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 2019

Sat
27

NIGHTINGALE TIME AT PAXTON PITS, near St Neots, Huntingdonshire

Location: Paxton Pits, Little Paxton, TL 195 629
Postcode: PE19 6ET (Google map)

Our visit to this vast and still expanding gravel pit complex is timed for nightingales. Paxton Pits is one of thr best remaining sites for this declining species, and they can be amazingly bold, even in daylight. Paths level but variable quality. Toilets after 10.00 when visitor centre opens.

Meet in the car park. off High St, Lt Paxton for an 8.30am start
Walk Leader - Pete How

Time: 8.30am to 12 noon

Price: Free event

Telephone: 07946 884654

E-mail: christophercoppock@live.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