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.

November 2018

Wed
28

Indoor Meeting - Birds, Reserves & People with the Biking Birder

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

Illustrated talk by Gary Prescott on "Birds, Reserves & People". Follow the Biking Birder's adventures at home and abroad!
All welcome.

Time: 7:45 pm for 8:00pm

Price: Members £4, Non members £5 including refreshments

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

December 2018

Wed
12

Christmas Social & Quiz - 12th December 2018

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

Annual Christmas Social & Quiz

Join us for our annual Christmas "Fun" Quiz -Members are FREE!! Guests welcome

Refreshments included!

Time: 7:45 pm for 8:00pm

Price: No Charge for Local Group Members, Guests £5 to include refreshments

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

Sun
16

Outdoor Field Trip - RSPB Dungeness & Walland Marsh- 16th December 2018

Location: RSPB Dungeness
Boulderwell Farm,
Dungeness Rd,
Romney Marsh
Postcode: TN29 9PN (Google map)

Outdoor Field Trip.

All welcome - meet in the reserve car park at 9:30am

Packed lunch required

Time: 9:30am

Price: No Charge for RSPB Members

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com

January 2019

Sat
5

Outdoor Field Trip - Shellness (Swale NR) & Harty Ferry- 5th January 2019

Location: Shellness NR,
Shellness Road,
Leysdown-on Sea
Sheerness
Kent
Postcode: ME12 4RR (Google map)

Outdoor Field Trip to Shellness NR & Harty Ferry

Packed lunch required.

All welcome - meet in the Car Park, Shellness Road.

Time: 9:30am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com

Wed
30

Indoor Meeting - "Wader Quest" by Rick & Elis Simpson - 30th January 2019

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

Postcode: RH19 3LT (Google map)

Indoor Meeting featuring at talk "Wader Quest" by Rick & Elis Simpson.

Rick and Elis are a husband and wife team who dedicate their lives to promoting wader conservation. Rick is a lifelong birder, writer and artist and has worked as a bird guide in the UK, Spain and Brazil, while Elis is a keen photographer whose main interest is birds and wildlife in general.

In Brazil they worked to promote the conservation of the Atlantic rain forest, especially among children in poorer areas and in schools. Returning to the UK in 2012 their new project is Wader Quest, a charity which seeks to raise awareness of the problems that these elegant birds face across the world, 48% of which are in decline.

Their presentation will include stunning photos and some amusing personal anecdotes.

All welcome!

Time: 7:45 pm for 8:00pm

Price: Members £4, Non Members £5 including refreshments

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

February 2019

Sun
24

Outdoor Field Trip - Acres Down & Blashford Lakes

Location: Acres Down Inclosure, New Forest Hampshire

Near Emery Down

Grid Reference: SU 2754 0941

Post Code is Approx - Please Contact Bob Hastings for exact location (01825 763573)

Woodland at Acres Down followed by a trip to Blashford Lakes, Near Ringwood:

"It's hard to believe that Blashford Lakes nature reserve used to be a series of lifeless gravel pits when you consider the brilliant array of wildlife it now supports. The woodlands, lakes and grasslands at Blashford hum with life and vitality, attracting a plethora of wild birds such as redpolls, bitterns, bramblings and kingfishers".

Postcode: SO43 7GA (Google map)

All Day Field Trip to Acres Down & Blashford Lakes, Hampshire.

All Welcome! Meet in the Reserve Car Park at 9:30am

Packed Lunch Required

Time: 9;30am

Price: No Charge, but Donations Welcomed

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com

Wed
27

Indoor Meeting - "The Hudson Legacy" - Conor Jameson

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

Illustrative talk by Conor Jameson looking at the lasting impact of WH Hudson, Victorian author, campaigner and RSPB pioneer.

Time: 7:45 pm for 8:00pm

Price: Members £4, Non Members £5 including refreshments

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

March 2019

Sun
24

Outdoor Field Trip - RSPB Rainham Marshes

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. Enjoy an adventure into nature!

All welcome - Meet in Reserve Car Park at 9:30am

Packed Lunch required (Cafe on the Reserve)

Time: 9:30am

Price: No Charge for RSPB Members

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com

Wed
27

Indoor Meeting - "Shetland to Scilly - Birds of the British Isles" by Ashley Grove

Location: The Old Court House,
East Court,
College Lane,
East Grinstead


Postcode: RH19 3LT (Google map)

Illustrated talk by Ashley Grove.

From a very young age, Ashley's passion for nature and the great outdoors was obvious. Initially taking inspiration from his parents, he was soon pointing out new species of birds to them in their Warwickshire garden.

Life does however have it's restrictions, the need for a "proper" job being one of those, so Birds and Photography were relegated to hobbies for some time. However along side the day jobs, Ashley has volunteered for the RSPB for many years and was asked by his local group in 2006 to give a talk, being already established as a very capable wildlife photographer.

This was to be the beginning of a big change and now as a recommended speaker for the RSPB, BTO & Royal Horticultural Society, Ashley gives around 50 talks a year. Subject matter for the talks is taken from his travels, which began in The Gambia and so became the obvious destination for his first guided tour.

All Welcome

NB This Meeting is being held in "The Old Court House"

Time: 7:45 pm for 8:00pm

Price: Members £4, Non Members £5 including refreshments

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

April 2019

Sat
6

Outdoor Field Trip - Thursley Common

Location: Thursley Common Nature Reserve,
Thursley Road
Elstead
Godalming
Surrey

Postcode: GU8 6LN (Google map)

All Day Field Trip to Thursley Common.

Located in the borough of Waverley, Surrey, Thursley National Nature Reserve is one of the largest, (326 hectares), and most important areas of heath in Surrey. It includes areas of marsh, woodland and lowland heath. The common is home to a range of wildlife .

Meet in the Reserve Car Park on the Churt - Elstead Road

All welcome!

Packed Lunch Required

Time: 9:30 am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com

Wed
24

Indoor Meeting - "From Extremadura to the Danube Delta" by Mike Grimshaw

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

Illustrated and Informative Talk by Mike Grimshaw, former Chairman of Farnham RSPB

All Welcome

Time: 7:45 pm for 8:00pm

Price: Members £4, Non Members £5 including refreshments

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

Sun
28

Outdoor Field Trip - Stodmarsh NNR

Location: Stodmarsh NNR
Nr. Canturbury,
Kent.

Park in the Car Park just beyond the "Red Lion" pub (postcode below).

Postcode: CT3 4BE (Google map)

All Day Field Trip to Stodmarsh NNR

Stodmarsh always produces a good day out.
Stodmarsh NNR is situated in the lower regions of the north Kent plain within the Stour valley.

Main habitat: an internationally-important mixture of reed beds, fens, ditches, wet grassland and open water

Features of interest:

The reserve has the largest reed bed in the south east of England, which supports a range of specialised birds and insects. The reed beds are an excellent sanctuary for migrating birds such as swallows and house martins in the summer and starlings in the winter. Bittern, marsh harrier, kingfisher, great crested grebe, coot, moorhen, reed bunting, bearded reedling can all be seen.

All welcome, packed lunch Required

Time: 9:30 am

Price: No Charge

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com

May 2019

Sun
12

Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere Reserve

Location: Coach Leaves Godstone Green (Near Pond) at 07:15 prompt

Postcode: RH9 8DU (Google map)

Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere Reserve, Near Saxmundham in Suffolk.

Always a highlight in the birding year!

All welcome - Packed Lunch Required although there is an excellent Cafe on the Reserve.

Numbers Limited - Book Early!!

Time: 07:15 Prompt

Price: Approx £21 per head, including Coach Costs

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com

Sat
25

Outdoor Field Trip - RSPB Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk

Location: RSPB Lakenheath Fen
38 Station Rd,
Lakenheath,
Thetford

Postcode: IP27 9AD (Google map)

All Day 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. Our visitor centre has everything you need to find out more about the reserve and its wildlife.

Meet in Reserve Car Park, Packed Lunch required

Time: 9:30am

Price: No Charge for RSPB Members

Telephone: 07887 568331

E-mail: shaunrtaylor@hotmail.com

Wed
29

Indoor Meeting - "Birds Eye View" - Rolf Williams

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

Illustrated Talk by Rolf Williams focusing on the wildlife, management and history of the North Kent Marshes

All welcome

Time: 7:45 pm for 8:00pm

Price: Members £4, Non Members £5 including refreshments

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk

June 2019

Wed
26

Indoor Meeting - "The Secret Lives of Heathland Birds" - John Eyre

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

Illustrated talk by John Eyre.

John is one of the foremost authorities on the birds of the Thames Valley heaths - Dartford Warblers, Woodlarks, Nightjars amongst others.

All welcome!

Time: 7:45 pm for 8:00pm

Price: Members £4, Non Members £5 including refreshments

Telephone: 01342 324955

E-mail: lesleyberry0977@yahoo.co.uk