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

Wed
28

Walk around Woodoaks Farm, Maple Cross

Location: We meet at the very end of Long Lane, Mill End, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire at 10 am.
Latitude/longitude: 51.63551,-0.50329 (Google map)

A gentle walk around Woodoaks Farm, looking at birds and other wildlife. This walk is usually good for raptors and typical farmland birds. This walk is held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, twelve months of the year. We are a friendly group who enjoy birding and good company and newcomers and beginners are very welcome. There is no charge to join us and there are no membership requirements.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free - everybody welcome!

Telephone: 020 8907 3513

E-mail: imjpinrspb@gmail.com

March 2018

Sun
4

Birding visit to Elmley Marshes, Isle of Sheppey

Location: Meet in the reserve car park off the A428. Grid ref TQ939679 (OS Map 178). Nearest Postcode is ME12 3RW. There is a £5 per car parking charge (it is no longer an RSPB reserve).
Latitude/longitude: 51.377267,0.783535 (Google map)

Group walk to this Kent reserve. This is an all day walk so bring a packed lunch. In case of poor weather check with the organiser to make sure the event is still happening.
If time and weather permit, we may go on to the Capel Fleet Raptor View Point at the east end of Sheppey (Lat/Long: 51.376736, 0.904639).

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free - only pay for car parking

Telephone: 01895 637604

E-mail: johnnewson@waitrose.com

Thu
8

"A Photographic Journey with Birds" by Thomas Hanahoe

Location: This will be at the Pinner Parish Church Hall, Top of the High Street, PINNER, HA5 3AA. We are a short walk from Pinner tube station. There is free parking (after 6:30pm) in the nearby Pinner Village Hall car park, Chapel Lane, HA5 3AA
Latitude/longitude: 51.594661,-0.379121 (Google map)

Thomas Hanahoe is a renowned wildlife photographer who has had photographs accepted for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and has won prizes at other photographic competitions. This should be an evening not to be missed!

Time: 8 pm

Price: Visitors: £3.50. Members of Pinner Group: £2.50 (includes Tea & Biscuits)

Telephone: 07818 531299

E-mail: valwalker2@virginmedia.com

Sun
25

Birding walk around Broadwater Lake

Location: Meet in Link Way, off Moorfield Road, Denham. Nearest postcode is UB9 5NL. There is more parking available in Savay Lane on the other side of Moorfield Road.
Latitude/longitude: 51.582530,-0.496916 (Google map)

An opportunity to see if anything special has turned up on this local lake. All our usual favourite wildfowl should be around. Some paths can be muddy at this time of year.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free - Everyone welcome!

Telephone: 01895 637604

E-mail: johnnewson@waitrose.com

April 2018

Sun
8

Walks at Ivinghoe Beacon and College Lake

Location: Meet in the car park on the east side of Beacon Road, about 0.75 miles south of the junction with the B489 at 9.30 a.m. Grid Ref SP 963 159 (O.S. Map 165) .
Latitude/longitude: 51.834160,-0.603235 (Google map)

Join us for a bird and wildlife walk at Ivinghoe Beacon. We hope to see Ring Ouzels and Wheatears as well as other chalk-downland wildlife. This walk will be followed by a visit to nearby College Lake Nature Reserve (postcode HP23 5QG). There is a cafe (with toilets) at College Lake or you may want to bring a picnic lunch.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free - Everyone welcome!

Telephone: 01895 637604

E-mail: johnnewson@waitrose.com

Thu
12

"BIRDS OF NORTHERN SPAIN" - an illustrated talk by Val & Mike Walker

Location: This will be at the Pinner Parish Church Hall, Top of the High Street, Pinner, HA5 3AA. We are a short walk from Pinner tube station. There is free parking (after 6:30pm) in the nearby Pinner Village Hall car park, Chapel Lane, HA5 1AA
Latitude/longitude: 51.594661,-0.379121 (Google map)

A photographic journey through Norther Spain by Pinner RSPB members Val and Mike Walker. Val and Mike are accomplished photographers who have delighted us in the past with their photographs of butterflies and wild flowers.

Time: 8 pm

Price: Visitors: £3.50. Members of Pinner Group: £2.50 (includes tea and biscuits)

Telephone: 07818 531299

E-mail: valwalker2@virginmedia.com

May 2018

Sun
6

Little Paxton - a guided walk.

Location: Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is a rich mosaic of wildlife habitats covering 78 hectares of lakes, riverside, meadow, reedbed, scrub and woodland, situated in the Great Ouse valley between St Neots and Huntingdon. The Reserve is famous for its nightingales and cormorants, and is host to a wide variety of other birds, insects, mammals and flora. There is a visitor centre with café and toilets.
Latitude/longitude: 52.25166,-0.25020 (Google map)

This is an all-day walk at this fabulous reserve, which is at its best in Spring. We've never failed to see Nightingale and their song can be heard over large parts of the reserve. The variety and abundance of warblers is usually impressive. Turtle dove is also a regular visitor but getting scarcer every year. Bring a packed-lunch or eat at the Reserve Café. As this is a more distant location, please call John Newson on 01895 637604 if the weather is bad in case the visit has been cancelled.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free - everyone welcome!

Telephone: 01895 637604

E-mail: johnnewson@waitrose.com

Thu
10

AGM - followed by members' photos on the subject "Where I've been"

Location: The venue is Pinner Parish Church Hall, Top of the High Street, PINNER, HA5 3AA. Complimentary tea and biscuits will be served during the interval. We are a short walk from Pinner tube station. There is free parking (after 6:30pm) in the nearby Pinner Village Hall car park, Chapel Lane, HA5 1AA
Latitude/longitude: 51.594661,-0.379121 (Google map)

The RSPB Pinner Group AGM will be a brief affair. This will be followed by photographs from members on the subject "Where I've been".

Time: 8 pm

Price: Entry is free for everyone and includes tea and biscuits

Telephone: 07818 531299

E-mail: valwalker2@virginmedia.com

Sun
20

RSPB Pulborough Brooks

Location: RSPB Pulborough Brooks reserve, about 2˝ miles south-east of Pulborough village, on the west side of the A283. As this is a more distant location, please call John Newson on 01895 637604 if the weather is bad in case the visit has been cancelled.
Latitude/longitude: 50.93761,-0.49312 (Google map)

A spring outing to RSPB Pulborough Brooks nature reserve in West Sussex. Pulborough Brooks is set in the sheltered Arun Valley within the South Downs National Park. The reserve comprises a wide variety of habitats overlooked by comfortable viewing hides.
There is a well equipped visitor centre with a café, toilets and a shop.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Reserve entry is £5. Free to RSPB members (bring your memberships cards). Entrance to the Visitor Centre is free.

Telephone: 01895 637 604

E-mail: johnnewson@waitrose.com

June 2018

Sun
10

Birdwatching at Thursley Common

Location: Meet in the Moat car park, Elstead, on the minor road between Elstead and Thursley, Surrey. Grid Ref SU 899 416 (OS Map 186). Please note that the post-code GU8 6LW is only approximate for this location.
Latitude/longitude: 51.166690,-0.714857 (Google map)

This is an evening walk at Thursley Common, meeting up at 6 pm. Target species are nightjar, Dartford warbler, woodlark, hobby falcon, stonechat, redstart and tree pipit. We suggest that you bring sandwiches and drinks as we will have dinner beside the lake. A pocket torch may be useful later. Don't forget your insect repellent!

Time: 6.00 pm

Price: Free - everyone welcome!

Telephone: 01895 637604

E-mail: johnnewson@waitrose.com

July 2018

Sun
1

Cornmill Meadows, Waltham Cross

Location: Meet in the Cornmill Meadows car park on the west side of the B194 Crooked Mile, opposite a small industrial estate (nearest postcode EN9 2ES).
Latitude/longitude: 51.695822,0.001291 (Google map)

This small reserve is renowned for its dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies which will be the principle attractions. There's a hide too, from which you can watch the Meadows' fascinating population of birds. The reserve is part of the Lee Valley Regional Park, renowned for its birdlife.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free - Everyone welcome!

Telephone: 01895 637604

E-mail: johnnewson@waitrose.com