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January 2016

Friday, 29 January 2016

Thursday 11th February, From Hills to High Water; the Thames as a Wildlife Corridor, by Brenna Boyle.

Thursday 11th February, From Hills to High Water; the Thames as a Wildlife Corridor, by Brenna Boyle.

Peer into its murky depths and you'll discover that the River Thames is teaming with abundant and fascinating wildlife. It was the natural history of the Thames which drew wildlife guide and environmental teacher Brenna Boyle from the Derbyshire peaks and the Scottish Highlands to the heart of the city. Join Brenna for an evening's talk and explore how the Thames attracts, supports and spreads wildlife along its diverse and changeable banks. Discover the fish which lives as long as a person and grows to a metre in length, the birds who have been nicknamed "sea-swallows" and migrate thousands of miles to breed on the Thames, and the mammal who enjoys nothing better than "banana-ing" in the estuary.

Venue: St Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, Knightsbridge SW1X 0BD
The talk starts at 6.45pm
RSPB members £4 Non-members £5 Under 16s free
Everyone welcome No need to book

Tea, coffee & biscuits available before the talk Doors open 6.15 pm

How to find us: Easy to get to (near Harrods)
Tube: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line) 5-8 mins' walk; Sloane Sq (District & Circle Lines) 15 mins.

Bus: 9, 10, 52 (Knightsbridge); 14, 74, 414, C1 (Brompton Rd, passing western end of Beauchamp Place); 19, 22, 137, 452, C1 (Sloane St, passing eastern end of Pont St).

Parking: some around the church (free after 18.30h); we are outside the congestion charge zone.

For information about Brenna see her website:

Friday, 15 January 2016

Saturday 6th February, Coach trip to Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire.

Saturday 6th February, Coach trip to Frampton Marsh, Lincolnshire.

This will be our first visit to this RSPB reserve on the Wash, near Boston in Lincolnshire. A major new extension to this coastal wetland reserve includes a reedbed, large freshwater scrapes and wet grassland. These habitats have all been created to bring you closer to the wildlife of the Wash.

New facilities include a visitor centre with toilets; the centre has a refreshments area where you can get a hot or cold drink and a snack. There are three hides - two with 360-degree views - and over 3 km of new footpaths to explore. The winter can be spectacular, with thousands of Brent geese grazing the saltmarsh and thousands of ducks on the freshwater scrapes. Hen harriers, merlins, peregrines, barn owls and short-eared owls favour the saltmarsh or wet grassland. With luck you may see a small flock of twites, or even the elusive Lapland bunting, plus yellowhammer, tree sparrow, winter thrushes and hares.

No entry fee.

Booking essential. Contact Derik Palmer on 07768 121 435, or email cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com
Paid up Central London Local Group members £18.00, non-members £20.00.
Meet outside Embankment Underground Station. Coach leaves at 8am.

For reserve information follow this link:

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Change of speaker for our talk on Thursday 14th January

Change of speaker for our talk on Thursday 14th January

We have now scheduled a brand-new talk for this Thursday: 'RSPB Reserves - Past, Present and Future' by Gwyn Williams, Head of Reserves and Protected Areas at the RSPB.

Gwyn has worked for the RSPB since 1979 in a variety of conservation roles, including leading our species recovery work for bittern, corncrake and stone curlew, and now overseeing the acquisition of land for new nature reserves as well as supporting management of the existing reserve network for wildlife. He also leads our work for protect special places from damaging development. The talk aims to give us an insight into how the RSPB converts our support into delivering more to conserve our threatened wildlife.

In a change to our printed annual events programme, this talk replaces one on Renewable Energy and Wildlife which will now be held in the autumn 2016.

Venue: St Columba's Church Hall, Pont Street, Knightsbridge SW1X 0BD

The talk starts slightly later than usual at 7.00pm
RSPB members £4 Non-members £5 Under 16s free

Everyone welcome No need to book
Tea, coffee & biscuits available before the talk Doors open 6.15 pm.

How to find us: Easy to get to (near Harrods)
Tube: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line) 5-8 mins' walk; Sloane Sq (District & Circle Lines) 15 mins.

Bus: 9, 10, 52 (Knightsbridge); 14, 74, 414, C1 (Brompton Rd, passing western end of Beauchamp Place); 19, 22, 137, 452, C1 (Sloane St, passing eastern end of Pont St).

Parking: some around the church (free after 18.30h); we are outside the congestion charge zone.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Saturday 9th January 2016, Coach trip to RSPB Cliffe Pools in Kent.

Saturday 9th January 2016, Coach trip to RSPB Cliffe Pools in Kent.

Start your New Year's Birding with a trip to Cliffe Pools! Cliffe Pools nature reserve offers a remote landscape with open horizons and skies attracting spectacular numbers of wintering waders, wildfowl, raptors and winter thrushes.

A number of trails at varied lengths afford great views over the pools, the wildlife, and the River Thames running alongside. In winter wader and duck numbers build up on the pools and lagoons, with impressive roosts of dunlin and lapwing, with other species including redshank and grey plover. Wet winters can see up to 3,000 dabbling ducks (teal, wigeon, shoveler, mallard, gadwall and pintail) mainly on the northern pools. Coots and diving ducks, eg. pochard and tufted duck, build up into the low hundreds with smaller numbers of goldeneye. There is also the occasional scaup or red-necked, black-necked or Slavonian grebe. Hunting raptors in the scrub and grassland areas include hen and marsh harriers, short-eared owls, merlin and peregrine. There are winter thrush and finch flocks around the hawthorns. There are no facilities on the reserve but there are toilets, shops and a pub in Cliffe village where we will start and finish the trip.

Booking essential. Contact Derik Palmer on 07768 121 435, or email cllgcoachbookings@gmail.com
Paid up Central London Local Group members £18.00, non-members £20.00.
Meet outside Embankment Underground Station. Coach leaves at 8am.

For reserve information go to: