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 2018

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

Sat
12

Day trip to Rainham Marshes, Essex

Location: Meet at Fenchurch Street Station in time to take the 09.40 train to Purfleet, arriving at 10.08. (check nearer the day).

Part of the Thames Estuary, not far from the bustling streets of London, Rainham Marshes is a haven for all kinds of wildlife - birds, water voles, dragonflies and more. We'll hope to see ruff, greenshank, whimbrel, warblers, possible garganey, cuckoo, bearded tit, yellow wagtail, whinchat, barn owl and hobby. There is a visitor centre with a café, toilets and shop, and there are hides on the reserve.
Your leaders will be Michael Cook and James Aylward..

Time: 9.30am

Price: Cost of train fare. Entry to reserve £5 for non-RSPB members.

E-mail: rspb.centrallondongroup@gmail.com

Sat
26

Coach trip to RSPB Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire

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.

Blessed with a variety of freshwater habitats, Frampton Marsh provides close views of the abundant birdlife of The Wash, one of Europe's most special places for wildlife. We'll be looking for ringed and grey plover, knot, ruff, black and bar-tailed godwit, greenshank, spotted redshank, terns including little terns, marsh harrier (Montagu's possible), yellowhammer, tree sparrow, turtle dove, yellow wagtail, whinchat and possibly ring ouzel.
You will find a visitor centre selling hot drinks and there are hides out on the reserve.
There is no entrance fee to the reserve.

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

June 2018

Sat
2

Dawn chorus walk St James's Park/Green Park, Central London

Location: Meet at 6.30am on the bridge over St James's Park Lake.

Get up early and join us for a dawn chorus walk in Central London's parks. The parks have a wide variety of wildfowl, woodpeckers and passerines. There is also an extensive collection of exotics including pelicans.
There are toilets and cafés.
Leader Cher Edworthy

Time: 6.30 am

Price: No charge

E-mail: rspb.centrallondongroup@gmail.com

Sat
23

Coach trip to Ashdown Forest, East 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.

The Forest is at the heart of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has national and international protection because of its wildlife. Nearly two thirds of its 6500 acres (2500 hectares) are heathland, amounting to 2.5% of the UK's extent of this rare habitat. Likely sightings might include: hobby, buzzard, tree pipit, Dartford and wood warblers, woodlark, skylark, cuckoo, spotted flycatcher, redpoll, crossbill and redstart. This is also a good place for dragonflies and butterflies.
Toilets at Forest Centre and Information Barn.

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

July 2018

Sat
21

Coach trip to Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

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.

Wicken Fen is the National Trusts 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 £5.75.

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

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