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April 2017

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Coach trip to Cliffe Pools, April 22nd.

Coach trip to Cliffe Pools, April 22nd.

The RSPB website suggests the following spring highlights. At the brackish Black Barn pools and grasslands, breeding lapwings and redshanks gather with dabbling ducks, marshland warblers, corn and reed buntings, linnets, stonechats and skylarks. The saline lagoons have breeding avocets and common terns in most years, plus great crested grebes. View the pools and lagoons to see migrant waders like greenshanks and spotted redshanks. The scrub holds warblers, owls, nightingales and turtle doves. There is an excellent display of blooming hawthorn from Pinnacle viewpoint.

During spring and autumn migration, there is an excellent chance to see more unusual species, such as sandpipers and stints. Big flocks of ducks and grebes also gather at this time, and hen harriers, short-eared owls and other raptors are regular visitors.

There are no facilities at Cliffe Pools reserve. The coach will drop off and pick up in Cliffe village next to the Six Bells pub. There are public toilets here. It is a short walk into the reserve from here.

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.

For more information see:

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Saturday 8th April, Day trip to Oare Marshes Nature Reserve, North Kent.

Saturday 8th April, Day trip to Oare Marshes Nature Reserve, North Kent.

Of international importance for migratory, overwintering and breeding wetland birds, the reserve consists of grazing marsh (one of a few left in Kent) with freshwater dykes, open water scrapes, reedbed, saltmarsh and seawall. Possible garganey, ruff, yellow wagtail, warblers, avocet, sand martin, bearded tit, kingfisher and marsh harrier. Good for passage migrants. Oare is good for close views of birds (esp. waders) & we usually see seals.

We will take the 09.07 am train from Victoria to Faversham (arrives Faversham 10.23am, but check again nearer the day as this line is notorious for engineering works!) from where we will take a local bus or shared taxis to Oare. No need to book. Bring lunch. Toilets at Faversham. Leader Andrew Peel. For reserve information see:

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Thursday 6th April 2017. Deer - Landscape Engineers by Jamie Cordery.

Thursday 6th April 2017. Deer - Landscape Engineers by Jamie Cordery.

How the deer success story has affected our interests and the landscapes in which deer live; deer species (especially fallow, roe and muntjac); deer and people; and deer and birds. Jamie has worked as a professional deer manager in England and Scotland and has been involved in deer-related work across Europe and Scandinavia, together with a spell deer farming in New Zealand.

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Venue: St. Columba's Church Hall, Pont St. London SW1. Doors open 6.15pm, talk starts at 6.45pm. Talk will finish around 8.30 - 9pm. £4.00 RSPB members, £5.00 non-members. Under 18s and students free.

All welcome - no need to book.

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).