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.

February 2020

Sat
22

Outdoor Field Trip - Acres Down & Blashford Lakes - 22nd February 2020

Location: Acres Down
Minstead,
Ringwood
Hampshire
Postcode: SO43 7GE (Google map)

Outdoor Field Trip to Acres Down & Blashford Lakes.

A return trip to Acres Down in the New Forest where we have previously had good views of Goshawks. We will then move on to the nature reserve at Blashford Lakes.

Packed lunch required - all welcome

Meet in the Car Park at Blashford Lakes at 9:30 am (post code SO43 7GE

Time: 9:30am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com

Wed
26

February Indoor Meeting - The Secret Lives of Our Coastal Birds - 26th February 2020

Location: The Main Hall,
East Court,
College Lane,
East Grinstead
Postcode: RH19 3LT (Google map)

Illustrated talk by Simon Ginnaw entitled ""The Secret Lives of Our Coastal Birds".

Simon is an excellent speaker with great birding knowledge. Not to be missed!

All welcome

Time: 7:45 pm for 8:00pm

Price: Members £4, Non Members £5 (includes Refreshments)

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

March 2020

Sun
8

Outdoor Field Trip - RSPB Rainham Marshes - 8th March 2020

Location: RSPB Rainham Marshes,
New Tank Hill Rd,
Purfleet,
Essex
Postcode: RM19 1SZ (Google map)

Outdoor Field Trip to RSPB Rainham Marshes.

Part of the Thames Estuary, not far from the bustling streets of London, Rainham Marshes is a haven for all kinds of wildlife - birds, water voles, dragonflies and more.

Packed Lunch required although there is an excellent cafe / restaurant at the reserve.

Meet in the reserve car park at 9:30 am

All welcome

Time: 9:30am

Price: Free for RSPB Members

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com

Wed
25

March Indoor Meeting - "Wildlife Wanderings from Penguins to Puffins" - 25th March 2020

Location: The Main Hall,
East Court,
College Lane,
East Grinstead

Postcode: RH19 3LT (Google map)

Illustrated talk by Richard Coomber, "Wildlife Wanderings from Penguins to Puffins".

Richard Coomber, is a Wildlife Photographer and Tour Leader with Ornitholidays.

Richard, as well as being a member of the RSPB New Forest Local Group, is a principal tour leader with Ornitholidays and has travelled extensively throughout the seven continents.

All welcome

Time: 7:30pm for 8:00pm

Price: Members £4, Non Members £5 (includes Refreshments)

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

April 2020

Sun
26

Outdoor Field Trip - RSPB Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk- 26th April 2020

Location: RSPB Lakenheath Fen,
Station Rd,
Lakenheath,
Brandon,
Thetford,
Suffolk.
Postcode: IP27 9AD (Google map)

All day field trip to Lakenheath Fen RSPB Reserve, Suffolk.

With big skies, extensive reedbeds and booming bitterns. Come and see how the RSPB has transformed former carrot fields into a magical wetland home for kingfishers, cranes, otters and watervoles.

All welcome. Packed Lunch Required.

Meet in the reserve car park at 9:30 am

Time: 9:30am

Price: Free for RSPB Members

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com

Wed
29

April Indoor Meeting - "How to be an Urban Birder" - David Lindo, 29th April 2020

Location: The Main Hall,
East Court,
College Lane,
East Grinstead

Postcode: RH19 3LT (Google map)

Talk by David Lindo.

David Lindo is the Urban Birder. He has passionately promoted the virtues of birding in the urban environment at every opportunity, and especially through frequent articles in the birding press and on his appearances on television and radio. He was brought up in London and has been a birder all his life. His first book, The Urban Birder, chronicled his transformation from baby birder to fully-fledged superstar of the urban birding world.

Not to be missed. Tickets will be available online nearer the event. Members will be emailed with full details.

Time: 7:30pm for 8:00pm

Price: Members £6, Non Members £7 (includes Refreshments)

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

May 2020

Sun
10

Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere - 10th May 2020

Location: Meet at Godstone Green (opposite the White Hart Public House at 07:15 sharp.

Packed lunch required, although there is an excellent cafe / restaurant at the reserve.

All welcome. Final costs to be determined but expect to pay around £20 - £23 to include the and entry to the reserve
Postcode: RH9 8DU (Google map)

Annual Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere.

Meet at Godstone Green at 07:15 sharp. Coach will depart at 07:30.

This is regarded by many as the highlight of the year - a coach trip to the RSPB's flagship reserve at Minsmere in Suffolk. The reserve never disappoints. Not to be missed.

Time: 07:15 sharp

Price: TBA - around £20 -£23 to cover coach costs

Booking essential

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com

Sat
16

Outdoor Field Trip - Stodmarsh NNR - 16th May 2020

Location: Stodmarsh NNR
Stodmarsh,
Canterbury
Postcode: CT3 4BP (Google map)

Outdoor Field Trip to Stodmarsh NNR.
Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve (NNR) is just outside Canterbury near the A28 and just next to the Grove Ferry Picnic Site which has parking and toilet facilities. Visors are asked to keep dogs on leads. The reserve is owned by Natural England and managed for wildlife and visitors. It covers a square mile of internationally-important reed beds, fens, ditches, wet grassland and open water, which provide an ideal habitat for breeding and wintering birds, invertebrates and rare plants. This site is especially important for bittern, marsh harriers and the shining ramshorn snail, which are rare across Europe; as well as water voles, which are rare in England.

Packed Lunch Required

Meet in Reserve Car Park at 9:30 am (NB Use Car Park Near Red Lion Pub (Post code CT3 4BA)

Time: 9:30 am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com

Wed
27

May Indoor Meeting - "101 Things you Never Knew About Garden Birds" - 27th May 2020

Location: The Main Hall,
East Court
College Lane,
East Grinstead
Postcode: RH19 3LT (Google map)

An illustrated talk by Chris Ward Wildlife Lecturer & Photographer. We are constantly learning more about our 'familiar' garden birds through research and new scientific techniques.

Chris will be able to furnish us with loads of interesting facts and disprove some of the myths. He is an experienced wildlife lecturer and currently gives about 120 talks a year and has visited over 400 different clubs, societies and groups. Being a first class photographer you can expect the images he shows to be outstanding.

all welcome!

Time: 7.45 for 8.00pm

Price: Members £4, Non Members £5 (includes Refreshments)

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

June 2020

Wed
24

June Indoor Meeting - "Birds of Papua New Guinea" - 24th June 2020

Location: The MainHall,
East Court,
College Lane,
East Grinstead
Postcode: RH19 3LT (Google map)

Illustrated Tale by Matt Eade.

Matt is well known to us an is a World, UK & County (Sussex) lister. He is a Keen patch birder (Seaford Head & Cuckmere Haven). His main interests are Birds, Butterflies, Odonata & Orchids.

This evening Matt will be telling us about his visit last year to Papua New Guinea.

Nor to be missed. ~All welcome

Time: 7.45 for 8.00pm

Price: Members £4, Non Members £5 (includes Refreshments)

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

July 2020

Sat
18

Outdoor Field Trip - Oare Marshes LNR - 18 July 2020

Location: Oare Marshes LNR
Church Road
Oare
Faversham

Postcode: ME13 0QD (Google map)

Outdoor Field Trip to Oare Marshes Local Nature Reserve. 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.

All welcome.

Packed Lunch Required. Meet in Reserve Car Park at 9:30 am

Time: 9:30am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com