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.

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

Fri
11

Talk - Farming and Wildlife by Nicholas Watts

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)

Nicholas has farmed at Vine House Farm since 1964. His inspiration and enthusiasm for farming and wildlife is the reason why Vine House Farm Bird Foods was born. The team around him has grown over the years, to not only manage a growing farm, but build a bird seed business too. With his team behind him, Nicholas is able to dedicate more time to his passion of caring for wildlife.

Nicholas was made an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list in 2006. He was given the honour for his services to farming and conservation in Lincolnshire. At the time, Nicholas said: "This is totally unexpected. It's a shock but a very nice one. It's nice to have all my work over the years recognised. I don't suppose it will alter my life. I'll still keep on doing what I've been doing." He also said: "I like to see the birds about and help other people look after the birds on their farms. I am a farmer as well as a conservationist. It goes hand in hand. I suppose this is what all the work I've done over the years has amounted to."

Nicholas researches and trials conservation ideas on his farm and then shares results and advice with other farmers and conservation bodies. He has come up with advice for the best way to harvest oil seed rape, information which is now given out nationally by the RSPB."

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

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

Fri
8

Talk - Sights and Sounds of British Wildlife by David Tolliday

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)

The sights and sounds of British birds, mammals, amphibians and insects in habitats ranging from back gardens to sea cliffs and the uplands. The talk includes tips on how to remember some of the bird songs and details of The RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch."

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, Students with SU card gratis

E-mail: joanna.richart@gmail.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

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 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.

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

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

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.

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 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

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

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 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

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

May 2020

Fri
8

Talk - Costa Rica and Borneo by Dave Robinson

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
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