Events

Stout footwear, warm clothing and packed lunches are recommended for field outings, which will be joint outings with Lancaster and District Birdwatching Society. If you need transport for an outing please ring RSPB Lancaster Local Group Leader Valerie Hall (01524 241606) at least 6 days beforehand. Everyone is welcome, especially inexperienced birdwatchers.
If weather forecasts are poor, please ring 01524 241606 the previous night, before 9pm. The leader has discretion to cancel an event if weather conditions are bad.
*We hope that members will do their best to reduce car use by car-sharing as much as possible.*

January 2018

Thu
18

A Life of Birds - Isle of May and Eden Valley by Mike Carrier

Location: Meet in the St John's Ambulance meeting rooms, Sands Avenue, Kendal. Park at the council offices in Windermere Road.

An illustrated talk by Mike Carrier about the birdlife of these two diverse habitats.
Joint meeting with the RSPB South Lakes Group.

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: Free - donations welcome!

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

February 2018

Sat
3

Upper Lune Estuary Walk

Location: Meet at the far end of Lancaster Quay (SD 459617)

Upper Lune Estuary - A walk along the banks of this tidal stretch of the river to see wildfowl, waders and farmland birds.
Leader- Michael Gardner

Time: 10 am

Price: Free - donations welcome!

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

Sat
17

Coffee Morning

Location: United Reformed Church Hall, Sefton Road, Heysham

Saturday 17 February (10.00 am)
Coffee Morning - An event to support your local group. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee, meet friends and browse items for sale at the United Reformed Church Hall, Sefton Road, Heysham.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free - donations welcome!

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

Wed
21

Island Endemics by David Talbot

Location: Meet at the Centre @ Halton, Low Road, Halton, Lancaster
Postcode: LA2 6NB (Google map)

An illustrated talk by local naturalist and photographer David Talbot about Island Endemics and illustrated by his photographs taken on his numerous wildlife trips.

Please note that this event replaces the talk previously advertised "The Brenne National Park - a haven for wildlife" by Chris Mooney.

Time: 2.30 pm

Price: We request a donation of £2.00 (members) or £3.00 (non- members) to help defray the costs of the meeting

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

March 2018

Sat
17

Visit to Brown Robin Nature Reserve - Grange over Sands, Cumbria

Location: Meet at the far end of the Cumbria Grand Hotel car park (SD 411791)

Brown Robin Nature Reserve - A visit to this reserve managed by Cumbria Wildlife Trust, to see early spring flowers and birds such as the green woodpecker and perhaps the hawfinch. Followed by a walk along the bay as the tide rises.
Leader -Tony Saunders, Hon. Warden

Time: 9.45 am

Price: Free - donations welcome!

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

Wed
21

Japan : A Wildlife Winter Wonderland - An illustrated talk by Barrie Cooper

Location: Meet at the Centre@ Halton, Lancaster
Postcode: LA2 6NB (Google map)

Barrie will be taking us to the land of the rising sun with views of endemic and East Asian birds along with various species of cranes, owls and eagles. He will also be introducing us to the famous snow monkeys.

Time: 2.30 pm

Price: We request a donation of £2.00 (members) or £3.00 (non- members) to help defray the costs of the meeting

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

April 2018

Wed
18

Badgers - Ecology and Current Issues by Phil Dykes

Location: Meet at the Centre @ Halton, Lancaster.
Postcode: LA2 6NB (Google map)

An illustrated talk by Phil Dykes, a representative of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, about the lifestyle and also the issues that surround this shy and nocturnal mammal.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: We request a donation of £2.00 (members) or £3.00 (non- members) to help defray the costs of the meeting

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

Sun
22

Visit to a Wildlife Garden in Ingleton

Location: Meet at Bank House, Westhouse, by Ingleton (SD677743)
Postcode: LA6 3NP (Google map)

A Wildlife Garden - a visit to the this extensive garden courtesy of Liz and Roger Neale. A garden and surrounding area full of bird song, where we hope for good views of warblers.
Drop in for a cuppa and a wander, and maybe take home a new plant. (11.00 am to 4.00 pm)

Time: 11 am

Price: Free - donations welcome!

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

Mon
30

Seawatch at Heysham Harbour and Red Nab

Location: Meet at Heysham nature reserve car park (SD 407601)

A migration hot spot with a chance to observe the many waders and some migratory birds before and during the high tide period.
Leader - Jean Roberts

Time: 8.30 am

Price: Free - donations welcome!

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

May 2018

Wed
16

Foulshaw Moss Ospreys - an illustrated talk by Paul Waterhouse

Location: Meet at the Centre @ Halton.
Postcode: LA2 6NB (Google map)

Paul is a reserves officer for Cumbria Wildlife Trust, and will talk about the reserve at Foulshaw Moss and the Ospreys who have returned annually to nest there.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: We request a donation of £2.00 (members) or £3.00 (non- members) to help defray the costs of the meeting

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

Sat
19

Walk at Littledale

Location: Meet at Baines Cragg car park (SD545617)

Littledale - A walk through this delightful upland valley in springtime with the opportunity of seeing a variety of woodland and moorland birds. An all day walk of approximately 5 miles.
Leader - Graham Thomas

Time: 10.30 am

Price: Free - donations welcome!

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

July 2018

Tue
17

Visit to Hay Bridge Nature Reserve

Location: Meet in the reserve car park (SD336876)

A return visit to this private nature reserve that lies within the peaceful Rusland Valley. A mixed habitat including a raised bog area and coppiced woodland. with an interesting visitor and exhibition/information centre. A place where ospreys nested for the first time in 2017.
Leader - Val Hall

Time: 10 am

Price: Free - donations welcome!

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

Sat
21

Visit to RSPB Hodbarrow

Location: Meet at the car park at the end of Mainsgate Road (SD179782)

RSPB Hodbarrow - This nature reserve, a former industrial site near the Duddon Estuary, offers good views of breeding birds such as common and sandwich terns. Specialist plants such as marsh and bee orchids can be found and also possibly the rare dark green fritillary butterfly
Leader - Ken Harrison

Time: 10.30 am

Price: Free - donations welcome!

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

August 2018

Wed
15

Bat Evening with Gail Armstrong

Location: Meet at the Centre @ Halton
Postcode: LA2 6NB (Google map)

A Bat Evening- We start with an illustrated talk about these interesting mammals by bat expert Gail Armstrong. Followed by (weather permitting) a walk down to the river bank as dusk approaches equipped with bat detectors to experience the thrill of hearing (on the detector) and then seeing the bats fly by.

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: Free - donations welcome!

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

September 2018

Sat
8

Walk by the River Lune

Location: Meet at the old railway station Halton (SD542605)

The river at Crook O' Lune - A walk along the river Lune to see the butterfies and other wildlife of early autumn.
Leader - Anne Clark

Time: 10 am

Price: Free - donations welcome!

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

Wed
19

Kruger National Park - illustrated talk by David Tolliday plus AGM

Location: Meet at The Holt, Leighton Moss RSPB reserve, Storrs Lane, Silverdale
Postcode: LA5 0SW (Google map)

An illustrated talk by wildlife photographer David Tolliday about the wildlife and people of this South African national park.
This talk will follow the group AGM

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: We request a donation of £2.00 (members) or £3.00 (non- members) to help defray the costs of the meeting

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

October 2018

Wed
10

Visit to Pilling Area

Location: Meet at Lane Ends picnic area, Pilling (SD414494)

Lane Ends and Pilling - our annual visit to see the thousands of wintering geese and waders that congregate in this southern end of Morecambe Bay.
Leaders Ken Harrison and Michael Gardner

Time: 10 am

Price: Free - donations welcome!

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

Wed
17

Farming with Nature at RSPB Haweswater - An illustrated talk by Lee Schofield

Location: Meet at the Centre @ Halton
Postcode: LA2 6NB (Google map)

Lee is the site manager of this reserve that lies within the eastern fells of the Lake District. Here the RSPB is working in co-operation with the local landowner United Utilities, to demonstrate more sustainable methods of hill farming.

Time: 2.30 pm

Price: We request a donation of £2.00 (members) or £3.00 (non- members) to help defray the costs of the meeting

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

November 2018

Thu
8

Silverdale and Arnside Coastal Walk

Location: Meet at Leighton Moss car park (or Arnside station if more convenient to travel from another station along the line).

We will travel by train from Silverdale station to Arnside, returning on foot to Silverdale to see the wildlife of early winter.
After skirting the Kent Estuary at Arnside Marsh we will head inland to the Local Nature Reserve of Teddy Heights, and the edge of Silverdale Moss. Passing through Gait Barrows NNR we will then make our way back to Leighton Moss and Silverdale Station.
Leader - John Webb

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free - donations welcome!

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

Wed
21

Local Group Social Event

Location: Meet at the Centre @ Halton
Postcode: LA2 6NB (Google map)

An afternoon of activities including a wildlife film presentation, a quiz and a competition. Refreshments with a Christmas theme.

Time: 2.30 pm

Price: We request a donation of £2.00 (members) or £3.00 (non- members) to help defray the costs of the meeting

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com

December 2018

Fri
7

Visit to Teal Bay

Location: Meet near the VVV Health club (SD 461659).

Our annual pre Christmas get together. As the high tide approaches a wader watch at the eastern end of Morecambe promenade. Followed by mince pies and refreshments at Heysham.
Leaders - Chris and Bill Ashby

Time: 10 am

Price: Free - donations welcome!

Telephone: 01524 241606

E-mail: rspblancaster@gmail.com