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 2020

Thu
17

'Northamptonshire Wildlife through the Year' 17 September 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)

This presentation will feature most wildlife groups, including birds, showing how the natural history of Northamptonshire unfolds over the course of the year and discussing changing trends: winter/spring before the coffee break, summer/autumn after. Douglas Goddard, a former history teacher, was County Recorder for Butterflies from 1985 - 2015. He is chairman of the Beds and Northants branch of Butterfly Conservation (till 2020) and co-author of The Butterflies of Northamptonshire. He was awarded An Outstanding Volunteer Award from Butterfly Conservation in 2012. He has been a keen photographer of many aspects of Northamptonshire wildlife over the years, with a particular interest in dragonflies and birds.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3 including tea or coffee

Telephone: 01933 410566

E-mail: wrisdale1@tiscali.co.uk

Sun
27

Coach outing to Titchwell, Norfolk - 27 September 2020 CANCELLED DUE TO CORVID-19

Location: Titchwell Marsh is one of the RSPB's most visited reserves. It has something for everyone, from beginners to seasoned birdwatchers on the lookout for a rarity. A walk from the visitor centre down to the sandy beach takes you past reedbeds and shallow lagoons, often so full of birds that you may not reach the beach for quite some time. You can sit on benches or watch from spacious wheelchair accessible hides. Autumn is the time for waders when, with luck, over 20 species can be seen around the reserve. Species such as curlew sandpiper, little stint and black-tailed godwit stop on the lagoons to feed on their return migration from their Arctic breeding grounds to their African wintering grounds. With the high spring tides, large numbers of waders can often be seen roosting on the lagoons. September is one of the best months to view bearded tits. The young gather in small flocks and can show very well feeding on seeds blown onto the mud near the Island Hide.
Facilities: visitor centre, toilets, shop and café.
https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/titchwell-marsh/
Postcode: PE31 8BB (Google map)

Titchwell Marsh is one of the RSPB's most visited reserves. It has something for everyone, from beginners to seasoned birdwatchers on the lookout for a rarity.

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

October 2020

Thu
15

The Stars of Northamptonshire Botanical Sites - Alyson Freeman 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)

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

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