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.

March 2018

Fri
9

Talk - Florida - Birding the Sunshine State by Andy Warren

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

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.

There is ample free parking right outside the building
Latitude/longitude: 52.765903,-1.227683 (Google map)

This talk on Florida covers various parts of the state and it includes pictures of other wildlife as well as great wealth of birds that can be found there.

Andy has been birding since 1982 and so far, has seen almost a quarter of the worlds birds in 50 countries. When he left college, he worked as an RSPB warden for a few years and then moved on via various organizations to become a consultant ecologist working for himself.

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 non-members, LU student gratis with SU card

E-mail: joanna.richart@gmail.com

Sun
18

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.

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

April 2018

Fri
13

Talk - Owls,Owls,Owls by Chris Ward + 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)

A look at our UK Owls and other species from around the world, from tiny Owllets and Pygmy Owls to Barn Owls and giant Eagle Owls. This talk will uncover for us their adaptations and lifestyles, what do they feed on and where are they found.

Chris is an experienced wildlife lecturer and photographer. He currently gives around 120 talks a year and visited over 350 different clubs and societies. He has a passionate interest in birds and natural history, both in the UK and overseas.

Chris is a former leader of the North Bucks RSPB Local group (for 10 years) and a member of their committee for over 30.

There is a link to Chris's website on the Links section.

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

E-mail: joanna.richart@gmail.com

Sun
29

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.

This is one of the most exciting times of the year. The first spring migrants, such as swallows and sand martins, can be seen over the lagoons with wheatears along the beach. In April and May, the lagoons can be full of migrating waders, including ruffs, black tailed godwits, spotted redshanks and dunlins. Marsh harriers can be seen performing their 'sky dancing' display and the reedbeds are alive with singing reed and sedge warblers. If you are lucky, you may also hear the 'booming' of the bittern, which has recently returned to breed at Titchwell.

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 £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

May 2018

Fri
11

Talk - The Sherwood Forest Reserve - RSPB Site Manager

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

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

There is ample free parking right outside the building.

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

This new Midlands reserve is due to open in mid 2018 - so this will tell us about the project and the future hopes for this exciting new site, from the team involved in its planning, creation, etc.

You can find out the latest state this project from the RSPB website - see the Links Section.

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

E-mail: joanna.richart@gmail.com

Sun
20

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 £20, 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

June 2018

Sun
10

Coach Trip to Bempton Cliffs - RSPB - East 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)

A family favourite, and easily the best place in England to see, hear and smell seabirds! More than 200,000 birds (from April to August) make the cliffs seem alive - with adults bringing food to their nests, or young chicks making their first faltering flights.

With huge numbers to watch, beginners can easily learn the difference between gannets, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars. The easily recognisable puffins (here between April and July) are always a delight.

You can watch our 200,000 seabirds LIVE on CCTV through the breeding season from March to October. Meet our information assistants and hear about the live action, watch it for yourself on our two TV screens and enjoy the close-up images of our nesting gannets.

There are toilets and refreshments here as well as a small shop.

Look on the main RSPB website for details of the expected species and the facilities at this superb reserve.

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 £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

E-mail: davenewham55@gmail.com

August 2018

Fri
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

Sat
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 5.30pm

Price: See Birdfair Website

Sun
19

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