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 2021

Wed
28

Birds of the Medway Estuary - Edward Towne REPLACES - Pineapple peril for Palearctic migrants and African woodland birds - Ann Scott

Location:

This meeting will be held via Zoom. Members will be sent joining instructions by e mail a few days beforehand.
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

Unfortunately the previously advertised event has had to be cancelled. We hope that Ann will present her talk in the 2022 programme.

Birds of the Medway Estuary - Edward Towne

Edward was born in 1947, and joined the RSPB twelve years later. He has watched birds all over the UK and in many European countries - and also in many parts of Africa, North America, India, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

His acquaintance with the Medway Estuary dates from 1983 when he left teaching history in Bristol to become Head of the History Department at King's School, Rochester in Kent. Before that he spent nearly a year in the south of France, within easy reach of the Rhone Delta - the Camargue.

He retired in 2011, and since then he has lectured frequently to adult groups on ornithological and historical topics. He is a volunteer for the Kent Wildlife Trust at the Sevenoaks Wildlife Trust and for the RSPB.

Time: 07.30 pm

Price: Local group members free.

May 2021

Wed
26

Birds of Heath, Moors and Mountains - John Buckingham

Location: This meeting will be held via Zoom. Members will be sent joining instructions by e mail a few days beforehand.

A look at the fascinating species found on our rare local Heathlands, coupled with a visit to the bogs, lochs, forests, moors and mountains of upland Britain. These wild places feature threatened breeding raptors, divers, passerines and waders plus the iconic birds of the 'High Tops'.

John has been a widely published wildlife photographer and is a long-standing and popular lecturer with RSPB and other Natural History and Countryside Groups. For many years he taught courses in Birds and Ecology for several organisations including four universities in London and the SE. John and his wife Sue were honorary wardens on a local Kent Wildlife Trust reserve called Brenchley Wood and they have travelled widely leading bird, wildlife and botany holidays around the world. They set up the Tonbridge RSPB Group in 1975, and John is now ringing and monitoring birds around Kent, including at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory where he is a Trustee and a member of Council.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Local group members free.

September 2021

Wed
29

Annual General Meeting followed by The only way is Gough: Gough Island and the Tristan albatross - Laura Beasley

Location: St Ives, Free Church Hall

Depending on Covid restrictions this venue may be replaced by a Zoom meeting.
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

Gough Island is a remote, uninhabited island in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, in the South Atlantic. It is relied upon by millions of unique seabird species which breed nowhere else. Its importance for threatened species and sites of outstanding universal value earned Gough its World Heritage Site status in 1995. Invasive, non-native mice are now devastating these seabird populations. Two of Gough Island's endemic species, the Tristan albatross and the Gough bunting, are now threatened with extinction. The solution is relatively straightforward, though the operation is logistically complex. The aim is to secure a future for all of Gough Island's fantastic birds and rid one island of invasive non-native species.

Time: 07.30 pm (door opens at 07.15 pm)

Price: Local group members free, others £4.

October 2021

Wed
27

Gulls - what a load of rubbish - Paul Roper

Location: St Ives, Free Church Hall

Depending on Covid restrictions this venue may be replaced by a Zoom meeting.
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

Paul has been ringing and studying birds for over 40 years in the UK, Europe, the far East and Africa. For 30 of those years he has been running a project on a range of gull species which have fed on our waste in landfill sites since the 1950's but whose populations have decreased markedly in the last 30 years. This talk will look at the work of the North Thames Gull Group and explore how ringing gulls can support theories explaining their behaviour and declining numbers.

Time: 7.30 pm (door opens at 7.15 pm)

Price: Local group members free, others £4.

November 2021

Wed
24

20 years of wildlife-friendly farming and research at Hope Farm - Georgina Bray

Location: St Ives, Free Church Hall

Depending on Covid restrictions this venue may be replaced by a Zoom meeting.
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

When Hope Farm was purchased in 2000, there was a core aim to research and demonstrate wildlife-friendly farming to show farmers and policy makers that biodiverse farmland is also profitable farmland. Hope Farm's breeding birds have increased by around 180% over the last 10 years, and wintering birds by around 1700%. Butterflies are still on the up, with 425% more butterflies last year than 20 years ago. Hopefully, this evening will give a flavour of how they have managed this in the last two decades.

Time: 7.30 pm (door opens at 7.15 pm)

Price: Local group members free, others £4.

December 2021

Wed
15

Christmas Social

Location: The Free Church, Market Hill, St Ives
Postcode: PE27 5AL (Google map)

Details to follow

Time: 7.30 pm (door opens at 7.15 pm)

Price: Local group members free, others £4.