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.

September 2021

Thu
16

16 September: 'The Complete Owl' - Michael Leach

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)

Owls never fail to appeal, and Michael will be telling us about British owls in folklore and fact.
He is a professional wildlife photographer and broadcaster, and has written 24 books. He last visited our Group in 2008.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Sun
26

Autumn Migration through the valley at Stanwick Lakes

Location: Stanwick Lakes which is situated off the Stanwick roundabout on the A45 in East Northamptonshire between Wellingborough (8 miles away) and Thrapston (7 miles away). SatNav users please use postcode NN9 6QY and follow the brown signs. http://www.stanwicklakes.org.uk/

Postcode: NN9 6GY (Google map)

Meet at the Visitors Centre at 9 am to begin walk observing autumn migrating birds along the Nene Valley.

Time: 9 am

Price: Free but Car-park charge

Telephone: 01933 626251

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk

October 2021

Thu
21

21 October: 'Reclaiming South Georgia' - Prof. Tony Martin

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)

South Georgia is a wonderful island in the South Atlantic - a sort of gateway to the Antarctic. But it became infested with rats, which were destroying its wildlife, including the iconic South Georgia pipit, the only passerine in the region. Prof. Martin led the clean-up operation, which took many years, and is reckoned to be the most ambitious of its kind. He'll be telling us all about it - unless he's in the Antarctic!

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Sun
24

Car outing to RSPB Ouse Fen Nature Reserve Cambridgeshire

Location: Ouse Fen Reserve, Shelford's Road, Earith, PE28 3PS
The visitor entrance to Ouse Fen has moved! From April 2021 the new and improved access point is now 6 miles E of St Ives.
Members to meet in the car park at 10 am
Postcode: PE28 3PS (Google map)

The extensive reedbeds and other habitats, including open water and grassland, are managed by the RSPB for nature conservation.
Swaying reedbeds are home to marsh harriers, bearded tits, otters and the secretive bittern. A visit at dawn or dusk may reveal a barn owl hunting over the grassland and scrubby margins. Ducks, grebes, swans and wading birds gather on the floodplain wetlands from autumn through to the spring.
Autumn arrivals and departures include wigeons, teals and lapwing gathering in large flocks on the riverside meadows. Groups of little egrets gathering to roost provide an impressive sight. Redwings and fieldfares escape the harsh winter in Scandinavia for berry filled hedgerows.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: free entry

Telephone: 01933 460644

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk

November 2021

Thu
18

18 November: 'Birds in a Cage' - Derek Niemann

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)

This is the true story of four young men held as POWs in Nazi Germany, who kept their sanity by watching birds. One of their number was Peter Conder, who, as director, transformed the RSPB into a powerful force for conservation. Derek Niemann, author of Birds in a Cage, worked for the RSPB for 25 years before becoming a freelance writer, including on countryside matters for the Guardian and BBC Wildlife magazine. Many of us have birdsong to thank for lifting our spirits through the lockdown.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Sun
21

21 November : Coach trip to Idle Valley Nottinghamshire - SORRY CANCELLED!

Location: https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/nature-reserves/idle-valley


Postcode: DN22 8RQ (Google map)

This is the first visit for the group to the Idle Valley Nature Reserve Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. This reserve consists of a beautiful 450ha network of lakes, wetland, grassland and scrub. It is home to a diverse range of wildlife and is recognised as one of the richest birding sites in the region. Look out for birds such as gadwall and little grebe in winter and breeding wading birds including little ringed plover and redshank in spring and summer. There are various walking trails around the reserve.

https://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/nature-reserves/idle-valley
Visitors Centre, cafe and toilets.

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

Price: £18 plus donation

Booking essential

Telephone: 01933 460644

E-mail: derekpennyelmer@aol.com

December 2021

Sun
5

Car Outing to Eldernell Nene Washes

Location: Meet at 10 am at Eldernell Lane Car Park Grid Ref TL318 991
http://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/n/nenewashes/directions.aspx
Postcode: PE8 4BZ (Google map)

When flooded in winter there are big flocks of Bewick's swans and other swans, ducks and geese. It is an excellent place to watch birds of prey; marsh harriers and hobbies in summer, and hen harriers and peregrines in winter.
There are no visitor facilities apart from the car park and a planned information board (there are public toilets on Eastgate and Station Road in Whittlesey).

Time: 10 am

Price: free

Telephone: 01933 626251

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk

Thu
16

16 December (AGM): 'Weather and nature: birds and plants' - Dr Peter Inness

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)

Peter is a meteorologist. His subject could hardly be more topical, with so many species under threat, we're told, due to climate change. Peter's father is Paul, who served on our committee for many years.

Mince pies to be provided.



Time: 7.30 pm

Price: free

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Sun
26

Bob's Boxing Day Walk Stanwick Lakes

Location: Stanwick Lakes is situated off the Stanwick roundabout on the A45 in East Northamptonshire between Wellingborough (eight miles away) and Thrapston (seven miles away). SatNav users please use Postcode NN9 6QY and follow the Brown Signs.
https://www.stanwicklakes.org.uk/
Postcode: NN9 6GY (Google map)

Walk off the Christmas Fare and learn about the winter visitors to Stanwick Lakes.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: free but car park charge by Stanwick Lakes might apply

Telephone: 01933 626251

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk

January 2022

Sun
16

Wintering wildfowl guided walk around Stanwick Lakes

Location: Stanwick Lakes which is situated off the Stanwick roundabout on the A45 in East Northamptonshire between Wellingborough (8 miles away) and Thrapston (7 miles away). SatNav users please use postcode NN9 6QY and follow the brown signs.
http://www.stanwicklakes.org.uk/

Postcode: NN9 6GY (Google map)

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 am

Price: free but car park charge

Telephone: 01933 626251

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk

Thu
20

'Secret Wildlife of the Cairngorms' - Nick Martin

Location: Saxon Hall Thorpe Street Raunds Northants
Postcode: NN9 6LT (Google map)

Nick Martin will tell us where the secrets are in the Cairngorms

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

February 2022

Thu
17

'Wonderful Winter Wildlife' - Ashley Grove

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)

Ashley Grove will talk about our winter wildlife

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Sun
27

Car Outing to Lynford Arboretum

Location: For the Arboretum from Thetford, take the A134 towards the village of Mundford. At the roundabout, turn right onto the A1065 signposted Swaffham. Turn immediately right, on a bend, signposted Lynford Hall and gravel pits. Lynford Arboretum is approximately half a mile along this road. (52.511,0.686)

Postcode: NN9 6LT (Google map)

Lynford Arboretum Thetford Forest to see Hawfinches flowers and trees.

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/recreation.nsf/LUWebDocsByKey/EnglandEastAngliaNoForestThetfordForestParkLynfordArboretum

Time: 10 am in Arboretum carpark

Price: car share

Telephone: 01933 626251

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk

March 2022

Thu
17

'The Cuckoo' - Paul Stancliffe

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)

Paul is the Media Manager at the BTO. He is a lifelong birder and has been involved in the BTO cuckoo project since it began in 2011. His cuckoo presentation will explore what the use of new tracking technology has told us about the life cycle of this fascinating bird, from revealing for the first time the winter quarters, to the pressures they face on migration and just what it takes to be a cuckoo.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

April 2022

Wed
20

Spring Migration through the valley, Stanwick Lakes

Location: Stanwick Lakes which is situated off the Stanwick roundabout on the A45 in East Northamptonshire between Wellingborough (8 miles away) and Thrapston (7 miles away). SatNav users please use postcode NN9 6QY and follow the brown signs. Car Park £3. http://www.stanwicklakes.org.uk/

Postcode: NN9 6GY (Google map)

Meet at the Visitors Centre to begin walk observing migrating birds along the Nene Valley

This event is on a Wednesday

Time: 9.00 am

Price: free but car-park charge

Telephone: 01933 626251

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk

Sun
24

Coach outing Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore, Lincs

Location: The RSPB has created a variety of wetland habitats at Frampton Marsh where close-up views of roosting wading birds can be achieved, especially at high tides. The first returning brent geese arrive in September and can be seen grazing on the saltmarsh. The high tides at this time of the year force thousands of waders to seek refuge from the tide on the highest parts of the marsh, usually just over the sea wall. Curlews, redshanks and thousands of golden plovers can be seen roosting in the fields. Kingfishers take up a winter residence in the tidal creeks of the marsh. Marsh harriers can frequently be seen hunting over the reserve.
The reserve is surrounded by public footpaths which act as trails. These are mainly along sea banks and can be muddy in wet conditions. They are also uneven. The outer bank is accessed via steps and a ramp. The visitor centre has panoramic views over the developing reedbed and here you can find out what is happening with a hot drink, before exploring the rest of the reserve and getting great views of wildlife from the superb new hides.
Facilities: visitor centre, toilets, and hot and cold drinks.
https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/frampton-marsh/
Postcode: PE20 1AY (Google map)

The RSPB has created a variety of wetland habitats at Frampton Marsh where close-up views of roosting wading birds can be achieved, especially at high tides.

Time: Leaves Raunds Square at 8:00am and Thrapston Market Place at 8:10am

Price: £18

Booking essential

Telephone: 01933 626251

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk

May 2022

Sun
22

Coach Trip to Minsmere

Location: http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/minsmere/index.aspx
Postcode: NN9 6HP (Google map)

On the beautiful Suffolk coast, Minsmere offers a day out for families, beginners and experienced birdwatchers alike, with plenty to enjoy at any time of year. Nature trails take you through woodland, heathland and reed beds, to excellent hides and to the beach.
In spring avocets return to breed on the Scrape - about 100 pairs nest annually. From mid-April see returning common terns, while wildfowl start to leave in March, and migrant wading birds pass through. Look for marsh harriers displaying over the reed beds. Minsmere is the best place in Britain to hear booming bitterns. Listen for nightingales singing in the scrub from mid-April, and listen for various other warblers around the reserve. Look for Dartford warblers on the heath, and listen for great spotted woodpeckers drumming. Sand martins return to nest outside the tearoom. Bluebells are in flower in May. Adders emerge from hibernation.
Facilities: Visitor Centre, Information Centre, Toilets, Shop, Hot & Cold Drinks & Snacks, Tea Room serving light meals
http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/minsmere/index.aspx

Time: Coach pickups: Raunds Square 7 am, Thrapston market place 7.10 am. Return by 8 pm

Price: £18 plus entry to reserve for non RSPB members

Booking essential

Telephone: 01933 626251

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk

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 626251

E-mail: michaelb7@hotmail.co.uk