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.

November 2018

Thu
1

Illustrated Talk - The Secret Life of Puffins by Mark Sisson.

Location: Sandhills School, Terrett Avenue, Headington, Oxford.

Postcode: OX3 8FN (Google map)

Puffins are among the most instantly recognisable, iconic and well-loved of birds. For many they are a highlight of the UK's summer coastline and their colourful appearance, comedy antics and approachability just add to their popularity. Mark's book on puffins covers the birds' life cycle, behaviour, habitats and the current and future challenges that they face, along with many surprising facts and anecdotes.

Time: 7.45pm

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

Telephone: 01608811568

E-mail: paddygallagher@hotmail.com

Sun
11

Car Sharing Trip to the Standlake Area.

Location: Cars leave at 8.30am from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, OX3 0NQ - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.

Spend the morning looking around the hedgerows and local lakes at Rushy Common and Standlake Common Nature Reserves in the Lower Windrush Valley. The area usually has good numbers of wildfowl and often unusual birds at this time of year.

There are hides on both sites but no other facilities.

Time: Cars leave at 8.30am 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.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01865723868

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

December 2018

Thu
6

Winter Warmer - Social Evening.

Location: Sandhills School, Terrett Avenue, Headington, Oxford.

Postcode: OX3 8FN (Google map)

Join us for a relaxing social evening of mixed events including short illustrated talks from group members, a wildlife quiz, FREE festive nibbles with drinks and a raffle.

Time: 7.45pm

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

Telephone: 01608811568

E-mail: paddygallagher@hotmail.com

Sun
9

Car Sharing Trip to Bury Down, Berkshire.

Location: Cars leave at 8.30am from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, OX3 0NQ - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.

Postcode: OX3 0NQ (Google map)

A mornings amble along the Ridgeway to look for corn bunting, stonechat, yellowhammer, winter thrushes and if we are really lucky, overwintering short-eared owls.

Time: Cars leave at 8.30am 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.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01865723868

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

January 2019

Thu
10

Illustrated Talk - Wildlife of Eastern Australia and Tasmania by Andy Warren.

Location: Sandhills School, Terrett Avenue, Headington, Oxford.

Postcode: OX3 8FN (Google map)

Andy is a consultant ecologist and works with "Cotswold Wildlife Surveys". He will be taking us to a country with a wide variety of habitats and an amazing array of unusual birds and other animals.

Time: 7.45pm

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

Telephone: 01608811568

E-mail: paddygallagher@hotmail.com

Sun
20

Coach Trip to London WWT (Barnes)

Location: Coach leaves at 8.30am from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, OX3 0NQ - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.

Large hides and scenic walkways set amongst lakes and meadows provide close views of overwintering wildfowl, waders and wintering woodland birds. On our last visit here we saw bittern, redpolls and rose-ringed parakeets.
On site there is a visitor centre and café serving snacks and hot food.
An entry charge of around £11 is payable for non WWT members.

Time: Coach leaves at 8.30am from Sports & Leisure Centre, Court Place Farm, Marsh Lane, Marston, OX3 0NQ - just off the Oxford northern by-pass.

Price: About £20 depending on numbers.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01865723868

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

February 2019

Thu
7

Illustrated Talk - Undiscovered Norfolk by Chris Ward.

Location: Sandhills School, Terrett Avenue, Headington, Oxford.

Postcode: OX3 8FN (Google map)

Chris is a keen photographer and past group leader at North Bucks RSPB. He will take us to an area famous for its wildlife and will be exploring its mammals, birds, insects and plants.
This should be of great interest to those going on the group holiday to Norfolk in May.

Time: 7.45pm

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

Telephone: 01608811568

E-mail: paddygallagher@hotmail.com

Sun
17

Car Sharing Trip to Dorney Wetlands, Berks/Bucks border.

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

This is a morning trip to a new site for the group. Dorney Wetlands was formed around the Jubilee River which was created in the 1990s as a flood alleviation scheme for the River Thames around Windsor. The site has a good variety of habitats (meadow, reedbeds, shrubs etc.) and attracts a wide range of winter birds.
There are viewing screens but no hides. There are no facilities on site but toilets are available at a nearby pub.

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.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01865723868

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