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 2018

Mon
5

"A year at Spurn Bird Observatory, Yorkshire"

Location: Cavendish School, Warner's End Road, Hemel Hempstead

Postcode: HP1 3DW (Google map)

Lizzie Bruce is the Head Warden at Sandy but we look forward to hearing about her involvement with this project and what is to be seen at Spurn.

Spurn is truly a site for all seasons, but arguably one of its best wildlife highlights is the spring and autumn spectacle of bird migration. Due to the exposed and recognisable coastal location, visible migration can be often be seen in action as birds head south along the peninsula, on some days you may see 'falls' of birds measured in their thousands.

Time: 8:00 pm

Price: £3 for RSPB members (£3.50 for non members)

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

Sat
10

Own Car trip to Little Marlow Gravel Pits

Location: timings and arrangements to be announced in due course

For your diary. Details to follow in due course

Time: 8 am

Price: no charge

March 2018

Sat
3

Quiz Night

Location: venue to be announced

Quiz Night .. details will be given in due course

Time: 7:30 pm

Price: to be announced

Booking essential

Mon
5

"Waders, waders everywhere"

Location: Cavendish School, Warner's End Road, Hemel Hempstead

Postcode: HP1 3DW (Google map)

We welcome back Chris Ward to talk about this fascinating group of birds. Do you find waders difficult to identify? Yes? Join the club! Waders are a tough group as they often appear as distant silhouettes way out on the mud.

Time: 8:00 pm

Price: £3 for RSPB members (£3.50 for non members)

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

Sat
10

Own car trip to Frampton Marsh

Location: Near Boston, check out the RSPB website for a map.
Details for meeting up will be given nearer the time
Postcode: PE20 1AY (Google map)

Frampton Marsh is a nature reserve in Lincolnshire, England. The reserve is situated on the coast of The Wash, some 4 miles from the town of Boston, between the outfalls of the Rivers Welland and Witham (covering an area of mature salt marsh known as The Scalp), and near the village of Frampton. Most of the reserve is managed by the RSPB with part managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

Time: 07:00 am

Price: bring RSPB card

Telephone: 01442 833585

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

April 2018

Mon
9

"Flower Power"

Location: Cavendish School, Warner's End Road, Hemel Hempstead

Postcode: HP1 3DW (Google map)

In this talk Dr Brenda Harold explains how flowers and plants generally are important to the success of birds and wildlife and how they interact.

Time: 8:00 pm

Price: £3 for RSPB members (£3.50 for non members)

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

Sat
28

Green Line bus trip to St James's Park

Location: St James's Park opens from 5:00 am until midnight all year round. It has highly accessible by public transport with a number of bus, tube and train stops surrounding the park.
Postcode: SW1A 2BJ (Google map)

St James's Park, the first of The Royal Parks to be opened to the public, provides habitats for a variety of different species. A short walk away from three palaces (St James's, Westminster and Buckingham Palaces) and in the heart of historical London, the park welcomes over 5.5 million visitors every year and is one of the most visited parks in Europe. This heavy use inevitably has an impact on the wildlife in the area, yet it can be surprising to some how much can live and grow alongside humans.

Time: 08:00

Price: free .. bring your bus pass if you have one!

Telephone: 01442 833585

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

May 2018

Tue
8

Members Evening and AGM

Location: Cavendish School, Warner's End Road, Hemel Hempstead

Postcode: HP1 3DW (Google map)

After a very short AGM, members will be invited to give short presentations of their travels and photographs.
Don't be put off by the AGM! - this evening is always very entertaining with some excellent presentations.

Time: 8:00 pm

Price: £3 for RSPB members (£3.50 for non members)

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

Sat
19

Own car trip to Paxton Pits

Location: By car, from the south: from the Black Cat roundabout on the A1 (the junction with the A421 to Bedford), drive north for 5 miles and take the exit signposted to St Neots and Little Paxton. The Nature Reserve is signed (left) from the edge of Little Paxton village.

Meeting place will be announced nearer the time.
Postcode: PE19 6ET (Google map)

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is a rich mosaic of wildlife habitats covering, at present, 78 hectares of lakes, riverside, meadow, reedbed, scrub and woodland, situated in the Great Ouse valley between St Neots and Huntingdon. The Reserve is famous for its nightingales and cormorants, and is host to a wide variety of other birds, insects, mammals and flora.

Time: 07:00 am

Price: free

Telephone: 01442 833585

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

June 2018

Mon
4

"Wallasea Island & Bowyer's Marsh Reserve

Location: Cavendish School, Warner's End Road, Hemel Hempstead

Postcode: HP1 3DW (Google map)

David Hedges will tell us about this massive project of great importance and it will be interesting to hear about reasons for it, its current status and the RSPB's expectations

Time: 8:00 pm

Price: £3 for RSPB members (£3.50 for non members)

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

Fri
8

Weekend trip to Duriston Head, Brownsea Island and RSPB Arne 8-10th June

Location: This will be a shared car weekend trip. Arrangements for travel and accommodation will be announced in due course

Durlston Country Park is a 280-acre country park and nature reserve stretching along the coast of the Isle of Purbeck at Durlston near Swanage in Dorset, England. The Park, which is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, has been owned by Dorset County Council since the early 1970s and is mostly open access.

Brownsea Island is the largest of the islands in Poole Harbour in the county of Dorset, England. The island is owned by the National Trust. Much of the island is open to the public and includes areas of woodland and heath with a wide variety of wildlife, together with cliff top views across Poole Harbour and the Isle of Purbeck.

Arne is celebrated for its lowland heathland, which is rare in Europe, and its wildlife including Dartford warblers, nightjars, all six species of British reptile, plus many species of butterflies, dragonflies, and moths. It is also home to nearly 500 types of flowering plant.

Time: 08:00

Price: to be announced

Telephone: 01442 833585

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

September 2018

Mon
3

"RSPB Wetland Reserves"

Location: Cavendish School, Warner's End Road, Hemel Hempstead

Postcode: HP1 3DW (Google map)

Graham White will explain how the Society manages these reserves for a successful future and tells us what can be seen on them.

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3 for RSPB members (£3.50 for non members)

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com