News archive

April 2016

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Saturday 14th May Coach trip to Welney WWT reserve in Norfolk.

Saturday 14th May Coach trip to Welney WWT reserve in Norfolk.

We more commonly visit this reserve in the winter. Right now huge flocks of waders are gathering to begin their journey north, while other migrants are moving in from the south.

In May we should see warblers, yellow wagtails, swallows and martins, tree sparrows; waders inc. avocet, little ringed plover, black tailed godwit, ruff; wood sandpiper, temmincks stint possible; corn bunting, turtle dove and wildfowl, perhaps including garganey; little gull, cuckoo, hobby and marsh harrier. Some whooper and Bewick's swans may remain over the summer. We'll be looking out for hares and dragonflies. There is an extensive visitor centre and café, with views across the 300 acre Lady Fen and across the bridge there are six hides overlooking the Ouse Washes. Entry £6.17 for non-WWT members.

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 more information about Welney click the link

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Thursday 12th May, AGM, Talk, "All About House Sparrows" and summer party

Thursday 12th May, AGM, Talk, "All About House Sparrows" and summer party

Our evening will begin with our AGM from 6.45 to 7.15. Everyone is welcome to attend, so please do come and you'll hear more about what we do, a brief round-up of our year's activities, what funds we have raised, which of the RSPB projects we will be donating them to, and a glimpse of next season's events. If you prefer, simply turn up at 7.15pm for the talk on Sparrows.

Sparrows have disappeared from large swathes of London life. John Day, who works at the RSPB's head office, will talk about the lifestyle and problems faced by this familiar little bird - or, as is very likely the case depending on where you live, a bird that has disappeared from the neighbourhoods around you in London, making it a real treat to see one.

John will talk about findings of the recent London House Sparrow Project and also about the wider national context, especially urban, which shows that house sparrow numbers have fallen for about 20 years. Starvation of chicks in the nest from lack of insect food and failure of adults to survive the winter are both factors, although the reasons for these remain unclear. John will describe current research trying to get to the bottom of the problem.

After the talk - Summer party - drinks & finger food

Doors open 6.15 pm Tea, coffee & biscuits available on arrival
AGM 6.45-7.15 pm: free entry for AGM only, all welcome
Talk 7.15-8.45 pm: RSPB members £4, non-members £5, under 16s free.
(there will be an extra charge of £1 to cover food)
Nearest tube: Knightsbridge (6 mins' walk). Parking: some around the church, (free after 18.30h).
Bus: 9, 10, 52 (Knightsbridge); 14, 74, 414, C1 (Beauchamp Pl); 19, 22, 137, 452, C1 (Pont St).

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Monday, 4 April 2016

Saturday 23rd April, Coach Trip to Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire.

Saturday 23rd April, Coach Trip to Paxton Pits Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire.

Please don't let the name put you off! This area of restored gravel workings by the River Great Ouse now consists of lakes, meadow, grassland, scrub and woodland. It is a very attractive place indeed. Birds have been quick to take advantage of the new wetland habitats created by gravel extraction.

As scrub and woodland develops around the Pits, other birds move in. Around 70 species breed regularly, with several dozen more spending the winter here. To date, 234 species have been recorded at Paxton Pits, though the 'star' birds are undoubtedly nightingales, other birds of scrub habitat, cormorants and the winter wildfowl. It is a great site for spring warblers including garden, grasshopper, reed and Cetti's warblers, whitethroat and lesser whitethroat and blackcap, plus yellowhammer, firecrest, bullfinch, swallows and martins, cuckoo, all three woodpeckers, peregrine and hobby. The reserve is run by the Friends of Paxton Pits who also staff the excellent visitor centre selling hot drinks and soup. We will collect ask for a donation of £2.50 to support their work. There are hides and toilets on the reserve.

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.

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