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.

December 2018

Wed
12

Visit to Coombe Country Park

Location: Meet in Coombe Abbey car park
Latitude/longitude: 52.413532,-01.406749 (Google map)

500 acres of beautiful gardens, woodland, lakeside walks

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Car park fee

Booking essential

Telephone: 024 7641 8689

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

January 2019

Tue
1

Visit to WkWT Brandon Marsh

Location: Meet in the car park at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Brandon Lane, Coventry
Postcode: CV3 3GW (Google map)

A gentle stroll around our local patch, to blow away those New Year's Eve cobwebs!

Time: 10 am

Price: £2.50 for Non-WkWT members

Telephone: 024 7641 6441

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

Wed
9

Visit to STW Draycote Water

Location: In Draycote Water car park
Postcode: CV23 8AB (Google map)

This large reservoir, managed by Severn Trent Water, attracts a range of wildlife. The 8km/5-mile perimeter road is ideal for easy walking, and there are picnic sites and a visitor centre.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Parking fee

Booking essential

Telephone: 024 7641 8689

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

Fri
25

Photographic Competition and Quiz Night

Location: Baginton Village Hall, Frances Road, Baginton
Latitude/longitude: 52.371987,-1.494632 (Google map)

By Local Group Members

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £2 group members, £4 non-group members (includes refreshments)

Telephone: 024 7630 1478

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

Sun
27

Visit to RSPB Ham Wall

Location: At the junction of Cox Street and Lower Ford Street, Coventry
Postcode: CV1 5QJ (Google map)

Starling murmurations are a true wonder of the natural world and the Avalon Marshes are one of the best places in the UK to come and witness this amazing wildlife spectacle.

Time: 8 am

Price: £20 group members, £23 non-group members, plus donation for admission

Booking essential

Telephone: 024 7641 6441

E-mail: pb.berrill@btinternet.com

February 2019

Wed
13

Visit to Packington Estates Marsh Lane

Location: Meet by the first gate
Postcode: CV7 7PL (Google map)

Since conclusion of the quarrying in 1999, the land has been reinstated by RMC Aggregates Western and the owners, Packington Estates. It now consists of two main pools together with woodland, grassland, ponds and some agricultural land

Time: 9.30 am

Price: TBA

Booking essential

Telephone: 024 7641 8689

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

Fri
22

Recalling group coach trips

Location: Baginton Village Hall, Frances Road, Baginton
Latitude/longitude: 52.371987,-1.494632 (Google map)

By Steve Nikols, Group Member

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £2 group members, £4 non-group members (includes refreshments)

Telephone: 024 7630 1478

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

Sun
24

Visit to AW & LRWT Rutland Water

Location: At the junction of Cox Street and Lower Ford Street, Coventry
Postcode: CV1 5QJ (Google map)

This internationally famous nature reserve is managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water and provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 25,000 waterfowl.

Time: 8 am

Price: £20 group members, £23 non group members plus admission

Booking essential

Telephone: 024 7641 6441

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

March 2019

Wed
13

Visit to RSPB Middleton Lakes

Location: In RSPB car park
Postcode: B78 2AE (Google map)

Nestled in the beautiful Tame valley, just south of Tamworth on the Staffordshire/Warwickshire border, Middleton Lakes is our latest nature reserve to open to the public.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free to RSPB members

Booking essential

Telephone: 024 7641 8689

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

Fri
22

British birds in the last fifty years

Location: Baginton Village Hall, Frances Road, Baginton
Latitude/longitude: 52.371987,-1.494632 (Google map)

By Dawn Balmer (BTO)

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £2 group members, £4 non-group members (includes refreshments)

Telephone: 024 7630 1478

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

Sun
24

Visit to RSPB Frampton Marsh

Location: At the junction of Cox Street and Lower Ford Street, Coventry
Postcode: CV1 5QJ (Google map)

A major extension to this coastal wetland reserve includes a reedbed, large freshwater scrapes and wet grassland. These are all being created to bring the wildlife of the Wash closer to you.

Time: 7 am

Price: £20 group members, £23 non-group members, plus admission for non RSPB members

Booking essential

Telephone: 024 7641 6441

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

April 2019

Wed
10

Visit to Croft Hill

Location: Meet in village
Latitude/longitude: 52.559,-1.2472 (Google map)

Local walk

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 024 7641 8689

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

Fri
26

The Swift - a bird we can relate to

Location: Baginton Village Hall, Frances Road, Baginton
Latitude/longitude: 52.371987,-1.494632 (Google map)

By Edward Mayer (Single Species Evening)

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £2 group members, £4 non-group members (includes refreshments)

Telephone: 024 7630 1478

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

Sun
28

Visit to RSPB Ynys-hir

Location: At the junction of Cox Street and Lower Ford Street, Coventry
Postcode: CV1 5QJ (Google map)

Ynys-hir mixes Welsh oak woodland with wet grassland and saltmarshes. In the spring, the ground is carpeted in flowers and birdsong fills the air

Time: 7 am

Price: £20 group members, £23 non-group members, plus admission for non RSPB members

Booking essential

Telephone: 024 7641 6441

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

May 2019

Wed
8

Visit to WoWT Upton Warren

Location: Meet in Webbs of Wychbold restaurant
Postcode: WR9 0DG (Google map)

This popular reserve is divided by the River Salwarpe with the Moors Pool to the north and the Flashes to the south. The Moors Pool, being deeper attracts most of the wildfowl, while the surrounding reedbeds are excellent for reed loving species, most notably Cetti's Warbler and during the winter, Bittern.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Fee for non Wildlife Trust members

Booking essential

Telephone: 024 7641 8689

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

Sun
19

Visit to RSPB Lakenheath Fen

Location: At the junction of Cox Street and Lower Ford Street, Coventry
Postcode: CV1 5QJ (Google map)

The RSPB has converted an area of arable farmland into a large wetland, consisting mainly of reedbeds and grazing marshes.

The reedbeds attract hundreds of pairs of reed warblers and sedge warblers, as well as bearded tits bitterns, cranes and marsh harriers.

In early summer, hobbies catch insects high over the marshes.

Time: 7 am

Price: £20 group members, £23 non-group members, plus admission for non RSPB members

Booking essential

Telephone: 024 7641 6441

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com

Fri
24

Annual General Meeting

Location: Baginton Village Hall, Frances Road, Baginton
Latitude/longitude: 52.371987,-1.494632 (Google map)

AGM followed by a little end-of-season entertainment

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: No charge

Telephone: 024 7630 1478

E-mail: covbirding@btinternet.com