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.

October 2018

Wed
24

Lemsford Springs car trip

Location: Lemsford Springs

https://www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/lemsford-springs
Postcode: AL8 7TN (Google map)

Lemsford Springs is a charming HMWT site and only 16 miles from Two Waters.

There's a fascinating array of habitats: shallow spring-fed lagoons, marsh, willow woodland, hedgerow and meadow - it's fantastic for winter bird watching.

The old watercress beds are excellent for water birds, as it does not freeze in cold winter weather. Water rail, common snipe, jack snipe, and green sandpiper may be seen from the hides, feeding on shrimps that are abundant in the freshwater lagoons.

Non HMWT members are asked to make a donation for entrance.

Time: Meet at 9.30am at Gadebridge Park car park on the Leighton Buzzard Road

Price: Travel and donation if not HMWT member.

Telephone: 07952 866591

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

November 2018

Mon
5

Birds of the Camargue

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

Edward Towne takes us on a trip to this beautiful area to hear about the wide variety of indigenous and migrating birds The Grand Draw will take place at this meeting

Time: 8.00 pm

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

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

Sat
17

Quiz Night

Location: Apsley Community Centre, Apsley, London Rd, Hemel Hempstead.
There is plenty of space to park just up Durrants Hill Road in the car park that's free in the evening.
Postcode: HP3 9SB (Google map)

A fun quiz evening with prizes and a raffle that's all energised at half time with delicious fish and chips. You are very welcome to bring your own drinks and nibbles.
Each table has a maximum of six people so bring some friends.
If your table has fewer than six and you would like to add to your team Ian can usually find extra players for you. Just ask.
Reserve your table now by emailing Ian.
Ian's email address is: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £11.00 per person

Booking essential

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

Sat
24

Coach Trip to WWT Slimbridge

Location: Slimbridge

We have booked a coach to go to the Slimbridge Wetland Centre. We will meet at 7.00 am at the Gadebridge Car Park on the Leighton Buzzard Road.

Slimbridge was the first Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) to be opened, on the 10th of November 1946, due to the vision of Sir Peter Scott.

It cares for and studies ducks, geese and swans of the world and offers excellent opportunities for bird watching and photography.

Slimbridge contains a mosaic of pools, lagoons, reed beds and meadows.

There are 15 zones to explore containing a large variety of captive birds from all over the world as well as areas where native birds come and go including reintroduced common cranes.

Time: Meet at 6.50 am at Gadebridge car park Leighton Buzzard Rd

Price: £22

Telephone: 07952866591

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

December 2018

Mon
3

Freeing the Eagles - The Hudson Legacy

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

Author and conservationist Conor Jameson explains why there is a life-size painting of Henry Hudson at The Lodge, RSPB's HQ

Time: 8.00 pm

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

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

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)

Rainham Marshes protect 411 hectares of ancient, low-lying grazing marsh in the Thames Estuary. It's a complex of wet grassland and ditches together with dryer grassland and scrub that supports many breeding and wintering birds. Wildlife also includes scarce insects and a key population of the nationally declining water vole along with interesting wetland plants.

Scrapes and pools provide feeding and breeding habitat for waders and ducks. The woodland is great for small birds, such as warblers woodpeckers and it is an important invertebrate refuge, especially in the area called the cordite store (it is a former military firing range).

Areas of reed beds provide home to resident Marsh Harriers and Bearded Tits.

Habitat management includes grazing cattle and managing water levels, to create a mosaic of tussocky wet grassland, reedbeds and semi-permanent pools. This benefits important plant species, such as golden dock. Managing the ditch systems also benefits water voles, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.

Some areas of tall grass and scrub are left unmanaged to provide different habitats. Wildlife in these areas includes small mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and birds such as wintering Short-eared Owls and breeding Reed Buntings.

Rainham Marshes is 50 miles from Two Waters.

Time: tba

Price: Travel

Telephone: 07952866591

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

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