Events

Our indoor season consists of eleven meetings, with a break in August. There is a good variety of subjects being covered which will hopefully offer something for everyone.

Please remember to take your membership card with you when visiting RSPB reserves. Non-members will have to pay the normal entrance fee. All are welcome on these trips no matter whether you are a beginner or expert. Help will always be given in identifying birds.

Please book coach trips and special outdoor trips early to avoid disappointment. On field trips where numbers are limited, priority will be given to paid-up Maidstone Local Group members.

December 2018

Thu
13

Northern Finland - Robert Cannis talk

Location: Grove Green Hall, Penhurst Close, Maidstone
Postcode: ME14 5BT (Google map)

An adventure into the wild interior of Finnish Lapland.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Price: Maidstone Local Group members £3.50. Non-members £4.50.

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

Sun
16

New Hythe & Leybourne Lakes walk

Location: Meet in Brooklands Lake car park (ME3 7SU / TQ725766)
Postcode: ME3 7SU (Google map)

A gentle walk around the myriad of freshwater lakes, scrub and woodland looking for wildfowl, thrushes, tits, finches, and kingfisher. Toilets are available halfway through the walk.

If you are attending this event, please email or text Simon to let him know in advance using the contact details given.

Time: 9am to 2pm

Price: Free for Maidstone Local Group members, £3.50 for non-group members, including the option to join.

Booking essential

Telephone: 07783 354337

E-mail: simon.p.g@blueyonder.co.uk

January 2019

Thu
17

A year on Dungerness Point - Gill Hollamby

Location: Grove Green Hall, Penhurst Close, Maidstone
Postcode: ME14 5BT (Google map)

Gill is chair of dungeness bird observatory and spends much of her time on the peninsula.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Price: £3.50 for Maidstone Local Group members. £4.50 for non-members (with the opportunity to become a member on the night).

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

Sat
19

Bedgebury Pinetum

Location: Bedgebury Pinetum (TQ 72243 37584). Please meet in the public car park down Balcombes Hill, Goudhurst, before car sharing to the Pinetum.
Postcode: TN17 1AT (Google map)

Enjoy a walk around the largest collection of conifers anywhere on the planet in search of woodland birds, including hawfinch, crossbill, siskin, marsh tit, and more.

Distance of walk: less than 2 miles

If you are attending this event, please email or text Simon to let him know in advance using the contact details given.

Time: 12:45pm to 4pm

Price: Free for Maidstone Local Group members, £3.50 for non-group members, including the option to join.

Booking essential

Telephone: 07783 354337

E-mail: simon.p.g@blueyonder.co.uk

February 2019

Sun
17

Shellness National Nature Reserve

Location: Shellness National Nature Reserve (TR 04240 70001). Meet in the roadside parking alongside the sea-wall.
Postcode: ME12 4QX (Google map)

A walk to the Shellness NNR and back. A morning in search of winter wildfowl, waders and birds of prey, timed to enjoy the high-tide wader roost.

Distance of walk: about 5 miles

If you are attending this event, please email or text Simon to let him know in advance using the contact details given.

Time: 17/02/19 9am to 12pm

Price: Free for Maidstone Local Group members, £3.50 for non-group members, including the option to join.

Booking essential

Telephone: 07783 354337

E-mail: simon.p.g@blueyonder.co.uk

Thu
21

Dr. Iain Boulton - The roles and responsibilities of Local Government in wildlife conservation and protection

Location: Grove Green Hall, Penhurst Close, Maidstone
Postcode: ME14 5BT (Google map)

Iain is at the sharp end of nature conservation at Lambeth Council.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Price: £3.50 for Maidstone Local Group members. £4.50 for non-members (with the opportunity to become a member on the night).

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

March 2019

Thu
21

Graham Ekins - Moths of Essex

Location: Grove Green Hall, Penhurst Close, Maidstone
Postcode: ME14 5BT (Google map)

Graham is an ecologist with a passion for the natural world. His specialist interests include birds, plants and fungi.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Price: £3.50 for Maidstone Local Group members. £4.50 for non-members (with the opportunity to become a member on the night).

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

Sat
23

Harty and RSPB Capel Fleet

Location: Harty and RSPB Capel Fleet (TR 02315 66327). Please park sensibly at Harty Church.
Postcode: ME12 4BQ (Google map)

Enjoy an evening walk where we hope to find birds of prey, owls, winter thrushes, waders and wildfowl. A magical time to explore this area of Sheppey.

Distance of walk: less than 2 miles

If you are attending this event, please email or text Simon to let him know in advance using the contact details given.

Time: 4:30pm to 7pm

Price: Free for Maidstone Local Group members, £3.50 for non-group members, including the option to join.

Booking essential

Telephone: 07783 354337

E-mail: simon.p.g@blueyonder.co.uk

April 2019

Sat
13

Mote Park, Maidstone

Location: Mote Park, Maidstone (TQ 78314 55076). Meet in the 'Burning Ground' car park (Willington Street, Park and Ride entrance).
Postcode: ME15 8GA (Google map)

An early morning walk enjoying the birdsong and wildlife of one of the UK's top 3 public parks. Listen to spring birdsong from our woodland birds and wildfowl, whilst Simon will also show everyone the fascinating history behind our county town's green oasis.

Distance of walk: around 3 miles

If you are attending this event, please email or text Simon to let him know in advance using the contact details given.

Time: 9am to 12pm

Price: Free for Maidstone Local Group members, £3.50 for non-group members, including the option to join.

Booking essential

Telephone: 07783 354337

E-mail: simon.p.g@blueyonder.co.uk

Thu
18

Colin Wilson - An adventure in Morocco

Location: Grove Green Hall, Penhurst Close, Maidstone
Postcode: ME14 5BT (Google map)

A visit in the spring to see the wonderful varied special birdlife.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Price: £3.50 for Maidstone Local Group members. £4.50 for non-members (with the opportunity to become a member on the night).

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

May 2019

Thu
16

Ian Alexander - The English love affair with nature

Location: Grove Green Hall, Penhurst Close, Maidstone
Postcode: ME14 5BT (Google map)

A lively talk, illustrated with slides and hand specimens, about the history of our nation's long and passionate love affair with nature.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Price: £3.50 for Maidstone Local Group members. £4.50 for non-members (with the opportunity to become a member on the night).

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

Fri
17

Yalding Fen Local Nature Reserve

Location: Yalding Fen Local Nature Reserve (TQ 69000 49873). Please park sensibly along Hampstead Lane.
Postcode: ME18 4HG (Google map)

Enjoy an evening walk listening to birdsong and finishing off with a few bats! A wonderful local reserve alongside the River Medway that is a true hidden gem for wildlife. At least 4 stiles will need to be climbed during the walk.

Distance of walk: less than 2 miles (with at least 4 stiles)

If you are attending this event, please email or text Simon to let him know in advance using the contact details given.

Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Price: Free for Maidstone Local Group members, £3.50 for non-group members, including the option to join.

Booking essential

Telephone: 07783 354337

E-mail: simon.p.g@blueyonder.co.uk

June 2019

Wed
19

Oare Marshes

Location: Oare Marshes (TR 01306 64726). Meet in the main car park at the end of Church Road.
Postcode: ME13 0QD (Google map)

An evening walk alongside estuary and around this fantastic wetland reserve enjoying a variety of waders, wildfowl and summer migrants.

Distance of walk: less than 2.5 miles

If you are attending this event, please email or text Simon to let him know in advance using the contact details given.

Time: 7pm to 9:30pm

Price: Free for Maidstone Local Group members, £3.50 for non-group members, including the option to join.

Booking essential

Telephone: 07783 354337

E-mail: simon.p.g@blueyonder.co.uk

Thu
20

Neil Phillips - Wildlife on holiday

Location: Grove Green Hall, Penhurst Close, Maidstone
Postcode: ME14 5BT (Google map)

This talk includes tips on how to find the wildlife at your holiday destination.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Price: £3.50 for Maidstone Local Group members. £4.50 for non-members (with the opportunity to become a member on the night).

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

July 2019

Thu
18

Barry Wright - Camping in Mongolia

Location: Grove Green Hall, Penhurst Close, Maidstone
Postcode: ME14 5BT (Google map)

Mongolia is a land of open vast vistas and a remoteness that only this country can offer.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Price: £3.50 for Maidstone Local Group members. £4.50 for non-members (with the opportunity to become a member on the night).

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

Sat
20

Nightjar Evening

Location: Venue to be confirmed.

Our popular annual evening walk to try and find the mystical nightjars, along with other nocturnal wildlife. Woodcock and bats are possible, and we'll enjoy the evening birdsong.

Distance of walk: less than 3 miles

If you are attending this event, please email or text Simon to let him know in advance using the contact details given.

Time: 8:45pm

Price: Free for Maidstone Local Group members, £3.50 for non-group members, including the option to join.

Booking essential

Telephone: 07783 354337

E-mail: simon.p.g@blueyonder.co.uk

August 2019

Fri
23

Hollingbourne Meadows

Location: Hollingbourne Meadows (TQ 83444 55044. Park sensibly along the Hollingbourne Station approach road.
Postcode: ME17 1TX (Google map)

Enjoy an evening exploring the farmland and meadows around Hollingbourne. Woodland and farmland birds and butterflies.

Distance of walk: less than 3 miles

If you are attending this event, please email or text Simon to let him know in advance using the contact details given.

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Price: Free for Maidstone Local Group members, £3.50 for non-group members, including the option to join.

Booking essential

Telephone: 07783 354337

E-mail: simon.p.g@blueyonder.co.uk

September 2019

Sat
7

Lakenheath RSPB - Maidstone coach trip

Location: Lakenheath RSPB reserve

Enjoy a great day out to the superb wetland RSPB reserve in early autumn. A wonderful selection of woodland and wetland birds, including a chance to see cranes, bittern, and bearded tits being the specialists here.

The booking form will be available here soon.

Time: To be confirmed

Price: To be confirmed

Booking essential

Telephone: 07783 354337

E-mail: simon.p.g@blueyonder.co.uk

Thu
19

Edward Towne - Birds of the Medway estuary

Location: Grove Green Hall, Penhurst Close, Maidstone
Postcode: ME14 5BT (Google map)

This presentation will provide information on species to be found on the Hoo peninsula, the Swale and parts of Sheppey.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Price: £3.50 for Maidstone Local Group members. £4.50 for non-members (with the opportunity to become a member on the night).

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

October 2019

Thu
17

David Darrell-Lambert - Wading through waders

Location: Grove Green Hall, Penhurst Close, Maidstone
Postcode: ME14 5BT (Google map)

David is chairman of the London Book Club and an acknowledged bird identification guru.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Price: £3.50 for Maidstone Local Group members. £4.50 for non-members (with the opportunity to become a member on the night).

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

Sun
20

Medway Valley walk - Maidstone town centre to East Farleigh

Location: Maidstone town centre to East Farleigh (TQ 75959 55464). Meet in front of the Archbishop's Palace, Maidstone.
Postcode: ME15 6XG (Google map)

A gentle local walk along the River Medway to East Farleigh and back, enjoying autumn close to the town centre. Look for woodland birds and hopefully a kingfisher!

Distance of walk: less than 5miles

If you are attending this event, please email or text Simon to let him know in advance using the contact details given.

Time: 8am to 12pm

Price: Free for Maidstone Local Group members, £3.50 for non-group members, including the option to join.

Booking essential

Telephone: 07783 354337

E-mail: simon.p.g@blueyonder.co.uk