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February 2017

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk

Come on a coach trip to Thorney Island for a great day's birding!

Part of the peninsula belongs to the MOD, with access restricted to the coast path reducing disturbance to the wildlife there. It consists of mudflats, saltmarsh, rough grazing and sea shore.

Some of the species that may be seen here include brent goose, red-breasted merganser, eider, long-tailed duck, Slavonian grebe, divers, greenshank, spotted redshank, avocet, merlin, peregrine, short-eared and barn owls, grey partridge, corn bunting, bearded tit, rock pipit.

There is a café/bar (with toilets) at the start of the walk.

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.

Booking essential. For further information 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, 9 February 2017

Join us for our evening talk on the Gola Rainforest

Join us for our evening talk on the Gola Rainforest

Nicolas has worked in Africa for over 13 years and is particularly interested in the nexus between development and conservation. The overall purpose of his position is to manage the RSPB's large-scale tropical forest conservation programme in Africa, the beacon being the Greater Gola Landscape.

This area covers more than 350,000 hectares across Sierra Leone and Liberia. It is the largest single remnant of Upper Guinea Tropical rainforest and an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot.

Gola is home to 60 globally-threatened species, including the enigmatic pygmy hippo, but also to 327 birds species, close to 600 species of butterflies and so much more. Through a 25-year strong partnership in Sierra Leone (with the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone and the Government) and coming up to 10 years in Liberia (with the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia and the Government), in addition to conserving this amazing wildlife, the project directly benefits over 24,000 people.

As Nicolas says, 'Though there are many more challenges ahead, in this talk we will share with you the journey we've been on to conserve this wonderful green diamond'.

Last year our RSPB Central London Local Group donated a portion of the funds we raised to this vital project.

Everyone welcome No need to book You are most welcome to bring friends.
Price: 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).

Refreshments: 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) 6 mins' walk; Sloane Sq (District & Circle Lines) 15 mins.
Bus: 9, 10, 52 (Knightsbridge); 14, 74, 414, C1 (Brompton Rd); 19, 22, 137, 452, C1 (Sloane St).
Parking: some around the church, (outside the congestion zone; free after 18.30h).