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.

September 2021

Sun
26

Outdoor Field Trip - Thorney Island

Location: Meet in the Car Park at the corner of Thornham Lane

Postcode: PO10 8DB (Google map)

All day field trip to Thorney Island.

Packed Lunch Required

Thorney Island is an island (effectively a peninsula) that juts into Chichester Harbour in West Sussex. It is separated from the mainland by a narrow channel called the Great Deep.

Unsurprisingly, with such a large amount of shoreline on Chichester Harbour, Thorney Island is a valued Nature Reserve.

Time: 9:30am

Price: No Charge - All Welcome

Telephone: 01342 322354

E-mail: kevinphyde@gmail.com

Wed
29

AGM followed by a talk by Andre Farrar, "Birds of Moor & Mountain"

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

AGM followed by an illustrated talk by Andre Farrar, "Birds of Moor & Mountain"

Time: 7:45pm for a prompt 8:00pm start

Price: Free but Donations Welcome

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

October 2021

Sat
16

Outdoor Field Trip - RSPB Dungeness & Scotney Gravel Pits - 16th October 2021

Location: Meet in the Car Park at RSPB Dungeness

Boulderwell Farm, Dungeness Rd, Romney Marsh

Postcode: TN29 9PN (Google map)

Outdoor Field Trip to RSPB Dungeness and Scotney Gravel Pits.

Time: 9:30 am

Price: Free for RSPB Members

Telephone: 07811 264764

E-mail: kevinphyde@gmail.com

Wed
27

Indoor Meeting - "Unknown Antartica: The Birds of the Ross Sea and New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands" by Chris Collins

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

An Illustrated talk by Chris Collins, "Unknown Antartica: The Birds of the Ross Sea and New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands"

Chris has been fortunate to travel on several occasions to the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands (including Snares, Auckland, Campbell, Bounty and Chatham Islands) which are an amazing place for birds and other wildlife. These islands hold more penguin species than anywhere else on the planet including Snares Crested Penguin, Royal Penguin, King Penguin and Yellow-eyed Penguin.

There are also many other fantastic birds including breeding Southern Royal Albatrosses and various landbird endemics. A fantastic location visited by very few people each year.

Time: 7:45pm for a prompt 8:00pm start

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

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

November 2021

Sun
21

Outdoor Field Trip - Fishbourne Creek & The Burgh

Location: Meet at 9:30am in Dell Quay Road, Chichester by Crown and Anchor Public House
Postcode: PO20 7EE (Google map)

Outdoor Field Trip to Fishbourne Creek & The Burgh. All welcome.

Packed Lunch Required

Time: 9:30 am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 07811 264764

E-mail: kevinphyde@gmail.com

Wed
24

Indoor Meeting - "Invasive Wildlife, Pests & Diseases: Can we get the horse back into the stable door or should we just buy a car instead?" - Iain Boulton

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

Indoor Meeting - Talk by Iain Boulton "Invasive Wildlife, Pests & Diseases: Can we get the horse back into the stable door or should we just buy a car instead?"

Time: 7:45pm for a prompt 8:00pm start

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

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

December 2021

Sat
11

Outdoor Field Trip - Pett Levels & Rye Harbour

Location: Meet at vehicle pull-in by Pett Pools at 9:30am.

Packed lunch required

Grid Ref: TQ901143

Outdoor Field Trip to Pett Levels & Rye Harbour Local Nature Reserve

Time: 9:30 am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 07811 264764

E-mail: kevinphyde@gmail.com

January 2022

Sun
16

Outdoor Field Trip - Shellness (Swale Reserve) & Harty Ferry

Location: The Swale National Nature Reserve
Shellness Road
Leysdown-on-Sea
Sheerness
Kent
Postcode: ME12 4RP (Google map)

All day field trip to Shellness (Swale Nature Reserve) & Harty Ferry.
Meet in car park at Shellness Road at 9:30am
Packed Lunch required - all welcome!

Time: 9:30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07811 264764

E-mail: kevinphyde@gmail.com

Wed
26

Indoor Meeting - David Lindo - How to be an Urban Birder

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

An evening with David Lindo.

David Lindo is a British birdwatcher and author. Also known as the Urban Birder, he is a regular contributor to Bird Watching magazine and has written a number of books including The Urban Birder, published in 2011 and How to be an Urban Birder, published in 2014.

NB This is a pre paid ticket event. Tickets are available to purchase via Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-be-an-urban-birder-david-lindo-rearranged-date-tickets-91583786571

Numbers are limited to 60 people - there are a few tickets remaining.

Time: 7:45pm for a prompt 8:00pm start

Price: £6 for members and non-members

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

February 2022

Sat
19

Outdoor Field Trip - Acres Down & Blashford Lakes

Location: Meet in the Reserve Car Park at Acres Down
Minstead,
Ringwood
Hampshire
Postcode: SO43 7GE (Google map)

Outdoor Field Trip to Acres Down & Blashford Lakes, Hasmpshire

Packed Lunch Required.

Acres Down Woodland is a 4.3 kilometer loop trail located near Lyndhurst, Hampshire, England that features a great forest setting. This is a good spot for Goshawks.

Nearby Blashford Lakes NR is a former gravel pit good for waders. Blashford Lakes is a 159-hectare nature reserve north of Ringwood in Hampshire. It is managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Time: 9:30 am

Price: Acres Down - No Charge, Fee payable at Blashford Lakes

Telephone: 07811 264764

E-mail: kevinphyde@gmail.com

Wed
23

Indoor Meeting - Ashley Grove, "Lammergeirs of the Spanish Pyrenees"

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

As a professional Wildlife Photographer, Ashley has an extensive portfolio of stunning wildlife photography, gathered from around the UK and abroad.

These images, have been used to construct various informative, colourful and often amusing talks.

Lammergeier's, otherwise known as the Bearded Vulture, have to be on most bird watchers list of must see in your lifetime birds and this lecture doesn't disappoint in showing just why that is.

This species fills a unique niche in the food chain, and is without doubt a truly fascinating bird, with it's 9ft wing span, stunning plumage and almost dragon like features, it's no wonder they are such an attraction to us all.
The talk explains about their life history, where they can be found and shows the other species that share it's world, including Golden Eagle, Griffon and Monk Vulture along with various smaller birds.

The lecture also has some movie footage of Lammergeier and Golden Eagle and includes some highlights of a second Spanish site ideal for watching Golden Eagle and Vultures.

Time: 7:45pm for a prompt 8:00pm start

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

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

March 2022

Sun
13

Outdoor Field Trip - Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve

Location: Meet in Car Pak at 9:30 am:

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

Outdoor field trip to Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve.

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. Enjoy an adventure into nature.

Packed lunch required although there is an excellent cafe on site.

Time: 9:30 am

Price: Free for RSPB Members

Telephone: 07811 264764

E-mail: kevinphyde@gmail.com

Wed
30

Indoor Meeting - "The Women who saved the Birds" a talk by Tessa Boase

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

Indoor meeting feraturing a talk by Tessa Boase, "The Women who saved the Birds".

Etta Lemon is the magnificent woman who built the RSPB, growing it from an all-female Victorian tea party to Britain's largest conservation charity.

She relentlessly called out the cruel fashion for feathers in hats. She fought a running battle with the plumage trade, triumphing with the Plumage Act of 1921. But her legacy has been eclipsed by the more glamorous campaign for the vote, led by the ultra elegant Emmeline Pankhurst.

Not to be missed!

Time: 7:45pm for a prompt 8:00pm start

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

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

April 2022

Sun
24

Outdoor Field Trip - RSPB Lakenheath Fen

Location: Meet in the Car Park at 9:30 am:

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

Outdoor Field Trip to RSPB Lakenheath Fen.

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. It is hoped that 2022 will see the return of the Golden Oriole.

Time: 9:30 am

Price: Free for RSPB Members

Telephone: 07811 264764

E-mail: kevinphyde@gmail.com

Wed
27

Indoor Meeting - A talk by Mick White, "Wild Britain"

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

Indoor Meeting - A talk by Mick White, "Wild Britain"

A talk showing a range of British wildlife that can be found throughout the seasons, highlighting potential threats to their continued survival and what we can do to help the situation.

Time: 7:45pm for a prompt 8:00pm start

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

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

May 2022

Sun
8

Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere Reserve

Location: Meet at 07:15 (am) prompt at Godstone Green. The coach will leave at 07:30 sharp.

Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere, one of the "flagship" RSPB reserves.

Choose an idyllic walk or head to the coastal lagoons to see an impressive variety of birds, including avocets, bearded tits and bitterns. If you're lucky, you might see an otter around the reedbed pools

Packed lunch required but there is an excellent cafe on site if preferred.

Time: 07:15 am sharp

Price: TBA - approx £25 to include coach

Booking essential

Telephone: 07811 264764

E-mail: kevinphyde@gmail.com

Wed
25

Indoor Meeting - "White Storks taking flight: Reconnecting with a Wilder Britain". A talk by Lucy Groves

Location: Main Hall
East Court
College Lane
East Grinstead

Postcode: RH19 3LT (Google map)

Indoor Meeting - "White Storks taking flight: Reconnecting with a Wilder Britain". A talk by Lucy Groves

Lucy Groves is a Project Officer for Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust who provide post-release monitoring expertise as well as working with the local communities to the White Stork release sites, including the Knepp Eastate

Time: 7:45pm for a prompt 8:00pm start

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

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

June 2022

Wed
29

Indoor Meeting - "Britain's Seabird Cities", A Talk by Steve Lovell

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

Indoor Meeting - "Britains Seabird Cities", A Talk by Steve Lovell

Great Britain's rugged coastline and its myriad of off shore islands are home to an array of species, some resident and others long distance travellers. Why are they here? why do they return? What are the threats to their future?

Hopefully this talk will give some if not all of the answers. WARNING - This talk may contain lots of cute pictures of Puffins!

Time: 7:45pm for a prompt 8:00pm start

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

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk