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.

January 2019

Mon
7

The Box Moor Trust

Location: The Laureate Academy (previously Cavendish School), Warner's End Road, Hemel Hempstead
Postcode: HP1 3DW (Google map)

Caroline Evans will talk about the history, diversity of species, activities and the future of the Trust

Time: 8.00 pm

Price: £3.50 for RSPB members, £4 for non members

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

Sat
12

RSPB Rainham Marshes car trip

Location: Rainham Marshes
Postcode: RM19 1SZ (Google map)

See above. RSPB Rainham Marshes January car trip

Time: 8.00 am

Price: Share of fuel cost. Free entrance to RSPB members.

Telephone: 079 52 866 591

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
12

RSPB Rainham Marshes January car trip

Location: Meet at 08.00 in Gadebridge Car Park on the Leighton Buzzard Road.
Share car to RSPB Rainham Marshes.
Postcode: RM19 1SZ (Google map)

Start the New Year by visiting Rainham Marsh RSPB, Essex Postcode. Another first for our shared car trips. Meet in Gadebridge Car Park on the Leighton Buzzard Road for a 55 mile each-way journey at 08.00.

November sightings included shorteared owls, marsh harrier, kestrel, sparrowhawk, barn owl, peregrine falcon, water and rock pipit, snipe, large flocks of lapwing, water rail and black-tailed godwit. A cattle egret also flew.

The reserve has many facilities including an excellent visitor centre and toilets. There are four hides around the reserve, viewing platforms and lots of places to stop. On the family-friendly southern trail there are the Purfleet hide and Marshland Discovery Zone.

There are approximately 2.5 miles of nature trails and boardwalks, all designed for wheelchair and pushchair access. The reserve opens from 9.30 am to 5 pm and café from 10 am to 4.30pm. Their menu includes home-made cakes, locally-made soup, freshly-prepared jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings, locally-baked pies and pasties, made-to-order toasties, paninis and sandwiches.

We shall stop for breakfast at Sainsbury's in Lakeside Postcode (RM16 6YJ) about 5 minutes from the reserve. We normally take a packed lunch and thermos but the small cafe is recommended

Remember we are dependent upon the goodwill of car owners, who share their cars with group members when we go on outings. So when travelling in someone else's vehicle please ensure that you wear clean footwear. Please ensure that you have sufficient money to share the cost of travelling with your car driver. Depending on the size and type of the car, fuel costs could be between 12p and 20p per mile, shared between all of the car's occupants.

Time: 8.00 am

Price: Share of fuel cost. Free entrance to RSPB members.

Telephone: 079 52 866 591

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

Sun
27

Gadespring Open Day

Location: Gadespring is located in the Boxmoor and Chaulden area of Hemel Hempstead. The four-acre cress beds site is situated on the south side of Chaulden Meadow, between Camelot Rugby Club's pitches and the Grand Union canal, which runs parallel with the site, and is adjacent to Old Fishery Lane, which runs off Chaulden Lane and Northridge Way.

Following the talk about the Box Moor Trust earlier in the month now is the perfect time to visit on one of their open days.

Gadespring is a former watercress farm where there are two good hides overlooking the beds that are unique as they are cut off from both the canal and river.

The beds are fed by fresh artesian water that is much lower in nitrogen and phosphates than canal and river water. This encourages special fauna and flora to flourish thus providing a haven for birds, mammals and amphibians.

Acquired by the Box Moor Trust in 2011, the site will continue to be managed sympathetically for the benefit of wildlife and visitors with the goal of creating a new local nature reserve for Hemel Hempstead.

Hemel Hempstead and Bovingdon residents can gain free access following application to the Box Moore Trust.

Time: tba

Price: £0

Telephone: 07952866591

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

February 2019

Mon
4

Colourful day-flying insects of our local reserves and beyond

Location: The Laureate Academy (previously Cavendish School), Warner's End Road, Hemel Hempstead
Postcode: HP1 3DW (Google map)

Nick Bowles pays a return visit to tell us about Butterflies and Moths to be seen in our area

Time: 8.00 pm

Price: £3.50 for RSPB members, £4 for non members

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

Fri
22

Weekend car trip to Somerset Levels 22-24 February

Location: The Somerset Levels is among the largest wetlands remaining in England, rich in nature with excellent birding, history and legend.
Characterised by flat, wet meadows bordered by rhynes and ditches with low hills creating a dramatic landscape, it is internationally significant for wildlife.
The Somerset Levels and Moors have been shaped by human history, farming and natural processes over millennia, resulting in the unique wetlands we see today.

A weekend away, staying wherever you chose, with visits to several sites.
More detailed plans are being evolved and will be posted here and announced at our meetings.

Time: Departure times at your discretion

Price: Accommodation cost

Booking essential

Telephone: 0795 286 6591

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

March 2019

Mon
4

Finland and Arctic Norway

Location: The Laureate Academy (previously Cavendish School), Warner's End Road, Hemel Hempstead
Postcode: HP1 3DW (Google map)

Our own Ann Farrer relates her travels and the flora and fauna of this part of the world, illustrated with her and Phil's great photographs.

Time: 8.00 pm

Price: £3.50 for RSPB members, £4 for non members

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

April 2019

Mon
1

Hungary - A Jewel of Europe

Location: The Laureate Academy (previously Cavendish School), Warner's End Road, Hemel Hempstead
Postcode: HP1 3DW (Google map)

Mary Braddock takes a look at the birds & wildlife on floodplains of the River Tisza, and surrounding woodlands in this land-locked country

Time: 8.00 pm

Price: £3.50 for RSPB members, £4 for non members

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

May 2019

Mon
13

Presentations by Group Members

Location: The Laureate Academy (previously Cavendish School), Warner's End Road, Hemel Hempstead
Postcode: HP1 3DW (Google map)

After a short AGM, members will have an opportunity to show and tell us about their wildlife travels.

Time: 8.00 pm

Price: £3.50 for RSPB members, £4 for non members

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

June 2019

Mon
3

The Spectacular Life of Swifts

Location: The Laureate Academy (previously Cavendish School), Warner's End Road, Hemel Hempstead
Postcode: HP1 3DW (Google map)

Drew Lyness, our RSPB Regional Local Groups Officer, is passionate about these birds and describes how they have captured our nation's imagination

Time: 8.00 pm

Price: £3.50 for RSPB members, £4 for non members

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

September 2019

Mon
2

Upland Birds and Ancient Woodlands

Location: The Laureate Academy (previously Cavendish School), Warner's End Road, Hemel Hempstead
Postcode: HP1 3DW (Google map)

We welcome back Andy Sands to give this two part talk; guaranteed to be an informative and enjoyable evening

Time: 8.00 pm

Price: £3.50 for RSPB members, £4 for non members

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com