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 2019

Sat
19

LINFORD LAKES NATURE RESERVE

Location: Linford Lakes Nature Reserve. Meet in car park. Leave Newport Rd on north side opposite entrance to Black Horse pub. After 50m fork left and follow track, reaching car park after 1/3 mile. SP 843 429.
Postcode: MK14 5AH (Google map)

Saturday 19 January 2019, 10.00 - 12.30 Leader: Chris Ward
01908-669448
LINFORD LAKES NATURE RESERVE, MILTON KEYNES
One of MK's best reserves, managed by The Parks Trust and a great Friends Group. Normally a "permit" site, but free to us today. Lakes, wet woodland and four hides. Always a good range of wetland and woodland birds. Paths can be difficult for wheelchairs or buggies at this time of year.

Walk Leader : Chris Ward

Time: 10 am to 12.30 pm

Price: Free event

Telephone: 01908 669448

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

February 2019

Sun
10

COLLEGE LAKE NATURE RESERVE

Location: College Lake Nature Reserve (Near Tring). Meet in reserve car park (£3 suggested donation) signed off B488 mile north of canal bridge, Bulbourne. SP 936 138.
Postcode: HP23 5QG (Google map)

This flagship BBOWT reserve has a fine visitor centre, toilets and cafe. The flooded chalk pit always holds a good range of birds (we have recorded 50+ species on some of our previous visits). Paths mostly good, and Mobility Scooter can be booked ahead on 01442-826774.

Walk Leader : Pete How

Time: 10 am to 12.30 pm

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07946 884654

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

Thu
14

WILDLIFE DOWN UNDER (Part 2) - Chris Ward

Location: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes
Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

Some of you will remember Chris' talk last season - Part 1 of this "mini-series". Part 2 will bring you lots more on his memorable three month Australian trip. Highlights include whale watching in Queensland, Sydney and the Blue Mountains in New South Wales and a Northern territory adventure visiting Kakadu National Park and other locations near Darwin. Images of iconic mammals and birds, plus some spectacular landscapes as well. Great photographs and an entertaining evening.

Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
20

DELAPRE ABBEY, NORTHAMPTON

Location: Delapre Abbey, Northampton. Meet in car park (free). Follow the A508 London Rd from the A45 southern by-pass towards Northampton centre. The drive (with a small lodge) is on right hand side, mile past Queen Eleanor's Cross. SP 759 591.
Postcode: NN4 8AW (Google map)

The historic house was just restored by Northampton Borough Council. Nearby are splendid mature trees, Victorian shrubberies, a recent plantation, golf course, paddocks and a lake. Hawfinch and many other woodland birds were present in winter 2017-18. Cafe and toilets usually open. Some paths are too muddy for wheelchairs, wellies advised. Walk leader Chris Coppock.

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07708 310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

March 2019

Wed
6

SUMMER LEYS NATURE RESERVE, Northamptonshire

Location: Meet in car park signed off Wollaston-Gt Doddington road, SP 885 634.
Nearest postcode is NN29 7PT.

SUMMER LEYS LOCAL NATURE RESERVE, NORTHANTS
A second visit to one of our favourite sites, with possible passage waders, marsh harrier or great white egret. Five hides. Paths level but some wet or muddy, and a full circuit is two miles.

Walk leader Susan Weatherhead

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07986671487

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

Thu
14

ADVENTURES OF A BIKING BIRDER - Gary Prescott

Location: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes
Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

Seeing 300 different birds in the UK in one year is a target that many birders dream of. Doing so while cycling 7,000 miles from Lands End to Shetland , and challenging for the European record, takes a special kind of birder - a "Green Birder". Gary will tell us about his birding adventures in the UK and further afield, his fund-raising for RSPB, WWT & Birdlife, and about the wider "Green Birding" movement.

Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Sat
23

HAROLD-ODELL COUNTRY PARK, BEDFORDSHIRE

Location: Harold-Odell Country Park. Meet in car park (donation box) off Carlton Rd, Harrold. SP 956 566
Postcode: MK43 7DS (Google map)

Usually a good range of birds at this popular, award-winning country park. A quieter walk follows a delightful stretch of the Ouse: this is on grass, though the main circuit has hard, level paths. Cafe (opening not guaranteed) and toilets.

Walk Leader : Pete How

Time: 10 am to 12.30 pm

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07946 884654

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

April 2019

Wed
3

DRAYCOTE WATER, Warwickshire

Location: Draycote Water, Warwickshire CV23 8AB
Meet in car park (£3.50/day) off the A426 Southam to Rugby road SP 463 691
Postcode: CV23 8AB (Google map)

We will circuit this big reservoir. Expect to see many wildfowl, scarce ducks and grebes, early migrants and farmland birds. In winter 2017-18 the car park held hawfinch! The centre has shop, cafe and toilets. Route suitable for wheelchairs and buggies, but about 5 miles and little shelter (just one hide) so bring waterproofs.
Walk Leader : Brian Lloyd

Time: 10am to 3 or 4pm

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07708 310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

Thu
11

FIVE GO WILD IN DORSET - Martin Kincaid

Location: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes
Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

With its great diversity of habitats, from chalk downland to lowland heath, ancient woodland and of course the sea, the county of Dorset is among the most beautiful and wild in England. Local naturalist Martin Kincaid has been visiting it for many years and will tell us what makes it so special in his eyes

Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

May 2019

Thu
9

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW IN CONSERVATION - Martin Harper, RSPB Conservation Director

Location: The Cruck Barn, City Discovery Centre, Alston Drive, Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes
Postcode: MK13 9AP (Google map)

As RSPB's Conservation Director, Martin is perfectly placed to update us on key conservation issues - he and his team are often at the very heart of some of the key issues for the RSPB. Martin will talk about the species, locations and habitats that are RSPB's current priorities and what the Conservation team at RSPB are hoping to achieve over the coming years. Sure to be a topical, informative and entertaining evening.

*** This illustrated talk will be preceded by our short Annual General Meeting ***

Time: Doors open 7.15pm for a prompt 7.45pm start, ends at 10pm

Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Sun
12

CELEBRATE THE DAWN CHORUS AT LINFORD LAKES, Milton Keynes

Location: Linford Lakes Nature Reserve. Meet in car park. Leave Newport Rd on north side opposite entrance to Black Horse pub. After 50m fork left and follow track, reaching car park after 1/3 mile. SP 843 429, MK14 5AH.
Postcode: MK14 5AH (Google map)

Linford is a great place to hear birdsong at its best, being away from roads. The scrub and woodland attracts a huge variety of songsters. Early morning is also good to see mammals. A joint event with the Friends group, who may (no promises!) lay on breakfast at the end. Paths accessible with care to wheelchairs/buggies.

Time: 6am to 8.30am PLEASE NOTE EARLY START!

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07708 310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

Wed
29

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY EVENT, College Lake

Location: College Lake, near Tring
Meet in car park (£3 suggested donation) signed off B488 mile north of canal bridge, Bulbourne. SP 936 138, HP23 5QG
Postcode: HP23 5QG (Google map)

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY - COME AND TRY IT!
Ever wanted to try wildlife photography, but put off because it seems too technical or expensive? Here's your opportunity, even if your only camera is your 'phone!
If birds seem too challenging, College Lake has plenty of flowers and insects. We have the hide for an initial meet-up, and afterwards a chance to compare notes in the cafe. Most paths are accessible to wheelchairs - Mobility scooter available for hire - please contact the reserve in advance on 01442826774.
Event Leader : Paul Young

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Price: Free event - Parking donation to support the Wildlfe Trust

Telephone: 07973431602

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

June 2019

Wed
5

KING'S WOOD/RAMMAMERE HEATH, Near Heath & Reach, Leighton Buzzard, Beds

Location: Meet at Stockgrove entrance car park (part of Rushmere Country Park), Brickhill Rd, Heath and Reach
SP 919 294, LU7 0BA (NB NOT the main Rushmere car park). Parking £3.00 (no change given). Cafe and toilets. The X150 bus goes nearby.
Postcode: LU7 0BA (Google map)

Bedfordshire's largest ancient woodland, and a National Nature Reserve. Its complex history and patchwork of soils produce a great variety of fauna and flora. Nearby Rammamere Heath was restored for tree pipit, woodlark and nightjar: it still has adders. Paths are sadly too steep and muddy for wheelchairs/buggies.

Walk Leader: Mike Bird

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Price: Free event, £3 parking fee

Telephone: 07510320661

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

July 2019

Sat
6

RSPB OTMOOR, Oxfordshire

Location: Meet in car park, SP 570 126. Space limited. RSPB requests car-share and do not overspill onto lane. From Abingdon Arms pub, Beckley (OX3 9TD), take Otmoor Lane for 1 mile and past firing range.

The RSPB has (with our Group's support) restored this huge former wetland from intensive agriculture. Summer specialities include hobby, turtle dove and many dragonflies. Three hides but no toilets at this remote site. Paths level, but lengthy.

Walk leader : Mike Bird

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07510 320661

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk