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.

February 2018

Thu
1

Illustrated Talk - Birding Israel by Mike Alibone.

Location: Sandhills School, Terret Avenue, Oxford

Postcode: OX3 8FN (Google map)

Israel's unique geographical location has made it a bottleneck and crossroads for bird migration, second to almost no other site in the world. The rich diversity of birds found in Israel in autumn combines resident regional specialities with millions of birds pouring out of Europe and western Asia heading south down the eastern seaboard of the Mediterranean to Africa.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3 (£2 for full time students). FREE to Oxford Local Group members and children.

Telephone: 07813782514

Sun
25

Coach Trip to RSPB Rainham Marshes, Essex.

Location: Coach leaves at 7.45am from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.
Postcode: OX3 0NQ (Google map)

THIS IS A CHANGE TO OUR TRIP ADVERTISED IN THE GROUP'S BROCHURE.

Rainham Marshes, which borders the Thames estuary, is a unique nature reserve which has been restored to a grazing marshland, following 100 years of use as a MoD shooting range. Large numbers of waders and wildfowl can be found on the estuary or scrapes depending on the tide. There is a good chance to see Peregrine, Rock and Water Pipit, Stonechat, Marsh Harrier and possibly Short-eared Owl.

The reserve has a number of hides served by good tracks and boardwalks. There is also a visitor centre and café on site.

Time: Coach leaves at 7.45am from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.

Price: About £20 depending on numbers.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01865723868

E-mail: anne@anclark.force9.co.uk

March 2018

Thu
1

Illustrated Talk - Filey International - North Yorkshire's Bird Observatory by Mark Pearson.

Location: Sandhills School, Terret Avenue, Oxford

Postcode: OX3 8FN (Google map)

Mark has shone the spotlight on this idyllic corner of the east coast through his popular series of articles in Birdwatch magazine. He will take us on a whistle-stop tour through four seasons of high drama at his beloved Observatory on the east coast of Yorkshire where migration never stops.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3 (£2 for full time students). FREE to Oxford Local Group members and children.

Telephone: 07813782514

E-mail: lindaeneal@aol.com

Sun
18

Car Sharing Trip to Gloucester and Forest of Dean Area.

Location: Cars leave at 8am from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, OX3 0NQ - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.

Visit several sites in the area to look for rarities that occur each year in the winter months. Also a chance to look for goshawks displaying over the forest at Fancy View.

Time: Cars leave at 8am from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, OX3 0NQ - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.

Price: Petrol costs are shared by car occupants.

Telephone: 01865723868

E-mail: anne@anclark.force9.co.uk

April 2018

Thu
5

Illustrated Talk - The Secret Life of the Forest of Dean by Nick Martin.

Location: Sandhills School, Terret Avenue, Oxford

Postcode: OX3 8FN (Google map)

The beautiful Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire harbours a wide range of woodland wildlife including many secretive and surprising animals and birds. We'll look for the elusive goshawk, the shy dipper and the exotic mandarin ducks. Find out where adders hide, dormice feed and about the exciting return of the wild boar to the woodland scene.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3 (£2 for full time students). FREE to Oxford Local Group members and children.

Telephone: 07813782514

E-mail: lindaeneal@aol.com

Thu
19

Group Holiday to Coto Donana and Extremadura, Spain

Location: Flights from Gatwick.

This is a 9 day holiday to two wonderful contrasting areas:
- Donana on Spain's south west coast is one of Europe's largest wetlands. We stay in the centre of Donana in El Rocio.
- Extremadura is an area in the west of Spain with grassland plains and steppe, surrounded by mountains. We stay just south of Trujillo and visit the Monfrague national park.

Expect to see:
Montagu's Harrier, Black-shouldered Kite, 4 Eagle species, 3 Vulture species, Gt & Lt Bustards, Pratincole, Sandgrouse, Hoopoe, Greater Flamingo, Larks, Roller, 4 Heron species, Gt Spotted Cuckoo, Azure-winged Magpie, Whiskered & Gull-billed Tern, and lots more.

Please contact Reg Cox for further details.

Time: Flights from Gatwick.

Price: £950 + Flights (£150?) includes accommodation, BB&EM, all local transport, services of a local bird guide.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01865761402

E-mail: reg.cox@btinternet.com

Sun
29

Coach Trip to Durlston Country Park and Studland Heath, Dorset.

Location: Coach leaves at 7am from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.
Postcode: OX3 0NQ (Google map)

Durlston country park and nature reserve acts as a magnet for incoming migrants due to its position on the coast. The cliff-top scrub and meadow is where a great variety of warblers, wheatears and redstarts often rest after their long journeys. Just off-shore early arriving guillemots and fulmars are usually seen.
There is a visitor centre and a café on site.

Studland heath is the resident Dartford warblers' ideal habitat while in the bay divers, grebes and waders can often be found.

Time: Coach leaves at 7am from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.

Price: About £20 depending on numbers.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01865723868

E-mail: anne@anclark.force9.co.uk

May 2018

Thu
3

Illustrated Talk: Winter in Japan - A Birding Spectacular by Mark Sullivan.

Location: Sandhills School, Terret Avenue, Oxford
Postcode: OX3 8FN (Google map)

Winter birding in Japan is one of Earth's great avian spectacles most notable for dancing cranes and Steller's sea-eagles. The country has a very diverse range of habitats and is surprisingly mountainous and wooded, with beautifully varied coastlines.

Time: 7.45pm

Price: £3 (£2 for full time students). FREE to Oxford Local Group members and children.

Telephone: 07813782514

E-mail: lindaeneal@aol.com

Sun
20

Coach Trip to RSPB Highnam Woods and RSPB Nagshead, Gloucestershire.

Location: Coach leaves at 8am from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.

Postcode: OX3 0NQ (Google map)

A short stop at the lovely oak woodland of Highnam Woods that attracts a range of species. The delight at this time of year is the nightingale. There are no facilities here.

Nagshead has a number of breeding woodland birds including common redstart, wood warbler, pied flycatcher, hawfinch and even the rarely seen lesser-spotted woodpecker. On site there are a couple of hides and a information centre with toilets.

Time: Coach leaves at 8am from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.

Price: About £20 depending on numbers.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01865723868

E-mail: anne@anclark.force9.co.uk

June 2018

Sun
10

Car Sharing Trip to Greenham Common, Berkshire.

Location: Cars leave at 7pm from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.

Postcode: OX3 0NQ (Google map)

This vast former airfield has now reverted to its original heathland. On this summer's late evening visit, we should see tree pipit, woodcock and maybe woodlark. We will be on site until just before nightfall when we hope to hear the churring of nightjar and possibly see one.

There are no facilities on site.
Do bring a torch and insect repellent.

Time: Cars leave at 7pm from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.

Price: Petrol costs are shared by car occupants.

Telephone: 01865723868

E-mail: anne@anclark.force9.co.uk