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.

November 2019

Thu
21

Friends Wildlife Walk at Thornton Reservoir

Location: Thornton is about 2 miles south west of Markfield (Field Head). Meet in the Reservoir Car-Park. SK471075. Nearest postcode LE67 1AR.

Latitude/longitude: 52.662517,-1.306269 (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.

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

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

E-mail: bobmudge@btinternet.com

December 2019

Fri
13

Talk - Uganda - A look at the Country, Habitats, the People and the Wildlife by Nigel Slater

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)

Nigel made the trip to Uganda in 2008 when he turned 50. He went to Africa to hide from everyone! He contacted an independent provider in Uganda who would drive him round his own itinerary that he had researched. He wanted a feel of real Africa, not the typical tourist view, so there isn't a huge list of species. He set out to see two key species and the rest was a bonus, they are: Shoe-billed stork and Mountain Gorilla. 

This talk is about Nigel's trip, experiences, the smells, villages, people , dust, mud and dodgy roads, not a long list of birds. But some of them really spectacular species. Nigel is not a photographer,  this is his personal record of the trip which should give true feel of raw Africa.

There will be a mixture of animals, plants, birds and scenery

Nigel grew up next to Attenborough Nature reserve and soon found it was a great place to explore. He has never stopped being amazed about the continually changing wildlife there. He became a bird ringer; a warden and now he guides walks and is on the Management Committee of the Reserve. Nigel's passion is to enthuse people about what can be found on their doorsteps. Bird migration is his biggest interest and he loves exploring the wildlife of Britain.

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

E-mail: joanna.richart@gmail.com

Thu
19

Friends Wildlife Walk at Watermead Park

Location: A6 towards Leicester then left on to A46. Straight across roundabout at Hobby Horse pub then bear right and follow signs. Sailing Club Car Park. Parking fee required. SK606108. Nearest post code LE7 1PF

Latitude/longitude: 52.696311,-1.101758 (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.

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

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

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Parking Charge of £2.50

E-mail: bobmudge@btinternet.com

January 2020

Fri
10

Talk - W.W.W. Falklands by Gianpiero Ferrari

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)

Walking among the giant Elephant seal, or a colony of stunning Albatrosses, photographing the Giant Southern Petrels gliding over the waves, or waiting on the beach for Penguins to come a shore just a few feet away from you. This are just a few of the many highlight which Falkland Islands, with is wild and unspoiled habitat, and the very approachable wildlife could offer to the nature enthusiast.

Bleaker-Saunders-Carcass and Sea lion Island, are the places visited in this trip, with so many different species of birds, from the tiny Wren to the Endemic Caracara, from the Rock Hopper to King Penguin, and many many more species like Gulls, Ducks, Geese, Waterfowl, Grebes, Waders, Thrushes, Finches, Cormorants, and the aggressive Skua.

Local Flora, landscape and a visit to the capital Stanley, all topics covered in this beautiful and interesting presentation.

Gianpiero is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, he has been interested in nature for many years. He started wildlife photography about 25 years ago, and he loves every aspect of Natural History, from the smallest flowers to the larger mammals. He won several National competitions, and some of his work has been used in many publications, for example BBC Wildlife magazine, RSPB Calendars and Collins field guide books. He has been traveling abroad through Europe, Sri Lanka, USA, Africa and his favourite place Australia.

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

E-mail: joanna.richart@gmail.com

Thu
23

Friends Wildlife Walk at the Barrow River & Woodland

Location: From Loughborough on A6 take first exit towards Barrow. After roundabout turn left at Flesh Hovel Lane and continue to Pillings Lock car park 0.4miles down lane. SK565174. Nearest post code LE12 8FE.
Latitude/longitude: 52.759542,-1.168638 (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.

Time: 10.00am

Price: Free

E-mail: bobmudge@btinternet.com

February 2020

Fri
7

Talk - Birdwatching in Italy & The Work of LIPU - Part 2 by David Lingard

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)

This talk has been updated since last time it was presented so it will be quite different even if you have seen the last one few years ago.

Most people would be surprised to think of Italy as a bird watching destination but it's actually very good. The talk will cover some of the birds to be seen and we'll look at the work going on to protect those birds.

David is the volunteer who has been looking after UK LIPU branch since 1998 and he'll tell us all about it. LIPU is the BirdLife partner in Italy and is unusual in having a branch in UK.

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

E-mail: joanna.richart@gmail.com

Thu
20

Friends 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 2020

Fri
13

Talk - There's a Tapir at The Door! The Biking Birder's Green Birding Adventures by Gary Prescott

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)

This talk will take us on a journey which Gary has embraced in his pursuit of birds through green means. "Chris Boardman, Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Chris Froome, Laura Trott, Bradley Wiggins .... in 2016 one Gary Prescott attempted to add his name to this long line of illustrious British cycling champions.

At sixty years old, asthmatic and (by his own admission) slightly over-weight, Gary - often simply referred to as the Biking Birder - cut a slightly surprising figure as a potential cycling record holder but what he may have lacked in physical prowess he more than compensated for in sheer will and determination and in 2016 he reached for the stars in attempting to set a new European Green Birding for the most species recorded in one calendar year."

The thought of seeing 300 different birds in a year in the UK is one that many birders dream of. To achieve such by cycling over 7,000 miles from Lands End to Shetland, to see those birds, whilst challenging for the European record is an undertaking few would take on.

In fact this talk tells of a unique quest. Green Birding is a growing, yet vital phenomenon. Whereas most will know of a birders desire to list the birds seen, or maybe be aware of a twitcher's need to travel possibly hundreds of miles to see a lost waif, a bird far away from it's chosen migratory path, a Siberian Accentor or a Franklin's Gull; few will know that there are some birders who pursue birds through Green means.

Gary is a major figure in the eco-birding movement. This encourages birdwatchers to minimise their carbon footprint when travelling to see birds. Gary demonstrated how he manages to do this on his adventures, by walking, cycling and using a self-propelled boat wherever possible. Portable solar panels to recharge batteries for mobile phones and lights, cooking over wood fires and minimising the use of non-reusable containers also featured.

Gary works tirelessly for charities including The RSPB, The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT), Asthma UK and the Chaskawasi-Manu Rainforest children project in Peru.

Eco birding appears to be just as competitive as any other form of birding and Gary has attempted to set several eco records. In 2010 and again in 2015 he visited every RSPB and WWT reserve in the UK. In 2010 the number of reserves was 209. By 2015 there were 232 reserves, which added 2,000 miles, and a few hours, to this cycling trip.

Gary also set a European eco record of 319 species of birds seen in one calendar year, beating the record held by a Spanish eco birdwatcher by one. He also set a world eco record of 634 species seen in a calendar year and this was greatly helped by a lengthy stay in Peru.

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

E-mail: joanna.richart@gmail.com

Thu
19

Friends 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 2020

Fri
3

Talk - Target: 200 Tweets + 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)

Bruce White, Chairman of the Great Bowden Local Group of LRWT, will give an illustrated talk on his exploits in attempting to record 200 different species of bird in a year.

Bruce is founder member of South Leicestershire U3A in 2000 when he and his wife joined the new Bird Watching group which started to add interest to our walking; he has been running the bird watching group himself since 2002.

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

E-mail: joanna.richart@gmail.com

Thu
23

Friends 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 2020

Fri
8

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.

E-mail: joanna.richart@gmail.com

Thu
21

Friends Wildlife Walk at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Location: Attenborough Nature reserve - off A6005 between Long Eaton and Beeston. Signs to Nature Reserve (past sewage works). SK516339. Nearest Post Code NG9 6DY.

Latitude/longitude: 52.900822,-1.234144 (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.

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

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

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Parking - £2 donation

E-mail: bobmudge@btinternet.com

June 2020

Thu
18

Friends 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 2020

Fri
21

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
22

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
23

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