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.

September 2019

Wed
18

Indoor meeting and AGM - Maggie Brown - The Work of the Yorkshire Bat Group

Location: Friends Meeting House, St Mark's St (off Woodhouse Lane opposite the University Mechanical Engineering building)
Postcode: LS2 9DX (Google map)

To complement our Annual General Meeting, this talk will highlight the bat species we have in West Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Bat Group's current projects to survey bats in the county. The talk will highlight the bat species we have in West Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Bat Group's current projects to survey bats in the county.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Free admission to the AGM

E-mail: rspbleeds@googlemail.com

Sat
21

Coach outing - YWT Spurn

Location: Coach departs from Infirmary Street, City Square, Leeds.

The coach will also pick up 20 minutes before the Infirmary Street departure time, at the main Roundhay Park car park on Princes Avenue, opposite Lidgett Park Road and near Tropical World.

Our new trips season starts with a real corker! Spurn is a hotspot for Autumn migration and their annual 'Migfest' is held in September so we are visiting soon after when migration should be well underway. Some species which have bred here rest and feed up before heading across the North Sea to warmer climes, with many juveniles preparing for their first migration. They are joined by the first winter migrants who consider Britain as their 'warmer climes' and arrive exhausted after their long flight over the sea. It is a time when you just never know what will turn up! You can get off the coach at Easington and walk along the Humber or stay on to where the coach will park up for the day next to the Visitor Centre.

There is a café and toilets in the Visitor Centre but there are also toilets at the Bluebell car park, while those in the Crown and Anchor are for use of customers only. Most walking is on roads or well-trodden paths on level ground.

Time: Coach departs at 8.30am sharp from Infirmary Street (8.10am from Roundhay Park)

Price: £20.00

Booking essential

Telephone: 07722 120540

October 2019

Wed
16

Indoor Meeting - Tim Melling: Antarctica, Walking with Penguins

Location: Friends Meeting House, St Mark's St (off Woodhouse Lane opposite the University Mechanical Engineering building)
Postcode: LS2 9DX (Google map)

This talk covers a trip from Tierra del Fuego in South America, to the Falklands, then South Georgia, then down to Antarctica. There are lots of birds, especially seabirds with many albatrosses and penguins, as well as whales, seals and spectacular scenery.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Group members £4.00, non-members £5.00

E-mail: rspbleeds@googlemail.com

Sat
19

Coach Outing - RSPB Titchwell

Location: Coach departs from Infirmary Street, City Square, Leeds.

The coach will also pick up 20 minutes before the Infirmary Street departure time, at the main Roundhay Park car park on Princes Avenue, opposite Lidgett Park Road and near Tropical World.

It may be daunting to get up for an early start on the long journey to this reserve on the north Norfolk coast, but everyone always loves its wide range of habitats from woodland to reedbeds; freshwater lagoons to saltwater lagoons; and the beach; and October is a month when anything can turn up. The over-wintering geese and ducks should be here in good numbers by this time. And there is often a bearded tit or two pinging in and out of the reedbed.

The reserve has toilets in the car park, a shop and a café serving light meals and hot and cold drinks. All paths are good and on level ground and there are boardwalks to some of the reedbed hides. It may be daunting to get up for an early start on the long journey to this reserve on the north Norfolk coast, but everyone always loves its wide range of habitats from woodland to reedbeds; freshwater lagoons to saltwater lagoons; and the beach; and October is a month when anything can turn up. The over-wintering geese and ducks should be here in good numbers by this time. And there is often a bearded tit or two pinging in and out of the reedbed.

The reserve has toilets in the car park, a shop and a café serving light meals and hot and cold drinks. All paths are good and on level ground and there are boardwalks to some of the reedbed hides.

Time: Coach departs at 7.30am sharp from Infirmary Street (7.10am from Roundhay Park)

Price: £23.00

Booking essential

Telephone: 07722 120540

November 2019

Sat
9

Coach Outing - RSPB Frampton Marsh

Location: Coach departs from Infirmary Street, City Square, Leeds.

The coach will also pick up 20 minutes before the Infirmary Street departure time, at the main Roundhay Park car park on Princes Avenue, opposite Lidgett Park Road and near Tropical World.

Another early start, but this trip promises to be worth it. This will be our first visit to this reserve on the edge of The Wash which is rapidly gaining the reputation for hosting rare waders, as well as being one of the main over-wintering areas for large numbers of waders and wildfowl. The reserve comprises wet grassland, freshwater scrapes and salt marsh with 3 trails and several hides. As of August, there is still a long staying long-billed dowitcher...!

The visitor centre has toilets and also sells hot and cold drinks and confectionary. Most paths are good and level but those along the sea wall are grass and may be muddy. There are some steps up and down the sea wall.

Time: Coach departs at 7.30am sharp from Infirmary Street (7.10am from Roundhay Park)

Price: £19.00

Booking essential

Telephone: 07722 120540

Wed
20

Indoor Meeting - Ian Newton: Costa Rica, Search for the Resplendent Quetzal

Location: Friends Meeting House, St Mark's St (off Woodhouse Lane opposite the University Mechanical Engineering building)

This talk highlights four areas of Costa Rica to give a flavour of one of the most diverse regions anywhere in the world. Birds predominate, including hummingbirds and possibly the world's most beautiful bird, the resplendent quetzal. Other subjects include flowers, insects and poison dart frogs.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Group members £4.00, non-members £5.00

E-mail: rspbleeds@googlemail.com