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.

November 2020

Thu
19

'The Cuckoo' - Paul Stancliffe CANCELLED DUE TO CORVID-19

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

Sun
22

Coach outing to Welney, Cambs - 22 November 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO CORVID-19

Location: WWT Welney takes in the northernmost part of the Ouse Washes, Britain's largest area of seasonally-flooded land, and a place protected for the importance and interest of its biodiversity. The reserve covers 420 hectares. In winter, it welcomes more than 6,000 whooper and Bewick's swans, many of which come close to the Welney observatory at feed times, creating a wildlife spectacle that's hard to beat.
Many other bird species can be seen from the reserve's hides, paths and board walks, including significant numbers of pintail, shoveler, pochard, wigeon, gadwall, teal, avocet, redshank, snipe, black-tailed godwit, golden plover and marsh harrier. The award-winning visitor centre, renowned for its eco-friendly features, offers stunning panoramic views across 200 acres of recently created wetland habitat set against the backdrop of the Fens.
Facilities: visitor centre, toilets, café and shop.
Admission: adult permit price of £6.50 in addition to normal coach fare, members free.
https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/welney

Postcode: PE14 9TN (Google map)

WWT Welney takes in the northernmost part of the Ouse Washes, Britain's largest area of seasonally-flooded land, and a place protected for the importance and interest of its biodiversity.

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

Price: £15

Booking essential

Telephone: 01933 350404

E-mail: derekpennyelmer@aol.com

December 2020

Thu
17

AGM, mince pies, and members' slides 17 December 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO CORVID-19

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)

AGM, mince pies, and members' slides - and it's free!

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: no charge

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Sat
26

Winter bird guided walk around Stanwick Lakes - 26 December 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO CORVID-19

Location: http://www.stanwicklakes.org.uk/
Please note the Visitors' Centre will be closed
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: 10.00 am Meet at Rangers' hut

Price: Free

Telephone: 01933 460644

E-mail: derekpennyelmer@aol.com

January 2021

Thu
21

21 January: 'Raptophilia' - Keith Offord

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)

Keith studied bird of prey behaviour at Liverpool University and has been actively involved in raptor conservation in Wales. He is a photographer of birds and other wildlife in the UK and throughout the world. He is a regular speaker at RSPB local groups and visited us in 2004 with his presentation 'What's that Raptor?'

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: cfturner@hotmail.co.uk

Sun
31

31 January: Coach outing to Burnham and Holkham in Norfolk

Location: The coach will drop off at Burnham or Holkham.


Postcode: NN9 6HP (Google map)

This stretch of the Norfolk coast forms part of Holkham NNR. White-fronted geese and brent geese are the main attractions, with other winter wildfowl. In Holkham Bay, red-throated divers, slavonian and red-necked greebs and common and velvet scoters can also be seen. The salt marsh and shore at Holkham is a good place to find snow bunting, twite and shore lark and possibly hawfinch.

http://www.holkham.co.uk/naturereserve/

Time: The coach will leave Raunds Square at 8 am, Thrapston at 8.10 am

Price: £18 coach

Booking essential

Telephone: 01933 460644

E-mail: derekpennyelmer@aol.com

February 2021

Thu
18

18 February: '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 fertilisers, insecticides, monocultures, removal of hedges and ponds, no suitable food at vital times of the year, etc. More recently, programmes like 'Countryfile' have been highlighting attempts to reverse the trend, so Fred Hilsdon's presentation should be topical and 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

March 2021

Thu
18

18 March: 'Rushden Lakes and its Birds' - Toni Castello

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)

Toni is the Senior Ranger for the Wildlife Trust at Rushden Lakes, who comes to our meetings when he can. The extensive Reserve which he manages is next to the new, popular shopping complex. He'll be telling us about the conservation work the Trust is doing on our doorstep.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Sun
21

21 March: Car outing to Lynford Arboretum/Breckland

Location: Lynford Arboretum

https://www.forestryengland.uk/lynford-arboretum
Grid ref TL 822 942
Postcode: IP26 5HW (Google map)

Crossbills and other Breckland wildlife.


Time: 10.00 am in Lynford Carpark Grid ref TL 822 942

Price: free entry

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

April 2021

Sun
18

18 April : Coach Trip to Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore

Location: Raunds market Square 8.00am and Thrapston 8.10am

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/frampton-marsh/



Postcode: PE20 1AY (Google map)

The RSPB have 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 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 reed bed 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, hot and cold drinks
https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/frampton-marsh/

Time: Raunds market Square 8.00am and Thrapston 8.10am

Price: Coach £18 payable in advance. Admission free

Booking essential

Telephone: 01933 350404

E-mail: derekpennyelmer@aol.com

May 2021

Sun
16

16 May : Coach Trip to Minsmere

Location: Coach pickups: Raunds Square 7.00 am, Thrapston market place 7.10 am. Return by 7 pm

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 8.00 am, Thrapston market place 8.10 am. Return by 8 pm

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 01933 460644

E-mail: derekpennyelmer@aol.com

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

26 September : 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

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

Price: Coach £18 plus donation

Booking essential

Telephone: 01933 460644

E-mail: derekpennyelmer@aol.com

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