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.

June 2019

Sat
22

Coach trip to NWT Weeting Heath and RSPB Lakenheath Fen nature reserves

Location: Coach trip outings leave from bus stop 40B on the Embankment, which is adjacent to Embankment Tube. Leave the tube by the riverside exit, turn left along the pavement. The coach stop is about 50 metres along, just past the public toilets. The coach leaves promptly at 8am - aim to arrive at 7:45am to allow time to board.

Our June coach trip takes us to the Brecklands and Fens on the Suffolk/Norfolk border.

We will stop at the NWT Weeting Heath reserve for an hour or so where will hope to see the stone curlews that nest there. This is one of the finest remaining Breckland grass heaths. On previous visits we have also seen hobby, green woodpecker, little owl, spotted flycatcher and stoat there. Woodlark are also a possibility. There is an entry fee of £4.25 for non Norfolk Wildlife Trust members. Visitor centre with toilets.

We will then move on to the RSPB's Lakenheath Fen reserve. The reserve comprises a mixture of seedbed, wet grassland and woodland alongside the Little Ouse river. We expect to see hirundines, hobby and marsh harriers. We might also see bittern feeding flights. Possible sightings may include bearded tit, turtle dove, spotted flycatcher, garganey, shelduck, lapwing, common tern, cuckoo, turtle dove, sedge, reed & grasshopper warblers,. Common cranes have bred here since 2007. There is a profusion of dragonflies and butterflies. There is a visitor centre with toilets. Entry £4 non-RSPB members.

We are a RSPB members group who run coach trips to good birding sites most months. All are welcome to join us, from expert birders to complete beginners - if you are new to birding one of our more experienced members will show you whatever is around and provide explanations where necessary. Don't worry if you don't own a pair of binoculars - we can lend you a pair for the day if you let us know in advance. Dress for the weather with stout footwear, remembering that it may well be cooler at the coast or in the country than in central London, and bring a packed lunch.

Paid up Central London Local Group members £20.00, non-members £22.00.

Booking essential. For further information contact James Aylward on 07974 351548, or email cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com.

Time: 7.45am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07974 351548

E-mail: cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com

July 2019

Sat
6

Little Marlow & Thames Path to Cookham day trip

Location: Meet at Paddington Rail Station to catch the train to Bourne End via Maidenhead (check times nearer the day). Return from Cookham Station or leave after lunch and return from Bourne End.

Our day trip to Little Marlow Spade Oak Local Nature Reserve and the Thames Path will stop mid-walk at a pub, giving you time to refresh and decide if you wish to continue. Along the way we are hoping to see red kites, terns, water fowl, hirundines, swifts and possibly waders and kingfishers not to mention dragonflies.

Do bring a packed lunch, there are toilets, shops and pubs along the way.
Your leader will be Catherine Day.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Cost of train tickets only

Sat
20

Coach trip to Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve, Hampshire

Location: Coach trip outings leave from bus stop 40B on the Embankment, which is adjacent to Embankment Tube. Leave the tube by the riverside exit, turn left along the pavement. The coach stop is about 50 metres along, just past the public toilets. The coach leaves promptly at 8am - aim to arrive at 7:45am to allow time to board.

The Reserve covers 369 acres of the Meon Valley, encompassing a mosaic of natural habitats. River, fen, pools, reedbed and meadow are carefully managed, giving protection to a range of special wildlife.

Water Vole were re-introduced in 2013 and Ratty can now frequently be seen in the canal and ditches on the Reserve.

Resident bird species include: bearded tit, cetti's warbler; hobby, marsh harrier and osprey possible; spoonbill (near annual); little ringed plover, little stint, curlew sandpiper, whimbrel, spotted redshank, terns including roseate and black; yellow wagtail, whinchat, wheatear; dartford warbler, firecrest possible.

Spring and summer bring a new interest to the Reserve with over 20 species of butterfly spotted each year. Delicate damsels and feisty dragons can be spotted throughout the summer.

There is a Visitor Centre, (with café and loos) and hides. Entry £3.75 (group rate).

We are a RSPB members group who run coach trips to good birding sites most months. All are welcome to join us, from expert birders to complete beginners - if you are new to birding one of our more experienced members will show you whatever is around and provide explanations where necessary. Don't worry if you don't own a pair of binoculars - we can lend you a pair for the day if you let us know in advance. Dress for the weather with stout footwear, remembering that it may well be cooler at the coast or in the country than in central London, and bring a packed lunch.

Paid up Central London Local Group members £20.00, non-members £22.00.

Booking essential. For further information contact James Aylward on 07974 351548, or email cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com.

Time: 7.45am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07974 351548

E-mail: cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com

August 2019

Sat
3

Coach trip to Rye Harbour National Nature Reserve (Sussex Wildlife Trust)

Location: Coach trip outings leave from bus stop 40B on the Embankment, which is adjacent to Embankment Tube. Leave the tube by the riverside exit, turn left along the pavement. The coach stop is about 50 metres along, just past the public toilets. The coach leaves promptly at 8am - aim to arrive at 7:45am to allow time to board.

Rye Harbour - a fantastic place that's difficult to sum up in a few words. The Nature Reserve lies within a large triangle of land which extends eastwards from Winchelsea Beach to the mouth of the River Rother and north to Rye. It includes many different habitats; intertidal saltmarsh, reclaimed saltmarsh, drainage ditches, shingle ridges, sand, marsh, pits and scrub which together make it one of the best birdwatching sites in Sussex.

We can hope to see a wide variety of waders; little ringed plover, dunlin, greenshank and common, green and wood sandpipers are around at this time. Curlew sandpipers and little stints are also not unknown. Raptors include marsh harrier and possible osprey. The passerine species start to increase at this time of year and include yellow wagtail, wheatear, redstart, whinchat, spotted flycatcher and a wide variety of warblers, whilst hirundines - swifts, swallows and martins form large flocks which in turn attract hobbies and sparrowhawks.

Information Centre, hides, two cafés and pub, WC. Entry: £2 donation to Sussex Wildlife Trust.

We are a RSPB members group who run coach trips to good birding sites most months. All are welcome to join us, from expert birders to complete beginners - if you are new to birding one of our more experienced members will show you whatever is around and provide explanations where necessary. Don't worry if you don't own a pair of binoculars - we can lend you a pair for the day if you let us know in advance. Dress for the weather with stout footwear, remembering that it may well be cooler at the coast or in the country than in central London, and bring a packed lunch.

Paid up Central London Local Group members £20.00, non-members £22.00.

Booking essential. For further information contact James Aylward on 07974 351548, or email cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com.

Time: 7.45am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07974 351548

E-mail: cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com