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.

July 2018

Thu
19

Penguins of the South Atlantic - Ian Rumley-Dawson

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

A talk on the four main penguin species living in the South Atlantic.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

August 2018

Sun
26

RSPB Cliffe Pools reserve

Location: MMeet in the main car park at the end of Salt Lane (ME3 7SU / TQ725766)
Postcode: ME3 7SU (Google map)

One of the best sites in Kent for wader migration. Waders, wildfowl and birds of prey are all possible at this fantastic reserve on the Hoo peninsula. Butterflies and dragonflies are also likely depending on conditions. There are no facilities available, and lunch will most likely be eaten during the walk.

Time: 9am to 3pm

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

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

September 2018

Sun
16

RSPB Rainham Marshes reserve

Location: Meet in the main car park (RM19 1SX / TQ551790)
Postcode: RM19 1SX (Google map)

An ideal time for wader, wildfowl and bearded tits, plus dragonflies and butterflies also possible. Full facilities available.

Time: 9am to 3pm

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

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

Thu
20

Raptors - David Darrel-Lambert

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

The lives of these beautiful hunting birds.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

October 2018

Thu
18

Flight of Fancy - Brian Nobbs

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

A two-part talk examines how birds fly, wing structure, how feathers are coloured and their use in camouflage and display.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

Sun
21

West Hythe Royal Military Canal walk

Location: Meet in the public car park off of West Hythe Road (CT21 4NB / TR125342)
Postcode: CT21 4NB (Google map)

A walk along the Royal Military Canal and Saxon Shore Way, taking in woodland and farmland and including sections of Port Lympne. Kingfisher, grey wagtail, woodpeckers, finches and firecrest are all possible. A walk where anything could turn up! No facilities available.

Time: 9am to 1pm

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

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

November 2018

Sun
11

Rye Harbour National Nature Reserve walk

Location: Meet in Rye Harbour public car park (TN31 7TX / TQ427310)
Postcode: TN31 7TX (Google map)

Waders, wildfowl, seabirds and birds of prey are all possible at this fantastic reserve across the Kent/Sussex border. Bittern and bearded tits are easier to see at this time of year and snow bunting and shorelark are sometimes seen. Public toilets are available near the car park.

Time: 9am to 4pm

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

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

Thu
15

A whale of a time - John Young talk

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

Taking a look at the amazing world of whales, dolphins and porpoises, including how and where you can look for them and identification.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com

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 and 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.

Time: 9am to 2pm

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

E-mail: maidstonerspb@gmail.com