Events

We are currently running monthly talks via Zoom.

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 our trips no matter whether you are a beginner or expert. Help will always be given in identifying birds.

October 2021

Sat
16

Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Location: Meet in the observatory car park (£1 toll road charge).

Grid ref: TR 35494 57499

What3Words: started.lifters.fractions
Postcode: CT13 9PF (Google map)

A variety of birds at this exciting bird observatory, with a possibility of watching the bird ringers in action (if weather conditions allow).

Booking essential: please email or text Simon to book, using the contact details given.

Time: 9am to 3pm

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

The Story of Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory - its wildlife and history

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

John Buckingham and warden team discover the amazing history, flora and fauna of the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, one of Kent's two bird observatories. Learn about its founding, the fascinating rare species that live on the estate, and the incredible bird migration research that takes place there.

Time: 7:15pm to 9:30pm

Price: Maidstone Local Group members £3.50, non-members £4.50.

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

November 2021

Thu
18

Dr Jon Bramley - Native Beavers and Seals in South-east England

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

Jon is an ecologist based in Kent, where he has been studying mammals for most of his career and was responsible for establishing the Thames Estuary seal surveys in 2003 before passing it over to the Zoological Society London. Jon will share with us his findings on Kent's secretive wild beaver populations and how they are returning to England, before finishing on an update about our seal populations.

Time: 7:15pm to 9:30pm

Price: Maidstone Local Group members £3.50, non-members £4.50.

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

Sat
20

Reculver and Shuart Marshes

Location: Meet in the public car park at Reculver Towers (pay and display).

Grid Ref: TR 22610 69303

What3Words: ambition.pranced.forgets
Postcode: CT6 6SU (Google map)

Seabirds, farmland birds such as corn bunting, and early winter bird migration. Possibility of snow bunting.

Booking essential: please email or text Simon to book, using the contact details given.

Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm

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

December 2021

Thu
9

Russell Miles - East Kent Seascapes and Coastal Wildlife

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

Russell is a professional photographer and story-teller, with an incredible ability to capture our hearts and transport us away to explore his subject. He first visited us a few years ago where we discovered the 'Life Of The Hare', but this year he shares with us his home coastline of Thanet, Sandwich and Deal, filled with plentiful birds, beautiful scenery and lots of seals. A heart-warming talk for our last meeting of the year.

Time: 7:15pm to 9:30pm

Price: Maidstone Local Group members £3.50, non-members £4.50.

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

Sat
11

Sevenoaks KWT Reserve

Location: Meet in the main reserve car park (pay and display).

Grid Ref: TQ 51914 56660

What3Words: facing.state.blaze
Postcode: TN14 5NT (Google map)

Winter birding at this great reserve. Woodland and wetland birds. Siskin, Redpoll, and Kingfisher possible.

Booking essential: please email or text Simon to book, using the contact details given.

Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm

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