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 2019

Thu
21

'Operation Turtle Dove' by Dr Guy Anderson

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)

The beautiful, dainty turtle dove is reckoned to have suffered a 98% decline since 1970, and is in serious danger of disappearing from Britain. Why? And what is the RSPB trying to do about it? Its UK Migrants Programme Manager, Guy Anderson, will tell us.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Sun
24

Coach Trip to Frampton Marsh Lincs PE20 1AY and Freiston Shore

Location: Raunds market Square 8.00am and Thrapston 8.10am


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: 8 am

Price: Coach £15 payable in advance Admission free

Booking essential

Telephone: 01933 350404

E-mail: derekpennyelmer@aol.com

December 2019

Thu
19

AGM, with Conor Jameson telling us the story of naturalist W. H. Hudson of the RSPB.

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, with Conor Jameson telling us the story of naturalist W. H. Hudson of the RSPB. Plus mince pies!



Time: 7.30 pm

Price: free

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Thu
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

Telephone: 01933 460644

October 2020

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)

Since retiring as a biomedical scientist with the NHS, Alyson has concentrated on her lifelong love of wild flowers. After studying at Leicester University Botanical Gardens she joined the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland and the Wild Flower Society, and has been Vice-County Recorder for Northamptonshire since 2018. She also organises the Northants Flora Group. Her talk will take us to some of the wonderful sites for wild flowers in Northamptonshire and describe the plants themselves, with lots of photos along the way. Alyson hopes that it will add a new dimension to our walks in the countryside. She would also be happy to try to identify any plants or photos we may bring to the meeting.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk