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.

December 2019

Tue
17

Kent's Wild Year - Simon Ginnaw

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

Having rescued me last March when Brian Gallop was ill, I now have Simon booked, in his own right, to do our last talk of 2019. Simon is so completely passionate about what he does, and the way that he does it, that his talks just keep getting better and better. This will be his 5th talk to the group in seven years but I, for one, never tire of his great talks combining Simon's endless knowledge, beautiful photos and wonderful sound, all at the same time. Simon will take us on a personal journey through the seasons around the Kent countryside, stopping off at the coast, deep in the woods, on our heathlands and across our farmland. We will explore the county's stunning landscapes, rich history and beautiful wildlife. It should be a great end to 2019.

Time: 7.30 - 9.45pm. (Doors open at 7pm)

Price: £3.50 for members, £4.00 for non-members.

January 2020

Sun
5

Outdoor Walk at Dungeness, led by Peter Saville

Location: RSPB Dungeness
Postcode: TN29 9PN (Google map)

We'll meet at the ARC for a change and then relocate to the main reserve. We aim to see tree sparrow, bittern, grebes, smew, great white egret, goldeneye and maybe Bewick's swans.

Facilities include hides, shop, refreshments and toilets.

Time: 9am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07443 657 521

Wed
15

Outdoor Walk at Hemsted Forest, led by Sue Carter & Steve Goodrich

Location: Meet in the main car park accessed along Goddards Green Road near Benenden Hospital.

Postcode: TN17 4AN (Google map)

A new walk for the group where we hope to see crossbill, hawfinch, lesser redpoll and various tits and crests.

There are no facilities at this site.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07745 343 072

Tue
21

Indoor Talk - Filey Bay: Seabird Nirvana by Mark James Pearson

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

Mark is an ecologist, nature writer, speaker, wildlife guide, conservationist and expert birder. He is best known as a passionate and engaging communicator. He has often been asked to write for various publications, to give talks and lectures and to appear on television and radio.

He has appeared with Simon King and Chris Packham on Springwatch and with Michaela Strachen at Filey Bird Observatory, which is near where he lives. Mark is doing a couple of talks in our area which is why I have been able to book him. This will be Mark's first visit to the Medway Group (and he may have less hair now!!!).

Time: Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Price: £3.50 members, £4 non-members

Telephone: 01634 615 580

E-mail: medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Sun
26

Outdoor Walk at Stodmarsh & Grove Ferry, led by Peter Saville

Location: Meet at the Stodmarsh car park and bring a packed lunch, warm clothing and suitable footwear. We may decide to drive round to Grove where there is a parking charge.

Postcode: CT3 4BE (Google map)

A new time of the year for this old favourite where we will look for ring-necked parakeet, barn owl, harriers and various wildfowl.

There are plenty of hides and toilets at both ends.

Time: 9am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07443 657 521

February 2020

Sun
9

Outdoor Walk at Capel Fleet and Swale NNR, led by Rich Hanman

Location: Meet at the RSPB Raptor Viewpoint situated on the left along the minor road between the B2231 and the eastern end of Sheppey. Follow the signs to the Harty Ferry Inn.

Postcode: ME12 4BQ (Google map)

We'll look for an array of raptors from the viewing point and then drive round to park opposite Harty Church in search of wintering geese, swans and wildfowl.

There are no facilities on this walk and please dress according to the conditions.

Time: 8.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07785 707 797

Tue
18

Indoor Talk - Harvest Mice by Steve Kirk

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

Steve is the project leader and trainer for the Kent Harvest Mouse Survey, which is being run with Heritage Lottery Funding and support from Wildwood Trust, in Herne Bay. The RSPB has agreed to support this exciting project, which is now in its last year.

Harvest mice favour marshy habitats, reeds, sedges and grasses near water of all kinds, grazing marsh and floodplains, amongst others. These are all great places for birds and Steve tends to think of the harvest mouse as "the birder's mouse" because ornithologists probably encounter them more frequently than mammalogists. This is a fascinating little mammal whose nests, like so many birds, are built off the ground suspended between grass stems. This will be Steve's first visit to Medway

Time: Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Price: £3.50 members, £4 non-members

Telephone: 01634 615 580

E-mail: medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Wed
19

Outdoor Walk at RSPB Cliffe Pools, led by Warren Mann

Location: Meet in the reserve car park which is accessed off Salt Lane. Please be aware that there are no facilities or cover on this walk.
Postcode: ME3 7SU (Google map)

We will look for wintering ducks and waders plus maybe birds of prey and owls too.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07845 484 754

Sun
23

Outdoor Walk at Sissinghurst Castle Grounds, led by Robin Smith

Location: Meet in the car park.
Postcode: TN17 2AB (Google map)

Our annual trip to this delightful place with scrummy cakes to tempt you after our walk.

We hope to see bullfinch, nuthatch, treecreeper, various tits, fieldfares and redwings.

The cafeteria and toilets should be open but at this time of year please be aware that the woods can be very muddy and slippery.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07528 917 350

March 2020

Sun
8

Outdoor Walk at Oare Marsh, led by Sue Carter & Steve Goodrich

Location: Meet in the reserve car park. There are three hides for shelter in inclement weather but no toilets or other facilities.
Postcode: ME13 0QA (Google map)

We'll look for grebes and divers on the Swale and wildfowl and waders on the flood. Owls and harriers could also feature.

Time: 8am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07745 343 072

Tue
17

Indoor Talk - Finland above the Arctic Circle by Roger Parker

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

Roger is a great friend of Trevor Hatton and I met him on Richard's BBC trip to Gambia in February 2019. He is not an advertised speaker, but his knowledge of birds and birding is extensive. He has visited at least 53 different countries and says he has forgotten more about birding than he knows.

I could have listened to him for hours and he could always come up with a sensible answer to my "odd" questions. I am sure his photos will be great and though he may not be our often-slick presenter, he will be full of amazing knowledge and passion for his topic. He is just a very nice person and great birder. Another newby for the Medway Group

Time: Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Price: £3.50 members, £4 non-members

Telephone: 01634 615 580

E-mail: medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Wed
18

Outdoor Walk at Church Woods, Blean, led by Warren Mann

Location: Meet in the car park accessed off Rough Common Road.

Postcode: CT2 9DD (Google map)

With spring on the horizon, we are hopeful of seeing and hearing lots of woodland species.

There are no facilities here and please be aware that at this time of year some of the trails can be muddy and slippery.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07845 484 754

Sun
29

Outdoor Walk at Dungeness Peninsula, led by Sue Carter & Steve Goodrich

Location: Meet at the Old Lighthouse car park. There are hides, toilets and refreshments at the RSPB Reserve.
Postcode: TN29 9NE (Google map)

We will hope that the weather and sea conditions will make it worthwhile doing a sea watch and we will also check the trapping area for newly-arrived migrants. Then we will make our way to the ARC pits and finally the main RSPB reserve.

Birds on the sea could include divers, scoters, Sandwich terns and little gulls and on the landchiffchaffs, willow warblers and wheatears could be arriving. Keep looking up for sand martins and possible osprey too.

Time: 8am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07745 343 072

April 2020

Sun
19

Outdoor Walk at Sevenoaks NNR, led by Karen Snow

Location: Meet in the reserve car park where there is a visitor centre, cafeteria and toilets.
Postcode: TN13 3DH (Google map)

A popular walk through the woods and alongside the lakes. We'll hope to see little-ringed plover, martins and an assortment of wildfowl and warblers. Last year at this time we also saw ring ouzel and brambling.

Time: 10am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07879 637 686

Tue
21

Indoor Talk - Arctic Russia, realm of the Ice Bear by Chris Collins

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

This will be Chris's second visit to Medway having spoken last time on Birds of the Russian Far East which scored very highly with the bird boxes. I actually booked Chris for this talk the day after his visit to us in September 18, but he is sooooo busy that it was the only way to secure him and he was extremely helpful with this.

Although in a similar area, this talk will be very different covering a completely different set of birds and animals including polar bears (for instance last year a new world record was set with 241 bears around the carcass of a bowhead whale at Wrangel Island), spectacled eider and white-billed diver.

Time: Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Price: £3.50 members, £4 non-members

Telephone: 01634 615 580

E-mail: medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Wed
22

Outdoor Walk at Conyer Creek, led by Sue Carter & Steve Goodrich

Location: Park on the left-hand side of the minor road immediately before the Ship Inn. There are no facilities here other than refreshments and toilets at the pub.
Postcode: ME9 9HR (Google map)

A superb scrubby area on the banks of the Swale which is threatened by development despite being home to nightingales, turtle doves, cuckoos and long-eared owls.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07745 343 072

Sun
26

Outdoor Walk at Ashdown Forest, led by Sue Carter & Steve Goodrich

Location: Meet in the Sussex Wildlife Trust car park just off the B2026 and please bring a packed lunch.

Postcode: TN22 3JD (Google map)

Another delightful walk in Pooh Bear territory and some special birds too. We will look and listen for woodlark, tree pipit, redstart, cuckoo, lesser whitethroat and maybe the elusive Dartford warbler.

There are no facilities and some of the walk is on steep terrain.

Time: 9am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07745 343 072

May 2020

Wed
6

Outdoor Walk at Shuart and Reculver, led by Sue Carter & Steve Goodrich

Location: Take the A299 Thanet Way and turn off at the St Nicholas-at-Wade junction. Turn right at the Tjunction, then first left and continue on to the end of the lane where there are a few parking spaces.
Postcode: CT7 0NB (Google map)

We will walk from Shuart across the railway line to the sea wall and Coldharbour Lagoon before cutting across to Chambers Wall and returning via the embankment across the fields and hedgerows.

We will look out for yellow wagtail, lesser whitethroat, sanderling and grasshopper warbler.

Time: 8.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07745 343 072

Thu
7

Birding Trip - May Day Bank Holiday long weekend in France (7 - 10 May 2020)

Location: Join us on a Medway Local Group Birding Trip to France, organized by Bargain Birding Club. Like all our activities this trip is open to the general public.

Expect to see 100+ bird species in fabulous countryside with visits to sites including Marquenterre, Somme Estuary and Cap Blanc.


Price includes B&B&EM, accommodation at a hotel in Berck, Euro Tunnel crossing, pick up/drop off in Sittingbourne and transport via comfortable minibus throughout the duration of the trip.

Full details are available on the Bargain Birding Club website:

http://www.bargainbirdingclub.com/

To book your place contact Richard Hanman via email or phone using the details provided.

Time: 4 days

Price: £599pp

Booking essential

Telephone: 07785 707 797

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

Wed
13

Outdoor Walk - Dawn Chorus at Northward Hill, led by Adrian Olsen

Location: Meet in the car park where there are toilets.
Postcode: ME3 5DS (Google map)

Hopefully the songbird refrain will make up for the early start! Cuckoo, nightingales and various warblers could all feature and there is always the possibility of an owl or two.

Time: 5am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07505 464 114

Sun
17

Outdoor Walk at Stodmarsh & Grove Ferry, led by Peter Saville

Location: Meet in the Stodmarsh car park for the circular walk to Grove Ferry and back. There are a number of hides en route, including the new tower hide and there are toilets at both ends.
Postcode: CT3 4BE (Google map)

A spring visit this time with booming bittern, common tern, cuckoo, swifts and hobbies hawking overhead.

Time: 9am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07443 657 521

Tue
19

Indoor Talk - The bats of Kent by John Puckett

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

The first few minutes of the evening will be taken up by the AGM which hopefully will not take very long.

John is the Chair of the Kent Bat Group. This was formed in 1983 to conserve bats across the county, following a significant decline in bat populations across the UK. John's talk will cover bat ecology, "the bat year" and species found in Kent.

I believe there have been 14 of Britain's 18 resident bat species that have been found in Kent at one time or another. However, Kent's most abundant bats are the common and soprano pipistrelles. I will leave it to John to tell you the rest!! Another first-time speaker for Medway Group.

Time: Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Price: £3.50 members, £4 non-members

Telephone: 01634 615 580

E-mail: medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Fri
22

Birding Trip - Spring Bank Holiday in Norfolk (22 - 25 May 2020)

Location: Join us on a Medway Local Group Birding Trip to Norfolk, organized by Bargain Birding Club.
Like all our activities it is open to the general public.

Expect to see 100+ birds plus butterflies and mammals with visits to Titchwell, Cley, Sculthorpe Moor, boat trips at Hickling Broad (Crane and Spoonbill) and Blakeney (tern and seal colonies).

Price includes B&B&EM, hotel accommodation in Elmham, pick up/drop off in Sittingbourne and transport via comfortable minibus throughout the duration of the trip.

Full details are available on the Bargain Birding Club website:

http://www.bargainbirdingclub.com/

To book your place contact Richard Hanman via email or phone using the details provided.

Time: 4 days

Price: £649pp

Booking essential

Telephone: 07785 707 797

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

Sun
31

Coach Trip to RSPB Minsmere

Location: Contact Trevor Hatton for pick up points and times.

We hope to repeat our successful visit of two years ago when we saw bittern, stone curlew, otter, kittiwake, Dartford warbler and the sand martin colony to name but a few.

The RSPB's premier reserve has a well-stocked shop, superb cafeteria, a variety of habitat and hides galore!

Please join us as you will be made very welcome and will have a relaxing, carefree day out.

Time: Full day

Price: TBC

Telephone: 07709 925 613

June 2020

Sun
7

Outdoor walk at Samphire Hoe, led by Karen Snow

Location: Meet in the car park where there is a small parking charge, plus cafeteria and toilets.
Postcode: CT17 9EL (Google map)

This man-made site never disappoints with the backdrop of the white cliffs and birds such as peregrine, raven, black redstart, fulmar and cliff-nesting house martins.

Time: 10am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07879 637 686

Tue
16

Indoor Talk - Wader Quest by Elis and Rick Simpson

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

Yet another first for the group, Rick and Elis come recommended having given a talk on plovers to Gravesend RSPB. However, when I approached Rick, he said that he preferred to do his first talk to a new group on Wader Quest, so everyone is aware of what the organisation does. The talk introduces, through the beauty and diversity of the waders to be found around the world, the acute crisis that is facing waders. The talk will be scattered with stunning photos and amusing personal anecdotes from Rick and Elis' travels to see waders.

Rick and Elis are a husband and wife team who dedicate their lives to promoting wader conservation. Rick is a lifelong birder, writer and artist and worked for some time as a bird guide in the UK, Spain and Brazil. Elis is a keen photographer whose main interest is birds and wildlife in general. We wish them a warm welcome.

Time: Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Price: £3.50 members, £4 non-members

Telephone: 01634 615 580

E-mail: medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Wed
17

Outdoor Walk at Riverside Country Park, led by David Hale

Location: Meet in the car park off the B2007 in Gillingham where there are toilets and a cafeteria.
Postcode: ME7 2XH (Google map)

We'll look for a variety of wildfowl and waders as well as the endangered turtle dove and cuckoo.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07808 772 783

Sat
27

Outdoor Walk - After dark Nightjar walk, led by Trevor Hatton

Location: Location and time to be announced the week before to find the venue this year.

Your chance of hearing and hopefully seeing nightjar, woodcock and maybe an owl and tree pipit as well.

Time: TBC

Price: Free

Booking essential

Telephone: 07709 925 613

July 2020

Sun
5

Outdoor walk at Rye Harbour, led by Karen Snow

Location: Take the A259 southbound from Rye. The minor road to Rye Harbour is then signposted on the left. The large car park is beyond the village and has both toilets and a snack bar.
Postcode: TN31 7TX (Google map)

Hopefully we'll see and hear the tern colony in full breeding mode, plus waders near the harbour and passerines in the scrub.

Time: 10am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07879 637 686

Wed
15

Outdoor Walk at Hothfield Heathland, led by Robin Smith

Location: Meet in the car park just off the A20. Unfortunately, the toilets have now been closed and there are no other facilities.
Postcode: TN26 1AP (Google map)

A pleasant stroll around the wood, bog and heathland looking for hobby, treecreeper, yellowhammer and spotted flycatcher.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07528 917 350

Thu
16

Birding Trip - Summer spectacular in Scotland (16 - 20 July 2020)

Location: Join us on a Medway Local Group Birding Trip to Scotland, organized by Bargain Birding Club. Like all our activities it is open to the general public.

Expect fantastic scenery and wonderful wildlife as we explore the Murray Firth coast from Inverness to Troup Head (seabirds and seals), visit moorland lochs (Black-throated Diver and Slavonian Grebe), Abernethy Forest (Crested Tit and Crossbills), Cairngorm Mountain (Ring Ouzel and Dotterel), Spey Bay, Dulnain and Findhorn Valleys (Osprey and Golden Eagle).

Price includes B&B accommodation, return flights London to Inverness, entrance to all reserves and minibus transport in Scotland.

Full details are available on the Bargain Birding Club website:

http://www.bargainbirdingclub.com/

To book your place contact Richard Hanman via email or phone using the details provided.

Time: 5 days

Price: £949pp

Booking essential

Telephone: 07785 707 797

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

Tue
21

Indoor Talk - The Orkney Islands by Gordon Small

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

Gordon is coming to us all the way from Lyndhurst in Hampshire but as he has spoken to both RSPB Tonbridge and RSPB Bexley in the past, I assume he is OK with the travelling. He is a wildlife photographer and has an amazing 28 talks listed on his website. Gordon will tell us about the month he stayed on the Orkney Islands from mid May to Mid June in 2016. The weather was variable and he visited various islands so long as they were in reach of his motor home. He will feature birds such as Arctic and great skuas, purple sandpipers, puffins and many more.

Time: Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Price: £3.50 members, £4 non-members

Telephone: 01634 615 580

E-mail: medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Sun
26

Outdoor Walk at Broadwater Warren, led by Sue Carter & Steve Goodrich

Location: Meet in the reserve car park which is accessed on the left along Broadwater Forest Lane. Please note that there are no facilities or shelter at this reserve and there are some steep steps at one point.
Postcode: TN3 9PJ (Google map)

We plan to see birds such as woodlark, tree pipit and yellowhammer but will also concentrate on butterflies including silver-washed fritillary, white admiral and brimstone.

A lovely, scenic walk through woods and heathland with ponds producing dragonflies and damselflies.

Time: 9am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07745 343 072

August 2020

Sun
2

Outdoor Walk at Oare Marsh, led by Sue Carter & Steve Goodrich

Location: Meet in the reserve car park. There are no toilets here, but the walking is easy and there are several hides should the weather prove inclement.
Postcode: ME13 0QA (Google map)

Prime time for wader passage at this superb reserve where you can get up close to the birds and hone your ID skills. Will Bony, the Bonaparte's gull, return for its 8th year in a row?

Time: 8am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07745 343 072

Sun
16

Outdoor Walk at RSPB Cliffe Pools, led by Warren Mann

Location: Meet in the reserve car park off Salt Lane. There are no facilities here
Postcode: ME3 7SU (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?

Time: 9am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07845 484 754

Wed
26

Outdoor Walk - Sundowner at Northward Hill, led by David Saunders

Location: Meet in the car park where there are toilets.
Postcode: ME3 8DS (Google map)

An evening visit to see the mass roosting of corvids and maybe owls, bats and moths as well.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Free

Telephone: 07788 202 445

September 2020

Sun
6

Coach Trip to WWT Barnes London Wetland Centre

Location: Contact Trevor Hatton for pick up points and times.

A new venue for the group, a 100 acres site in Barnes which was formed from four disused Victorian reservoirs situated in a loop of the Thames.

There are meadows and gardens, hides and an observatory with views across the reserve, plus a captive wildfowl collection. Native wildfowl can also be seen along with water rail, waders, ringnecked parakeet, peregrine and possible bittern.

There is also a cafeteria and shop to explore as well as beautiful gardens to walk in.

Time: Full day

Price: TBC

Booking essential

Telephone: 07709 925 613

Thu
10

Birding Trip - Autumn migration in Estonia (10 - 14 Sept 2020)

Location: Join us on a Medway Local Group Birding Trip to Estonia, organized by Bargain Birding Club. Like all our activities it is open to the general public.

Expect to see thousands of Arctic breeding waders and wildfowl heading south for the winter, plus chances of Grey-headed, White-backed and Black Woodpecker, eagles, shrikes & Nutcracker. Elk, Pine Marten, Wild Boar and Raccoon Dog are all also possible.

Price includes half board accommodation at a comfortable guest house near Haapsalu, return flights London to Tallin, entrance to all reserves and minibus transport in Estonia.

Full details are available on the Bargain Birding Club website:

http://www.bargainbirdingclub.com/

To book your place contact Richard Hanman via email or phone using the details provided.

Time: 5 days

Price: £949pp

Booking essential

Telephone: 07785 707 797

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

Tue
15

Indoor Talk - Nature of the New Forest by Ian Rumley-Dawson

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

Now Ian is certainly not new to the group and this may be his 14th talk since 1985, or possibly before that. My information says this is his 10th talk but Ian seems to have better records than me!! He last came to us in 2016 talking on The Blue Tit. I asked Ian to do this talk as it is very "British" and it will include animals, fungi and the magnificent colours of the leaves in Autumn around this Hampshire area. It will be good to welcome such an old friend back to Medway.

Time: Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Price: £3.50 members, £4 non-members

Telephone: 01634 615 580

E-mail: medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Wed
16

Outdoor Walk at West Hythe & Royal Military Canal, led by Robin Smith

Location: Meet at the canal-side car park at West Hythe. Parking is free but there are no facilities at this site.
Postcode: CT21 4NB (Google map)

A pleasant stroll along the banks of the canal. In previous visits we've seen hobby, jay, various tits, green woodpecker and had splendid views of kingfisher. The animals at Port Lympne zoo are an added attraction!

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07528 917 350

Fri
25

Birding Trip - Autumn long weekend in France (25 - 27 Sept 2020)

Location: Join us on a Medway Local Group Birding Trip to France, organized by Bargain Birding Club. Like all our activities it is open to the general public.

Expect to see 100+ bird species in fabulous countryside with visits to sites including Marquenterre,
Somme Estuary and Cap Blanc.

Price includes B&B&EM, accommodation at a hotel in Berck, Euro Tunnel crossing, pick up/drop off in Sittingbourne and transport via comfortable minibus throughout the duration of the trip.

Full details are available on the Bargain Birding Club website:

http://www.bargainbirdingclub.com/

To book your place contact Richard Hanman via email or phone using the details provided.

Time: 3 days

Price: £399pp

Booking essential

Telephone: 07785 707 797

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

Sun
27

Outdoor Walk at RSPB Cliffe Pools, led by Warren Mann

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

Our third visit of the year to this superb reserve where anything can and does turn up.

Time: 9am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07845 484 754

October 2020

Sun
4

Outdoor Walk at Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory, led by Richard Hanman

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

Postcode: CT13 9PF (Google map)

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 always get a warm welcome from the staff at the observatory where there are full facilities. There will be a suggested donation of £2 per head for SBBO.

We will also visit the Elms Copse and Restharrow Scrape as well as doing a sea watch.

Time: 8am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07785 707 797

Wed
14

Outdoor Walk at Riverside Country Park, led by David Hale

Location: Meet in the car park off the B2007 in Gillingham. There is a cafeteria and toilets here.
Postcode: ME7 2XH (Google map)

A stroll around the country park and Eastcourt Meadows looking at birds on the Medway and in the bushes.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07808 772 783

Sun
18

Outdoor Walk at Capel Fleet and Shellness, led by Sue Carter & Steve Goodrich

Location: Meet at the Raptor Viewpoint which is situated on the left along the minor road between the B2231 and the eastern end of Sheppey. Follow the signs to the Harty Ferry Inn.

Postcode: ME12 4BQ (Google map)

With high tide due at 1.00 pm we'll meet at the Raptor Viewpoint at Capel Fleet first and look for birds of prey and corn buntings before driving round to Shellness for the walk along the sea wall to the Blockhouse and back. With a rising tide we hope to see ducks and divers on the Swale and the wader roost gathering, along with passerines in the bushes by the Hamlet car park and possible short-eared owl.

There are no facilities at either site other than toilets in Leysdown. There is no cover on this walk so please dress accordingly.

Time: 8.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07745 343 072

Tue
20

Indoor Talk - Winter wildlife of northern Japan by Paul Hale

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

Paul actually gave us Birds of Northern Japan on his very first visit to Medway in June 2005. I doubt many members would remember it and Trevor has heard this new talk recently at Faversham and he says it has completely changed and was excellent, so another talk on Trevor's recommendation. Paul illustrates his talks with his own excellent photographs and was often to be found travelling around in his campervan. He is a much-respected former leader of the Thanet RSPB Group and is still active with them. He was also formerly a teacher. This will be Paul's fourth visit to Medway.

Time: Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Price: £3.50 members, £4 non-members

Telephone: 01634 615 580

E-mail: medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

November 2020

Sun
1

Oudoor Walk at Reculver Castle, led by Peter Saville

Location: Meet in the pay & display car park by the towers where there are also toilets. Please dress suitably as we will be exposed to the elements as there is no cover on this walk.
Postcode: CT6 6SU (Google map)

We will walk eastwards from the towers hoping to see snow bunting, brent geese, ducks and waders.

Time: 9am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07443 657 521

Tue
3

Birding Trip - OMG - Ornithologically Magical Gambia (3 - 10 Nov 2020)

Location: Join us on a Medway Local Group Birding Trip to The Gambia, organized by Bargain Birding Club. Like all our activities it is open to the general public. Expect to see 200+ species of bird in just 8 easy-paced days. West African birding at its best with local expert guides.

Price includes B&B&EM, accommodation in The Gambia, return flights from London to Banjul with generous luggage allowance, entrance to all reserves and comfortable minibus throughout the duration of the trip.

Full details are available on the Bargain Birding Club website:

http://www.bargainbirdingclub.com/

To book your place contact Richard Hanman via email or phone using the details provided.

Time: 8 days

Price: £1699pp

Booking essential

Telephone: 07785 707 797

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

Tue
17

Indoor Talk - Africa, a wild journey by Dr Brett Lewis

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

Brett, Consultant Ecologist, is another gentleman who is extremely hard to get hold of for a talk. I have been trying for a couple of years, this being slowed down by the fact that Brett took a sabbatical for a year to travel throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, concentrating on the south and southeast regions of that great continent which will form the basis of his talk. This will be a presentation of photographs and stories from a yearlong overlanding adventure in Africa searching for remote locations, indigenous peoples and amazing wildlife. This will be Brett's third talk to us.

Time: Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Price: £3.50 members, £4 non-members

Telephone: 01634 615 580

E-mail: medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Wed
18

Outdoor Walk at Conyer Creek, led by Sue Carter & Steve Goodrich

Location: Park on the left side of the minor road immediately before the Ship Inn. There are no facilities at this site other than something to warm us up at the pub later!
Postcode: ME9 9HR (Google map)

We'll take a walk on the west side of the creek for a change and look out for little owl, raven, shore lark, snow bunting and birds on the Swale including mergansers.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07745 343 072

Sun
29

Outdoor Walk at Elmley Conservation Trust, led by Richard Hanman

Location: Meet in the car park on the right where there are toilets and an honesty box for the charge of £5 per vehicle unless you are a member. Please dress warmly and bring a hot drink/lunch.
Postcode: ME12 3RW (Google map)

A winter visit to see the reserve at its best with large numbers of wildfowl, birds of prey and maybe some short-eared owls too.

We may explore the area around the old schoolhouse or just head straight for the hides.

Time: 9am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07785 707 797

December 2020

Sun
6

Outdoor Walk at Dungeness, led by Peter Saville

Location: Meet in the main car park where you will find the visitor centre, shop and toilets. There are plenty of hides to shelter in should the weather prove inclement.
Postcode: TN29 9PN (Google map)

Our third visit of the year to the RSPB's oldest reserve and your chance to get some last-minute Christmas presents and year ticks! We are always assured of a good welcome here and a respectable bird list.

Time: 10am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07443 657 521