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 2021

Wed
14

CANCELLED : 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.

Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of Guided Walks has recently announced:
"ALL OUTDOOR EVENTS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE"

Time: 6.00am to 8.00am

Price: Free event

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 person 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

CANCELLED : 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.

Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of Guided Walks has recently announced:
"ALL OUTDOOR EVENTS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE"

Time: 10am to 12.30pm

Price: Free event

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

CANCELLED: 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.
Chris Coppock, who organises our programme of Guided Walks has recently announced:
"ALL OUTDOOR EVENTS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE"

Time: 10am to 1pm

Price: Free event. Parking - suggested donation £3

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