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.

June 2020

Thu
18

Friends Wildlife Walk at Rutland Water - CANCELLED

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)

Due to the latest government advice on dealing with the Coronavirus situation, this event has been cancelled.

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

October 2020

Fri
9

Talk - Mediterranean Magic by Steve Lovell

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 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)

Mallorca and Menorca - the scenery, it's wildlife and some of it's lesser known residents.

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

November 2020

Fri
13

Talk - Birding in Morocco by Richard Bashford.

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

There is ample free car parking right outside the building.

To find the Brockington Building click on the Google Map link below which shows the exact location of the entrance, you can also ask for directions from wherever you are.

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

Richard works for the RSPB and also leads tours for Naturetrek.

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: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 Group Members, £4.00 Non members, Students with SU card gratis

December 2020

Fri
11

Talk - TBA

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)

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: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 local group members £4.00 for non-members, LU student gratis with SU card

January 2021

Fri
8

Talk - Leicester and Rutland Swift Partnership by Peter Williams

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

Aiding the conservation of Swifts in Leics & Rutland.

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 local group members £4.00 non-members, LU student gratis with SU card

February 2021

Fri
12

Talk - Discovering Scotland's Western and Northern Isles by Nick Martin.

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.


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

Nick describes himself as an amateur wildlife photographer with a passion for nature and the countryside.

In this digital presentation he will describe the Western Isles of Scotland including Skye and the mysterious Outer Hebrides. then moving north to the magical Shetlands. Images of landscapes and wildlife include everything from orchids to eagles and skuas to otters.

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: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 local group members £4.00 non-members, LU student gratis with SU card. Pay at the door.

March 2021

Fri
12

Talk - Land of Jaguars by Pete Smith.

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

There is ample free parking right outside the building

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


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

Brazilian Pantanal

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.

April 2021

Fri
9

Talk - All roads lead to Shawell by Carl Baggott + AGM

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 Google 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)

All roads lead to Shawell - A year in the life of an epic wanderer which is the lesser black-backed gull.

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.

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: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.50 local group members £4.00 for non-members, LU student gratis with SU card. Pay at the door.

May 2021

Fri
14

Talk - Costa Rica and Borneo by Dave Robinson

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 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 will focus on the Natural History of several areas in the Tropics, with particular emphasis on the birdlife of Costa Rica and Borneo.  Some mammals, insects and plants will also feature - particularly those with interesting or unusual lifestyles.

Dave spent his career as a Research Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry. From a very early age he has been fascinated by all aspects of the natural world - with a particular passion for birds.  Retirement has allowed him to dedicate more time to wildlife activities - including related overseas travel, voluntary work with the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and general wildlife surveying and recording. He is a keen amateur photographer, but is not a fan of using heavy and unwieldy cameras!  With his particular interest in visiting tropical areas, this talk will focus on the birds and general natural history of Costa Rica and Borneo.

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: 7.45pm

Price: £3.50 local group members £4.00 for non-members, LU student gratis with SU card. Pay at the door.