About us

Welcome to the RSPB North Staffs Local Group website. We are a well-established group with around 200 members.
The main activities of our group are birdwatching field visits and indoor talks on topics of wildlife interest. Every month from September to May we have an indoor meeting with illustrated talks given by invited speakers. These usually attract around 80 people. They are held in the excellent facilities of the North Staffordshire Conference Centre/Medical Institute on Hartshill Road, a modern and comfortable disabled-friendly venue with a large free car park. (http://www.nsconferences.co.uk/introduction.cfm). During the season we also organise nine full-day birdwatching trips by luxury coach to reserves outside the local area. These trips take place on Sundays and have a number of pick-up points and a comfort stop on both outward and homeward journeys. The coach trips are suitable whether you are an experienced birder or a novice and our friendly group will help you get the most out of the outings. Please be sure to refer to the Events part of our website for more information about our trips.
In addition, each season, experienced local birders lead eight leisurely morning walks of up to two and a half hours on reserves and in parks in the area around Stoke-on-Trent. Car-sharing birdwatching trips are used to visit reserves and areas of interest up to 60 miles from Stoke-on-Trent. The aim of these trips is to go to areas too close to home to warrant hiring a coach which one might not otherwise visit.
If you do not have binoculars we have three pairs to lend free of charge for the day on a first come first served basis to anyone who would like to take part in any of our outside activities.

If you would like to have fun and meet like-minded people contact us and help make a difference for birds and wildlife.

Meeting times and costs

Indoor meetings start 7.30pm. There is an annual charge of 5 to join the Local Group. Local Group Members 2.50, Non Members 5.00, Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) Free.

Meeting place

North Staffordshire Conf. Centre/medical Institute, Hartshill Road, STOKE-ON-TRENT, ST4 7NY

Committee Posts

Mrs Joan Hudson: Leader
Mr Geoff Sales: Leader
Dr Anthony Osborne: Treasurer
Mrs Christine Osborne: Secretary

Other people who help organise group activities

Mr Roger Birch
Mr Alan Cartwright
Mr Peter Durnall
Mr Roy Gadsden
Ms Leonie Parkes
Mrs Anne Worden
Mr Ian Worden
Mrs Penny Cartwright
Ms Nancy Chalmers
Mr Neville Jones
Mr Don McLauchlan
Mrs Sandy McLauchlan
Mrs Valerie Meredith
Mr Richard Moth
Miss Rosie Simpson
Mr Alan Stones
Mr Ian Woodward
Mrs Jenny Wright