Events

Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

January 2018

Sun
7

Car Trip to Cudmore Grove, East Mersea (Sunday)

Location: Meet at car park in Bromans Lane, 9:30am - TM 067 147

For car trips, no bookings are required, just meet at the venue, where, weather permitting, we hope you will have an enjoyable day of watching wildlife with like-minded folk. Car sharing is encouraged, especially for the longer trips.

Time: 9:30am

Price: No costs apart from getting to the venue. (Pay and Display Car Park.)

Thu
11

Evening Meeting - Urban Birds by Simon Gillings

Location: The Shrub End Social Centre, Shrub End Road, Colchester.
(As usual, we ask that you do not park at the Leather Bottle PH. If the car park at the hall is full, roadside parking is available in the surrounding roads.)
Postcode: CO3 4SA (Google map)

Simon Gillings, BTO Head of Bird Population Ecology, gives us the chance to find out more about the birds on our doorstep.

Time: Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start

Price: Local Group Members: £4, Non-Members: £5

February 2018

Thu
8

Evening Meeting - Birds of Ecuador by Bill Baston

Location: The Shrub End Social Centre, Shrub End Road, Colchester.
(As usual, we ask that you do not park at the Leather Bottle PH. If the car park at the hall is full, roadside parking is available in the surrounding roads.)
Postcode: CO3 4SA (Google map)

Top Suffolk Bird Photographer, Bill Baston, presents the wildlife and birds from this rich South American country.

Time: Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start

Price: Local Group Members: £4, Non-Members: £5

Sun
18

Car Trip to Abberton Reservoir (Sunday)

Location: Meet at either:

Layer Breton Causeway 9:30am - TL 950 166
Visitor Centre 11:00am - TL 963 178

For car trips, no bookings are required, just meet at the venue, where, weather permitting, we hope you will have an enjoyable day of watching wildlife with like-minded folk. Car sharing is encouraged, especially for the longer trips.

Time: 9:30am and 11am

Price: No costs apart from getting to the venue.

March 2018

Thu
8

Evening Meeting - Wading through Waders by David Darrell-Lambert

Location: The Shrub End Social Centre, Shrub End Road, Colchester.
(As usual, we ask that you do not park at the Leather Bottle PH. If the car park at the hall is full, roadside parking is available in the surrounding roads.)
Postcode: CO3 4SA (Google map)

David Darrell-Lambert. Director of BirdBrain UK, looks at this familiar group of birds and explains how to tell them apart.

Time: Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start

Price: Local Group Members: £4, Non-Members: £5

Sat
17

Car Trip to Lackford Lakes, Suffolk Wildlife Trust (Saturday)

Location: Meet at reserve 9:30am - TL 800 706

For car trips, no bookings are required, just meet at the venue, where, weather permitting, we hope you will have an enjoyable day of watching wildlife with like-minded folk. Car sharing is encouraged, especially for the longer trips.

Time: 9:30am

Price: No costs apart from getting to the venue.

April 2018

Thu
12

Evening Meeting and Cake Bake - Essex Saltmarsh Reserves by Alex Bass

Location: The Shrub End Social Centre, Shrub End Road, Colchester.
(As usual, we ask that you do not park at the Leather Bottle PH. If the car park at the hall is full, roadside parking is available in the surrounding roads.)
Postcode: CO3 4SA (Google map)

Alex Bass, Local Birding Tours leader, describes the various riches of one of our most important habitats.

Time: Doors open 7pm for a 7:30pm start

Price: Local Group Members: £4, Non-Members: £5

Sat
21

Car Trip to Flatford Mill (Saturday)

Location: Meet at National Trust car park, 9:30am - TM 075 335

For car trips, no bookings are required, just meet at the venue, where, weather permitting, we hope you will have an enjoyable day of watching wildlife with like-minded folk. Car sharing is encouraged, especially for the longer trips.

Time: 9:30am

Price: No costs apart from getting to the venue. (Pay and Display Car Park.)

May 2018

Wed
16

Car Trip - The Minsmere 100 (Wednesday)

Location: Meet at the Lay-By on the entrance road before Scott's Hall, 8:00am - TM 460 676

For car trips, no bookings are required, just meet at the venue, where, weather permitting, we hope you will have an enjoyable day of watching wildlife with like-minded folk. Car sharing is encouraged, especially for the longer trips.

Time: 8am

Price: No costs apart from getting to the venue. (Remember your RSPB membership card!)