Events

Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

July 2022

Wed
13

Car outing Fermyn Woods to seek Purple Emperor butterfly

Location: Entry to woods off the A6116 (Corby to Thrapston road) Meet at Brigstock Country Park entrance

Postcode: NN14 3HS (Google map)

Fermyn Woods are an ancient woodlands containing semi-natureal oak and ash woods, along with conifer plantations. It is excellent for butterflies, including the rarer ones such as black hairstreak, purple emperor, white admiral and white letter hairstreak.
Situated in the heart of the Rockingham Forest, the park offers access to fantastic woodlands, meadows, thickets, marshes and ponds to explore.
http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/leisure/countryside/pages/fermyn.aspx

Time: 10.00 am

Price: free

Telephone: 01933 460644

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk

September 2022

Thu
15

'The Stars of Northamptonshire Botanical Sites' - Alyson Freeman

Location: Saxon Hall, Raunds (access off Thorpe Street opposite Co-op store). Free parking and easy access for disabled people.
Postcode: NN9 6LT (Google map)

Alyson belongs to the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and is currently the Vice-County Recorder of Northamptonshire. She grew up in the north-east of England and has loved wild flowers from childhood. She worked as a Biomedical Scientist in the NHS and has studied at Leicester University Botanical Gardens. Since retiring she has devoted more time to botany, co-ordinating and submitting all records of plants in the county to the database held by the BSBI. She also organises the Northants Flora Group, which holds meetings throughout the year (covid permitting).
Alyson's presentation will include some of the wonderful sites for wild flowers in Northamptonshire, the plants themselves, with lots of photos along the way, hoping to add a new dimension to our walks in the countryside. She would also be happy to try to identify any plants or photos members might like to bring along.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Sun
25

Coach trip to Gibraltar Point Skegness

Location: https://www.lincstrust.org.uk/get-involved/top-reserves/gibraltar-point
Postcode: LN9 5HF (Google map)

Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve is an area of some 430 hectares comprising sandy and muddy seashores, sand-dunes, saltmarshes and freshwater habitats extending for a distance of about 3 miles along the Lincolnshire coast, from the southern end of Skegness to the entrance of the Wash. There is a network of paths, designed to take the visitor easily around the major habitats whilst keeping disturbance to a minimum. Many typical plants growing in characteristic habitats are labelled at points where they may easily be seen from the paths. There is an observation platform at Mill Hill with extensive views of the surrounding landscape, and public hides overlook the Mere and Fenland Lagoon.
https://www.lincstrust.org.uk/get-involved/top-reserves/gibraltar-point
Facilities: visitor facilities and toilets in car park. Inside the new Visitor Centre explore the Wild Coast Exhibition and Nature Discovery Room and visit The Point Cafe and Look-out and gift shop.

Time: Raunds square 8.00am and Thrapston market place 8.10am

Price: Coach £18 plus donation

Booking essential

Telephone: 01933 460644

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk

October 2022

Thu
20

'Northamptonshire Wildlife through the Year' - Douglas Goddard

Location: Saxon Hall, Raunds (access off Thorpe Street opposite Co-op store). Free parking and easy access for disabled people.
Postcode: NN9 6LT (Google map)

Douglas is a retired History teacher. From 1986-2015 he was the County Recorder for butterflies in Northants, on behalf of Butterfly Conservation and the Wildlife Trust, and chairman of the Bedfordshire and Northants branch of Butterfly Conservation until 2020. He was co-author of 'The Butterflies of Northamptonshire' with Andy Wyldes and in 2012 received An Outstanding Volunteer Award from Butterfly Conservation. He is also part of the Yardley Chase Conservation Group and actively involved in leading butterfly walks.
As a keen photographer Douglas has photographed many aspects of Northamptonshire wildlife over the years, being particularly interested in dragonflies and birds as well, though his talk will feature most other groups too, showing how the natural history of the county unfolds over the course of the year and discussing changing trends.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Sun
23

Coach trip to Pulborough Brooks West Sussex

Location: Depart 7 am Raunds Market Square ONLY PICKUP. Returning about 8 pm.
Postcode: NN9 6HP (Google map)

Set in the beautiful Arun Valley, with superb views across wet meadows and fields to the South Downs, Pulborough Brooks is a haven for a wide range of wildlife. It is recognised as one of Europe's top wetlands, and supports half of the Arun Valley's breeding wading birds and half of its wintering wading birds. It also contains grassland, woodland, hedgerows and scrub, which are important for many species of bird, insect and plant.
Winter birds include flocks of ducks and wading birds on the flooded meadows, fieldfares and redwings feasting on the hedgerow fruits, short-eared owls patrolling the brooks, peregrines stooping on flocks of ducks and waders and nuthatches and tits on the bird feeders.
Facilities: visitor centre, shop, tea room, toilets.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/p/pulboroughbrooks/about.aspx

Time: 7 am Raunds

Price: Coach £18, Admission RSPB Members Free, non-members £5

Booking essential

Telephone: 01933 460644

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk

November 2022

Thu
17

'Wildlife on the Farm' - Fred Hilsdon

Location: Saxon Hall, Raunds (access off Thorpe Street opposite Co-op store). Free parking and easy access for disabled people.
Postcode: NN9 6LT (Google map)

For decades farmers have been blamed for the decline of farmland species such as the grey partridge, through the use of fertilizers, insecticides, monocultures, hedgerow removal, pond drainage, and lack of suitable food at vital times of the year, etc. More recently, programmes like Countryfile have highlighted attempts to reverse the trend, so Fred Hilsdon's presentation will be topical and should restore some hope for the future. Fred farms at Great Harrowden.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

December 2022

Thu
15

AGM and Members slides

Location: Saxon Hall, Raunds (access off Thorpe Street opposite the Co-op store). Free parking and easy access for disabled people.
Postcode: NN9 6LT (Google map)

AGM & mince pies (free admission), followed by members slides

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: free

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Mon
26

Bob's Boxing Day walk around Stanwick Lakes

Location: http://www.stanwicklakes.org.uk/
Please note the Visitors' Centre will be closed
Meet 9 am at Rangers Hut
Postcode: NN9 6GY (Google map)

Boxing Day stroll to walk off the Christmas Fare and learn about the winter visitors to Stanwick Lakes.
Stanwick Lakes is a unique countryside attraction in the heart of the Nene Valley in Northamptonshire. It is a site which really does offer something for everyone: leisure opportunities, access to attractive countryside and abundant wildlife can all be found here.

Time: 9.00 am

Price: free but car park charge may apply

Telephone: 01933 460644

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk