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 2021

Wed
3

SUMMER LEYS LOCAL NATURE RESERVE, NORTHANTS

Location: Summer Leys NR, signed off Wollaston-Gt Doddington road, SP 885 634.
Postcode: NN29 7PT (Google map)

One of our favourite sites, and always something of interest. Five hides.
Paths level but some uneven, and a full circuit is two miles. No toilets. Meet
in (free) car park
Nearest postcode NN29 7PT

Leader: Pete How 07946-884654

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
We will only run this event if we can do so safely and in accordance with the latest government guidelines and advice from the RSPB. Special requirements may be in place, for example restricted numbers or a need for face-coverings. Therefore we strongly advise you to check whether this event is still going ahead, and any specific requirements. We shall update this information here 24 hours before each event

Please note that if it becomes necessary to restrict numbers you will need to pre-book, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a place. In that case you should register as early as possible with the Outings Organiser, Chris Coppock christophercoppock@live.co.uk or 07708-310402 and await confirmation. Only ' phone the walk leader if one day before the event Chris has not replied.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07708310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

Thu
11

AN INSPIRATION OF WADERS - Rick & Elis Simpson

Location: This talk will be delivered via Zoom. All Group members who have provided us with an e-mail address will receive an e-mail about 1 week before the event with the link to join the talk.

Based on their recent book, Rick & Elis return to our Group to explore how waders have inspired people, the arts, culture, myths and legends and how they are, in themselves, a most inspiring group of birds. The final act is to suggest a collective noun for the mixed or unidentified clouds of waders that we see over our estuaries in winter.

As you will know from their previous visits to our Group, Rick and Elis Simpson are a local husband and wife team who dedicate their lives to promoting wader conservation. Rick is a lifelong birder, writer and artist and worked for some time as a bird guide in the UK, Spain and Brazil. Elis is a keen photographer, whose main interest is birds and wildlife in general.

In 2012 they set up Wader Quest a non-profit, entirely voluntary charity, dedicated to raising awareness about the problems that waders face across the world and to raising funds to support the Community Wader Conservation projects that protect them.

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: Free to RSPB North Bucks Group members

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
20

FARMOOR RESERVOIR, OXFORDSHIRE

Location: Farmoor Reservoir, SP 452 061 off B4017 Farmoor to Cumnor road
Postcode: OX2 9NS (Google map)

This giant concrete bowl beside the Thames can hold scarce grebes, ducks
or divers and a range of other birds. Toilets and easy walking. Meet in car park.
Mobility scooter may be available to borrow - 'phone warden to enquire on 07747640707.

Leader: Jane Grisdale 07999-878689

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
We will only run this event if we can do so safely and in accordance with the latest government guidelines and advice from the RSPB. Special requirements may be in place, for example restricted numbers or a need for face-coverings. Therefore we strongly advise you to check whether this event is still going ahead, and any specific requirements. We shall update this information here 24 hours before each event

Please note that if it becomes necessary to restrict numbers you will need to pre-book, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a place. In that case you should register as early as possible with the Outings Organiser, Chris Coppock christophercoppock@live.co.uk or 07708-310402 and await confirmation. Only 'phone the walk leader if one day before the event Chris has not replied.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event Parking charge (was £2 June 2020)

Telephone: 07708310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

March 2021

Thu
11

FLIGHT OF THE SWANS - Peter Cranswick, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Location: This talk will be delivered via Zoom. All Group members who have provided us with an e-mail address will receive an e-mail about 1 week before the event with the link to join the talk

In 1963 Peter Scott & his family started monitoring the Bewick swans that appeared outside their window at Slimbridge after a dangerous migration from northern Russia. Numbers have declined by one third in recent years and WWT has been working to understand this decline.
In autumn 2016 WWT conservationist Sacha Dench strapped a paramotor to her back to follow their migration - Peter was the project manager and in the ground crew & will share with us insights and anecdotes from this journey.

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: Free to RSPB North Bucks Group members

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
13

RSPB OUSE FEN, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Location: Meet at main entrance off A14 J24 (Swavesey) services CB23 4WU, TL 359 653.
Postcode: CB23 4WU (Google map)

The RSPB with Hanson Aggregates is creating one of Britain's largest reed beds here on the Fenland edge. Expect booming bitterns, great and little egrets, marsh harriers, barn or short-eared owls and waders. See where our very own Great Ouse turns tidal at nearby Brownshill Stanch.
Rendezvous 9.15am for toilets, etc., at main entrance
Please note: major roadworks (at time of posting - August 2020), so allow plenty of time.
Walk starts 10.00 at Bare Hill, Over, reached by Fen End and Long Lane from Over village: TL 381 718, nearest postcode CB24 5NE. Rough tracks and parking limited - please do not obstruct farm traffic. No on-site toilets or shelter, but if weather poor we may divert to RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes. Please note
A421 MK to J13 closed (at August 2020) - use M1 if taking this route.

Leader: Chris Coppock 07708-310402

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
We will only run this event if we can do so safely and in accordance with the latest government guidelines and advice from the RSPB. Special requirements may be in place, for example restricted numbers or a need for face-coverings. Therefore we strongly advise you to check whether this event is still going ahead, and any specific requirements. We shall update this information here 24 hours before each event

Please note that if it becomes necessary to restrict numbers you will need to pre-book, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a place. In that case you should register as early as possible with the Outings Organiser, Chris Coppock christophercoppock@live.co.uk or 07708-310402 and await confirmation. Only ' phone the walk leader if one day before the event Chris has not replied.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07708310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

Wed
24

FLOODPLAIN FOREST, OLD WOLVERTON

Location: Meet in car park off Haversham Rd., Wolverton, near railway viaduct SP 816 421

Visit this great local site at wader passage time! Level, circular walk with three hides but no toilets.
Meet in Parks Trust car park (free) off Haversham Rd, Wolverton, near railway viaduct. SP 816 421, no nearby postcode known

Leader: Pete How 07946-884654

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
We will only run this event if we can do so safely and in accordance with the latest government guidelines and advice from the RSPB. Special requirements may be in place, for example restricted numbers or a need for face-coverings. Therefore we strongly advise you to check whether this event is still going ahead, and any specific requirements. We shall update this information here 24 hours before each event

Please note that if it becomes necessary to restrict numbers you will need to pre-book, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a place. In that case you should register as early as possible with the Outings Organiser, Chris Coppock christophercoppock@live.co.uk or 07708-310402 and await confirmation. Only ' phone the walk leader if one day before the event Chris has not replied.

Time: 10am to 12.30pm

Price: Free event

April 2021

Thu
8

SPEAKER & TALK YET TO BE CONFIRMED

Location: EITHER At the Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey, or via Zoom
Please check back here nearer to the time of the talk for further details on how this talk will be delivered

Unfortunately one of the speakers that we had booked for our 2020/21 season is now unable to talk to our Group. We have not yet been able to find someone to fill this slot at short notice (particularly as many possible speakers are not contactable or able to commit to giving talks at present). We shall ensure we find another good speaker and let you know the details well in advance of 8 April.

At the time of posting this event on our website in August 2020, we do not yet know whether we shall be able to hold face-to-face talks at the Cruck Barn. We shall post an update when we know more, so please check back here on our website just before the event to ensure you know how the talk will be delivered.

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: To be confirmed - depending on whether we are in the Cruck Barn or whether the talk is delivered via Zoom. Please check back here nearer to the time of the event

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
14

CELEBRATE THE DAWN CHORUS - LINFORD LAKES, MILTON KEYNES

Location: Reserve entrance signed off north side Newport Road opposite Black Horse pub. SP 843 429
Postcode: MK14 5AH (Google map)

Hear spring birdsong at its best, as the reserve is away from roads. The wetland, woods and scrub attract a huge variety of songsters, and early morning is also good to see mammals. Most paths accessible to wheelchairs/buggies with care. Toilets may be open.
Meet in car park (free). Entrance signed off north side Newport Rd opposite drive to Black Horse pub. After
50m fork left and follow road 1/3 mile to centre. SP 843 429,

Leaders: Chris Coppock, 07708-310402 and Mark Baker

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
We will only run this event if we can do so safely and in accordance with the latest government guidelines and advice from the RSPB. Special requirements may be in place, for example restricted numbers or a need for face-coverings. Therefore we strongly advise you to check whether this event is still going ahead, and any specific requirements. We shall update this information here 24 hours before each event

Please note that if it becomes necessary to restrict numbers you will need to pre-book, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a place. In that case you should register as early as possible with the Outings Organiser, Chris Coppock christophercoppock@live.co.uk or 07708-310402 and await confirmation. Only ' phone the walk leader if one day before the event Chris has not replied.

Time: 6.00am to 8.00am

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07708310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

Thu
22

BIRDS : THEIR HIDDEN WORLD - Peter Holden, RSPB

Location: This talk will be delivered via Zoom. All Group members who have provided us with an e-mail address will receive an e-mail about 1 week before the event with the link to join the talk

This talk looks at British birds and their amazing lives - the sort of information most "bird books" leave out. From the secretive time of establishing a territory and building a nest, to their highly developed social
behaviour, the role of the different sexes and the purpose of bird song.
With 40 years on the RSPB staff team and as the one who devised Big Garden Birdwatch - Peter is the ideal person to take us on this journey.

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: Free to RSPB North Bucks Group members

Sun
25

LINFORD WOOD, MILTON KEYNES

Location: Meet on Breckland near north entrance to wood. Park at kerb. SP 845 406,
Postcode: MK14 6FG (Google map)

A short walk to enjoy birdsong - including migrant warblers - and the spring flora of this ancient wood in Milton Keynes. Level paths (though some may be muddy), seats but no toilets. Well-behaved dogs (on short leads at all times) accepted.
Meet on Breckland (road skirting NW edge of wood) near north
entrance to wood. Park at kerb. SP 845 406, nearest postcode MK14 6FG.

Leader: Chris Coppock 07708-310402

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
We will only run this event if we can do so safely and in accordance with the latest government guidelines and advice from the RSPB. Special requirements may be in place, for example restricted numbers or a need for face-coverings. Therefore we strongly advise you to check whether this event is still going ahead, and any specific requirements. We shall update this information here 24 hours before each event

Please note that if it becomes necessary to restrict numbers you will need to pre-book, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a place. In that case you should register as early as possible with the Outings Organiser, Chris Coppock christophercoppock@live.co.uk or 07708-310402 and await confirmation. Only ' phone the walk leader if one day before the event Chris has not replied.

Time: 10am to 12.30pm

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07708310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

May 2021

Sun
9

CANCELLED : COACH TRIP TO RSPB TITCHWELL MARSH, NORFOLK COAST

Location: RSPB Titchwell

Your Committee has reluctantly decided to cancel this coach trip in the light of the current COVID-19 situation.
We needed to either confirm the coach booking or cancel by the end of December. Quite understandably, very few members had expressed an interest in sitting in a coach - so we had no alternative but to cancel.

We shall look again at the possibility of running another coach trip when it is safe and viable to do so

Time: Coach Pick-ups 7.30/8am, return by 6.30pm

Price: £16 for coach trip (£10 for under-16s). Entry to RSPB Titchwell free for RSPB members

Booking essential

Thu
13

AGM & THE LODGE : PAST AND FUTURE - Peter Bradley

Location: This talk will be delivered via Zoom. All Group members who have provided us with an e-mail address will receive an e-mail about 1 week before the event with the link to join the talk

As RSPB's Senior Site Manager at The Lodge Reserve in Sandy, Bedfordshire - . Peter is at the heart of the reserve's conservation work.
He'll give us some of the history of the area, tell us about RSPB's re-creation of the heathland since 2004 and the wildlife that benefits from this - and outline some of the future developments planned.
Please note that this illustrated talk will be preceded by a short Annual General Meeting.

Time: Meeting opens at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start for the talk.

Price: Free to RSPB North Bucks Group members

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
19

COLLEGE LAKE NATURE RESERVE

Location: Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne, Nr Tring SP 936 138
Postcode: HP23 5QG (Google map)

Flagship BBOWT reserve with visitor centre, toilets and cafe. Enjoy chalkland flowers and early butterflies, as well as birds. Paths mostly good, but those less mobile can book a Tramper on 01442-826774. Full circuit of lake 2 miles.
Meet in car park (£3 suggested donation) signed off B488 mile north of canal bridge,Bulbourne.

Leader: Pete How, 07946-884654

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
We will only run this event if we can do so safely and in accordance with the latest government guidelines and advice from the RSPB. Special requirements may be in place, for example restricted numbers or a need for face-coverings. Therefore we strongly advise you to check whether this event is still going ahead, and any specific requirements. We shall update this information here 24 hours before each event

Please note that if it becomes necessary to restrict numbers you will need to pre-book, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a place. In that case you should register as early as possible with the Outings Organiser, Chris Coppock christophercoppock@live.co.uk or 07708-310402 and await confirmation. Only ' phone the walk leader if one day before the event Chris has not replied.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event. Parking - suggested donation £3

Telephone: 07708310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

June 2021

Sun
13

RSPB OTMOOR (Oxon) & GALLOWS BRIDGE (Bucks)

Location: Off Otmoor Lane SP 570 126, Near Abingdon Arms, Beckley OX3 9TD

Postcode: OX3 9TD (Google map)

Our Group's donations have helped the RSPB restore Otmoor - to a huge wetland - its former use for intensive agriculture. Summer specialities include cranes, hobby, turtle dove and many dragonflies. Three hides but no toilets. Level but lengthy walking.

From Abingdon Arms pub, Beckley (OX3 9TD), take Otmoor Lane for 1 mile, past firing range. Car park is on left of lane. Meet in reserve car park (free to RSPB members - others £2 - but limited space so please car-share if possible. Please do not park on lane).

Coming back there will be an optional stop at BBOWT Gallows Bridge Farm for breeding curlew, etc. Signed off minor road linking A41 to Grendon Underwood, SP 671 199

Leader: Mike Bird, 07510-320661

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
We will only run this event if we can do so safely and in accordance with the latest government guidelines and advice from the RSPB. Special requirements may be in place, for example restricted numbers or a need for face-coverings. Therefore we strongly advise you to check whether this event is still going ahead, and any specific requirements. We shall update this information here 24 hours before each event

Please note that if it becomes necessary to restrict numbers you will need to pre-book, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a place. In that case you should register as early as possible with the Outings Organiser, Chris Coppock christophercoppock@live.co.uk or 07708-310402 and await confirmation. Only 'phone the walk leader if one day before the event Chris has not replied.

Time: 10am to 1pm (2.30pm including Gallows Bridge)

Price: Free event, £2 parking for non-RSPB members

Telephone: 07708310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

Wed
23

LITTLE LINFORD WOOD

Location: Entrance via farm road off Lt Linford to Gayhurst road SP834 455

This ancient woodland and BBOWT reserve has attractive flowery rides and scarce butterflies. Paths uneven and no toilets.

Meet in car park (free, but small - so please car-share if possible) SP 834 455 nearest postcode MK16 8LU.
Entrance is private farm road leaving Lt Linford to Gayhurst road (north side) at SP 850 458. After mile pass under M1. Continue past Dairy Farm (lookout for dogs!) then wood is straight ahead.

Leader: Keith Gander, 07799-504313

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
We will only run this event if we can do so safely and in accordance with the latest government guidelines and advice from the RSPB. Special requirements may be in place, for example restricted numbers or a need for face-coverings. Therefore we strongly advise you to check whether this event is still going ahead, and any specific requirements. We shall update this information here 24 hours before each event

Please note that if it becomes necessary to restrict numbers you will need to pre-book, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a place. In that case you should register as early as possible with the Outings Organiser, Chris Coppock christophercoppock@live.co.uk or 07708-310402 and await confirmation. Only 'phone the walk leader if one day before the event Chris has not replied.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07708310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

Mon
28

MILTON KEYNES FESTIVAL OF NATURE

Location: See www.theparksrust.com/events/mk-festival-of-nature-2021 for details

Monday 28 June - Monday 5 July 2021

Look out for our contribution to this annual event of all-things-natural in MK:
see https://www.theparkstrust.com/events/mk-festival-of-nature-2021 for
details.

Time: TBC

Price: See www.theparksrust.com/events/mk-festival-of-nature-2021 for details

July 2021

Sat
10

WHIPSNADE & DUNSTABLE DOWNS, Bedfordshire

Location: Chiltern Gateway visitor centre off B4541
Postcode: LU6 2GY (Google map)

This chalk downland has wonderful flowers and butterflies, as well as warblers and other scrub birds. Great views, too, from one of SE England's highest points.
Meet at Chiltern Gateway visitor centre off B4541 one mile south of Dunstable: TL 007 198, LU6 2GY. Cafe,
shop and toilets. Parking £2.50/day (free for National Trust members). Steep slopes are unfortunately not suitable forwheelchairs

Leader: Pete How, , 07946-884654

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
We will only run this event if we can do so safely and in accordance with the latest government guidelines and advice from the RSPB. Special requirements may be in place, for example restricted numbers or a need for face-coverings. Therefore we strongly advise you to check whether this event is still going ahead, and any specific requirements. We shall update this information here 24 hours before each event

Please note that if it becomes necessary to restrict numbers you will need to pre-book, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a place. In that case you should register as early as possible with the Outings Organiser, Chris Coppock christophercoppock@live.co.uk or 07708-310402 and await confirmation. Only 'phone the walk leader if one day before the event Chris has not replied.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event - parking £2 (free for National Trust members)

Telephone: 07708310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

Wed
21

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY AT COLLEGE LAKE

Location: Meet in Reserve car park, Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne, Nr Tring SP 936 138
Postcode: HP23 5QG (Google map)

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY - COME AND TRY IT!
COLLEGE LAKE NATURE RESERVE, near TRING
Here's your chance to try wildlife photography - even if you're a complete beginner and your only camera is your 'phone! If birds seem too challenging, College Lake has plenty of flowers and insects.
We ran a photography event in 2019 - and it went very well. Several people suggested we do it again - so we are!

Some of the comments from last time:
" ... a wonderful walk with Paul ... and wonderful tips for improving our photos"
"Had a great morning - thank you Paul and other experienced photographers for sharing your knowledge ... I managed to get some good shots with just my mobile"
"Cameras included expensive SLR gear, Bridge cameras, small cameras and smart phones ... everyone learned something"
"Felt a little apprehensive with an old mobile 'phone and an even older camera. Needn't have worried as all so helpful giving lots of tips - would happily go again"

Leader: Paul Young, 07973-431602

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
We will only run this event if we can do so safely and in accordance with the latest government guidelines and advice from the RSPB. Special requirements may be in place, for example restricted numbers or a need for face-coverings. Therefore we strongly advise you to check whether this event is still going ahead, and any specific requirements. We shall update this information here 24 hours before each event

Please note that if it becomes necessary to restrict numbers you will need to pre-book, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a place. In that case you should register as early as possible with the Outings Organiser, Chris Coppock christophercoppock@live.co.uk or 07708-310402 and await confirmation. Only 'phone the event leader if one day before the event Chris has not replied.

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event. Parking - suggested donation £3

Telephone: 07708310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk