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September 2016

Friday, 30 September 2016

RSPB Coombes Valley reserve, path through bluebell wood

Outings Leaflet - Sept 2016 to June 2017

Walks this year are on a Saturday and three start at 9.30am and two (November and April) start at 8.30am. The principal leader is listed below but usually some other members of the committee will be there too.





15 Oct 2016 ___ Redbridge Lakes with Mike Condon /John Painter

12 Nov 2016 ___ Fairlop Waters with Neil Twyford

18 Mar 2017 ___ Walthamstow Reservoirs with Debbie Burkett /Mike Condon

15 Apr 2017 ___ Wanstead Flats / Park with Tim Harris

13 May 2017 ___ Fairlop Waters with Neil Twyford



There is a summary of the Coach trips listed under the News Item 'Monthly Coach Trips' plus a document giving booking details.


Click on the Download file link to view or print our Outings leaflet which has details of both Walks and Coach trips.

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Friday, 30 September 2016

Monthly Coach Trips

Monthly Coach Trips

We have again arranged to collaborate with the Havering RSPB Local Group in their birdwatching coach trips.

The essentials are that you need to book ahead, they take place on the last Saturday of the month, they involve an early morning start, they cost £18 per person and they get you to some first-class birding places.

For our area, there is a 7.00am pick-up at Redbridge Tube Station, then 7.05 at Gants Hill, then 7.10 at Newbury Park - the Redbridge and Newbury stops are especially attractive if you come by car, as the station car park provides parking all day for £2.00.

Please read / print the two-page document giving all the details about booking (including booking forms, payment, pick-up points etc) by clicking on the 'Download file' link below.


The programme for the coming year is:-


24 Sep 2016 ___ RSPB Dungeness, Kent

29 Oct 2016 ___ RSPB Titchwell Marsh, North Norfolk

26 Nov 2016 ___ RSPB Ouse Washes, Cambridgeshire

28 Jan 2015 ___ Suffolk WT, Lackford Lakes, Suffolk

25 Feb 2017 ___ RSPB Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex

25 Mar 2017 ___ RSPB Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk

29 Apr 2017 ___ RSPB Frampton Marsh, Lincs

03 Jun 2017 ___ RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk


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Friday, 30 September 2016

Avocet wading in water

Monthly Talks Programme

Our North East London Local RSPB Group usually meet on the second Tuesday of the month - a great way to meet friendly, like-minded people in your area while learning more about birds and wildlife. All are welcome.


Time: 8pm to 10pm

Place:
St Mary's Church (Gwinnell Room)
207 High Road
South Woodford
E18 2PA

Cost: £3.00 for RSPB & Wren members, £3.50 for non-members (no charge for schoolchildren)

St Mary's Church is near the junction with Chelmsford Road. Parking is allowed on the single yellow lines outside in the High Road after 6.30 pm. There is also free parking at Derby Road car park.
It is about a 15 minute walk from South Woodford tube station (on Central line). Buses 179 and W13 stop nearby.


The programme for the coming year is:-

11 Oct 2016 ___ 'Bee Aware' with bee keeper Peter Dalby

08 Nov 2016 ___ 'From the Weird to the Wonderful' with RSPB's Ben Andrew

13 Dec 2016 ___ Film & Social Evening

10 Jan 2017 ___ 'Flights of Fancy' with Brian Nobbs

14 Feb 2017 ___ 'Twelve British Birds' with TV's Mike Dilger

14 Mar 2017 ___ 'The North Norfolk Coastal Path' with Jonathan Forgham

11 Apr 2017 ___ 'Non-native Invasive Species' with Andy Thomas

09 May 2017 ___ 'Ethiopia' with Ann & Phil Farrer

13 Jun 2017 ___ 'Birding Down Under' with Richard Pople

12 Sep 2017 ___ Rainham Marshes Update with Nicole Khan

10 Oct 2017 ___ 'Saving the Cloud Forest' with Jonathan Hall

14 Nov 2017 ___ 'Scottish Wildlife' with Duncan MacDonald

12 Dec 2017 ___ Film & Social evening


Click on the Download File link to view or print our Talks leaflet.

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Our stand at LEE VALLEY COUNTRYSIDE LIVE

Our stand at LEE VALLEY COUNTRYSIDE LIVE

LEE VALLEY COUNTRYSIDE LIVE was held at Leyton Marshes on Sat 24th & Sun 25th September 2016.

This event is advertised as bringing the countryside into London with various displays and countryside activities such as falconry, sheep dogs and ferret racing and the infamous dancing sheep show. There were a range of traditional countryside activities including willow weaving and wood turning plus many animals to see.

This is also an opportunity for local wildlife groups and organisations to describe their work in and around the Lee Valley so we have had a stand there for the last couple of years.

It was busy! Two thousand through the gates on each day - Saturday was supposed to be the quiet day!
Our stand at some points seemed under siege - the bird call quiz was well received (the accompanying photo shows some of the young participants) and once again drew some nice comments from the RSPB staff who had a stand next to ours. We hope we stood out as a Local RSPB Group with our new RSPB shirts with "North East London Local Group" embroidered on them.

Pin badges sold in good numbers and a quick count up revealed £33.40 was collected - not too shabby.
The guided walks we led went well too with excellent numbers each day, so thanks to Richard and Mike as great walk leaders. Always good to hear a "wow look at that" response from those who came along - on the Sunday walk two Whinchat and a Stonechat were seen!

For us the best part was the opportunity to engage with the public to tell them about the group and field questions, some straightforward, some weird and wonderful!
Who knows, some of those who visited us may come along to a talk or go on walk/coach trip.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

That Hole in the Ground

That Hole in the Ground

That Hole in the Ground - what can we do with that? Well, turning an old gravel pit into a wildlife haven is an everyday job for Nigel Symes. And we did have local examples to discuss with him.


Please go to the Events page where this item has a Google Map link to our location at

St Mary's Church (Gwinnell Room)
207 High Road
South Woodford
E18 2PA

St Mary's Church is a short distance from the junction with Chelmsford Road. Parking is allowed on the single yellow lines outside in the High Road after 6.30 pm. There is also free parking at Derby Road car park.
It is about a 15 minute walk from South Woodford tube station (on Central line). Buses 179 and W13 stop nearby.



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If you click on the 'Download file' link, then you will see the striking poster that David (our Publicity officer) produced to advertise this talk.

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