Events

We are always happy to see new faces (young and not so young) on our friendly, easy-paced walks. Advice is always on hand with identifying birds, flowers, butterflies and other wildlife. Many of the walks are suitable for the whole family and the less-abled. Walks typically last 3-4 hours and are conducted at a leisurely pace. We recommend bringing a packed lunch with you so that you can enjoy light refreshments during or after the walk. Please remember to bring your RSPB membership card with you to gain free entry to RSPB reserves (otherwise a nominal fee will be charged by the reserve). Occasionally a walk may have to be cancelled at short notice because of adverse weather conditions. If you have any questions regarding the walks then please contact the walk leader or Sue Carter (medwayrspb.walk@btinternet.com or 01795 427 854) in advance.

October 2021

Sun
3

Free Walk with Nature on Sunday 3 October Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory.

Location: On arrival at Sandwich Bay Estate toll booth please advise the attendant that you are visiting the Observatory and you should only be charged a nominal £1.

There will be a suggested donation of £2 per head for SBBOT.


Postcode: ME7 2XH (Google map)

Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

We always get a warm welcome from the staff and volunteers at the Observatory, where there are full facilities. It is an excellent place to be with migration in full swing. Hopefully, the weather will be suitable for ringing, and we may find something exciting in the mist nets as we watch the ringers at work. We will also visit the Elms Copse and the revamped and greatly extended Restharrow Scrape, as well as doing a sea watch.


On our walks, everyone is welcome and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us on: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/ or please go to www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

or Walk Leader: Richard Hanman
r.hanman1970@hotmail.co.uk
07785 707 797

to confirm that the field trip is going ahead.

Walks take place throughout the year in different weather conditions and over many varied terrains. Please ensure therefore that you have suitable clothing and footwear for the occasion.

Please note that these walks will be carried out in compliance with relevant Covid guidelines, plus any requirements a particular site may have.

Time: 8.00 am

Price: See above site charges

Telephone: 07785 707 797

E-mail: r.hanman1970@hotmail.co.uk

Thu
7

October Monthly Zoom Talk Mary Braddock - Life on a Volcano

Location: Home

Mary Braddock has been involved with the RSPB for more than 25 years and is currently working with Farnham and Hazeley reserves to support the management and work on precious heathland. She has been giving talks for about 14 years.

Life on a Volcano is a wildlife tour through the fascinating landscape of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. This enigmatic place draws you by the power of the scenery, mammals and birdlife.

Mary's talk using Zoom - Life on a Volcano - hosted by the RSPB Maidstone Local Group and shared with the RSPB Medway Local Group, will take place on Thursday 7 October: -

7.15 pm: Meeting live - you can join the meeting, followed by Introduction and Group notices.

7.30 pm: Mary's begins the talk.

The talk is split into two parts of 30 minutes, allowing at 15-minute break at approx. 8.00 pm.

There is normally an opportunity at the end of the talk to ask the speaker questions.

There will be a charge of £3 per person for each talk.

Members of The RSPB Medway Local Group will be sent the registration link automatically.

This presentation is being made available to non-members under the same payment conditions. Non-members will also have to send their name and email address to Medwayrspb_descar@btinternet.com so that we can send you the registration link

Des & Carol Felix
Publications
RSPB Medway Local Group

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: £3.00

Booking essential

Tue
19

October Illustrated Talk by Chris Collins - New Zealand, Subantarctic Islands and Ross Sea.

Location: Parkwood Green Community Centre, Gillingham. ME8 9PN
Postcode: ME8 9PN (Google map)

October Illustrated Talk by Chris Collins - New Zealand, Subantarctic Islands and Ross Sea.

Chris is a freelance ornithologist and for the last 15 years has been working on a wide range of bird and wildlife-related projects around the world. Most of this involves guiding groups of birders and wildlife enthusiasts.

This will be his second visit to Medway LG and this time he will be talking about the New Zealand Subantarctic Islands. These islands hold more penguins than anywhere else on the planet.

Chris's presentation to the RSPB Medway Local Group is titled NEW ZEALAND, SUBANTARCTIC ISLANDS AND ROSS SEA and will be his second visit to the Group. These islands hold more penguins than anywhere else on the planet.

The presentation, which is open to non-members, will take place on Tuesday 19 October at
Parkwood Green Community Centre, Gillingham. ME8 9PN. 7.30pm - 9.45pm. Doors open 7.00pm. Everyone welcome. Entry, pay at door, £3.50 each for members and £4.00 each for non-members. Including tea, coffee or squash during the interval.

For more www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway or https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/
or email medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Des & Carol Felix
Publications
RSPB Medway Local Group

Time: 7.00 pm

Price: £3.50 0r £4.00

Wed
20

Free Walk with Nature on Wednesday 20 October at Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve.

Location: Meet in the reserve car park off Salt Lane. There are no facilities here.
Postcode: ME3 7SX (Google map)

A few years ago, Cliffe was the centre of attention for the birding fraternity with the confirmed breeding by black-winged stilts and a surprise visit by a rare marsh sandpiper. What will we find this time?

On our walks, everyone is welcome and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us on: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/ or please go to www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

or field trips organiser Warren Mann
Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com
07845 484 754

to confirm that the field trip is going ahead.

Walks take place throughout the year in different weather conditions and over many varied terrains. Please ensure therefore that you have suitable clothing and footwear for the occasion.

Please note that these walks will be carried out in compliance with relevant Covid guidelines, plus any requirements a particular site may have.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07845 484 754

Sun
24

Free Walk with Nature on Sunday 24 October at Stodmarsh and Grove Ferry.

Location: Meet in the car park at the Stodmarsh where there are toilets. There is an optional parking charge paid using the RingGo app, and a charity box. We may decide to walk or drive round to Grove Ferry later. There is a charge for parking in the council run carpark. There are plenty of hides, which have been updated.
Postcode: CT3 4BE (Google map)

A new time of year for this walk but it's a delightful place to be in any month and there is always something to see

On our walks, everyone is welcome and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us on: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/ or please go to www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

or field trips organiser Warren Mann
Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com
07845 484 754

to confirm that the field trip is going ahead.

Walks take place throughout the year in different weather conditions and over many varied terrains. Please ensure therefore that you have suitable clothing and footwear for the occasion.

Please note that these walks will be carried out in compliance with relevant Covid guidelines, plus any requirements a particular site may have.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free except for site charges

Telephone: 07845 484 754

November 2021

Sun
7

Free Walk with Nature on Sunday 7 November at Capel Fleet and Swale NNR.

Location: We'll meet up at the Raptor Viewpoint before heading round to Swale National Nature Reserve. Please park on the hard standing on the left just before the church.

There are no facilities or cover on this walk so please come prepared.

Postcode: ME12 4BQ (Google map)

At the Raptor Viewpoint look for merlin, buzzard, peregrine and hen harrier before heading round to Swale National Nature Reserve to try to identify the wildfowl and geese which should be present.

Time: 8.30 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07845 484 754

Tue
16

November Illustrated Talk by Brian Nobbs - East Anglian Highlights

Location: Parkwood Green Community Centre, Gillingham. ME8 9PN
Postcode: ME8 9PN (Google map)

November Illustrated Talk by Brian Nobbs - East Anglian Highlights.

Brian used to work for the NHS as a biochemist and two of his main interests for many years have been birdwatching and photography. Since his retirement in 2007 he has used these skills to give illustrated talks. He has volunteered for the RSPB for over 35 years in various capacities.

Brian's presentation to the RSPB Medway Local Group is titled EAST ANGLIAN HIGHLIGHTS and he will tell us about some of the best places to find and watch wildlife in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

The presentation, which is open to non-members, will take place on Tuesday 16 November at
Parkwood Green Community Centre, Gillingham. ME8 9PN. 7.30pm - 9.45pm. Doors open 7.00pm. Everyone welcome. Entry, pay at door, £3.50 each for members and £4.00 each for non-members. Including tea, coffee or squash during the interval.

For more www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway or https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/
or email medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Des & Carol Felix
Publications
RSPB Medway Local Group

Time: 7.00 pm

Price: £3.50 0r £4.00

December 2021

Thu
2

December Monthly Zoom Talk Marcus Ward - Birds of the New Forest

Location: Home

Marcus Ward has been studying specialist woodland species of the New Forest for a number of years. He is co-founder of Wild New Forest and sits on the Hampshire rarities panel and the scientific committee of Hampshire Ornithological Group.

Woodland birds of the New Forest focusses on sought after species such as hawfinch, lesser spotted woodpecker, firecrest, wood warbler, goshawk and so on and also gives an overview of current active fieldwork and results.

Marcus's talk using Zoom - Birds of the New Forest - hosted by the RSPB Maidstone Local Group and shared with the RSPB Medway Local Group, will take place on Thursday 2 December: -

7.15 pm: Meeting live - you can join the meeting, followed by Introduction and Group notices.

7.30 pm: Mary's begins the talk.

The talk is split into two parts of 30 minutes, allowing at 15-minute break at approx. 8.00 pm.

There is normally an opportunity at the end of the talk to ask the speaker questions.

There will be a charge of £3 per person for each talk.

Members of The RSPB Medway Local Group will be sent the registration link automatically.

This presentation is being made available to non-members under the same payment conditions. Non-members will also have to send their name and email address to Medwayrspb_descar@btinternet.com so that we can send you the registration link

Des & Carol Felix
Publications
RSPB Medway Local Group

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: £3.00

Booking essential

Tue
21

December Illustrated Talk by Simon Ginnaw - Coastal Birds

Location: Parkwood Green Community Centre, Gillingham. ME8 9PN
Postcode: ME8 9PN (Google map)

December Illustrated Talk by Simon Ginnaw - Coastal Birds

Simon has developed so much over the years, although he is still very young compared to us. I hope he won't mind me telling you that he was invited to speak at the Bird Fair in 2019, which he did and thoroughly enjoyed. He was asked to submit topics for 2020 but unfortunately, like everything else, the bird fair was cancelled, twice.

Simon's presentation to the RSPB Medway Local Group is titled COASTAL BIRDS. We will enjoy the sights and sounds of the British coastline as Simon takes us on a virtual journey to discover the lives of our fascinating coastal birds, from puffins to purple sandpipers, guillemots to gulls, razorbills to redshanks. Simon has now taken on the role of Indoor Talks Organiser for the Maidstone Group

The presentation, which is open to non-members, will take place on Tuesday 21 December at
Parkwood Green Community Centre, Gillingham. ME8 9PN. 7.30pm - 9.45pm. Doors open 7.00pm. Everyone welcome. Entry, pay at door, £3.50 each for members and £4.00 each for non-members. Including tea, coffee or squash during the interval.

For more www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway or https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/
or email medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Des & Carol Felix
Publications
RSPB Medway Local Group

Time: 7.00 pm

Price: £3.50 0r £4.00