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.

January 2021

Sun
31

31 January: Coach outing to Burnham and Holkham in Norfolk - EVENT CANCELLED

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: "Scottish Wildlife" - Mike Read PROGRAMME CHANGE THIS IS NOW A ZOOM PRESENTATION

Location: This is now a Zoom presentation. Please contact us (https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/midnene/contact/) for details of how to join.
Postcode: NN9 6LT (Google map)

For many people, an annual visit to Scotland is a must for their birding calendar. Mike has visited the Highlands and Islands on many 'holidays' and has also spent many months working there to capture the spectacular scenery and wildlife with his cameras.

As a change to our original programme this meeting will be held over Zoom. Please contact us (https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/midnene/contact/) for details of how to join.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Suggested donation of £3

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

March 2021

Thu
18

18 March: 'Rushden Lakes and its Birds' - Toni Castello THIS IS NOW A ZOOM PRESENTATION

Location: This is now a Zoom presentation. Please contact us (https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/midnene/contact/) for details of how to join.
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.

As a change to our original programme this meeting will be held over Zoom. Please contact us (https://ww2.rspb.org.uk/groups/midnene/contact/) for details of how to join.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Suggested donation of £3

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Sun
21

21 March: Car outing to Lynford Arboretum/Breckland - EVENT CANCELLED

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 CANCELLED

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

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

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

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 460644