Events

For the 2019-20 season our indoor meetings will be held at Laurel Avenue Community Centre, Laurel Avenue, Durham DH1 2EY. This is in the Sherburn Road Estate, about a mile from the city centre. Indoor meetings are on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 pm. Entrance is £1. All Welcome!

Our planned programme of outings for the 2019-2020 season includes a mixture of local trips and excursions further afield.

Trips usually start from the Stockton Road entrance to the University of Durham Science Site, but we sometimes meet on Moor Crescent, Gilesgate Moor, DH1 1DL or at the car park close to the Newton Hall Co-op at Carr House Drive, Newton Hall, Durham. Timings may vary.

Advance booking is not usually required for car trips, but further details can be obtained from David Sowerbutts Tel. (0191) 3867201.

October 2019

Sat
5

Day trip to Holy Island

Location: As in the last few years we will start from Moor Crescent, Gilesgate Moor, Durham DH1 1PD, adjacent to the grassy patch close to the junction with Poplar Drive (grid reference NZ294434) at 9.00 a.m.
Latitude/longitude: 54.785093,-1.543597 (Google map)

At this time of year the last of our summer visitors will be moving south and may include Scandinavian as well as British breeders, so, with suitable weather patterns, the mixture might feature redstart, wheatear, whinchat, chiffchaff, goldcrest and possibly less common species from further east.

The first of the winter visitors, such as fieldfare, redwing and brambling, may be on the island and early geese could be around the shores, where there will also be a good selection of waders.

The resident eiders will be offshore, gannets are likely to be flying south and divers and grebes may also be seen, while there is always a chance of one of the scarcer raptors such as peregrine, merlin or short-eared owl.

We shall be able to get on to the island from about 11.10 a.m. so may visit another site on the way, depending on what bird species are in the area at the time.

Packed lunch/tea, warm and waterproof clothing will be needed.

Time: 9 am to around 8 pm

Price: We may be able to run this as a minibus trip, but this will depend on sufficient numbers booking in advance - reduced support in recent years means that we will not seek to book a vehicle until those numbers are reached. The fare will be £23.00 (RSPB member), £25.00 (non-member), £8.00 (junior member). Bookings should be sent, with payment (made out to RSPB Durham Local Group), to David Sowerbutts, 9 Prebends Field, Gilesgate Moor, Durham DH1 1HH - telephone 0191-386-7201 - to arrive by Saturday 14th September. If there are insufficient numbers for a minibus, travel will be by car.

Booking essential

Telephone: 0191 3867201

E-mail: David.Sowerbutts@dunelm.org.uk

Tue
8

Indoor Meeting: Lower Derwent Valley NNR - a jewel in the crown of our wildlife reserves by Craig Ralston

Location: Laurel Avenue Community Centre, Laurel Avenue, Durham
Latitude/longitude: 54.776137,-1.549512 (Google map)

Following on from our visit to parts of the Lower Derwent Valley NNR in May, we can find out more about the reserve from the Natural England site manager, Craig Ralston. Craig's illustrated talk will explain why this reserve is so important and what wildlife can be found there throughout the year. He will outline how the monitoring work undertaken informs the management of the NNR.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £1

Telephone: 07397 862833

E-mail: richard.cowen313@gmail.com

November 2019

Tue
12

Indoor Meeting: The Transformation of the Durham Coast by Niall Benson

Location: Laurel Avenue Community Centre, Laurel Avenue, Durham
Latitude/longitude: 54.776137,-1.549512 (Google map)

As Heritage Coast Officer, Niall is well placed to tell us about the changes along our coastline from the pit closures to the present day. In a talk postponed from last season, he will outline the work of the Heritage Coast Partnership up to now and give us a view forward.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £1

Telephone: 07397 862833

E-mail: richard.cowen313@gmail.com

December 2019

Tue
10

Indoor Meeting: Birding the Americas - From Terra del Fuego to The Rockies by Tom Cadwallender

Location: Laurel Avenue Community Centre, Laurel Avenue, Durham
Latitude/longitude: 54.776137,-1.549512 (Google map)

Tom's name is familiar to many NE birders, not least through his role as the BTO regional representative for Northumberland. His talk on this occasion however, will be a compilation of several recent trips to the other side of the Atlantic looking for some of the interesting and iconic species that the Americas have to offer.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £1

Telephone: 07397 862833

E-mail: richard.cowen313@gmail.com

January 2020

Sat
4

Day trip - New Year Outing

Location: Meet at the Stockton Road entrance to the University of Durham Science Site, Durham
Latitude/longitude: 54.768707,-1.569863 (Google map)

Details to be announced

Time: 9 am, returning to Durham from late afternoon.

Price: Travel will be in members' cars, sharing fuel costs

Telephone: 0191 3867201

E-mail: David.Sowerbutts@dunelm.org.uk

February 2020

Sat
29

Day trip to Fairburn Ings

Location: Meet at the Stockton Road entrance to the University of Durham Science Site, Durham
Latitude/longitude: 54.768707,-1.569863 (Google map)

Details to be announced

Time: 9 am

Price: Travel will be in members' cars, sharing fuel costs

Telephone: 0191 3867201

E-mail: David.Sowerbutts@dunelm.org.uk

April 2020

Sat
25

Day trip to West Durham

Location: Meet at the Stockton Road entrance to the University of Durham Science Site, Durham
Latitude/longitude: 54.768707,-1.569863 (Google map)

Details to be announced

Time: 9 am, returning to Durham around 7.00 p.m.

Price: Travel will be in members' cars, sharing fuel costs

Telephone: 0191 3867201

E-mail: David.Sowerbutts@dunelm.org.uk

May 2020

Sat
16

Day trip to Allen Banks, Northumberland

Location: Meet at the Stockton Road entrance to the University Science Site, Durham
Latitude/longitude: 54.768707,-1.569863 (Google map)

Details to be announced

Time: 9 am, returning to Durham around 7.00 p.m.

Price: Travel will be in members' cars, sharing fuel costs

Telephone: 0191 3867201

E-mail: David.Sowerbutts@dunelm.org.uk

June 2020

Sat
13

Day trip to Alwinton and Harbottle

Location: Meet at the Stockton Road entrance to the University Science Site, Durham
Latitude/longitude: 54.768707,-1.569863 (Google map)

Details to be announced

Time: 9 am, returning to Durham around 7.00 p.m.

Price: Travel will be in members' cars, sharing fuel costs

Telephone: 0191 3867201

E-mail: David.Sowerbutts@dunelm.org.uk