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.

December 2018

Wed
19

Christmas Social

Location: The Free Church, St Ives, upstairs room (a lift is available)
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

Everyone is asked to bring along a sweet or savoury delight to add to the 'bring and share' finger buffet. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be on sale but if you would like something specific or alcohol to drink, please feel free to bring that along too.

Whilst eating, drinking and socialising you can wrestle with the quiz and listen to brief introductions to RSPB Fowlmere and the Wildlife Trust Reserve at Godmanchester, plus an update from Chris Bowden on activities on the Fenland Reserves and an account of one of Alice Kendrick's adventures.

Time: Doors open 7.00pm for start at 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

January 2019

Sun
6

Field Trip - Rutland Water and Nene Washes

Location: Meet at Waitrose Car Park, St Ives or alternatively elsewhere en route by arrangement with John Leach

We start the year with a visit to Rutland Water and the Nene Washes to witness winter spectacles as resident and visiting birds group together to face the challenges of the season. The plan is to visit Rutland Water nature reserve and to travel home via the Nene Washes stopping at either Eldernell or March Farmers. The proposal is that we should leave the car park in St. Ives at about 7.30 and arrive at Rutland Water just before 9.00 when the visitor centre opens. There is a charge for visiting the site but the actual amount will be determined by how many of us go, if there are more than 10 of us then it should be £4.00 each. As is usual on these trips we will take a packed lunch and we will make a contribution to the driver of the car you travel with for fuel. Sturdy footwear will be needed and we will need to be prepared for whatever the weather may throw at us. We will aim to be back in St Ives by 6.00pm

Time: 07.30 am start

Price: No charge to Local Group members. Others £4. Travel and reserve entry expenses are shared

E-mail: johnleach@waitrose.com

Wed
30

Puffins in simmering seas: a threat to seabirds and their food supplies - Dr Euan Dunn MBE

Location: St Ives Free Church.

Euan will take us through the puffin's annual cycle, explore the threats it faces, especially the impact of climate change and what the RSPB and others are doing to protect it and other seabirds in our increasingly pressured seas. We tend to take this iconic seabird for granted but in 2015 it was listed as "globally threatened with extinction". Many of our other seabirds are not in great shape either. Euan is the RSPB's principal advisor on marine issues, joining the RSPB in 1994.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

February 2019

Wed
27

From Stone-curlews to Skylarks - Richard Winspear

Location: St Ives Free Church
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

Richard spent eight happy years on the RSPB Stone-curlew Project in Wessex before moving to the Lodge as the RSPB Agricultural Advisor. Protecting Stone-curlews from extinction involved working with farmers and the Ministry of Defence and is one of the most significant bird conservation success stories in Europe. The RSPB has been highly influential in determining what government grants for farmers look like, not least through demonstrating what is possible on its own Hope Farm and now is a really important time to influence what the first UK Agricultural Policy for over 40 years will look like.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

March 2019

Wed
27

Welney through the Seasons - Tony Winchester

Location: St Ives Free Church
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

In this talk on Welney there will be additional emphasis on the migratory issues and challenges facing Bewick's swans, whose main stronghold is the Ouse Washes. Tony Winchester is the WWT Welney Ambassador. He has 5 years' experience of conservation working with both WWT and National Trust.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

April 2019

Wed
24

The Spectacular Life of Swifts! - Drew Lyness

Location: St Ives Free Church
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

Join Drew, as he celebrates the incredible world of swifts and describes how they have captured our nation's imagination! Drew is a passionate naturalist, Next Generation Birder, and the RSPB's Local Groups Officer for Eastern England. He was inspired by city wildlife while growing up in industrial South London and the common swift remains a species close to his heart.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

Sun
28

Field Trip

Location: Watch the website for details nearer the date

An all day reserve-based trip in search of the birds of early summer.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00. Travel expenses shared.

September 2019

Wed
25

Annual General Meeting followed by Birdlife and Management of the Nene Washes - Charlie Kitchin

Location: St Ives Free Church
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

The talk starts with some history about Fens drainage, archaeology and the creation of the washes before moving on to describe the key wildlife and how the RSPB manages the habitat.
Charlie has worked for the RSPB as a warden since 1985 and been the site manager at the Nene Washes since 1991.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

October 2019

Wed
30

Wings and Things of Scotland - Richard Pople

Location: St Ives Free Church
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

This talk was born as a result of many individual trips to Scotland to record and photograph the birds, butterflies, dragonflies, moths and the scenery.
Richard has been a birder for over 60 years and has travelled extensively around the world, watching and photographing both birds and the countries' cultures. His own photographs have been used to prepare his many talks. He has had a lengthy involvement with the RSPB.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.

November 2019

Wed
27

Bulgaria - a Birders and Botanists Dream - Ann Scott

Location: St Ives Free Church
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

Ann Scott is a retired RSPB Senior Wildlife Adviser who originally visited Bulgaria in the early 1980s with her husband, Bob Scott and then led many tours to that country. She is still a regular visitor to Bulgaria whose wealth of birds, plants and other wildlife make it one of the best places in Europe to enjoy a really good holiday with spectacular scenery, excellent food, wine and happy people.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Local group members free, others £4.00.