Events

The RSPB Central London Local Group welcomes both members and non-members to all our events.

Our indoor meetings bring you a variety of professional speakers who give illustrated talks on birding, conservation and general natural history. Come along and learn about new destinations, add to your understanding of how the natural world works, keep up to date with Group news and have a chance to book coach trips.
These evening meetings are held at 6.45pm in St Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, SW1X 0BD (nearest tube stations: Knightsbridge, Sloane Square or South Kensington).
Tea, coffee and biscuits are available from 6.15pm and the meeting usually finishes about 8.30pm.
There is an entrance fee of £4 (RSPB members & RSBP Central London Local Group members) or £5 (non-members). Free for under-18s & students (NUS). . On the two social evenings there is a small extra charge to cover refreshments. If you are a regular, you may purchase a season ticket covering all evening meetings (excluding refreshments) for £28 (RSPB members).

We have two types of field trips, one where you meet at the designated station/reserve and coach trips. These trips give you a chance to go to places you might not otherwise get to see and share the experience with like minded people giving you the chance to gain knowledge and spot more birds! Usually a field trip involves a gentle walk of no more than three or four miles. Remember to bring your binoculars and layers of warm and waterproof clothing, stout waterproof footwear and a packed lunch for whole day excursions.
Coach trips start from near the riverside entrance of Embankment underground station. Embankment is on the District, Circle, Bakerloo and Northern lines and just a short walk from Charing Cross Mainline Station. Coaches leave promptly at the advertised time (usually 8.00am) and return in the early evening the same day.
Booking is advisable for coach trips and the charge is £20 for paid-up Central London Local RSPB Group members or £22 for non Group members. Booking opens in July for trips up to the end of February and January for trips from March onwards. Some reserves charge admission and you will need your RSBP membership card for entrance to any RSBP reserves.
To book or for information please contact the Booking Secretary, James Aylward on 07974 351548, email cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com or book at an indoor meeting.

Our indoor meetings and field trips are listed below.

August 2018

Sat
18

Coach trip to RSPB Pagham Harbour, West Sussex

Location: Location: Our coach departs from near the riverside entrance of Embankment underground station promptly at the advertised time and returns early in the evening the same day.Embankment is on the District, Circle, Bakerloo and Northern lines and is a short walk from Charing Cross mainline station.
Remember to check Transport for London for any weekend engineering works before you travel.

Pagham Harbour is a glorious and peaceful nature reserve, one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Sussex coast. This sheltered inlet is an internationally important wetland site for wildlife. Species to look out for include yellow-legged gull, Sandwich and little tern, little stint, curlew and wood sandpipers, grey and red-legged partridges, marsh harrier, peregrine, black and common redstart, whinchat, pied flycatcher. There is no entry fee to the reserve.
There is a visitor centre which sells hot drinks and there are toilets.

Time: 8 am

Price: £20 for paid-up Central London Local Group RSPB members and £22 for non Group members.

Booking essential

Telephone: 07974 351 548

E-mail: cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com

September 2018

Thu
13

'The Wildlife of Epping Forest'

Location: St Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, Knightsbridge
Postcode: SW1X 0BD (Google map)

Local biologist and wildlife photographer Peter Warne will give a presentation on the wide variety of wildlife found in this area on the edge of London.
PRACTICAL INFO Doors open 6.15 pm. Tea, coffee & biscuits available before the talk. Talk starts at 6.45pm.
Admission: Everyone welcome.
No need to book - simply pay on the door. Non-members £5; RSPB & RSPB Central London Local Group members £4; students (NUS) & under-18s free.
How to find us: Easy to get to (near Harrods). Tube: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line) 4 mins' walk; Sloane Sq (District & Circle Lines) 15 mins. Bus: 9, 10, 52 (Knightsbridge); 14, 74, 414, C1 (Brompton Rd); 19, 22, 137, 452, C1 (Sloane St). Parking: some around the church: free after 18:30h (outside the congestion zone).

Time: 6.45 pm

Price: Non-members £5; RSPB & RSPB Central London Local Group members £4; students (NUS) & under-18s free.

E-mail: rspb.centrallondongroup@gmail.com

Sun
30

Beddington Farmlands Local Trip

Location: We will set meet in the car park, Hackbridge train station in south London. We will set off from there at 9.30 am - it's a 5 minute walk to the entrance to Beddington Farmlands.

Beddington Farmlands is one of London's premier birding locations, with at least 150 species seen there every year. It is a 400 acre site in the borough of Sutton, in the coreland of the wider Wandle Valley Regional Park. Together with the adjacent green spaces of Beddington Park and Mitcham Common, Beddington Farmlands forms one of the largest contiguous green spaces in south London. It is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation and Metropolitan Open Land. There is no public access to the site, but we have arranged this special visit in conjunction with Beddington Farmlands Bird Group.
At the end of September passerines should be migrating over the reserve, and we may see meadow pipits, skylarks, rock pipits, chaffinches, and stonechats. The first fieldfares and redwings may also be in evidence. In addition, there will be substantial numbers of wetland species, including grey herons, lapwings, little grebes and tufted ducks; and perhaps the first shoveler and teal of the winter. Possible raptors include kestrel, sparrowhawk, common buzzard and peregrine.
The trip will take place on a Sunday because part of Beddington Farmlands is currently used for waste management (an incinerator is under construction), and access is restricted for safety reasons on the other days of the week.
Please bring walking boots (wellington boots recommended after rain) and food and drink. Hackbridge has local shops if you need to buy any refreshments.
You can reach the meeting point by train from London Blackfriars and London Victoria. There is a train from Blackfriars that is scheduled to arrive at Hackbridge at 9.29. From Victoria, take the 8.55 and change at Herne Hill to connect with the train from Blackfriars. Check for engineering works a couple of days beforehand and for other issues on the day itself.
There are no public toilets or other facilities at Beddington Farmlands; but the Red Lion pub is quite near - https://whatpub.com/pubs/CRO/11479/red-lion-wallington
For further information about this site see: http://bfnr.org.uk/

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free

E-mail: rspb.centrallondongroup@gmail.com

October 2018

Sat
6

Coach trip to RSPB Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk

Location: Coach trips leave promptly at 8:00am from near the river-side entrance to Embankment Underground Station. Please arrive at 7:45am as the coach cannot wait for latecomers.
Embankment is on the District, Circle, Bakerloo and Northern lines and is a short walk from Charing Cross mainline station. Remember to check Transport for London for any weekend engineering works before you travel.
Read more at www.rspb.org.uk/groups/centrallondon/events/#B17AWV8LhZVuoXRH.99

Residents bird species at RSPB's Titchwell Marsh reserve in north Norfolk include barn owl, marsh harrier, scoter, black-tailed godwit, bearded tit, bittern, and water rail; garganey, greenshank, wood and curlew sandpipers, whimbrel, gannet; shearwaters and skuas possible.
There is a visitor's centre, café, shop, toilets, and hides. Free entry.
Advance booking is essential. Please contact the Bookings Secretary: cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com

Time: 7.45 am

Price: £22 (or £20 for members of Central London Local Group)

Booking essential