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.

October 2018

Fri
19

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

November 2018

Fri
9

Talk - 'The Jaguar Kingdom - Birds and mammals of the Mato Grosso, Brazil by John Medlock

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)

The first half of this talk takes us to the Pantanal, the world's greatest wetland, looking at the wide variety of birds and mammals to be found there, including some dramatic footage of a unique jaguar hunt. The second half moves north to the savannah lands of the high Cerrado and in particular the wildlife to be found in the little known Chapada dos Guimeres national park.

John's talks not only bring to life the wildlife of each area but also discusses the wider environmental issues and threats to that wildlife in an increasingly hostile world. 

Brought up on the Romney Marsh in Kent John is an amateur naturalist and photographer who feels very lucky in having been able to travel widely and visit many of the world's wildlife hot spots. Preferring to explore as much as possible on foot these include trekking in Borneo's remote jungles, an island where he and his wife Susanne have made four extended visits, sleeping under the stars in the Namib desert, walking though the bush in South Africa's Hluhulwe-Imfolozi reserve with lions making nightly visits to the tented camp  and doing the same in India's Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary with tigers and elephants a real threat. 

In 1972 he and Susanne spent two weeks camping on the uninhabited island of Lunga, Scotland where they were able to confirm the nesting of manx shearwaters and storm petrels. Other countries visited include Japan, Vietnam, Canada, the USA, mainland Malaysia and Brazil, along with nearly every country in Europe.  All of this while managing a busy SME, chairing a British Standard Committee and bringing up a family of two daughters. "

We get the best speakers and also have one of the best lecture theatres on the 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.

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

Thu
15

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

Sun
18

Coach Trip to Holme Dunes NWT 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)

A first time visit to this coastal reserve.

At Norfolk's northwest corner, where The Wash meets the North Sea, Holme Dunes is superbly located to attract migrating birds.

It also holds a variety of important habitats which support numerous other wildlife species including natterjack toads, butterflies and dragonflies, as well as a large number of interesting plants.

Various military remains from WWII can be glimpsed around the reserve, including the remains of a target-railway used to train artillery. Much earlier remains have also been discovered including Roman pottery and, in 1998, a well-preserved Bronze Age timber circle, which became known as 'Seahenge'. The circle was uncovered by strong tides, having been hidden for some 4,000 years (no longer at Holme, the structure was removed for preservation purposes by archaeologists).

For more information please look at the Links section of the Loughborough group website.

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 £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

December 2018

Fri
14

Talk - India - Birds, Tigers & the Taj Mahal by Chris Hall

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)

The show includes birds, mammals and other wildlife, along with the local people and cultural sights, during two wildlife tours to India, visiting Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in the north, and Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in the south.

For twenty years now Chris Hall has been designing, organising and leading wildlife watching tours for a growing 'family' of loyal regulars, and has now guided over 150 tours worldwide. his aim is to provide a top qualitywildlife experience in a nice social atmosphere at a relaxed pace. the fay that so many of his clients keep coming back for more, shows that he must be doing a good job!

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.

Time: 7.45pm

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

Fri
14

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 2019

Fri
11

Talk - Scotland - Wildlife of the highlands by Sue Ablett

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)

This very popular talk is based on a Wildlife Safari week spent at Aigas Field Studies Centre in the Scottish Highlands. It shows the variety of stunning scenery accessible from Aigas, and demonstrates the ups and downs of wildlife spotting. It also looks at some interesting wildlife conservation projects.

Sue has always loved to travel, and over the years has been fortunate enough to visit many countries across every continent.  Travel Talks gives her the opportunity to share some of the wonderful places and experiences with a wide range of audiences and groups.  When not travelling, Sue is a keen runner, cyclist, loves walking her dog across the fields and gardening and does a range of charity work. 

Latest venture was to found and lead a Festival of Words in Evesham, Worcestershire three years ago - her home town where she now spends around half her life.

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.

Time: 7.45 pm

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

Fri
25

Wildlife Walk at Groby Pool

Location: Large pool with meadow and woodland nearby. On the road between Newtown Linford and Groby. Car Park nearby. SK524079. Nearest postcode LE6 0FR.

Latitude/longitude: 52.66664,-1.22507 (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 like to find somewhere for a light lunch though this is, of course, optional.

The walks are 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 Groby Pool (including a map) please go to the Places to see birds section of the Loughborough Group website and click on Groby Pool.

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

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free

E-mail: bobmudge@btinternet.com

February 2019

Fri
8

Talk - NGO People for Peregrines by Stefan Bodnar

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)

Peregrines in the Midlands: their rise and rise.

The talk will focus on peregrine falcons within the Midlands and their incredible story of survival and recovery. Illustrated by images and interesting stories of peregrines and the latest research findings from the UK and beyond. 

Dr. Stefan Bodnar, well known ecologist within the Midlands and one of UKs leading peregrine experts. 

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.

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

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.

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

Time: 7.45 pm

Price: £3 Group Members, £3.50 Non members, Students with SU card gratis. Pay at the door.

E-mail: joanna.richart@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

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.

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.

Don't be shy, this is an ideal opportunity to show off your photographs or try your presentation skills in a friendly atmosphere.

We already have one volunteer as below but we need more.

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!"

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.

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

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