Events

Our events are open to all - you do not have to be a member of the RSPB or the Croydon Local Group to come along.
The talks are usually held on the second Monday of each month (except June). The same talk is given in both the afternoon (between 2pm-4pm) and again in the evening (between 8pm-10pm).

Our outings visit birding sites in south-east England (many of them also excellent for butterflies and dragonflies during the summer months). They are in shared cars and willingness by drivers to share their vehicles with other participants will be greatly appreciated. Please note the time and location for joining these outings, which normally take place at weekends and on the third Tuesday of each month . For outings, please remember:-
Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and ground conditions.
Bring a packed lunch and drinks.
Bring RSPB or other membership cards as appropriate when visiting reserves
Avoid muddying cars on wet days
Avoid bright or white clothing
Making a noise and not keeping together increases disturbance.

March 2018

Sun
4

Weekend car outing to Lee Valley, Herts/Essex

Location: Meet near Leafy Way on the northern section of Park Hill Rise, Croydon at 8am to share cars.

We'll follow good paths around the Lee Valley Country Park from the Fishers Green car park, just north of Waltham Abbey, to explore various habitats including lakes with reedbeds, rivers and a canal, wet grassland, arable farmland and woodland patches. On past form, we should certainly see smew, goosander, water rail, kingfisher, siskin, and maybe muntjac and water vole. And, of course, this is probably the best place to get a close look at a bittern (and we do mean close!) - after one or two lean years the Bittern Viewpoint seems to have returned to form! Previous winter visits here have also yielded red-necked grebe, ferruginous duck, long-eared owls and waxwings.
Check details with John Parish.

Time: 8 am

Price:

Telephone: 07887 565191

E-mail: j.parish789@btinternet.com

Mon
12

Talk - 'Green Birding' by Gary Brian Prescott

Location: Whitgift Sports Club, The Clubhouse, Croham Manor Road, South Croydon
Postcode: CR2 7BG (Google map)

Gary Prescott, known as the Biking Birder, has cycled to all the RSPB and WWT reserves, firstly in 2010, then again in 2015 to take in new reserves. In 2016 he broke the European Green Birding record when recording 318 different species in the year. All of this was done in order to get funds for the RSPB and raise the Society's profile, and to raise funds for the WWT, Asthma UK and for children of The Manu Rainforest in Peru. He will describe his experiences and the overall concept of Worldwide Green Birding, including the personalities and their achievements.
Further details from John Davis.

Time: 2 pm and again at 8 pm

Price: £4

Telephone: 020 8640 4578

E-mail: johndavis.wine@care4free.net

Sun
18

Weekend car outing to Dungeness, Kent

Location: Meet near Leafy Way on the northern section of Park Hill Rise, Croydon at 8am to share cars.

Details of itinerary and possible species to follow.
Further information from John Parish.

Time: 8 am

Price: Entrance fee to RSPB reserve for non-members.

Telephone: 07887 565191

E-mail: j.parish789@btinternet.com

Tue
20

Midweek outing to Pulborough Brooks, RSPB, West Sussex

Location: RSPB's Pulborough Brooks reserve (see Satnav coordinates below).
Latitude/longitude: 50.93729,-0.49562 (Google map)

We will meet at the RSPB's visitor centre car park at Pulborough Brooks by 10:15 (where there are toilets). Anyone requiring car sharing can meet at the car park at the Tesco Extra in Purley at about 9:00am (as described in the Newsletter), where Phillip Stanhope (email: pstanhope@clara.co.uk, tel: 020 8661 2635) will be car monitor.
We will start by doing a circuit on the heathland area, looking for crossbills and woodlarks etc, then enter the reserve proper working our way down to the Hanger hide/view point. Having taken lunch at the picnic area we will work our way back via the other hides/viewpoints (Nettley's, Winpenny, West Mead etc) hoping to see/hear waders, nightingales and many others, not forgetting the likes of adders and butterflies. John Morris will again be our leader.
For more information, contact Jennie Cremer as below.

Time: 10.15am at Pulborough Brooks RSPB.

Price:

Telephone: 020 86538334

E-mail: jenniecremer@gmail.com

Sat
31

Weekend car outing to Motney Hill & Cliffe Pools RSPB, Kent

Location: Meet near Leafy Way on the northern section of Park Hill Rise, Croydon at 8am to share cars.

The walk beside salt marsh out to Motney Hill gives long views over the Medway estuary and will allow diverse bird sightings, perhaps including brent geese, black-necked grebe, red-breasted merganser, various waders, little owl and rock pipit. A half-hour drive will take us to Cliffe Pools to check flooded clay-pits and grazing marsh beside the Thames estuary for a profusion of avocets and such species as goldeneye, marsh or hen harriers and short-eared or barn owls. Expect a long daylist!
Contact John Parish for more information.

Time: 8 am

Price:

Telephone: 07887 565191

E-mail: j.parish789@btinternet.com