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September 2021

Monday, 27 September 2021

Newsletter No.16 - keeping in touch

Newsletter No.16 - keeping in touch

This September newsletter contains info on our planned talks & walks, Pictures from the garden and articles on 'COP26 - RSPB Key messages' and 'Who to contact if you find an injured bird'.

If you click on the 'Download file' link (scroll down to the last line of this News item), then you will see our 2-page September 2021 newsletter.

Here are some of the contents from the first page:

"Dear All,
We hope you are all well.

As you may be aware, we had our first meeting in person last week (14th Sept). We were in St. Mary's church itself rather than our normal room upstairs. 40 people were present and were treated to a very entertaining account of Otmoor and the birds to be found there. The star of the piece being the recently fledged Common Crane - the first for 500 years in Oxfordshire.

Our next speaker is on Tuesday, 12th October with Rolf Williams giving the talk.

Rolf goes Wild is a light-hearted look at the sorts of creatures you might try to avoid, which Rolf makes a point of working with, unearthing, or stumbling across. There are lots of pictures and video clips, anecdotes and fascinating facts about what makes them dangerous, or not.

This meeting will be in the church with the same Covid precautions as for the last meeting.

Other planned meetings after this are:
9 November AGM - Dr Nikki Gammans The plight of the Bumblebee, Bumblebee Conservation Trust
14 December Christmas Social

The next walk is Saturday, 16th October 9am - Cornmill Meadows.

To join the walk please ring Richard on 07582 996315 or leave a message on our email

Further walks are planned for:
Sunday, 14th November 9am - Sewardstone Marsh
Saturday, 11th December 9am - Hainault Forest Country Park

Your Friends on the Committee"

Please do keep in touch - you can email us at

or follow us on Twitter @RSPBNELondonGrp

or follow us on Facebook - click on the link below to go to our FB page (or go to, as it is a public page, you should not need a Facebook account to view it.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Otmoor RSPB reserve

Otmoor RSPB reserve

David Wilding, the site manager, introduced us to this haven for wildlife in the heart of Oxfordshire. The visitor trail leads you alongside an expansive floodplain grazing marsh, home to wading birds and wildfowl year round. Hedgerows, bustling with warblers and songbirds, and the rustling reedbed add to the immersive experience of being on the 'moor'.

David gave us a fascinating talk about the history of this site and the circumstances and conditions that kept it from being built on which has led to a wonderful area for wildlife.

They have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to expand Otmoor reserve by buying neighbouring farmland to protect this land from potential development and make it a safe haven for wildlife. Please support this appeal if you able to - click on the link below (to

David's enthusiasm for this site was infectious and he encouraged us all to try and visit it especially as it is only around an hour and a half's drive from our area.

We meet at:

St Mary's Church
207 High Road
South Woodford
E18 2PA

There were some changes for this meeting as were using the church itself rather than the Gwinnell room upstairs. Also there were no refreshments, or raffle, for our first indoor meeting since March 2020.

To comply with Covid guidelines for our first meeting back at St. Mary's, we:
Ensured that the church was well ventilated
Had hand sanitiser available
Asked you to wear a face covering
Had a larger space between seats
Did not serve refreshments or have a raffle at this meeting
Asked you to try to have the correct change/ cheque to pay your £4 or £4.50 fee.
Asked you please to not attend if you had Covid symptoms & to please advise us if you develop Covid within 10 days after the meeting.

We usually meet on the second Tuesday of most months at 8pm
Our nature talks cost: £4.00 for RSPB & Wren members, £4.50 for non-members, free to under 18s.

St Mary's Church is a short distance from the junction with Chelmsford Road. After 6.30 pm, parking is free and legal in the car park beside the Library opposite the church and also on bits of the High Road outside.
Derby Road car park, a few minutes walk to the north, is free from 5.30 pm onwards.

It is about a 15 minute walk from South Woodford tube station (on Central line).
Buses 179 and W13 stop nearby.

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

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Sunday, 5 September 2021

Autumn 2021 programme summary

Walks (morning)

18 Sep 2021 ___ Wanstead Flats / Park

16 Oct 2021 ___ Cornmill Meadows

14 Nov 2021 ___ Sewardstone Marsh

11 Dec 2021 ___ Hainault Forest Country Park

Please contact us to provide your details so we can tell you of any late changes (and to make sure we do not have too many people on the walk). Email is the easiest way at (we also have a mobile number for our walks: 07582 996 315)

Talks (8pm to 10pm)

14 Sep 2021 ___ 'Otmoor RSPB Reserve' with David Wilding

12 Oct 2021 ___ 'Rolf goes Wild' with Rolf Williams

09 Nov 2021 ___ 'The Plight of the Bumblebee' with Dr Nikki Gammans

14 Dec 2021 ___ Social evening

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.
We normally meet at St Mary's Church, 207 High Road, South Woodford, E18 2PA

For more info:


All events are subject to Covid guidelines.