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.

April 2018

Wed
25

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. This is a mid week trip using the 758 Green Line Bus. We will catch the bus at 10.00 am from Bus Stop A in Bridge Street just off the Marlowes ( or at Adeyfield, Queens Square, Longlands at 10.05 am. We shall get off at Green Park and walk down Constitution Hill see the Pelicans and other exotics around St James's Park, before walking around the Serpentine. We will walk across Hyde Park to Marble Arch to catch the 758 either at 14.38 or 16.08 at stop 14A in Park Lane.
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: 10 am

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

Telephone: 01442 833585

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
28

Quiz Night

Location: Apsley Community Centre

Our first Quiz Night of the year will now be on Saturday April 28th, arrive early for a prompt start at 7:30. The venue is Apsley community centre as usual, so parking is easy.

Tables are of 6 people, the cost is £11 per person, this includes fish & chips. Our Quiz nights are fun. It is not a bird quiz, there will be questions on a wide range of topics, you don't have to be a seasoned quizzer to enjoy the night!

Booking is essential, and time is short, so If you would like to book, even if you can't raise a full team, see Ian Wilson at the February meeting or, better still,send him an email.

Time: 7:30 pm

Price: £11 per person

Booking essential

Telephone: 01442 265022

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

May 2018

Mon
14

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