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.

April 2020

Sat
18

CANCELLED - Langholm - Field Trip

Location: Booking is essential. Booking slips located at the end of the Newsletter
Postal Bookings: Send to Catharine Howe, 51 Oakfield Road, Lobley Hill, Gateshead, NE11 0AA. State name, phone number and email for confirmation.
Bookings: If you wish to pay by cheque then send full payment, payable to "RSPB Newcastle Local Group" with your booking. You must check with Catharine that a place is available before making a payment.
E-Bookings: If you wish to pay on-line, email Catharine - newcastlerspbgroup@gmail.com - who will provide you with a reference code and bank details. You must check with Catharine that a place is available before making a payment.
Coach leaves punctually from pull-in on Claremont Road near the "Hancock" Museum at the time stated for the particular trip. Comfort breaks normally included.
Late or short notice cancellations: If you have to cancel at short notice, or are running a bit late on the morning, PLEASE call/text the trip Leader as soon as you can. A mobile number will normally be listed against the trip details (this number must not be used for booking or any other purpose). This may allow others to attend and prevent delays in setting off on the trips.
Good footwear and waterproofs essential.
Packed lunches are usually needed (there might not be a convenient café)
Return time in Newcastle is generally 6.00 - 6.30pm
Cancellations more than a week before the trip attract a credit to future trips. No credit is normally given for later cancellations, but please let Catharine know, in case there is a waiting list for places.

After a short toilet stop in Langholm, we'll spend the rest of the morning at 'Harrier corner' in the hope of spotting Hen Harrier and Merlin (perhaps) and other moorland birds.  Then we'll visit the Tarras Burn (dipper, wagtails) before returning via Harrier corner to Langholm for a parkland stroll by the River Esk (early summer migrants) and/or a teashop. 
The Langholm Hen Harrier Project ended in 2018, the head gamekeeper / manager moved on and Buccleugh Estates put the land, 25,000 acres, up for sale. We hope the birds haven't noticed.
Return to Newcastle about 6.00 pm.  Narrow road access to the moorland means that we shall use a small coach (so don't leave booking to the last minute!) If you require a pick-up at Horsley, please let Catharine know when booking.
Leader: Jeff Mason (07721 460155)

Time: 8.30am

Price: £16.00

Booking essential

Tue
28

CANCELLED - Dawn Chorus, Cramlington - Local Walk

Location: Meet in the car park at the Brockwell Shopping Centre Northumbrian Road Cramlington at 06:00am.

Please ensure that you have boots, Wellingtons or other stout footwear and appropriate clothing for what could be very cold and of course possibly wet conditions.
A donation towards RSPB funds of at least £2.00 is requested from all participating adults. Families are encouraged to attend and donations from those under 17 years are not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please make your own transport arrangements to the meeting place for these walks. Please consider car sharing

We will explore an adjacent area of scrub with many footpaths around the site. We will look and listen for several warbler species including Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge and Grasshopper Warbler, and Song Thrush as well as more common species. Anyone wanting a hot drink can purchase a take-away at the adjacent One Stop shop. About 08:00AM we will drive the short distance to Northumberlandia where we will look for open country species such as Lapwing, Meadow Pipit and Skylark with Nuthatch and Tree Sparrow in the woodland. Leader: Lindsay McDougall
PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY START TIME.

Time: 6.00am

Price: £2.00

May 2020

Wed
6

CANCELLED - Havannah Nature Reserve - Local Walk

Location: We'll meet in the Havannah Nature Reserve car park at the Airport end if the reserve. The car park is signposted from Coach Lane which runs from the Dinnington Road (east of Newcastle Airport) to the west of Hazlerigg village. It can be reached by bus number 44 from Newcastle Haymarket Station, getting off on Coach Lane in Hazlerigg and taking a short walk further along the footway. You will come to the Nature Reserve on your left (Three Hills car park is nearer to Hazlerigg).

Please ensure that you have boots, Wellingtons or other stout footwear and appropriate clothing for what could be very cold and of course possibly wet conditions.
A donation towards RSPB funds of at least £2.00 is requested from all participating adults. Families are encouraged to attend and donations from those under 17 years are not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please make your own transport arrangements to the meeting place for these walks. Please consider car sharing

Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Yellowhammer, Bullfinch, G-S Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, Mallard, Wigeon & Mute Swan. Leader: Harold Dobson

Time: 6.30pm

Price: £2.00

Sat
16

CANCELLED - Upper Teesdale - Field Trip

Location: Booking is essential. Booking slips located at the end of the Newsletter
Postal Bookings: Send to Catharine Howe, 51 Oakfield Road, Lobley Hill, Gateshead, NE11 0AA. State name, phone number and email for confirmation.
Bookings: If you wish to pay by cheque then send full payment, payable to "RSPB Newcastle Local Group" with your booking. You must check with Catharine that a place is available before making a payment.
E-Bookings: If you wish to pay on-line, email Catharine - newcastlerspbgroup@gmail.com - who will provide you with a reference code and bank details. You must check with Catharine that a place is available before making a payment.
Coach leaves punctually from pull-in on Claremont Road near the "Hancock" Museum at the time stated for the particular trip. Comfort breaks normally included.
Late or short notice cancellations: If you have to cancel at short notice, or are running a bit late on the morning, PLEASE call/text the trip Leader as soon as you can. A mobile number will normally be listed against the trip details (this number must not be used for booking or any other purpose). This may allow others to attend and prevent delays in setting off on the trips.
Good footwear and waterproofs essential.
Packed lunches are usually needed (there might not be a convenient café)
Return time in Newcastle is generally 6.00 - 6.30pm
Cancellations more than a week before the trip attract a credit to future trips. No credit is normally given for later cancellations, but please let Catharine know, in case there is a waiting list for places.

We leave the Hancock Museum at 9.00am and will stop for a 'comfort break' at Weardale Centre, Stanhope, St Johns Chapel then stop at Bollihope Beck for Ring Ouzel then on to Langdon Beck for Black Grouse then walk to Widdybank Farm. We return via Bowlees (cafe and loo) and Stanhope with possible stop at Bollihope Beck again if we missed Ring Ouzels earlier. If you require a pick-up at TVTE, please let Catharine know when booking.
Peter Weighill (07943 091280)

Time: 9.00am

Price: £16.00

Booking essential

Tue
19

CANCELLED - Scotch Gill Woods, Morpeth - Local Walk

Location: Meet in the car park on the north side of the B6343 Morpeth-Mitford road which is located just before the bridge across the River Wansbeck.

Please ensure that you have boots, Wellingtons or other stout footwear and appropriate clothing for what could be very cold and of course possibly wet conditions.
A donation towards RSPB funds of at least £2.00 is requested from all participating adults. Families are encouraged to attend and donations from those under 17 years are not required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please make your own transport arrangements to the meeting place for these walks. Please consider car sharing

We will look for a variety of woodland birds including Nuthatch and Blackcap and hopefully Marsh Tit. Dipper and Grey Wagtail are likely to be found along the river.
Leader: Lindsay McDougall

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE FROM THAT SHOWN IN THE NEWSLETTER & PROGRAMME LEAFLET

Time: 10.00am

Price: £2.00

June 2020

Wed
3

CANCELLED - Weetslade

Location: cancelled

cancelled

Time: cancelled

Price: cancelled

Sat
27

CANCELLED - Bishop Middleham

Location: Cancelled

Cancelled

Time: cancelled

Price: cancelled

Tue
30

CANCELLED - Breamish Valley

Location: Cancelled

Cancelled

Time: cancelled

Price: cancelled

July 2020

Wed
1

CANCELLED - Slaley & Corbridge

Location: Cancelled

Cancelled

Time: cancelled

Price: cancelled

Sat
18

CANCELLED - Blanchland

Location: Cancelled

Cancelled

Time: cancelled

Price: cancelled

Tue
28

CANCELLED - Ladyburn Lake

Location: Cancelled

Cancelled

Time: cancelled

Price: cancelled

August 2020

Wed
5

CANCELLED - Kibblesworth

Location: Cancelled

Cancelled

Time: cancelled

Price: Cancelled

Sat
8

CANCELLED - Geltsdale

Location: Cancelled

Cancelled

Time: cancelled

Price: cancelled

Tue
25

CANCELLED - Castle Island

Location: Cancelled

Cancelled

Time: cancelled

Price: cancelled