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.

January 2022

Sun
30

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Sunday 30 January at Elmley Conservation Trust's NNR. Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

Location: Elmley Conservation Trust's NNR. ME12 3RW
Postcode: ME12 3RW (Google map)

TQ938679 (ME12 3RW) 10.00 am HT 10.40 am Richard Hanman

We hope to see owls and birds of prey as well as large numbers of wintering waders and wildfowl.

Follow the track along to the end and park in the car park where there are toilets. Please note that there is a charge of £6.00 per person for those who are not members of the Friends of Elmley, and that the gates open at 9.00.

On our walks, everyone is welcome, and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us to confirm that the field trip is going ahead: -

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

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.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: See above site charges

February 2022

Thu
3

February Zoom Talk by Dr Michael Leach - Faces in the Mirror

Location: Home

Michael spent nearly three years writing and illustrating a major book on the Great Apes. This is the story of his time working with our closest relatives - chimpanzees, orang-utans, bonobos and gorillas. (Note: no birds for a change.)

Michael's talk using Zoom - Faces in the Mirror, hosted by the RSPB Medway Local Group and shared with the RSPB Maidstone Local Group and Faversham NAT'S, will take place on Thursday 3 February 2022: -

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

7.30 pm: Michael 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.

Michael has been a professional wildlife author/photographer since 1977 and has written 24 books. He has presented over 1800 talks so I think we will be in for a great Zoom talk.

Members of The RSPB Medway Local Group, RSPB Maidstone Local Group and Faversham NAT's, will be sent the registration link automatically.

This presentation is being made available to non-members under the same payment conditions. Non-members will 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

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: £3.00 per person

Booking essential

Sun
13

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Sunday 13 February at Oare Marshes KWT. Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

Location: Oare Marshes KWT. ME13 0QA
Postcode: ME13 0QA (Google map)

TR013647 (ME13 0QA) 8.30 am HT 10.25 pm Leaders: Sue & Steve

We will look for wintering waders and wildfowl on the east flood and in the creek and mudflats ahead of the rising tide. Raptors should be on the wing along with an owl or two.

Meet in the reserve car park but note that while parking in the road is free, there is a charge for using the carpark, and it is necessary to use the RingGo app to make a payment. There are hides but no toilets or other facilities.

On our walks, everyone is welcome, and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us to confirm that the field trip is going ahead: -

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

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.

Time: 8.30 am

Price: See above site charges

Tue
15

CANCELLED February Indoor Talk by David Darrell-Lambert - Streaky and Proud (Larks, Pipits and Wagtails)

Location: No Address

THERE WILL BE NO INDOOR TALK AT PARKWOOD ON TUESDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2022.

SEE ZOOM TALK ON TUESDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2022 FOR DETAILS.

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: Nothing

Tue
15

February Zoom Talk by David Darrell-Lambert - Streaky and Proud (Larks, Pipits and Wagtails)

Location: Home

UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL DAVID'S INDOOR TALK ON TUESDAY 15 FEBRUARY, AS HE IS NOT SURE HE WILL BE ABLE TO GET BACK INTO THE COUNTRY AND REPLACE IT WITH A ZOOM VERSION ALSO ON TUESDAY 15 FEBRUARY.

David Darrell-Lambert has been expanding his identification skills to include butterflies and dragonflies, which adds to his strong knowledge of British wildlife. He was the chair of the Ornithological Section of the London Natural History Society and for ten years plus a trustee.

David's talk using Zoom - Streaky and Proud (Larks, Pipits and Wagtails), hosted by the RSPB Medway Local Group, shared with the RSPB Maidstone Local Group and Faversham NAT's, will take place on Tuesday 15 February 2022: -

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

7.30 pm: David 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.

David Darrell-Lambert has been expanding his identification skills to include butterflies and dragonflies, which adds to his strong knowledge of British wildlife. He was the chair of the Ornithological Section of the London Natural History Society and for ten years plus a trustee.

There will be a charge for this new series of talks of £3 per person for each talk, which can be made either by cash, a cheque made payable to "The RSPB" sent Medway Local Group Treasurer, Karen Snow, 126 Haig Avenue, Rochester, Kent. ME1 2RX, or by direct bank transfer to RSPB Medway Local Group, Sort code 30-90-79, Account number 34017568. Please say why the money has been sent e.g., Subs, Zoom etc.

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

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

Des & Carol Felix

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: £3.00

Booking essential

Wed
16

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Wednesday 16 February at Saxon Shore Way (Upnor to Hoo).

Location: Saxon Shore Way from Upnor to Hoo
Postcode: ME2 4XB (Google map)

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Wednesday 16 February at Saxon Shore Way (Upnor to Hoo). Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

TQ763713 (ME2 4XB) 9.30 am Leader: Paul

For more Information
Field trips organiser Warren Mann
Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com
07845 484 754

A new walk for us along the Saxon Shore Way from Upnor to Hoo to find birds on the rising tide.

Meet at the free car park, past Arethusa, at the end of the village in Upnor Road next to the yacht club. There is a cafe at Hoo Marina where we can have refreshments before retracing our steps.

There is no cover or facilities on this walk.

On our walks, everyone is welcome, and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us to confirm that the field trip is going ahead: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/

or please go to
www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

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.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07845 484 754

E-mail: Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com

Sun
20

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Sunday 20 February at Sisinghurst Castle Grounds.

Location: Sisinghurst Castle Grounds TN17 2AB
Postcode: TN17 2AB (Google map)

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Sunday 20 February at Sisinghurst Castle Grounds. Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

TQ807384 (TN17 2AB) 9.30 am Leader: Robin Smith
07528 917 350

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.

On our walks, everyone is welcome, and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us to confirm that the field trip is going ahead: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/

or please go to

www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

or

Walk Leader: Robin Smith
07528 917 350

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.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07528 917 350

March 2022

Thu
3

March Zoom Talk by Dr Peter Gasson - Eastern Australia

Location: Home

Peter's talk using Zoom - Eastern Australia, is hosted by the RSPB Medway Local Group and shared with the RSPB Maidstone Local Group and Faversham NATS, will take place on Thursday 3 March 2022:-

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

7.30 pm: Peter 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.

His talk it is about the natural history of Canberra, Sydney, Cairns and places between, plus Victoria State.

Members of The RSPB Medway Local Group, RSPB Maidstone Local Group and Faversham NAT'S, will be sent the registration link automatically.

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

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: £3.00 per person

Booking essential

Sun
6

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Sunday 6 March at Reculver Country Park. Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

Location: Reculver Country Park TR225695 (CT6 6SU)
Postcode: CT6 6SU (Google map)

TR225695 (CT6 6SU) 9.30 am HT 3.20 pm Leaders: Sue & Steve

We'll look for early returning migrants such as wheatear, and birds on the sea. We may also decide to visit East Blean Woods in search of woodland species.

Meet in the Reculver Towers car park by the King Ethelbert Inn. In 2021 the parking charge was £1.40/hour for October to March, and £1.80/hour for April to September. Payment is by coin or the RingGo app. Toilets are available here

On our walks, everyone is welcome, and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us to confirm that the field trip is going ahead: -

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

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.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Car Parking £1.40 per hour

E-mail: Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com

Sun
13

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Sunday 13 March at RSPB Cliffe Pools. Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

Location: RSPB Cliffe Pools TQ722757 (ME3 7SX)
Postcode: ME3 7SX (Google map)

TQ722757 (ME3 7SX) 9.00 am HT 8.40 am Leader: Warren Mann

The various pools should be full of waders and wildfowl. Birds of prey and owls could also put in an appearance and there are always gulls.

Meet in the reserve car park off Salt Lane and please be aware that there is no cover or facilities on this walk.

On our walks, everyone is welcome, and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us to confirm that the field trip is going ahead: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/

or please go to

www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

or Walk Leader Warren Mann
Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com
07845 484 754

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.

Time: 9.00 am

Price: Free

E-mail: Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com

Tue
15

March Indoor Talk by Roger Parker - Finland Above the Arctic Circle

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

Roger's presentation to the RSPB Medway Local Group is titled FINDLAND ABOVE THE ARCTIC CIRCLE was cancelled from March last year and March 2020. Roger is a great friend of Trevor Hatton and I met him on Richard's Bargain Bird Club 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 that 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 he may not be our often-slick presenter but he will be full of amazing knowledge and passion for his topic. He is just a very nice person and great birder. And another newby for the Medway Group and hopefully third time lucky!!

The presentation will take place on Tuesday 15 March 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 see www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway or https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/
or email medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: £3.50 0r £4.00

Wed
23

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Wednesday 23 March at RSPB Church Wood Blean. Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

Location: RSPB Church Wood Blean. TR126592 (CT2 9DD)
Postcode: CT2 9DD (Google map)

TR126592 (CT2 9DD) 9.30 am Leader: Warren Mann

A year or so ago we had wild bees and wood ants on this walk along with various woodland birds and a flyover raven. We may even see a lesser-spotted woodpecker.

Meet in the car park off Rough Common Road. There are no facilities here and at this time of year some of the paths can be very muddy.

On our walks, everyone is welcome, and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us to confirm that the field trip is going ahead: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/

or please go to

www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

or Walk Leader Warren Mann
Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com
07845 484 754

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.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free

E-mail: Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com

April 2022

Sun
3

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Sunday 3 April at Dungeness Peninsular. Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group

Location: Dungeness Peninsular. TR088169(TN29 9NE)
Postcode: TN29 9NE (Google map)

TR088169(TN29 9NE) 9.00 am HT 1.20 am Leaders: Sue & Steve

We will first check the trapping area for newly arrived migrants, and then move to the shore looking for black redstarts on the way. We hope the weather and sea conditions will make it worthwhile doing a sea watch. 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 land chiffchaffs, willow warblers and wheatears could be arriving. Keep looking up for sand martins and possible osprey too.

Meet at the Old Lighthouse car park. There are hides, toilets and refreshments at the main RSPB
Reserve.

On our walks, everyone is welcome, and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us to confirm that the field trip is going ahead: -

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

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.

Time: 9.00 am

Price: Free except for site charges

E-mail: Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com

Wed
6

April Zoom Talk by Keith Betton - The Stone Curlew

Location: Home

Keith Betton's talk using Zoom - The Stone Curlew, is hosted by the RSPB Medway Local Group and shared with the RSPB Maidstone Local Group and Faversham NATS, will take place on Thursday 6 April 2022: -

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

7.30 pm: Keith 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.

The stone curlew has gone from being found as far north as Yorkshire in Victorian times to just two main centres of population in Wessex (including Oxfordshire) and Breckland (mostly Norfolk and Suffolk). By working with landowners, Keith will explain how the population has more than doubled in the last 30 years.

Members of The RSPB Medway Local Group and RSPB Maidstone 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 have to send their name and email address to Medwayrspb_descar@btinternet.com so that we can send you the registration link

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: £3.00

Booking essential

Sun
10

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Sunday 10 April at Samphire Hoe. Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

Location: Samphire Hoe. TR293391 (CT17 9EL)
Postcode: CT17 9EL (Google map)

TR293391 (CT17 9EL) 10.00 am Leader: Karen Snow

A popular walk at the base of the White Cliffs with toilets and a snack bar to boot! We hope to connect with peregrine, raven, fulmar, rock pipit and black redstart.

Please note there is a parking charge at this venue.

On our walks, everyone is welcome, and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us to confirm that the field trip is going ahead: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/

or please go to

www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

or Walk Leader karen Snow
karensnw@yahoo.co.uk
07879 637 686

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.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Charge for car park

E-mail: karensnw@yahoo.co.uk

Wed
13

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Wednesday 13 April at Conyer Creek. Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

Location: Conyer Creek. TQ962648 (ME9 9HR)
Postcode: ME9 9HR (Google map)

TQ962648 (ME9 9HR) 9.30 am HT 11.10 am Leaders: Sue & Steve

A superb scrubby area on the banks of the Swale which is threatened by development despite it being home to nightingales, turtle doves, cuckoos and long-eared owls. Conyer Creek and the Swale should have many waders and ducks.

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.

On our walks, everyone is welcome, and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us to confirm that the field trip is going ahead: -

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

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.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free

E-mail: Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com

Tue
19

April Indoor Talk by Russell Miles - Seals, Seascape and Coastal Waters

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

Russell Miles presentation to the RSPB Medway Local Group is titled SEALS, SEASCAPE AND COASTAL WATERS. This talk sees the return of Russell who last spoke to us in May 2019 on the Life of the Hare which was extremely well received. He lives in Ramsgate so is a true local naturalist and is passionate about his subjects. He says, "I love watching and photographing my local wildlife".

Sadly, I missed his talk on hares but from the enthusiasm that I heard about that talk, I am sure this one will be just as good. He also presents his talks to camera clubs so his photographs will be excellent too. This is another talk postponed from 2021.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday 19 April 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 see www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway or https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/
or email medwayrspb.talks@gmail.com

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: £3.50 0r £4.00

Wed
20

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Wednesday 20 April at RSPB Northward Hill. Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

Location: RSPB Northward Hill. TQ768765 (ME3 8DS)
Postcode: ME3 8DS (Google map)

TQ768765 (ME3 8DS) 9.30 am Leader: David Saunders

We'll look and listen for early migrants such as cuckoo, nightingale and whitethroat. Herons and wildfowl should also feature.

Meet in the marshland car park at Bromhey Farm, where there are toilets but no other facilities.

On our walks, everyone is welcome, and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us to confirm that the field trip is going ahead: -

https://www.facebook.com/rspbmedway/

or please go to

www.rspb.org.uk/groups/medway

or Walk Leader David Saunders
saunders303@hotmail.com
07788 202 445

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.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07788 202 445

Sun
24

Free Guided Walk with Nature on Sunday 24 April at Ashdown Forest (Old Lodge Reserve). Organised and lead by the RSPB Medway Local Group.

Location: Ashdown Forest (Old Lodge Reserve). TQ469306(TN22 3JD)
Postcode: TN22 3JD (Google map)

TQ469306(TN22 3JD) 9.00 am Leaders: Sue & Steve

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.

Meet in the Sussex Wildlife Trust car park just off the B2026 and please bring a packed lunch. There are no facilities and some of the walk is on steep terrain.

On our walks, everyone is welcome, and help is always on hand with identification. If the weather forecast is inclement follow us to confirm that the field trip is going ahead: -

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

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.

Time: 9.00 am

Price: Free

E-mail: Medwayrspb-leader@virginmedia.com