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.

July 2020

Sat
25

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Guided birding trip to Thursley Common Nature Reserve (coach trip)

Location: Thursley Common, Surrey

Thursley National Nature Reserve is one of the largest remaining fragments of a once much larger area of heathland in Surrey. The 325 hectares of Thursley NNR holds extensive areas of open dry heathland, peat bogs, pine and deciduous woodlands. These are home to a thriving and varied amount of wildlife, much of which is rare and confined to heathlands. A wide variety of insect feeding birds can be found on the reserve. These include Dartford warbler, stonechat, woodlark, tree pipit, cuckoo, common redstart, whitethroat, hobby and buzzard. Over 20 species of dragonfly and damselfly live around the open ponds and ditches of the reserve.

No facilities, but WC before and after.

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.

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.

Time: 7.45 am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07974 351548

E-mail: cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com

August 2020

Sat
22

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Guided day's birding at Wicken Fen (coach trip)

Location: Wicken Fen nature reserve

Wicken Fen is the National Trust's oldest reserve. One of Europe's most important wetlands, it supports an abundance of wildlife. There are more than 9000 species, including a spectacular array of plants, birds and dragonflies. We can hope to see hobby, marsh harrier, cuckoo, warblers including grasshopper and Cetti's, bearded and marsh tits, spotted flycatcher, yellowhammer and possible turtle dove. This is an excellent place for dragonflies, butterflies and wildflowers. Water voles are also a possibility.

You will find a cafe, shop and toilets at the visitors centre and hides out on the reserve.

There is an entrance fee for non-National Trust members of £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.

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.

Time: 7.45 am

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 07974 351548

E-mail: cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com