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September 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Exhibition of works by Dawn Painter, Rainham Marshes 18-24 September

Exhibition of works by Dawn Painter, Rainham Marshes 18-24 September

In Dawn's own words...

Please accept this as an invitation to my exhibition of illustrations at Rainham Marshes RSPB from 18th to 24th September, featuring many of the tiny invertebrates that are to be found at this fabulous nature reserve.
Hope to see you there

Saturday, 10 September 2016

RSPB Dungeness nature reserve

Saturday 10th September, Coach trip to Dungeness Observatory, (ARC Pits) & RSPB reserve

The position of Dungeness, jutting into the English Channel, makes it ideally placed to watch for migrant birds arriving or departing, with wheatears, swallows, martins and warblers regularly seen.

It is a delight to sit in the visitor centre and look out through a huge picture window at all the waterbirds on the large gravel pit just outside. Often a rare grebe or diver is among them, and it is perhaps the best place in the UK for watching the delightful smew. Whatever time of year, there is plenty to be seen.

At this time of year we can expect to see many of our summer visitors passing through as they leave on migration to their southern wintering grounds, as well as the resident population of ducks, waders and passerines. Recent sightings of waders include little stints, redshank, greenshank, ringed plover, little ringed plover, golden plover, sanderling, black-tailed godwit, bar-tailed godwit, common sandpiper, green sandpiper, wood sandpiper, whimbrel, curlew, dunlin, knot, ruff and snipe. Other fascinating recent bird sightings include barnacle geese, a pair of garganey, little, great white and cattle egrets as well as a spoonbill that was seen flying through the reserve. Juvenile cuckoos and yellow wagtails have been spotted, as well as willow and garden warblers. Wheatears and lesser whitethroats can frequently be seen on the reserve too.

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

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Thursday 8th September, 'Renewable Energy Sources and their Implications for Wildlife' by John Lanchbery

Thursday 8th September, 'Renewable Energy Sources and their Implications for Wildlife' by John Lanchbery

Climate change is arguably the biggest environmental issue of our age, and governments and international agencies are committed to minimising its negative impacts by phasing out carbon-based fuels as quickly as possible. How can the UK meet its carbon emissions reduction targets in harmony with nature? Renewable energy sources have a vital role to play in this, but they can have their own problems. For example, birds may die from flying into the blades of wind turbines; and tidal power schemes can disrupt the ecology of river estuaries important to waders and wildfowl.

John Lanchbery, our speaker from the RSPB's Sustainable Development Team, will describe how birds and other wildlife are affected, for good and for bad, by our use of alternative energy sources, and what can be done to minimise any negative effects. John will also present the RSPB's main research findings and recommendations on this vitally important subject.

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

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 (6 mins' walk); Sloane Sq (15 mins' walk).
Bus: 9, 10, 52 (Knightsbridge); 14, 74, 414, C1 (Beauchamp Pl);
19, 22, 137, 452, C1 (Pont St).
Parking: some around the church, (free after 18.30h).

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sunday 4th September - Angel Canal Festival in Islington

We are running a stand at this festival and shall have information about our RSPB Central London local group, our new annual 2016-17 programme of events which begins in September, booking forms for our monthly coach trips and membership forms for anyone who would like to join our RSPB Central London Local Group (no need to be a national RSPB member to join us!). There will also be information and leaflets about swifts and our group's work to help swifts in London. Joining us on the stand will be the brand-new Hackney Swift Group which has just been set up by local RSPB members and swift enthusiasts.

The Angel Canal Festival attracts stalls and entertainers of many types including food, canalware, demonstrations and charity stalls. There will be over 70 stalls on the towpath and surrounding streets. The event is growing and attracts over 7000 visitors from the local area and further afield.

The Festival runs from 11am to 5pm and entrance is free.