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

Thu
9

EVENT CANCELLED - AN INSPIRATION OF WADERS - Rick & Elis Simpson, Wader Quest

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

PLEASE SEE OUR NEWS ITEM ON THIS WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS ON WHY WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THIS 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.

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

Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1 - includes free tea/coffee at interval

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
15

CANCELLED - WENDOVER WOODS FOR FIRECREST & WILSTONE RESERVOIR - GUIDED WALK

Location: North side of minor road Wendover - The Hale. Nearest postcode HP22 6DR

CANCELLED We have been advised by RSPB HQ to suspend all of our Group activities until 1 September. Please see the CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 News item on our website for more detail.

Breeding firecrests are a Chilterns speciality. Despite intensive public use this is their best-known site with around ten pairs present. Chris Coppock, Walk Leader will do his best to find some for us to see. After an hour or so here we will continue to Wilstone Reservoir (approximately 6 miles - maps and directions provided).

For Wendover park on the north side of the minor road from Wendover to The Hale SP 889 074
Nearest postcode HP22 6DR

For Wilstone Reservoir Meet in car park (free) under reservoir dam off B489 Marsworth to Aston Clinton road. SP 904 135. Limited space in car park so please car-share if possible.
PE Mead & Sons Farm Shop is just a few minutes along the road - postcode HP23 4NT

Time: 10am to 3pm

Price: Free event & free parking

Telephone: 07708310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

May 2020

Sun
10

CANCELLED - CELEBRATE THE DAWN CHORUS AT LINFORD LAKES, Milton Keynes

Location: Linford Lakes NR, off Newport Rd (opposite drive to Black Horse pub)
Postcode: MK14 5AH (Google map)

CANCELLED We have been advised by RSPB HQ to suspend all of our Group activities until 1 September. Please see the CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 News item on our website for more detail.

Hear birdsong at its best, as the reserve is away from toads. The wetland, wood and scrub attract a huge variety of songsters, and early morning is also good to see mammals. Stay for tea, coffee, biscuits (and loos!) at the end. Paths accessible with care to wheelchairs/buggies. Meet in car park (free). Entrance signed off north side of Newport Road, opposite drive to Black Horse pub. After 50m fork left and follow road for 1/2 miloe to centre. SP 843 429. MK14 5AH

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

Price: Free event & free parking

Telephone: 07708 310402

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

Thu
14

THE LODGE : PAST AND FUTURE - Peter Bradley, Senior Site Manager, RSPB & our 2020 AGM

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

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

Price: Group members £3, Non-group members £4, Children £1 - includes tea/coffee at interval

Telephone: 07803905958

E-mail: AnnRSPBNBucks@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
20

COLLEGE LAKE - GUIDED WALK - EVERYONE WELCOME

Location: Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne, Tring, Buckinghamshire

Postcode: HP23 5QG (Google map)

This flagship BBOWT reserve has visitor centre, toilets, cafe and shop. Expect chalkland flowers and butterflies, as well as birds. Paths mostly good, with some wheelchair access. Two Trampers are available to book for those who need a little help to get round the 2 mile main circuit (contact the reserve in advance on 01442 826774.
Meet in car park (£3 suggested donation - which goes to support the reserve and its wildlife).
Reserve is signed off the B488 1/4 mile north of the canal bridge, Bulbourne
SP 936 138 HP23 5QG
Please take a look at the reserve website for more information https://www.bbowt.org.uk/nature-reserves/college-lake

Walk leader : Pete How

Time: 10 am to 12.30pm

Price: Free event - Parking donation (suggested £3) to support the Wildlfe Trust

Telephone: 07946 884654

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

June 2020

Sun
7

RSPB OTMOOR, Oxfordshire & GALLOWS BRIDGE

Location: Otmoor Lane, near Backley, Oxfordshire (nearest postcode OX3 9TD)

Our Group donations have helped the RSPB to restore this huge former wetland from intensive agriculture. Summer specialities include hobby, turtle dove and many dragonflies. Three hides but no toilets. Level but lengthy walking. Meet in car park SP 570 126 (free parking for RSPB members so make sure you take your membership card). It's a small car park so RSPB request car-sharing and ask us to avoid overspill onto the lane. From Abingdon Arms, Beckley (postcode OX3 9TD) take Otmoor Lane for 1 mile (passing the firing range)

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

Walk leader : Mike Bird

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

Price: Free event - free parking for RSPB members at Otmoor

Telephone: 07510 320661

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

Wed
24

LITTLE LINFORD WOOD

Location: off Little Linford to Gayhurst road, Milton Keynes

As well as birds, this ancient woodland and BBOWT reserve has attractive flowery rides and scarce butterflies.
Paths are uneven. No toilers on site.
Meet in car park (free - but small - so please car-share where possible).
SP 834 455. Nearest postcode MK16 8LU. Entrance is a private farm road leaving Little Linford - Gayhurst road (north side) at SP 850 458. After 3/4 mile pass under M1. Continue past Dairy Farm (look out for dogs) then wood is straight ahead.
Walk leader : Keith Gander

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event & free parking

Telephone: 07799 504313

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk

July 2020

Thu
2

BUGS AND BIRDS - with MK Wildlife Explorers Group - LINFORD LAKES NR

Location: Linford Lakes NR, off Newport Rd (opposite drive to Black Horse pub) SP 843 429
Postcode: MK14 5AH (Google map)

Part of the Milton Keynes Festival of Nature
We're working with our junior local RSPB Group - MK Wildlife Explorers on this joint event.
It will be a hands-on event, giving the opportunity to explore nature in a variety of different ways - including pond-dipping if it's not too dry. Please feel free to bring along with you any young people who would be interested in having fun and learning more about nature and wildlife
For more information call or text Jane Grisdale on 07999 878689 or visit www.mkfestivalofnature.org.uk (further details will be on that Festival of Nature website nearer the time - at present it still carries details of the 2019 Festival)

Time: 7pm to 8.30pm

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07999878689

Wed
15

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY EVENT, College Lake

Location: Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne, Tring, Buckinghamshire

Postcode: HP23 5QG (Google map)

Our first photography event in May 2019 went very well indeed and several people suggested we repeat it - so we are!
Another 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 - and the later date this year will give you chance to focus on some different species.

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"

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event - Parking donation (suggested £3) to support the Wildlfe Trust

Telephone: 07973431602

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.co.uk