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.

June 2020

Sun
14

Coach outing to Goyt Valley Peak District -14 June 2020 CANCELLED

Location: The Goyt Valley is located between Macclesfield and Buxton in the Peak District National Park. The River Goyt, which flows through the grit-stone valley, rises high on Axe Edge Moor, near the Cat and Fiddle, the second highest public house in England. This is where the coach will drop us off for the start of our leisurely walk down the valley. Birds found on the moors include birds of prey and golden plover, which need large undisturbed areas. The walk passes two large reservoirs, plantations and open moorland which, in spring and summer, are good for red-breasted merganser, red grouse, wheatear, curlew, lapwing, snipe, dipper, skylark, meadow pipit, whinchat, ring ouzel, redstart, wood warbler and pied flycatcher. Wild animals found on the moor include voles, hares and foxes.
Facilities: There are toilets at the Derbyshire Bridge car park (at the start the of walk) and at Bunsal Cob, east of the Errwood dam (at the end of the walk).
https://goyt-valley.org.uk/
Postcode: SK11 0AR (Google map)

We regret that, following the guidance of the Government and the RSPB, in order to protect the most vulnerable members of our group, we have taken the decision to cancel the meeting on Thursday evening (19/03/2020). We have also made the decision to cancel the coach trips to Frampton Marsh and the Goyt Valley on the 26th April and the 14th June respectively. We apologise for any inconvenience and disappointment caused and hope that it will be business as usual by September.

The Goyt Valley is located between Macclesfield and Buxton in the Peak District National Park. The River Goyt, which flows through the grit-stone valley, rises high on Axe Edge Moor, near the Cat and Fiddle, the second highest public house in England.

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

July 2020

Wed
1

Car outing Fermyn Woods - 1 July 2020 CANCELLED

Location: 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.asp

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,

Time: Meet at country park entrance at 10:00am.

Price: free but car park charge

Telephone: 01933 350404

E-mail: derekpennyelmer@aol.com

Sun
5

Car outing to Barnack Hills and Holes Peterborough - 5 July 2020 CANCELLED

Location: Barnack Hills and Holes NNR is in Cambridgeshire near the Cambridgeshire, Lincolshire, Rutland boundary.
The reserve is situated at the south-west corner of Barnack village, two miles from the A1, west of Peterborough.
The Reserve is not signposted from public roads but is easy to find as it lies immediately to the South and West of Barnack village, 2 miles from the A1 west of Peterborough.
The main car park is on Wittering Road (on the North side of the Reserve), with additional lay-by parking on Walcot Road (East side).
Grid Ref TF077 048
Meet in main car park at 10 am

Arising from the rubble of a mediaeval quarry, Barnack Hills and Holes is one of Britain's most important wildlife sites. Its grassy slopes are home to a profusion of wild flowers and butterflies.
Barnack's rich flora supports a wide variety of wildlife, especially insects, and a number of nationally scarce species are found. Several uncommon butterflies are recorded including marbled white, chalkhill blue, brown argus and green hairstreak.
Over 300 kinds of wild plant have been found on the Hills and Holes, including eight species of orchids. One of the rarest plants found here is the pasque flower, which blooms in April and May, alongside more familiar flowers such as violets and cowslip.
http://fbhh.org.uk/

Time: 10 am

Price: free

Telephone: 01933 460644

September 2020

Thu
17

'Northamptonshire Wildlife through the Year' - Douglas Goddard - 17 September 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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