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.

February 2019

Thu
21

Wildlife Walk at Swithland Reservoir North

Location: Turn into Kinchley Lane, and follow this round to the dam where we meet. SK556148. Nearest Post Code LE12 8UW.

Latitude/longitude: 52.728438,-1.177385 (Google map)

These are morning walks which take place during weekdays. We meet at 10.00 a.m. and return to vehicles around midday. Some of the party like to find somewhere for a light lunch though this is, of course, optional.

The walks are mostly in term-time but if any children join us they must be looked after by an adult. Walking distance does not exceed 2 or 3 miles. While the walks do not involve strenuous climbs there are some uphill sections and some rough or marshy paths. You are strongly advised to wear boots or good walking shoes.

For more information about Swithland Reservoir please go to the Places to see birds section of the Loughborough Group website and click on Swithland Reservoir.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

E-mail: bobmudge@btinternet.com

March 2019

Fri
8

Talk - Birds: Their Hidden World by Peter Holden MBE

Location: Lecture Theatre U020, Brockington Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough.

There is ample free car parking right outside the building.

To find the lecture theatre click on the Googe Map link below, which shows the exact location of the entrance, especially if you use the satellite view.

Latitude/longitude: 52.765903,-1.227683 (Google map)

This talk looks at British birds and their amazing lives, the sort of information that most 'bird books' leave out!. We look at their adaptation and aspects of reproduction; from the secretive time of acquiring a territory and building a nest to their highly developed social behaviour and the roles of the different sexes.

On the way we will consider the purpose of bird song, by listening to common examples, and we will explore the mystery of mechanical sound used by a few familiar species. Finally, we will consider, if left to their own devises, how long can these birds survive in the wild.

Peter was on the RSPB staff for more than 40 years. Initially he ran the RSPB's junior membership, during which time he devised the Big Garden Birdwatch. Later he headed The RSPB's volunteer programme and then People Engagement which was responsible for developing activities such as 'Aren't Bird Brilliant' and 'Date with Nature' which connected large numbers of people with local wildlife.

For many years he advised Blue Peter and often appeared in their garden! In 1994-5 he joined Bill Oddie in a BBC 1 series called Bird in the Nest and he has contributed to Springwatch.

Peter has co-authored more than a dozen books, including the RSPB Handbook of British Birds and, most recently, Birds: A Hidden World. In total Peter's books have sold well over a million copies.

Peter was awarded an MBE for services to Nature Conservation in the 2009 New Year's Honours List.

We get the best speakers and also have one of the best lecture theatres on the Loughborough University campus - tiered padded seats. wheelchair access and a sound system with a hearing loop - it is of more than adequate size for our audience, which gives everybody that bit of extra space.

Tea, coffee and hot chocolate should be available - 70p or 50p if you bring your own mug.

A selection of wild bird food is usually available for sale.

Time: 7.45 pm

Price: £3.50 Group Members, £4.00 Non members, Students with SU card gratis. Pay at the door.

E-mail: joanna.richart@gmail.com

Sun
10

Coach Trip to Frampton Marsh RSPB Reserve - Lincolnshire

Location: The coach leaves from Brockington Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough.

For further instructions as to how to find the Brockington Building click on the GoogleMap link below which shows the exact location of the car park.

Latitude/longitude: 52.76593,-1.22735 (Google map)

A major new extension to this coastal wetland reserve includes a reedbed, large freshwater scrapes and wet grassland. These habitats have all been created to bring the wildlife of the Wash closer to you.

New facilities include a visitor centre with toilets; the centre has a refreshments area where you can get a hot or cold drink and a snack. There are three hides - two with 360-degree views - and over 3 km of new footpaths to explore.

Frampton Marsh is at the leading edge of visitor and habitat nature conservation planning. The RSPB has designed every aspect of the new habitats and facilities to maximise the value for wildlife and the opportunities for visitors. Ideally positioned between Norfolk and the Midlands, a visit will be well rewarded.

The first returning brent geese arrive in September and can be seen grazing on the saltmarsh. The highest tides of the year are in September and force thousands of waders to seek refuge from the tide on the highest parts of the marsh, usually just over the sea bank. The early autumn period can be good for visible migration of swallows and yellow wagtails.

For even more information about Frampton marsh look at Reserves on the main RSPB website - http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/f/framptonmarsh/index.aspx

The bookings for this trip have been assessed and there are sufficient to make it financially viable hence it will definitely run, there are still seats available so please come and join us if you wish.

Bookings for this trip can also be made via the Contact Us on the Loughborough group website.

Please note:-

We do not ask for a deposit prior to the trip but assess the viability of the trip from bookings made. We are a small group and our trips are a large financial risk to us, we would ask that any cancellations made within 14 days of the trip or failure to travel, incur a 10 pound payment per booked seat. This ensures we can continue to offer field trips at a reasonable cost and remain financially sound.

We will endeavor to fill any canceled places and be sympathetic to exceptional circumstances.

Time: 7.30am

Price: Expected cost £20 + Admission, Accompanied under14s £5 - All money is collected on the coach, please DO NOT send money with your booking, it only makes things more difficult.

Booking essential

Telephone: 0780 1580522

E-mail: davenewham55@gmail.com

Thu
21

Wildlife Walk at Beacon Hill Country Park

Location: Lower car-park on Breakback Road off Woodhouse Lane near Woodhouse Eaves end. SK521147 Woodland, scrub & farmland. Nearest postcode LE12 8TA.

Latitude/longitude: 52.728786,-1.229207 (Google map)

These are morning walks which take place during weekdays. We normally meet around 10.00 a.m. and return to vehicles around midday. Some of the party usually find somewhere for a light lunch though this is, of course, optional.

The walks are mostly in term-time but if any children join us they must be looked after by an adult. Walking distance does not exceed 2 or 3 miles. While the walks do not involve strenuous climbs there are some uphill sections and some rough or marshy paths. You are strongly advised to wear boots or good walking shoes.

For more information about Beacon Hill please go to the Places to see birds section of the Loughborough Group website and click on Beacon Hill.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

E-mail: bobmudge@btinternet.com

April 2019

Sun
7

Coach trip to Fairburn Ings and Old Moor RSPB Reserves - Yorkshire

Location: Coach leaves from Brockington Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way Loughborough.

For further instructions as to how to find the Brockington Building click on the GoogleMap link below which shows the exact location of the car park.

Latitude/longitude: 52.76593,-1.22735 (Google map)

Fairburn Ings near Castleford West Yorkshire protects a complex of wetland habitats created by subsidence in a former coal mining area.

They include open water, wet grassland, reedbed and wet woodland. Other habitats, including dry grassland, deciduous woodland and lagoons, have been restored on the former coal spoil heaps.

The reserve is important for waterfowl and waders, farmland birds and other wildlife. The RSPB is working to maintain and enhance biodiversity, while developing the reserve as a local centre for nature conservation and environmental education.

Then, heading on a basically homeward direction we will visit RSPB Old Moor near Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Situated right at the heart of the Dearne Valley, Old Moor is a wonderful place to come and watch wildlife. The skies, fields and open water are teeming with birds throughout the year.

In spring look out for great crested grebes performing their courtship dance; brown hares boxing in the meadows; newly hatched butterflies; sand martins returning to the nest bank; warblers, such as whitethroats, returning in full song; the swooping display flight and 'pee-wit' call of the lapwing and an array of cheerful early flowers like cowslips.

Both reserves have visitor centres, toilets, shop and refreshments but for full details about them please have a look at the Reserves section of the main RSPB website.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/fairburn-ings/

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/dearne-valley-old-moor/

Bookings for this trip can also be made via the Contact Us on the Loughborough group website.

Please note:-

We do not ask for a deposit prior to the trip but assess the viability of the trip from bookings made. We are a small group and our trips are a large financial risk to us, we would ask that any cancellations made within 14 days of the trip or failure to travel, incur a 10 pound payment per booked seat. This ensures we can continue to offer field trips at a reasonable cost and remain financially sound.

We will endeavor to fill any cancelled places and be sympathetic to exceptional circumstances.

Time: 7.30 am

Price: Expected cost £25 + Admission, Accompanied under14s £5 - All money is collected on the coach, please DO NOT send money with your booking, it only makes things more difficult.

Booking essential

Telephone: 0780 1580522

E-mail: davenewham55@gmail.com

Fri
12

Talk - Wader Quest by Rick Simpson + AGM

Location: Lecture Theatre U020, Brockington Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough

To find the lecture theatre click on the Googe Map link below, which shows the exact location of the entrance, especially if you use the satellite view.

There is ample free parking right outside the building.

Latitude/longitude: 52.765903,-1.227683 (Google map)

For those who have not heard of Wader Quest this talk introduces the organisation through the beauty and diversity of the waders to be found around the world, some of which are quite surprising. Liberally scattered with stunning photos and information about the birds and some amusing personal anecdotes from Rick and Elis' travels to see waders. It is both entertaining and informative while emphasising the acute crisis that is facing wader conservation and how we can all help to combat it.

Rick and Elis Simpson are a husband and wife team who dedicate their lives to promoting wader conservation. Rick is a lifelong birder, writer and artist and worked for some time as a bird guide in the UK, Spain and Brazil. Elis is a keen photographer whose main interest is birds and wildlife in general.

In Brazil they worked together promoting the cause of conservation of the Atlantic rain forest, particularly among children in the less well-off sections of the community and in schools.

Returning to the UK in 2012 they were looking for a new project. The result was Wader Quest a non-profit, entirely voluntary, charity dedicated to raising awareness about the problems that waders face across the world and to raising funds to support the Community Wader Conservation projects that protect them.

Before the talk we will hold our Annual General Meeting - hence the slightly earlier start.

We get the best speakers and also have one of the best lecture theatres on the Loughborough University campus - tiered padded seats. wheelchair access and a sound system with a hearing loop - it is of more than adequate size for our audience, which gives everybody that bit of extra space.

A selection of wild bird food is usually available for sale.

Tea, coffee and hot chocolate should be available - 70p or 50p if you bring your own mug.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.50 Group Members, £4.00 Non members, LU Students with SU card gratis. Pay at the door.

E-mail: joanna.richart@gmail.com

Tue
16

Wildlife Walk at Cossington Meadow

Location: A6 from Loughborough, follow signs for Rothley. Turn left at traffic lights in Rothley & carry on past Cossington Mill. Reserve entrance is on left. SK599135

Latitude/longitude: 52.712130,-1.117003 (Google map)

These are morning walks which take place during weekdays. We normally meet around 10.00 a.m. and return to vehicles around midday. Some of the party usually find somewhere for a light lunch though this is, of course, optional.

The walks are mostly in term-time but if any children join us they must be looked after by an adult. Walking distance does not exceed 2 or 3 miles. While the walks do not involve strenuous climbs there are some uphill sections and some rough or marshy paths. You are strongly advised to wear boots or good walking shoes.

For more information about Cossington Meadow please go to the Places to see birds section of the Loughborough Group website and click on Cossington Meadow

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

E-mail: bobmudge@btinternet.com

May 2019

Thu
9

Wildlife Walk at Calke Park

Location: On A514 at Ticknall between Swadlingcote and Melbourne. Entry via Ticknall main entrance only, see map below. Nearest post code to car park is DE73 7LE
Latitude/longitude: 52.812489,-1.473633 (Google map)

These are morning walks which take place during weekdays. We normally meet around 10.00 a.m. and return to vehicles around midday. Some of the party usually find somewhere for a light lunch though this is, of course, optional.

The walks are mostly in term-time but if any children join us they must be looked after by an adult. Walking distance does not exceed 2 or 3 miles. While the walks do not involve strenuous climbs there are some uphill sections and some rough or marshy paths. You are strongly advised to wear boots or good walking shoes.

For more information about Calke Park please go to the Links section of the Loughborough Group website and click on Calke Park.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Entrance fee to park £3.80 - NT members free.

E-mail: bobmudge@btinternet.com

Fri
10

Members Evening

Location: Lecture Theatre U020, Brockington Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough

There is ample free parking right outside the building.

To find the lecture theatre click on the Google Map link below, which shows the exact location of the entrance, especially if you use the satellite view, you can also ask for directions from wherever you are.

Latitude/longitude: 52.765903,-1.227683 (Google map)

Breaking with tradition, we have decided to give 'the stage' to the members of the group. Many of the group take photographs but feel they don't have enough to fill a full talk, so we've decided to give them the opportunity of doing 'mini-presentations' on a nature topic or topics of their choice.

We have two willing volunteers at the moment, but there is space for more - please get in touch if you would like to have a go.

TONY WESTAWAY

Tony enjoys taking wildlife photographs for fun and even if he claims to be far from being a professional photographers - his pictures are rather stunning.
He has been lucky enough to have visited several countries (mainly African) for wildlife trips. As a results he has a lot of photos of animals including birds.

He has two short presentations -  

Spot the birdie
The pictures we will see in this talk are not normally shown. This series will take us to the world of camouflage, it will how good camouflage can be or how well birds and other species hide! This shows, for those who don't have first hand experience, how difficult it is to see animals in the wild even close up!  Other photos would show the birds/animals clearly visible!

Spot the difference. 
Showing how it is hard to tell the difference between some birds and mammals - I guess we all understand that one. Spotting differences in some sub-species of giraffe and zebra can be as challenging as birds!"

JOHN HARPER

Namibia - Africa's best-kept secret.
Namibia, is a beautiful and sparsely populated country on Africa's south-west coast, which has enjoyed stability since gaining independence in 1990. A vast land of contrasts it has within it an extraordinary range of habitats including thornveld, mountains, desert and coastline. It is not surprising therefore that there exists an enormous variety of wildlife. This talk will give a brief introduction to the country and concentrate on the interesting behaviour of some of its birds.

Since primary school John has had an interest in natural history. As a member of the Loughborough RSPB group for many years he initially attended film shows and then talks on a Friday evening. These undoubtedly widened his knowledge, but created a desire to see at first hand the flora and fauna described. Subsequently he has been lucky enough to travel to several different countries to satisfy his hunger.

We have one of the best lecture theatres on the Loughborough University campus - tiered padded seats. wheelchair access and a sound system with a hearing loop - it is of more than adequate size for our audience, which gives everybody that bit of extra space.

Tea, coffee and hot chocolate should be available - 70p or 50p if you bring your own mug.

A selection of wild bird food is usually available for sale.

Time: 7.45 pm

Price: £3.50 Group Members, £4.00 Non members, LU students with SU card gratis, Pay at the door.

E-mail: joanna.richart@gmail.com

June 2019

Sun
2

Coach trip to Paxton Pits Nature Reserve - Cambridgeshire

Location: Coach leaves from Brockington Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough.

For further instructions as to how to find the Brockington Building click on the GoogleMap link below which shows the exact location of the car park.

Latitude/longitude: 52.76593,-1.22735 (Google map)

Paxton Pits is only so good for wildlife and people because it is managed, for both. The Pits complex is owned or leased by several different organisations and companies, each of whom undertakes management for wildlife, with the help of a large group of volunteers.

Birds have been quick to take advantage of the new wetland habitats created by gravel extraction. As scrub and woodland develops around the Pits, other birds move in. Around 70 species breed regularly, with several dozen more spending the winter here. To date, 234 species have been recorded at Paxton Pits, though the 'star' birds are undoubtedly nightingales, other birds of scrub habitat, cormorants and the winter wildfowl.

There is an information centre with refreshments and toilets.

For all of the information about this place have a look at their website - https://sites.google.com/site/paxtonpitsnaturereserve/

Please note:-

We do not ask for a deposit prior to the trip but assess the viability of the trip from bookings made. We are a small group and our trips are a large financial risk to us, we would ask that any cancellations made within 14 days of the trip or failure to travel, incur a £10 payment per booked seat. This ensures we can continue to offer field trips at a reasonable cost and remain financially sound.

We will endeavor to fill any cancelled places and be sympathetic to exceptional circumstances.

Time: 8.00am

Price: Expected cost £25, Accompanied under14s £5 - All money is collected on the coach, please DO NOT send money with your booking, it only makes things more difficult.

Booking essential

Telephone: 0780 1580522

E-mail: davenewham55@gmail.com

Tue
18

Wildlife Walk at Rutland Water

Location: Head for Melton Mowbray and Oakham. A6003 towards Uppingham, then left to Egleton following signs to reserve. Entry fee required. SK878072. Nearest Post Code LE15 8BT.

Latitude/longitude: 52.655725,-0.703303 (Google map)

These are morning walks which take place during weekdays. We normally meet around 10.00 a.m. and return to vehicles around midday. Some of the party usually find somewhere for a light lunch though this is, of course, optional.

The walks are mostly in term-time but if any children join us they must be looked after by an adult. Walking distance does not exceed 2 or 3 miles. While the walks do not involve strenuous climbs there are some uphill sections and some rough or marshy paths. You are strongly advised to wear boots or good walking shoes.


For more information about Rutland Water please go to the Places to see birds section of the Loughborough Group website and click on Rutland Water.

Have a look at the Trip Reports section to see what happened last time we visited.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Entry fee to reserve - see link

E-mail: bobmudge@btinternet.com

August 2019

Fri
16

The British Birdwatching Fair

Location: Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water

Postcode: LE15 8BT (Google map)

This is the premier event of the year for birdwatchers and it happens on the Loughborough Group's doorstep. Go to www.birdfair.org.uk

Time: 9am to 5.30pm

Price: See Birdfair Website

Sat
17

The British Birdwatching Fair

Location: Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water

Postcode: LE15 8BT (Google map)

This is the premier event of the year for birdwatchers and it happens on the Loughborough Group's doorstep. Go to www.birdfair.org.uk

Time: 9am to 5.30pm

Price: See Birdfair Website

Sun
18

The British Birdwatching Fair

Location: Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water

Postcode: LE15 8BT (Google map)

This is the premier event of the year for birdwatchers and it happens on the Loughborough Group's doorstep. Go to www.birdfair.org.uk

Time: 9am to 5.00pm

Price: See Birdfair Website

October 2019

Sun
6

Coach Trip to Titchwell RSPB Reserve - Norfolk

Location: Coach leaves from Brockington Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough where there is ample free car parking.

To find the Brockington Building click on the GoogleMap link below which shows the exact location of the car park.

Latitude/longitude: 52.76593,-1.22735 (Google map)

Whilst Titchwell is changing because of rising sea levels it is still one of the best reserves in the country.

This popular reserve on the north Norfolk coast has something for everyone. A walk from the visitor centre down to the sandy beach takes you past reedbeds and shallow lagoons, which are often full of birds. You can sit on benches or watch from spacious, wheelchair-accessible hides.

A well-stocked shop has a wide range of RSPB gifts and books and a large selection of telescopes and binoculars. They have a servery and inside eating area selling a selection of hot and cold food and drinks, as well as snacks and locally-made cakes.

For even more information about Titchwell look at Reserves on the main RSPB website - http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/t/titchwellmarsh/index.aspx

Have a look at the Trip Reports section to see what happened last time we visited.

Bookings for this trip can also be made via the Contact Us on the Loughborough group website.

Please note:-

We do not ask for a deposit prior to the trip but assess the viability of the trip from bookings made. We are a small group and our trips are a large financial risk to us, we would ask that any cancellations made within 14 days of the trip or failure to travel, incur a 10 pound payment per booked seat. This ensures we can continue to offer field trips at a reasonable cost and remain financially sound.

We will endeavor to fill any cancelled places and be sympathetic to exceptional circumstances.

Time: 7.30 am

Price: Expected cost £25 + Admission, Accompanied under14s £5, - All money is collected on the coach, please DO NOT send money with your booking, it only makes things more difficult.

Booking essential

Telephone: 0780 1580522

E-mail: davenewham55@gmail.com

November 2019

Sun
3

Coach Trip to Saltholme RSPB Reserve - Cleveland

Location: Coach leaves from Brockington Building, Loughborough University, Epinal Way Loughborough.

For further instructions as to how to find the Brockington Building click on the GoogleMap link below which shows the exact location of the car park.


Latitude/longitude: 52.76593,-1.22735 (Google map)

Reed beds are one of Saltholme's really important habitats. As well as benefiting birds such as water rails, reed buntings and reed warblers, many insects are also reliant on reedbeds as habitat. A mixture of other habitats can be found here including open pools, scrapes, wet grassland and a meadow.

Autumn at Saltholme sees migrant wading birds, such as black-tailed godwit, ruff and green sandpiper continue to pass through. A few rarities such as curlew sandpiper, little stint, spoonbill, pectoral sandpiper and lesser yellowleg, might just be seen as they stop off for short periods on their migration. Huge, shimmering flocks of golden plovers and lapwings arrive to spend winter with us and can be seen around pool edges and on grassland.

There is a visitor centre with toilets, shop and cafe.

For even more information about Saltholme please look at Reserves on the main RSPB website -

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/saltholme/

Please note:-

We do not ask for a deposit prior to the trip but assess the viability of the trip from bookings made. We are a small group and our trips are a large financial risk to us, we would ask that any cancellations made within 14 days of the trip or failure to travel, incur a 10 pound payment per booked seat. This ensures we can continue to offer field trips at a reasonable cost and remain financially sound.

We will endeavor to fill any cancelled places and be sympathetic to exceptional circumstances.

Time: 7.30 am

Price: Expected cost £25 + Admission, Accompanied under14s £5 - All money is collected on the coach, please DO NOT send money with your booking, it only makes things more difficult.

Booking essential

Telephone: 0780 1580522

E-mail: davenewham55@gmail.com