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.

December 2021

Tue
7

St. Kilda & the Hebrides - cruising to the Edge of the World - Zoom Meeting

Location: Zoom
Joining details to be published nearer the time.

A presentation by Sara Frost, an expert naturalist and tour guide with Naturetrek. In a world where long-haul travel is now so accessible, it can be all too easy to overlook the treasures in our own backyard.
St Kilda is a very special place, and one of only 35 sites in the world to hold joint UNESCO World Heritage status for both cultural and natural heritage. This exciting talk will take you on a journey to St Kilda from Oban, as Sara details the excitement of sailing to this remote archipelago through the beautiful Inner and Outer Hebrides. She also gives insight into the life of the hardy St. Kildan people, which was one of remarkable self-sufficiency. Having lived in the Hebrides for 3 years as a Wildlife Guide, Sara recounts the wonderful wildlife which inhabits these islands and surrounding waters - from otters, eagles and seabirds to dolphins, sharks and whales.

Time: 6.30 for 7.00pm

Price: contribution

Sat
11

RSPB Saltholme - Field Trip

Location: Meet in the car park.

As this is an RSPB reserve, we will have to know who will be going so that we can inform the reserve beforehand. Please email Catharine on newcastlerspbgroup@gmail.com with your name and telephone number to confirm your attendance. Leader: Peter Weighill

We have decided not to hold coach-based Field Trips until the New Year. However, but will hold some Field Trips with people using their own transport and meeting at the site. Unfortunately this may penalise those who would have to use public transport but there is little we can do as car sharing is still not recommended. We will treat these Saturday outings in a similar way to Local Walks and there will be a £2.00 donation requested.

At this time of year, Teesmouth has a wide range of over-wintering species: swans, geese, wildfowl, waders and raptors (if we're lucky). Saltholme has several well placed hides linked by good, level paths and also the RSPB's flagship visitor centre, shop and cafe. Weather and time permitting, we may also including a detour to Hartlepool headland which should give us sea birds and waders on the rocky shore.

Time: 10.00am

Price: £2.00

Tue
14

Killingworth Lake - Local Walk

Location: Meet in the car park at the west end of the lake just off the B1505 Killingworth-West Moor road.. Leave Newcastle on service X63 from Monument New Bridge Street at 9.22am to arrive for 10.00am start.

We will look for a variety of waterfowl including Pochard, Goldeneye and Goosander. We will then walk through a small block of woodland which should a variety of bird sightings and return to the lake via George Stephenson's Dial Cottage. Leader: Lindsay McDougall.

Time: 10.00am

Price: £2.00

January 2022

Wed
5

Fish Quay & Northumberland Park - Local Walk

Location: We will meet in large car park on the left as you drive down to the Fish Quay.
Postcode: NE30 1JH, OS Grid Ref: NZ364686, What3words: snap.meant.wells

Winter gulls will be our aim as we walk around the Fish Quay. Then we will wander up Tanners Bank and into Northumberland Park for smaller winter visitors. Loo and cafe in park. Leader: Peter Weighill.
Postcode: NE30 1JH, OS Grid Ref: NZ364686, What3words: snap.meant.wells

Time: 10.30am

Price: £2.00

Sat
15

Campfield Marsh - Field Trip

Location: Field Trip Information:
Booking is essential. Email: newcastlerspbgroup@gmail.com to request a seat.
Please do not pay until you have a confirmation.
You can pay by BACS (preferred) or cheque. Details of how to pay will be in your confirmation email.
If you prefer not to email, you can ring Catharine on 0191 460 4463.
Cancellations
Cancellations more than a week before the trip attract a credit.
Later cancellations - please let Catharine know, in case there is a waiting list.
On the day, if delayed or cancelling, - PLEASE call/text the trip leader as soon as you can.
Practical information
Coach leaves Claremont Road, near the Great North ("Hancock") Museum.
Trip info may give pick-up en-route (TVTE, Horsley or Stannington). Please book with your seat.
Start time varies. Please check the trip info.
Return time in Newcastle is generally 6.00 - 6.30pm
Comfort breaks always included.
Good footwear and waterproofs essential.
Packed lunches are usually needed.

The reserve is made up of a mosaic of salt marsh, peat bogs, farmland and wet grassland providing homes for a great variety of native wildlife. One hide and several viewing screens on farmland provide spectacular views of the nature which makes its home here. You can watch a range of ducks and geese on the flooded fields in winter. There is a Visitor centre, toilets and picnic area.
Leader Marie (Tel: 07813 180340) Coach Booking essential - Horsley pick up option.

Time: 9.00am

Price: £17.00

Booking essential

Tue
25

East Cramlington Nature Reserves - Local Walk

Location: Meet up with Lindsay McDougall at East Cramlington Local Nature Reserve in the car park on the north side of the B1326 Cramlington to Seaton Delaval road.
Location: Post Code: NE23 6XF OS Grid Ref: NZ 286 762 What3words: life.dive.never

Both reserves have active feeding stations which can attract Siskin, Lesser Redpoll and Willow Tit as well as more common species. Crossbills are regular in winter and Buzzards can usually be seen overhead.

Time: 10.00am

Price: £2.00

February 2022

Tue
1

Topic to be confirmed - Zoom Meeting

Location: Zoom Meeting

Topic to be confirmed

Time: 6.30 for 7.00pm

Price: contribution

Wed
2

Newburn - Local Walk

Location: Meet in the car park by the Battle Stone in Newburn Riverside Park near the Keelman's pub in the country park. The 9.35am Bus 22 from outside Newcastle Central Station on Neville Street will drop you on Newburn High Street for a short walk to the country park.
Postcode: NE15 8ND, OS Grid Ref: NZ160654, What3words: breed.quarrel.venue

We will look for winter thrushes and wildfowl. This walk will be lead by Tony Hyde

Time: 10.30am

Price: £2.00

Tue
22

QEII Country Park Ashington - Local Walk

Location: Meet Lindsay McDougall in the car park at Woodhorn Grange located on the A189 at Woodhorn.

Location: Post Code NE63 9AT, OS Grid Ref: NZ 286 892, What3words: wedge.stickler.lots

There will be a good selection of waterfowl on the lake and a variety of small birds in the surrounding woodland.

Time: 10.00am

Price: £2.00

Sat
26

Budle Bay, Stag Rocks and Monks Pool - Field Trip

Location: Field Trip Information:
Booking is essential. Email: newcastlerspbgroup@gmail.com to request a seat.
Please do not pay until you have a confirmation.
You can pay by BACS (preferred) or cheque. Details of how to pay will be in your confirmation email.
If you prefer not to email, you can ring Catharine on 0191 460 4463.
Cancellations
Cancellations more than a week before the trip attract a credit.
Later cancellations - please let Catharine know, in case there is a waiting list.
On the day, if delayed or cancelling, - PLEASE call/text the trip leader as soon as you can.
Practical information
Coach leaves Claremont Road, near the Great North ("Hancock") Museum.
Trip info may give pick-up en-route (TVTE, Horsley or Stannington). Please book with your seat.
Start time varies. Please check the trip info.
Return time in Newcastle is generally 6.00 - 6.30pm
Comfort breaks always included.
Good footwear and waterproofs essential.
Packed lunches are usually needed.

The coach will take us to the lay-by overlooking Budle Bay for wildfowl and waders. Then we will travel on to Stag Rocks for sea ducks and divers. Our next call will be Monks Pool for ducks & geese and finally to finish in Seahouses Harbour for eider, fish & chips, etc. Loo stops at Bamburgh in the morning and Seahouses.
Leader. Peter Weighill (Tel: 07943 091280). Coach Booking essentia - Stannington pick up option.

Time: 9.00am

Price: £17.00

Booking essential

March 2022

Tue
1

Topic to be confirmed - Zoom Meeting

Location: Zoom meeting

Topic to be confirmed

Time: 6.30 for 7.00pm

Price: contribution

Tue
1

Kibblesworth - Local Walk

Location: We will meet near The Plough, Kibblesworth.
Postcode: NE11 9YJ, OS Grid Ref: NZ246568, What3words: influence.hike.bind

We start with a walk down Clarty Lane into an old landfill site for winter thrushes and finches. Afterwards, if time permits, we will go onto Lamesley Meadows, a wetland site for ducks and geese. Leader: Peter Weighill.

Time: 10.30am

Price: £2.00

Sat
26

Nosterfield - Field Trip

Location: Field Trip Information:
Booking is essential. Email: newcastlerspbgroup@gmail.com to request a seat.
Please do not pay until you have a confirmation.
You can pay by BACS (preferred) or cheque. Details of how to pay will be in your confirmation email.
If you prefer not to email, you can ring Catharine on 0191 460 4463.
Cancellations
Cancellations more than a week before the trip attract a credit.
Later cancellations - please let Catharine know, in case there is a waiting list.
On the day, if delayed or cancelling, - PLEASE call/text the trip leader as soon as you can.
Practical information
Coach leaves Claremont Road, near the Great North ("Hancock") Museum.
Trip info may give pick-up en-route (TVTE, Horsley or Stannington). Please book with your seat.
Start time varies. Please check the trip info.
Return time in Newcastle is generally 6.00 - 6.30pm
Comfort breaks always included.
Good footwear and waterproofs essential.
Packed lunches are usually needed.

The Richmondshire RSPB Local Group describes the Nosterfield LNR as 'probably the premier site in the area ...excellent year round'. Together with the quarry area of sand and gravel workings, it has lots to offer with good paths, hides and viewing screens. This reserve is in the lower Ure valley and is located just west of the A1 between Bedale and Ripon.  On previous visits we have seen Avocets, Yellow Wagtails and Little Owl.

There will be a pick up at Team Valley if required. Leader: Tony Hyde Coach Booking essential

Time: 8.30am

Price: £17.00

Booking essential

Tue
29

Furnace Bridge & Blyth Estuary - Local Walk

Location: Meet Lindsay McDougall in the car park at Furnace Bridge, Bedlington located on the north side of the River Blyth. This is best approached by turning west off the A189 Spine Road at Bebside on to the A193 Blyth to Bedlington road and then first right onto Furnace Road.

Location: Post Code NE22 5LW, OS Grid Ref: NZ 276 820, What3words: fear.coast.heckler

Our prime target is the spring gathering of Avocets in the Blyth Estuary. We will also have time to look for Dipper and Grey Wagtail near Furnace Bridge and Treecreeper and Nuthatch in the adjacent woodland

Time: 10.00am

Price: £2.00