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.

January 2020

Sat
25

Hayling Island Oyster Beds

Location: Meet in the car park at the end of Victoria Road (SU 717 029)

A guided Field Trip to this unique SSSI site of outstanding saltmarsh. Saltmarshes being the upper vegetated parts of mudflats, exposed between tides and usually found where there is shelter from wave action in inlets and creeks. Which, are vital for birdlife, providing high-tide refuges, breeding sites and a good source of food, especially in winter. They can also act as a nursery area for fish. Please do bring warm clothing, suitable for wet and windy weather conditions plus some waterproof footwear. Potential sightings may include; curlew, dunlin, sandwich tern, great northern diver, dark-bellied Brent geese and little egret.

Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Price: Voluntary donations welcomed

Telephone: 01590 672057

E-mail: NewForestGroup@RSPB.org.uk

February 2020

Wed
5

Pennington and Oxey Marsh

Location: Meet at the bottom of Maiden Lane (SZ 327 941)

Join us for a field trip to this especially good site for wintering wildfowl, avocet, spoonbill and other species like spotted redshank. We will hopefully also take in (depending upon the weather conditions), Normandy Lagoon and the Saltings, (should time permit).

Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Price: Voluntary donations welcomed

Telephone: 01590 672057

E-mail: NewForestGroup@RSPB.org.uk

Wed
12

Inspired by Birds 2 - Peter Holden MBE

Location: Lyndhurst Community Centre, Main Car Park, Lyndhurst
Postcode: SO43 7NY (Google map)

A further development of Peter Holden's interest in how artists and musicians have derived inspiration from birds. Don't worry if you missed part 1, Inspired by Birds 2 looks at a different historical time and works just as well without part 1.

Peter started working for the RSPB in 1969 and was responsible for driving the RSPB's youth membership. In 1975, he became the national organiser of the RSPB's Young Ornithologists Club. Now known as Wildlife Explorers, it has grown to 168,000 members, making it the largest wildlife club for children in the world. Over time well over a million children have been members, including many of today's foremost conservationists, including TV celebrity and RSPB Vice President Nick Baker. He is also the author of a number of field guides on birds and nature.

This talk is less about birds than how human interest in them has added to our cultural heritage.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00, (£3.00 for Local group members)

Telephone: 01590 672057

E-mail: NewForestGroup@RSPB.org.uk

Sun
23

High Corner

Location: Meet in the High Corner Inn car park (SU 197 107)

Join us on this field trip to an excellent site for all variety of woodland birds to include; brambling, chaffinch and redpoll.

Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

Price: Voluntary donations welcomed

Telephone: 01590 672057

E-mail: NewForestGroup@RSPB.org.uk

March 2020

Sat
7

RSPB Arne Reserve

Location: Meet in the reserve car park by the Information Centre (SY 972 878)

A guided Field Trip of this superb RSPB reserve, which is a SSSI site of mainly dry lowland heath of great importance for rare reptiles, dragonflies, plants and birdlife to include rarities such as the Dartford warbler. The reserve holds a wide variety of habitats, of which undoubtedly the most important nationally, is the extensive area of lowland heath. In addition, deciduous and coniferous woodlands exist, freshwater reedbeds and marsh, leading to large expanses of mudflats as the tide recedes in the harbour and together with its unique geographical location, gives the peninsula great biological diversity. Should be a fantastic day's birding!

Time: 10.00 am to 3.00 pm

Price: Voluntary donations welcomed

Telephone: 01590 672057

E-mail: NewForestGroup@RSPB.org.uk

Wed
11

Wildlife Wanderings in the Northern Isles - Richard Coomber

Location: Lyndhurst Community Centre, Main Car Park, Lyndhurst
Postcode: SO43 7NY (Google map)

Richard is an ornithologist, wildlife guide, accomplished speaker and member of the RSPB New Forest Local Group. His talks are always as entertaining as they are informative.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00, (£3.00 for Local group members)

Telephone: 01590 672057

E-mail: NewForestGroup@RSPB.org.uk

April 2020

Wed
8

Canadian Rain Forests - Gordon Small

Location: Lyndhurst Community Centre, Main Car Park, Lyndhurst
Postcode: SO43 7NY (Google map)

Wildlife photographer and local group member, Gordon Small will entertain us with some images and tales from his photographic expedition to North America - expect some great images of mammals and birds.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00, (£3.00 for Local group members)

Telephone: 01590 672057

E-mail: NewForestGroup@RSPB.org.uk

May 2020

Wed
13

AGM and Members Evening

Location: Lyndhurst Community Centre, Main Car Park, off High Street, Lyndhurst Town Centre
Postcode: SO43 7NY (Google map)

More details to follow...

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00 for Non-Members and £3.00 for RSPB Group Members

Telephone: 01590 672057

E-mail: NewForestGroup@RSPB.org.uk

June 2020

Wed
10

The History and Natural History of Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve - Peter Durnell

Location: Lyndhurst Community Centre, Main Car Park, Lyndhurst
Postcode: SO43 7NY (Google map)

The Lymington-Keyhaven Marshes are the jewel in the crown of local bird-watching with interest all year and at all states of the tide and weather. Once the centre of the local salt trade, they were saved from potential development by the early acquisition of the site by Hampshire County Council. The area is not just a nature reserve, but a resource used by walkers, joggers, cyclists, dog walkers and families. Who better to tell us more about this fabulous location than the site manager, Peter Durnell.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £5.00, (£3.00 for Local group members)

Telephone: 01590 672057

E-mail: NewForestGroup@RSPB.org.uk