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.

March 2019

Wed
27

Weston Turville and Tring Reservoirs: Shared Car Trip

Location: MEET AT GADEBRIDGE CAR PARK ON THE LEIGHTON BUZZARD ROAD. 9.00am

Weston Turville Reservoir was constructed in 1797 to supply water to an arm of the Grand Union Canal.

There's marshy fen, extensive reedbeds and small woodland surrounding the reservoir that creates a winter wildfowl wonderland with teal, shoveler and tufted duck and even the occasional bittern. As well as the reeds, plants include hundreds of spring-flowering early marsh-orchids.

There are good breeding colonies of reed warblers, which sling their mug-shaped nests around the reed stems. The reserve is also a regular breeding site of the water rail, whose distinctive 'piglet squealing' can be heard regularly all the year round.

After visiting Weston Turville we shall call into the Bluebell café at Startops for a cuppa and a piece of cake before going to Wilstone Reservoir.

Wilstone is one of the four Tring Reservoirs that are a Site of Special Scientific Interest for a number of reasons including their situation on the lower chalk at the foot of the Chilterns escarpment resulting in diverse communities of plants and animals.

Additionally, nationally-important numbers of shoveler are present during winter, together with other wildfowl. Large numbers of sedge and reed warblers breed here and Tring Reservoirs are a fantastic place to spot passage waders too.

The reservoirs support a wealth of wildlife and their reedbeds, wet woodland and open water habitats are a natural stronghold for birds. During colder months you can find a large number of wintering wildfowl across all four reservoirs, including tufted duck, pochard, teal, gadwall, wigeon and shoveler with occasional goldeneye, goosander and smew if it is very cold.

We normally take a packed lunch and thermos but we could go to the Half Moon at Wilstone instead for a social lunch depending upon demand.

Time: 9.00am

Price: Fuel

Telephone: 01442 833585

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

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

Sat
13

Car trip to Abberton & Fingringhoe Wick

Location: Meet at Gadebridge car park on the Leighton Buzzard Road before driving to Abberton and subsequently Fingringhoe Wick. The total 'out' distance is about 80 miles.

Abberton Reservoir is an artificial body of water located near to the coast 5 miles south-west of Colchester near the village of Layer de la Haye. It is the fourth largest reservoir in England with an area of 4.9 square kilometres (1,200 acres).

The reservoir is one of the most important for wildfowl in Britain. It is a Ramsar Site (Wetland of International Importance for Birds), a Special Protection Area (SPA) designated under the EU Birds Directive, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the large numbers of wildfowl present. Part of the land next to the reservoir is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.

Fingringhoe Wick is Essex Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve and visitor centre. It is set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary where even on the dullest of days the views are fantastic. It offers the visitor real peace and quiet and a chance to escape from it all. A wide range of habitats is on view here, including grassland, heathland and ponds.

Time: MEET AT GADEBRIDGE CAR PARK ON THE LEIGHTON BUZZARD ROAD. 7.00am

Price: Fuel

Telephone: 01442 833585

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
24

Car trip to Little Marlow Gravel Pits

Location: Meet at Gadebridge car park on the Leighton Buzzard Road before driving to Little Marlow Gravel Pits. It's about 28 miles.

The lake at Little Marlow is great for looking out for early or scarce migrant birds. The sand spit offers the best place for visiting waders. Spring offers the best chance of seeing a Hobby and there is also the chance of one of the scarcer Grebes or Garganey. With luck migrants such as Wheatear, Whinchat and Yellow Wagtail may be found in the riverside meadows.

Overhead Sand Martins arrive first, followed by Swallows, House Martins and Swifts. The vegetation and hedgerows surrounding the lake usually produce the commoner Warblers including Common Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler.

Time: MEET AT GADEBRIDGE CAR PARK ON THE LEIGHTON BUZZARD ROAD. 9.00am

Price: Fuel

Telephone: 01442 833585

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

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

Sat
18

Car trip to Brandon Marsh

Location: Meet at Gadebridge car park on the Leighton Buzzard Road before driving to Brandon Marsh. 71 miles, about 1he 18 mins.

Brandon Marsh's postcode is CV3 3GW.

Brandon Marsh Nature Centre is set in 220 acres with a visitor centre, tea room and gift shop. This reserve contains large areas of pools created by gravel extraction.

It consists of reed beds, willow carr, grassland and woodland. It is outstanding for birds and there are eight hides around the reserve.

Time: MEET AT GADEBRIDGE CAR PARK ON THE LEIGHTON BUZZARD ROAD 7.30am

Price: Fuel plus entry. £2.50 for adults, £1.50 concessions. FREE to all Wildlife Trust members with valid Wildlife Trust membership.

Telephone: 01442 833585

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

June 2019

Mon
3

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

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

Sat
15

Car trip to Otmoor Reserve

Location: Meet at Gadebridge car park on the Leighton Buzzard Road before driving to Otmoor.
About 42 miles in a little over an hour.

Otmoor's postcode is OX3 9TD.

Otmoor is a RSPB haven for wildlife in the heart of Oxfordshire.

The visitor trail leads you alongside an expansive floodplain grazing marsh, home to wading birds and wildfowl year round. Hedgerows, bustling with warblers and songbirds, and the rustling reed bed adds to the immersive experience of being on the "moor".

Time: MEET AT GADEBRIDGE CAR PARK ON THE LEIGHTON BUZZARD ROAD 7.30am

Price: Fuel

Telephone: 01442 833585

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

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