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.

April 2019

Thu
11

'The Wildlife of Upper Teesdale' by Andy Sands

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

Andy Sands is multi-award-winning professional wildlife photographer, hugely knowledgeable birder and naturalist, and Chiswick Cameras shop owner.

PRACTICAL INFO:

Doors open 6.15 pm.
Tea, coffee & biscuits available (50p): before the talk and during the interval.

Talk starts at 6.45pm.

Access for those with mobility issues:
There is a lift to all floors, a ramp at the side entrance door and a toilet accessible to all.

Time: 6.45 pm

Price: There is an entrance fee of £4 (RSBP Central London Local Group members) or £5 (non-members). Free for under-18s & NUS members.

E-mail: rspb.centrallondongroup@gmail.com

Sat
13

Coach trip to Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve, Essex

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.

Fingringhoe Wick is set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary, even on the dullest of days the views are fantastic. It offers the visitor real peace and quiet and a chance to escape from it all. A wide range of habitats are on view here, including grassland, heathland and ponds.

On route, we will stop briefly at the Trust's nearby Abberton Reserve, to look for migrants such as yellow wagtail, common sandpiper, and great white egret.

Fingringhoe Wick was Essex Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve (1961) and some years later it was where the Trust opened their first visitor centre, and fifty years on visitors are still coming to see this magical place.

The visitor centre facilities include gift shop offering light refreshments, toys, books, optics, bird feeders & feed, greeting cards and much more. Toilets, baby changing facilities, wheel chair, hearing loop available.

Out on the reserve you will find a picnic area, nature trails & bird hides (some easy access) and view points with stunning estuary views. There are numerous benches located around the reserve. There were 40 years of gravel extraction on the nature reserve before Essex Wildlife Trust bought it. It offers a wide range of habitats including areas of grassland, gorse heathland, reedbeds, ponds and the estuary itself.

Fingringhoe Wick is famous for its nightingales each spring. The songsters ring out over the reserve and there are usually about 25 males to be heard.

As well as the nightingales, we hope to see (or hear) sedge and willow warblers, common and lesser whitethroat, woodland species, swallows and martins, kingfisher, skylark, shelduck, curlew, redshank, ringed plover.

Facilities: Visitor Centre, café, shop, toilets, hides.

Entry Fee: Non-NWT members £2.

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.

Image: Essex Wildlife Trust

Time: 7:45 am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07974 351548

E-mail: cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com

Sun
28

Trip to Oare Marshes, Kent, to see the first Summer Visitors

Location: Meet at the relevant ticket barrier at Victoria for the 09:10 train which arrives at Faversham at 10:40 (check nearer the day). Oare Marshes reserve is about 3 miles from Faversham.

Oare Marshes is of international importance for migratory, overwintering and breeding wetland birds. The reserve consists of grazing marsh with freshwater dykes, open water scrapes, reedbed, saltmarsh and seawall.

Oare is good for passage migrants at this time of the year. Possible species include garganey, ruff, yellow wagtail, warblers, sand martin, marsh harrier and bearded tit; along with resident Avocets, Redshank, Black-tailed godwits, Turnstones and kingfisher. There are opportunities for close views of birds (especially waders) and we usually see seals in the distance.

Remember to bring your lunch. There are toilets available at Faversham, but not in the reserve.

Meeting time: 8.45 - 9.00am

We'll take the bus or share taxis from Faversham station to the reserve.

Price: Your train and bus or taxi fare.

Leader Andrew Peel.

For reserve information see:

http://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/oare-marshes

Time: 9am to 6pm

Price: Your train and bus or taxi fare

Telephone: 020 8997 0072

E-mail: andrewpeel50@yahoo.co.uk

May 2019

Thu
9

AGM, Summer party & talk 'Drawn to Birds' by Les McCallum

Location: St Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, London

Access for those with mobility issues:
There is a lift to all floors, a ramp at the side entrance door and a toilet accessible to all.

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. (We are outside the congestion charge zone.)
Postcode: SW1X 0BD (Google map)

Following the Central London Local Group AGM, Les McCallum will provide some light-hearted birding entertainment, with anecdotes from birding on location during his 30 years as Art Director in the BBC Design Dept at Television House (Vicar of Dibley, Only Fools and Horses, Dr Who, Miss Marple, et al). The evening will finish with our Summer Party.

PRACTICAL INFO:

Doors open 6.15 pm.
Tea, coffee & biscuits available (50p): before the talk and during the interval.

Talk starts at 6.45pm.

Access for those with mobility issues:
There is a lift to all floors, a ramp at the side entrance door and a toilet accessible to all.

Time: 6.45 pm

Price: There is an entrance fee of £4 (RSBP Central London Local Group members) or £5 (non-members). Free for under-18s & NUS members. Please note, there will be an additional charge of £1 per person for the post-talk refreshments.

E-mail: rspb.centrallondongroup@gmail.com

Sat
18

Coach trip to RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk

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.

Minsmere RSPB reserve on the Suffolk coast is arguably the best nature reserve in the country. Minsmere has reedbeds, lagoons, scrapes, woodland, heath and sand dunes.

At this time of year we will look out for the resident bittern, marsh harrier, bearded and marsh tits. As well as nightingale, sedge and reed warblers, avocet, stone curlew, garganey, kittiwake, little gull, hobby, common, little and sandwich terns plus red deer and otters.

NB: In a change from our usual timetable, we plan to spend an extra hour at Minsmere to allow everyone more time to enjoy this magical place. We will leave at 5pm for our return to London.

Facilities: Visitor Centre, café, shop, toilets, hides.

Entry Fee: Non-RSPB members £9.

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.

Image: Tony CC Gray (https://flic.kr/p/PeqrgX)

Time: 7:45 am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07974 351548

E-mail: cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com