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.

August 2018

Thu
30

Staines Reservoir

Location: Meet in the small car park at the eastern end of the causeway.
GR: TQ 056734
No facilities.

Staines Reservoir, 2 miles.
A short visit to look for migrants, waterfowl and waders.
Meet in the small car park at the eastern end of the causeway. GR: TQ 056734. No facilities.
Peter Hambrook

Time: 10:00 - 12:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 01932 346565

E-mail: hambrp@msn.com

September 2018

Tue
11

London Wetland Centre, Barnes

Location: London Wetland Centre, Barnes, Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT
Meet in car park at 10:00 or in reception at 10:10. GR: TQ 228770.
Postcode: SW13 9WT (Google map)

Barnes Wildfowl & Wetland Trust (WWT), 1.5 miles.
We shall be looking for resident birds and departing migrants.
WWT members don't forget to bring your membership card.
Full facilities on site.
Come for morning only if preferred.
Peter Hambrook

Time: 10:00 - 15:30

Price: WWT admission rates apply; WWT members don't forget your membership cards. In addition for non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07506 645776

E-mail: s17scw@btinternet.com

Thu
27

NW Surrey Regular Meeting - Boats, Birds and Bikes by Sal Cooke OBE

Location: St. Charles Borromeo School, Portmore Way, WEYBRIDGE, Surrey
Postcode: KT13 8JD (Google map)

Sal has been a volunteer at her local reserve RSPB Bempton Cliffs for 30 years, an RSPB Trustee and Council Member, she is a favourite Group speaker. In her talk, we will discover the link between the Yorkshire Belle, the Cotswolds, Oman and the Himalayas.

Time: 19:45 - 22:00, doors open 19:15

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group members. £3 for non-North West Surrey Local Group members.

Telephone: 01784 436098

E-mail: kd.sutton@ntlworld.com

Sat
29

Testwood Lakes

Location: Testwood Lakes.
From the M3 take the M27 west to junction 2, Calmore. Follow signs to Calmore Industrial estate. The reserve is signed to the left. Follow the road to the second car park by the Education Centre (which has facilities). 64 miles from Weybridge.
Postcode: SO40 3WX (Google map)

Near Southampton at the southern end of the River Test where it flows through an area of lakes and marshes before entering Southampton Water. The area supports a wide variety of wetland birds with walks of varying lengths.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07950 028790

E-mail: langstonlegh@gmail.com

October 2018

Thu
4

Bushy Park

Location: Bushy Park, GR TQ160694, 2 - 3 miles
Meet by the refreshment kiosk in the large car park near to the Diana Fountain and the string of ponds. Facilities and food available nearby.

We will be able to experience the red deer rut whilst also looking for the resident birds and for arriving winter migrants such as thrushes.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07506 645776

E-mail: s17scw@btinternet.com

Thu
25

The State of the Nation's Birds by Keith Betton

Location: St Charles Borromeo School, Portmore Way, WEYBRIDGE
Postcode: KT13 8JD (Google map)

Keith is a bird guide, eco-consultant, Hampshire bird recorder, travel consultant and broadcaster. His illustrated talk will bring us up to date on how bird life is faring. A return visit following Keith's entertaining talk in 2016 on "20 Places To Bird Before You Die".

Time: 19:45 - 22:00, doors open 19:15

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group members. £3 for non-North West Surrey Local Group members.

Telephone: 01784 436098

E-mail: kd.sutton@ntlworld.com

November 2018

Sat
3

Oare Marshes

Location: Oare Marshes.
75 miles from Weybridge via M25/M20/A249 and M2. No facilities on the reserve but there is a pub in Oare.
Postcode: ME13 0QA (Google map)

Of international importance for wetland birds, this is one of the few remaining areas of grazing marshland in Kent and overlooks the Thames Estuary towards the Isle of Sheppey. The circular walk around the reserve is approximately 3.4 miles.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07950 028790

E-mail: langstonlegh@gmail.com

Wed
14

Dorney Wetlands/Jubilee River

Location: Dorney, GR SU29794; 2.5 miles
Meet in the small car park (please car-share if possible) on the right of the B3026 just before crossing the river channel if coming from Dorney village. Facilities and food available at the nearby garden centre.

We shall be looking for winter thrushes and wildfowl. Good chance of a red kite.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07506 645776

E-mail: s17scw@btinternet.com

Thu
22

Trinidad & Tobago, Home of the Hummingbird, by Ashley Grove

Location: St. Charles Borromeo School, Portmore Way, WEYBRIDGE, Surrey
Postcode: KT13 8JD (Google map)

Trinidad and Tobago. Home of the Hummingbird.
Genial Ashley returns with more superb photography, this time from Trinidad & Tobago, Caribbean islands with a wealth of colourful birds, golden beaches and azure seas.

Time: 19:45 - 22:00; doors open 19:15

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group members. £3 for non-North West Surrey Local Group members.

Telephone: 01784 436098

E-mail: kd.sutton@ntlworld.com

Sat
24

Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes

Location: Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes.
Park by the Gun Inn, Keyhaven (facilities in car park). 83 miles from Weybridge via M3, M27 and A337.
Postcode: SQ41 0TP (Google map)

Large area of salt marshes and mudflats between Hurst Castle and Lymington with a wide variety of wetland and sea birds, good views over the Solent to the Isle Of Wight.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07950 028790

E-mail: langstonlegh@gmail.com

December 2018

Wed
12

Thorpe Park

Location: Thorpe Park, GR TQ 026688. Less than 1 mile.
Meet in the farmyard in Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe which is just east of the junction with Ten Acre Lane and the width restriction. Look for the open barn with large gates adjacent on south side of the road. Normal footwear will be fine as all surfaces are paved or firm gravel. Loos available.

A return to this productive site for winter wildfowl at the peak of the winter influx.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07506 645776

E-mail: s17scw@btinternet.com

January 2019

Tue
1

Papercourt

Location: Papercourt Meadows, GR TQ 039572.
Meet in the car park by Newark Bridge.

The now traditional New Year's Day walk on Papercourt Meadows across varied habitats - meadow, gravel pit, reed bed, scrub and woodland.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Sat
12

Quiz Night

Location: New Haw Community Hall, Woodham Lane, Addlestone
Postcode: KT15 3ND (Google map)

Our very popular general knowledge quiz for teams of up to a maximum of 6 people. Supper is included in the entrance fee. Names/teams and payment required in advance.

Time: 19:30 - 22:00 - doors open 19:00

Price: £12

Booking essential

Telephone: 01784 436098

E-mail: kd.sutton@ntlworld.com

Thu
17

Moor Green Lakes

Location: Moor Green Lakes GR: SU 805628; 2.5 miles.
Meet in the reserve car park off the Lower Sandhurst Road. No facilities but pubs nearby in Sandhurst. Car share if possible.

This restored gravel extraction site near Sandhurst has several lakes and resident barn owls. Goosanders should also be present.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07506 645776

E-mail: s17scw@btinternet.com

Thu
24

Wildlife of the Jurassic Coast, by Brian Pettit

Location: St. Charles Borromeo School, Portmore Way, WEYBRIDGE, Surrey.
Postcode: KT13 8JD (Google map)

Heathland and coast, reedbeds and freshwater, woodland and farmland - this lovely stretch of Dorset contains a fine variety of bird, mammals, plants and reptiles. All beautifully photographed in this entertaining talk.

Time: 19:45 - 22:00; doors open 19:15

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group members. £3 for non-North West Surrey Local Group members.

Telephone: 01784 436098

E-mail: kd.sutton@ntlworld.com

Sat
26

Blashford Lakes

Location: Blashford Lakes, Hampshire.
Ellingham Drove, Ringwood. 79 miles via M3 and A31 to Ringwood - turn right on A338 towards Salisbury reserve is on right after 1.7 miles and use car park on left. Meet at the Tern Hide by the car park. Facilities in the Education Centre.
Postcode: BH24 3PJ (Google map)

We had a very rewarding visit last November to this area of flooded former gravel pits and woodland. We should expect to see a wide variety of overwintering wildfowl as well as many woodland birds. On a cold winter's day sustenance can be found at the nearby Alice Lisle pub which overlooks one of the lakes.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07950 028790

E-mail: langstonlegh@gmail.com

February 2019

Tue
19

London Wetlands Centre

Location: Barnes WWT GR: TQ 228770; 1.5 miles
Meet in car park at 10:00 or in reception at 10:10. WWT members don't forget to bring your membership card. Full facilities on site. Come for morning only if preferred.
Postcode: SW13 9WT (Google map)

We shall be looking for winter wildfowl and possible bittern, redpoll and siskin.

Time: 10:00 - 15:30

Price: WWT admission rates apply; WWT members don't forget your membership cards. In addition for non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07506 645776

E-mail: s17scw@btinternet.com

Sat
23

RSPB Rainham Marshes

Location: RSPB Rainham Marshes.
50 miles from Weybridge via M25. Remember to bring your RSPB membership card.
Postcode: RM19 1SZ (Google map)

This RSPB reserve with car park and cafe on the north side of the Thames is very close to Central London. Developed from a military firing range only since 2000 it contains reed beds and marshlands with a wide variety of waterfowl.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for RSPB Members. For non-RSPB members, entrance fees apply.

Telephone: 07950 028790

E-mail: langstonlegh@gmail.com

Thu
28

The Jewel Hunter, by Chris Goodie

Location: St. Charles Borromeo School, Portmore Way, WEYBRIDGE, Surrey.
Postcode: KT13 8JD (Google map)

Chris gave up his job and spent a year searching for all the world's pittas, dazzling birds of the tropical forest. His celebrated book on his adventure topped the Birdfair sales and now he shares his story with us.

Time: 19:45 - 22:00, doors open 19:15

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group members. £3 for non-North West Surrey Local Group members.

Telephone: 01784 436098

E-mail: kd.sutton@ntlworld.com

March 2019

Wed
20

Farlington Marshes

Location: Farlington Marshes GR: SU 679044; 2.5 miles.
Meet at reserve end of car park adjacent to the A27. No facilities, so you may wish to stop at the Queen Elizabeth country park en route.

This is our easiest to reach coastal site and offers something different from our usual inland walks. We will be looking for winter visitors such as geese, waders and, with luck, short-eared owls.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07506 645776

E-mail: s17scw@btinternet.com

Thu
28

Promoting & Protecting Nature in an Urban Environment, by Iain Boulton

Location: St. Charles Borromeo School, Portmore Way, WEYBRIDGE, Surrey
Postcode: KT13 8JD (Google map)

Iain is at the sharp end of nature conservation at Lambeth council. His illustrated talk tells us how a local government ecologist works on protected species, particularly birds and bats, in our towns and cities.

Time: 19:45 - 22:00, doors open 19:15

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group members. £3 for non-North West Surrey Local Group members.

Telephone: 01784 436098

E-mail: kd.sutton@ntlworld.com

Sat
30

Pagham Harbour

Location: Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve, Selsey Road, CHICHESTER
68 miles from Weybridge via A3 and A27. Facilities on site.
Postcode: PO20 7NE (Google map)

A well established RSPB reserve with marshlands extending to Chichester Harbour and the seashore. A new hide looks over a pond full of wildfowl and waders and seabirds frequent the path towards the harbour.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07950 028790

E-mail: langstonlegh@gmail.com

April 2019

Wed
24

RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Location: Pulborough Brooks GR TQ055175; 3 miles.
Come for the morning only if preferred. Full facilities. Remember to bring your RSPB membership card.
Postcode: RH20 2EL (Google map)

Also a little further away than our normal trips, this RSPB reserve offers a variety of habitats and a good selection of summer visitors, including nightingales.

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Price: Free for RSPB Members. For non-RSPB members, entrance fees apply.

Telephone: 07506 645776

E-mail: s17scw@btinternet.com

Thu
25

Plover Lovers' World of Delights, by Rick and Elis Simpson

Location: St. Charles Borromeo School, Portmore Way, WEYBRIDGE, Surrey
Postcode: KT13 8JD (Google map)

Wader Quest's Rick and Elis focus on our attractive British plovers and their counterparts abroad. Back by popular demand after their entertaining talk last year.

Time: 19:45 - 22:00, doors open 19:15

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group members. £3 for non-North West Surrey Local Group members.

Telephone: 01784 436098

E-mail: kd.sutton@ntlworld.com

Sat
27

Titchfield Haven

Location: Titchfield Haven, Cliff Road, FAREHAM, Hants.
Meet in the reserve centre shop at 10.00. Parking is available along the Hill Head coast road.
Postcode: PO14 3JT (Google map)

A reserve with the sea shore, estuary and marshes offering a wide variety of birds, warblers should be nesting and bearded tits can often be heard and sometimes seen. Not an RSPB reserve so payment is due.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Entrance fees apply

Telephone: 07950 028790

E-mail: langstonlegh@gmail.com

May 2019

Tue
14

Thursley Common

Location: Thursday Common GR: SU 900417, 2.5 miles.
Meet at the Moat Pond car park. No facilities on site but pubs in Elstead.

There is a good chance of seeing hobby here if the weather is good, as well as woodlark, common redstart and woodpeckers. Dragonflies, damselflies and basking common lizards should also be seen.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07506 645776

E-mail: s17scw@btinternet.com

June 2019

Thu
13

Frensham Little Pond

Location: Frensham Little Pond GR: SU 858418. 2- 3 miles.
Meet at the LARGE car park nearest to the lake at GR: SU 858418. No facilities but loos available at the Frensham Great Pond Visitor Centre. Possible parking charge, although only at weekends currently.

This pond is quieter than its big neighbour. The usual heathland species should be at their peak and we will be watching the skies for raptors and the reed beds for warblers.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07506 645776

E-mail: s17scw@btinternet.com

Thu
27

North West Surrey Local Group AGM

Location: St Charles Borromeo School, Portmore Way, WEYBRIDGE, Surrey
Postcode: KT13 8JD (Google map)

The formal business will be followed by refreshments and a social event.

Time: 19:45 - 22:00, doors open 19:15

Price: A voluntary donation is requested to cover the cost of refreshments.

Telephone: 01784 436098

E-mail: kd.sutton@ntlworld.com

July 2019

Sat
6

Barbeque

Location: Horsell
Postcode: GU21 4DB (Google map)

Annual BBQ. Please bring your own chairs and drinks.

Time: 19:30 - 22:00

Price: To be confirmed

Booking essential

Wed
10

Papercourt

Location: Papercourt GR: TQ 039573. 3 miles
Meet in the car park south of Newark Bridge on the B367. No facilities.

The wide spread of habitats here should provide a good range of resident birds and dragonflies.

Time: 10:00 - 13:00

Price: Free for North West Surrey Local Group Members. For non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07506 645776

E-mail: s17scw@btinternet.com

August 2019

Thu
15

London Wetlands Centre

Location: Barnes WWT GR: TQ 228770. 1.5 miles.
Meet in car park at 10:00 or in reception at 10:10. WWT members don't forget to bring your membership card. Full facilities on site. Come for morning only if preferred.
Postcode: SW13 9WT (Google map)

We shall be looking for resident birds and departing migrants.

Time: 10:00 - 15:30

Price: WWT admission rates apply; WWT members don't forget your membership cards. In addition for non-North West Surrey Local Group members, a voluntary donation to Group funds is requested.

Telephone: 07506 645776

E-mail: s17scw@btinternet.com