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.

January 2018

Thu
11

'Filey International - Arrivals & Departures: North Yorkshire's Bird Observatory' talk by Mark James Pearson

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

Fasten your seatbelts! Migration never stops at this east coast hotspot - and neither does Mark in his pursuit of its wonders.
Let him take you on a whistlestop tour through four seasons of high drama of this idyllic corner of the east coast. Mark writes for Birdwatch magazine and Birdguides and gives radio and television contributions, including a Filey BBC Springwatch feature.

Time: 6.45 pm

Price: There is an entrance fee of £4 (RSPB members) or £5 (non-members). Under-16's and NUS members: free.

E-mail: rspb.centrallondongroup@gmail.com

Sat
20

Coach trip to Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk

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 enineering works before you travel.

Titchwell is one of our most popular trips and has something for everyone. To get to the sandy beach you pass reedbeds and shallow lagoons where you can see various species of wading birds and lots of ducks and geese. There are benches along the paths and hides overlooking the lagoons.
We will be hoping to see red-throated diver, some scarcer grebes, scoters, eider, goldeneye, teal, brent geese, golden plover, ruff, spotted redshank, barn owl, marsh and hen harrier, merlin, rock and water pipit, snow bunting and possibly long-tailed duck and shorelark.
There is a visitor's centre serving hot and cold food and drinks, a shop and toilets.
Free entry.

Time: 8 am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07974 351 548

E-mail: cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com

February 2018

Thu
8

'The Conservation of the Sociable Lapwing' a talk by Dr Rob Sheldon

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

Dr Rob Sheldon is Chairman of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, The Caucasus and Central Asia.
The sociable lapwing is a Critically Endangered species that migrates from its breeding grounds in central Asia to the wintering areas of the Middle East, north east Africa, Pakistan and India. Rob will outline the work done since 2004 across many countries to safeguard the future of this wonderful bird and the implications for other species.
This promises to be a very interesting evening.

Time: 6.45 pm

Price: There is an entrance fee of £4 (RSPB members) or £5 (non-members). Under-16's and NUS members: free.

Sat
24

Coach trip to Minsmere, Suffolk

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.

Minsmere is a popular destination for birders with its splendid woodland, wetland and coastal scenery and a large variety of birds it always promises a good day.
At this time of year we can look out for red-throated diver, scoter, eider, goldeneye, goosander and even smew, Bewick's swan and grey geese. There is always a chance we will see marsh and hen harrier, barn owl, water pipit, siskin and waders, including dunlin and ruff.
The visitor's centre has a cafe, shop and loos and out on the reserve there are hides.
Entry for non-RSPB members is £9.

Time: 8 am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07974 351 548

E-mail: cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com

March 2018

Sat
3

Day trip to Lee Valley Country Park

Location: Meet up with Graeme at 10:00 at the Cheshunt Station (National Rail from Liverpool Street or Tottenham Hale) from where we will set out.

This popular country park is perfect for seeing a variety of birds. Over 200 bird species have been recorded here and of these 150 can be seen every year. Two charismatic mammals may also be found, the otter and water vole!

Join us as we look for waders and wildfowl, and hope for a sighting of water rail and bittern. This day trip will be led by Graeme Hutchinson.

Remember to bring along your lunch. There are hides and toilets on site.

Time: 10 am

Price: No cost

E-mail: rspb.centrallondongroup@gmail.com

Thu
8

'The Selbourne Society: Pioneers in Conservation' a talk by Andy Pedley

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

Andy Pedley of the Selbourne Society will be coming to tell us about the history of this, the first conservation organisation in the world which owns one of the first-ever nature reserves.
The reserve, Perivale Wood in West London, is dedicated as the Gilbert White Memorial and we will hear about its link with Gilbert White and some of the story of Gilbert White himself as well as the society's role today.

Time: 6.45 pm

Price: There is an entrance fee of £4 (RSPB members) or £5 (non-members). Under-16's and NUS members: free

E-mail: rspb.centrallondongroup@gmail.com

April 2018

Sat
7

Day trip to Oare Marshes, North Kent

Location: Meet at Victoria Station in time to take the 09.07 train to Faversham, arriving at 10:23. (check nearer the day). On arrival we will take either a bus or shared taxis to Oare.

This day trip takes us to a reserve which consists of marsh, freshwater dykes, water scrapes, reedbed, saltmarsh and seawall just perfect for migratory and overwintering and breeding wetland birds.
There is a possibility of seeing garganey, ruff, avocet and yellow wagtail.
Your leader will be Andrew Peel. Remember to bring your lunch and we will stop in Faversham for toilets.

Time: 09.00

Price: Cost of train and bus or shared taxi

E-mail: rspb.centrallondongroup@gmail.com

Thu
12

'Re-imagining the Fens' a talk by an RSPB speaker

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

Our RSPB speaker will describe the projects taking place to improve and expand wet fenland nature reserves and how conservationists are working with farmers in the wider fenland landscape.

As wet fenland is so rich in invertebrate life, in addition to bird life we shall hear about dragonflies, butterflies, spiders and a host of other fenland species.

Time: 6.45 pm

Price: There is an entrance fee of £4 (RSPB members) or £5 (non-members). Under-16's and NUS members: free

E-mail: rspb.centrallondongroup@gmail.com

Sat
21

Day trip to Perivale Wood

Location: We meet at the Bluebell Centre, Perivale Wood Local Nature Reserve, Sunley Gardens, Perivale, UB6 7PE.
It is close to Perivale Tube station and the 297 bus runs close by.
Postcode: UB6 7PE (Google map)

Our trip today takes us to Perivale Wood Local Nature Reserve an area of ancient oak woodland in west London covering 27 acres (11 hectares) and home to 24 species of tree.

Here we will have an exclusive guided walk through the ancient trees, where we are hoping to enjoy the bluebells as well as some of the 115 species of bird, including, woodland birds, hobby, kingfisher and woodpeckers.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: A donation of £3.00 is requested

E-mail: rspb.centrallondongroup@gmail.com

Sat
28

Coach trip to RSPB Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex

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.

Pulborough has a great variety of habitats including wetlands, woodland, and heathland. This gives us a chance to see little ringed plover, lapwing, redshank and shoveler. With the possibility of garganey, skylark, all three woodpeckers, marsh tit, nightingale, various warblers, peregrine, hobby, redstart and yellow wagtail this is a trip not to be missed!
You will find a cafe, shops and toilets at the visitors centre and hides out on the reserve.
There is an entrance fee for Non-RSPB members of £5.

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

May 2018

Thu
10

AGM, Summer Party & Talk: 'FaB Peregrines - A London Peregrine's Year' by Nathalie Mahieu

Location: St Columba's Church Hall, Pont Steet, SW1X 0BD (nearest tube stations: Knightsbridge, Sloane Square or South Kensington).
Tea, coffee and biscuits are available from 6.15pm. Our May meeting usually finishes around 9.30pm.
Postcode: SW1X 0BD (Google map)

The evening starts with the formal business of our Annual General Meeting, then a talk by volunteer Nathalie Mahieu from Fulham and Barnes Peregrines (FaB) follows, after which we will enjoy our Summer Party.
Nathalie has kept an eye on the lives, welfare and stories of the peregrine falcons who have made Hammersmith, Fulham and Barnes their home and hunting grounds since 2007. We will hear about the peregrines in London and in particular the story of the Charing Cross Hospital peregrines, how the breeding pair, Charlie and Tom, and their family fared in 2017 and how they are doing this season.

Time: 6.45 pm

Price: There is an entrance fee of £4 (RSPB members) or £5 (non-members). Under-16's and NUS members: free.

E-mail: rspb.centrallondongroup@gmail.com