchwell

One of the RSPB's flagship reserves that usually has something for everyone. Located on the north coast of Norfolk, between the villages of Titchwell and Thornham, Titchwell Marsh is blessed with diverse habitats that include reedbeds, saltmarsh and freshwater lagoons where avocets, bearded tits and marsh harriers nest. There's also a wide sandy beach here, which offers extensive views across The Wash

Target birds - Waders, marsh harriers and gulls along with any early migrants stopping off on their way south.

The reserve has good facilities. To find out more about entrance fee, directions, facilities and recent bird sightings go to:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/titchwell-marsh/




Time: 9.00 am

Price: Free entrance to National RSPB members. If you are willing to provide transport or you require a lift please contact Melvyn (see email below) at least seven days beforehand. A charge of up to 10p per mile per car can be made, at the discretion of the driver, to share fuel costs. If no charge is made, a donation to Group Funds could be considered.

Booking essential

E-mail: mel_brensmith@hotmail.co.uk

September 2019

Wed
11

September Evening Walk - Cavenham Heath National Nature Reserve, Suffolk

Location: Meet at 7pm at the English Nature car park from Tuddenham

At Tuddenham, off High Street, a rough track passes through the site, with parking at the entrance near the wood and further down by Temple Bridge.

Wednesday 11th September Evening Walk - Cavenham Heath NNR

Most of Cavenham Heath NNR is typical Breckland heathland with dry, acidic sandy soil supporting acid grass heath; heather heath with patches of bracken and sand sedge. In addition there are riverside meadows, woodland, wet woodland scrub and small areas of fen. There's a good population of Britain's only poisonous snake, the adder, on the heath. And the wide range of habitats supports many uncommon plant species, including mossy stonecrop, annual knawel and suffocated clover.

There are good populations of butterflies, including small copper, small heath and grayling. Over 400 species of moth have been recorded, including the rare lunar yellow underwing and forester.

Well over 100 bird species are recorded annually, and breeding species include nightjar, woodlark and stonechat on the heath, woodcock in the damp woodland, and grey wagtail, kingfisher and nightingale along the River Lark. There is a regular pre-migration roost of stone curlew in August and September, numbering over 100 birds

Target birds - stone curlew, barn and little owls

Note there are no onsite facilities for visitors. Tuddenham has the nearest visitor facilities.

for more information regarding trails, parking, directions go to:

http://www.discoversuffolk.org.uk/assets/Walks/Up-to-6-miles/Cavenham-Heath.pdf

Time: 7pm

Price: Please liaise with Melvyn, when booking, regarding any potential costs for this field trip. If you are willing to provide transport or you require a lift please contact Melvyn (see email below) at least seven days beforehand. A charge of up to 10p per mile per car can be made, at the discretion of the driver, to share fuel costs. If no charge is made, a donation to Group Funds could be considered.

Booking essential

E-mail: mel_brensmith@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
18

September Indoor Meeting/AGM - Flora & Fauna of South East England - Brian Gallop

Location: St John's Hall
Hills Road
Cambridge

Postcode: CB2 8RN (Google map)

The meeting will start with the Local Group AGM followed by "FLORA & FAUNA OF SOUTH EAST ENGLAND" by Brian Gallop. An illustrated talk on the wildlife we can see closer to home

Bio: Brian has been a naturalist, speaker and photographer for many years and whilst his initial interest was in birds, he soon found that the total experience of the complete natural history world became his prime interest. Brian has been fortunate to have visited many countries across the world in pursuance of his interests, both as a visitor and as a tour group leader.

He was Group leader for 15 years at Tonbridge RSPB Local Group, following a spell of two years as a YOC Group leader (the RSPB junior section, now known as Wildlife Explorers).

In his talks, which focus primarily on the Natural History to be found, he also tries to include an overall view of the area, in order that the audience will receive a rounder experience of the place.

Time: 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start

Price: Free to Group Members, General Public are welcome at £3.00 per person - pay on arrival at the door.

E-mail: Andylaw1954@gmail.com

Sun
22

September Field Trip - Norfolk Wildlife Trust Holme Dunes

Location: Meet at Holme-next-the-Sea car park at 9.00am

Holme-next-the-Sea
Nr. Hunstanton
Norfolk

From the A149 to Holme, follow the signs at Holme for the Bird Observatory (NOA). Take a right before the golf course (down a long bumpy track - please drive slowly) to the NWT car park (Large House with a visitor centre and outside toilets)

There are limited facilities at this location.

There are boardwalks however the majority of tracks are uneven therefore it is advisable to wear sensible walking shoes/boots.
Postcode: PE36 6LQ (Google map)

Sunday 22nd September Field Trip NWT Holme Dunes

At Norfolk's northwest corner, where The Wash meets the North Sea, Holme Dunes is superbly located to attract migrating birds.

It also holds a variety of important habitats which support numerous other wildlife species including natterjack toads, butterflies and dragonflies, as well as a large number of interesting plants.

Target birds - migrant birds that have just arrived, geese, waders and songbirds

For more information regarding facilities, recent sightings and directions go to:

https://www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/wildlife-in-norfolk/nature-reserves/reserves/holme-dunes



Time: 9.00 am

Price: Entrance fee for non NWT members. If you are willing to provide transport or you require a lift please contact Melvyn (see email below) at least seven days beforehand. A charge of up to 10p per mile per car can be made, at the discretion of the driver, to share fuel costs. If no charge is made, a donation to Group Funds could be considered.

Booking essential

E-mail: mel_brensmith@hotmail.co.uk

October 2019

Thu
3

October Weekend Field Trip - Reserves of Kent

Location: FIELD TRIP TO KENT over the weekend of 3-6 October 2019

On this 4-day field trip the Local Group aims to visit a variety of reserves in Kent. Many of the reserves attract migrating and overwintering wildfowl and waders.

The provisional itinerary is as follows:
Thursday 3 October - Isle of Sheppey and Oare Marshes
Friday 4 October - Dungeness
Saturday 5 October - Sandwich and Pegwell Bay
Sunday 6 October - Cliffe Pools
Places are limited so early booking essential. Note that you should be a Local Group Member to attend this field trip (Membership is £10.00 per calendar year - Jan to Dec)

For more details regarding the field trip please contact Alex Andrews in the first instance (contact details are below).

Time: TBC

Price: TBC - please liaise with Alex Andrews once you have confirmed your place on this trip.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01223 881246

E-mail: alex.andrews@ntlworld.com

Wed
16

October Indoor Meeting - Striking, Impressive and Spectacular Seabirds - Steve Magennis

Location: St John's Hall
Hills Road
Cambridge

Postcode: CB2 8RN (Google map)

Striking, Impressive and Spectacular Seabirds - Steve Magennis

Steve Magennis is a well-known photographer, who, as an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and a self-confessed wildlife enthusiast will provide us with a most enjoyable evening sampling his exquisite wildlife photography illustrating both id features and bird behaviour of our spectacular Seabirds.

Time: 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start

Price: Free to Group Members, General Public are welcome at £3.00 per person - pay on arrival at the door.

E-mail: Andylaw1954@gmail.com

Sat
19

October Field Trip - RSPB Frampton Marshes

Location: Meet at Frampton Marshes at 9.00am

RSPB Frampton Marsh,
Roads Farmhouse,
Frampton Roads,
Frampton,
Boston,
Lincolnshire


Postcode: PE20 1AY (Google map)

Saturday 19th October Field Trip RSPB Frampton Marshes

Blessed with a variety of freshwater habitats, Frampton Marsh provides close views of the abundant birdlife of The Wash, one of Europe's most special places for wildlife. Avocets, redshanks, with thousands of ducks gathering on the freshwater scrapes in winter.

Frampton Marsh in recent years has become one of the most exciting reserves for autumn rarities - such as dowitcher, snowy owl, phalaropes and Carolina wood duck.

Our target birds will be any rare migrant, waders, geese and water birds.

For more information regarding directions, facilities, recent sightings go to:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/frampton-marsh/

Time: 9.00 am

Price: Entrance fee for non National RSPB members. If you are willing to provide transport or you require a lift please contact Melvyn (see email below) at least seven days beforehand. A charge of up to 10p per mile per car can be made, at the discretion of the driver, to share fuel costs. If no charge is made, a donation to Group Funds could be considered.

Booking essential

E-mail: mel_brensmith@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
26

RSPB National Members' Day and AGM - QEII Centre, Westminster, London

Location: QEII Centre
Westminster
London

Come along to the National RSPB AGM and Members' Day and discover the achievements the RSPB has made in the past year thanks to your support.

There will be talks from the RSPB staff about some of the exciting projects the RSPB is working on. Plus, it's your chance to meet RSPB staff and put your questions to them directly.

For more information on location, venue, tickets: go to the main RSPB website
https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/events-dates-and-inspiration/events/

Time: see main RSPB website

Price: AGM is free. Talks are by ticket only please see main RSPB website for more information

Booking essential

November 2019

Sun
17

November Field Trip - Sculthorpe Moor & Lynford Arboretum

Location: Meet at Sculthorpe car park at 9.00am.

Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve is on the A148 Fakenham to King's Lynn Road, opposite the village of Sculthorpe just outside the market town of Fakenham in Norfolk

Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve
Turf Moor Road
Sculthorpe
Fakenham
Norfolk

Postcode: NR21 9GN (Google map)

Sunday 17th November Field Trip - Sculthorpe Moor & Lynford Arboretum.

We will visit Sculthorpe Moor first before moving onwards to Lynford Arboretum.

Target birds - woodland birds, possibly Hawfinch (at Lynford), marsh harrier and red kite


for more information regarding entrance fees, trails, recent sightings and directions go to:

http://hawkandowl.org/sculthorpe/visitor-information-for-sculthorpe-moor/

There are no facilities at Lynford Arboretum

Time: 9.00 am

Price: Entrance fee at Sculthorpe Moor for non members of the Hawk and Owl Trust. Free entrance at Lynford Arboretum. If you are willing to provide transport or you require a lift please contact Melvyn (see email below) at least seven days beforehand. A charge of up to 10p per mile per car can be made, at the discretion of the driver, to share fuel costs. If no charge is made, a donation to Group Funds could be considered.

Booking essential

E-mail: mel_brensmith@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
20

November Indoor Meeting - Beautiful Moths for Every Season - Gianpiero Ferrari

Location: St John's Hall
Hills Road
Cambridge

Postcode: CB2 8RN (Google map)

Beautiful Moths for Every Season - Gianpiero Ferrari

Gianpiero will take us on an interesting journey through a colourful presentation on the world of Moths. We hope to learn how to find and recognize them along with how they survive from predators, etc.

Gianpiero has been interested in nature all his life, and has been taking photographs of every aspect of Natural History for many years.. He is now a successful photographer having won several national competitions. He is a member of many natural history organisations including Lipu UK and Giros Italia.

Time: 7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start

Price: Free to Group Members, General Public are welcome at £3.00 per person - pay on arrival at the door.

E-mail: Andylaw1954@gmail.com

December 2019

Wed
11

Christmas Social Event

Location: St John's Hall
Hills Road
Cambridge
Postcode: CB2 8RN (Google map)

Come and join us for our annual Christmas quiz whilst enjoying a buffet and drinks,

Why not come along and enjoy the social evening. New members always welcome.

If you are a current member and would like to assist with the buffet arrangements please speak with a committee member asap

Time: 7:15 for 7:30 start

Price: £2.00 for members and £4.00 for guests/non members - Buffet food and drinks available (free with entrance fee)

Booking essential

E-mail: andylaw1954@gmail.com

Sat
14

December Field Trip - Rutland Water.

Location: Meet at Rutland water at 9.00am. Exact car park information will be advised on booking.

Rutland Water Nature Reserve
Egleton,
Oakham
Rutland

Postcode: LE15 8BT (Google map)

Saturday 14th December Field Trip - Rutland Water.

This is our final field trip of the year. Rutland always provides good views of waterfowl no matter what season and especially in winter time we hope to see winter visitors and possibly divers on the reservoir.

As some of the tracks can be muddy in winter time, please wear appropriate footwear for uneven, muddy ground. There are a number of hides and some visitor facilities at the Anglian Water Visitor Centre and also Lyndon Visitor Centre.

Target birds - water birds, waders and possible raptors.

For more information please go to:

https://www.rutlandwater.org.uk/about-the-reserve/

Time: 9am

Price: Entrance fees for non Rutland Wildlife Trust members. Please discuss entrance fee with Melvyn on booking as special group rates may apply depending on numbers. If you are willing to provide transport or you require a lift please contact Melvyn (see email below) at least seven days beforehand. A charge of up to 10p per mile per car can be made, at the discretion of the driver, to share fuel costs. If no charge is made, a donation to Group Funds could be considered.

Booking essential

E-mail: mel_brensmith@hotmail.co.uk