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

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.

Open Day 11am-2pm

Gates open for early bird watching 8.30 to 10.00am

Meet at car park in Old Fishery Lane 200 yards below Camelot Rugby Club.

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 Moor Trust.

Time: See above

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.

The reserves we propose to visiting include the Steart, Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath but this will depend upon best sightings closer to the weekend.
We shall meet on Saturday 23th February at Ham Wall Reserve. BA6 9SX at 10.00am.
We shall all stay in the area and hope to see the Starling murmuration on Friday evening at either Ham Wall or Shapwick Heath. Call STARLING HOT LINE on 07866 554142 to find out where they roosted the night before.
Hopefully we will be able to get together for a meal in the evening on Saturday or even Friday as well. It will be down to each of us to book our own accommodation. Below are some of the places we used in 2017.

Double Gates Farm B&B, Godney, BA51RX. 01458 832217 www.doublegatefarm.com Incl full English Excellent. £60 per single incl en suite b & b. Excellent (Would have been £70 for a double.) Homemade cake and pot of tea on arrival. Quirky Sheppey Inn next door for excellent evening meal. Right in middle of Avalon Marshes, Westhay Moor, Shapwick Heath, Ham Wall. Alan Corner would definitely go there again.

Meare Manor Country House & Restaurant, 60 St. Mary's Road, Meare, Glastonbury BA6 9SR. 01458 860449 www.mearemanor.com mail@mearemanor.com Incl full English. Excellent. £66.50 double room b&b This was their smallest room. Converted Victorian vicarage, lots of character. Just north of Ham Wall. Previous group visitor: "hotel was fine, happy to go back there and the Avalon Marshes."

Premier Inn, Rowdens Rd, Wells. 0333 234 6496 www.premierinns. Breakfast £9. £72 / double room. Usual Premier Inn quality. Easy walk into Wells, 20 minutes to Ham Wall.

The White Hart, Market Place, Somerton, TA11 7LX. 01458 272273 http://whitehartsomerton.com Previous group visitor: "It's a bit quirky, food was good, rooms decent and clean."

The Devonshire Arms, Long Sutton, TA10 9LP. 01458 241271 info@thedevonshirearms.com Previous group visitor: "Our double room was £110 per night b & b. We ate there both evenings and both the dinner and breakfast were delicious. Lovely people, lively bar and restaurant, couldn't fault it. About 12 miles from Ham Wall so we allowed 30 mins bearing in mind horrendously bumpy road surfaces. But, thoroughly recommend it and would definitely stay there again."

Time: Departure times at your discretion

Price: Accommodation cost

Booking essential

Telephone: 01442 833585

E-mail: gwenandalan@hotmail.co.uk

March 2019

Sat
2

Quiz Night

Location: Apsley Community Centre, London Road
Postcode: HP3 9SB (Google map)

Our first Quiz Night of the year is on Saturday 2 March, arrive at 7:30 for a 7:45 start. The venue is Apsley community centre as usual, so parking is easy.

Tables are for 6 people. 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!

There will be a fish & chips supper but the cost still has to be confirmed, depending on the price of the food. It will probably be a little more than the £11 charged for the last quiz night.

Bring your own drinks and snacks to keep you going throughout the evening.

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
Please email or phone Ian Wilson. If you have a party of six that's great but if you do not have that number Ian will should be able to find team mates for you.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: tbc

Booking essential

Telephone: 07929 997759

E-mail: ian.aeronautics@gmail.com

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