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.

February 2020

Tue
25

East Cramlington Nature Reserves - Local Walk

Location: Meet in the car park at Northumberland County Council East Cramlington Local Nature Reserve on the north side of the Cramlington to Seaton Delaval Road B1323.

We will also visit the nearby NWT East Cramlington Reserve.
Both reserves have active feeding stations and hopefully we will find Willow Tit, Lesser Redpoll and Siskin amongst other more common species at the feeders. Red Squirrels are also a possibility.
Leader: Lindsay McDougall

Time: 10.00am

Price: £2.00

March 2020

Tue
3

Bats - Ecology and Conservation Indoor Meeting

Location: Venue: MEA House, Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8XS.
Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm.
Admission: £3.00 for members/non-members, includes tea & biscuits from 6.30pm. Raffle £1.00.

Tina Wiffen from The Northumberland Bat Group will talk to members about her work on bat ecology and conservation including information on her current project on Natterer's bats in Geltsdale.  
In 2018 Tina found the largest common pipistrelle bat winter roost in the UK at Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, revealing previously unknown information about the bats' hibernation habits.

Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm

Price: £3.00

Wed
4

Shibdon Pond - Local Walk

Location: Meet at the car park adjacent to the Busy Bee nursery on the B6317. This is about 10 minutes walk from Blaydon Bus Station which serves many routes. Buses 49 and 49A pass nearby.

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.

There is a hide overlooking the main Pond  and also a board walk which crosses the pond and returns via woodland to this starting point. There will certainly be ducks, geese, herons and some waders. I have seen water rail and snipe on previous visits. This is a pleasant non-taxing walk with a variety of habitats. Leader: Janet Porter

Time: 10.30am

Price: £2.00

Sat
7

Caerlaverock - 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.

Caerlaverock Wetland Centre is a spectacular 1,400 acre wild reserve situated on the north Solway coast. The centre is deservedly famous for its vast flocks of over-wintering water-birds, including up to 40,000 barnacle geese from Arctic Svalbard and large numbers of pink-footed geese and whooper swans.
From dawn until dusk, from January to December, in fair weather and not so fair, its open coastal landscape and wide skies are full of the sights and sounds of nature - and very little else. It is a rugged and beautiful reserve offering open space and tranquil wildlife watching. If you require a pick-up at Horsley, please let Catharine know when booking.
Don't forget your WWT Membership card if you have one. Leader - Bernie Adnett (07743 022742)

Time: 8.00am

Price: £19.00

Booking essential

Tue
24

Blyth Estuary - Local Walk

Location: Meet by Le Grand/Tyne Tech factory, Cowley Road (Ample parking facilities). Turn north off A193 Blyth-Bedlington Road near Cemetery.

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 wintering wildfowl and waders especially Red-breasted Merganser and hopefully we will see arriving Avocets. Leader: Lindsay McDougall

Time: 10.00am

Price: £2.00

April 2020

Wed
1

Holywell Dene & Pond - Local Walk

Location: Meet near Milbourne Arms, Holywell (just off A192). No. 57 bus Whitley Bay - Cramlington stops nearby. (From West Monkseaton metro 10.21, arr. 10.27). If you need a lift from the metro, contact the leader Jeff mason (preferably before the day).

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

The walk passes through woodland, river, field and lake habitats so a widespread range of birds, perhaps including some early migrants, could be seen.

Time: 10.30am

Price: £2.00

Sat
18

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

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

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

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

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