Events

Everyone is welcome to come to any of our events. For more information please use the contact details shown for each event.

August 2019

Wed
21

Minibus trip to Oare Marshes FULLY BOOKED

Location: Pick up points Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington. First pick up 7.30am.

This trip is now fully booked.

The autumn wader migration should be well underway by now, providing opportunities for us to test our identification skills with little stints, whimbrel and sandpipers, as well as more common species. Booking essential.

Time: 7.30am to 7pm.

Price: Members £25, non-members £28

Booking essential

E-mail: rodrtbirds@btinternet.com

September 2019

Wed
4

40th Anniversary Talk - Keith Betton - Then and Now.....40 years of change

Location: The Hyde Room, York House, York Street, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 3BZ (Google map)

Keith Betton launched Richmond & Twickenham Local Group in 1979 and was our leader for the first six years. Now, as Vice President of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), he is perfectly placed to comment on the changes for birds and bird watching during that time. Keith has seen over 8,000 species of birds in more than 100 countries and co-authored Behind the Binoculars - Interviews with Acclaimed Birdwatchers, with Mark Avery. He has continued to volunteer for the RSPB over the years including a term as council member. This is the first of a series of special events for our 40th anniversary.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Members free, non-members £4

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Sat
7

Morning Walk: Join us for a guided walk on Staines Moor

Location: Meet along Hithermoor Road, Stanwell Moor by small grassy area backed by reservoir bank. Bus 442 from Heathrow T5 stops 9 mins away but check timetable. No toilets.
Postcode: TW19 6AT (Google map)

190 birds have been recorded in this relic of damp, unimproved grassland and scrub. Walks usually last around 2.5 hours, bring binoculars if you have them.

Please wear footwear and clothing appropriate to the location, prevailing weather and insect activity.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Members free, non-members suggested £2 donation

Telephone: 07794 835571

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Tue
10

Talk - Les McCallum - Drawn to Birds

Location: The Hyde Room, York House, York Street, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 3BZ (Google map)

Les McCallum, one of our very own founder members, presents a fun and light-hearted afternoon of birding and other anecdotes from his 30 years on location as Art Director at the BBC.

Time: 2pm

Price: Members free, non-members £4

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Sat
14

Minibus trip to Rye Harbour

Location: Pick-up points at Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington. First pick-up at 7.30am, pick-up point will vary dependent on the direction of the destination. Location details for the pick-up points are in the Events Proramme which is in the News section.

One of Britain's most important conservation sites. Its habitats include shingle, grazing marsh and saline lagoons.

Bring a packed lunch.

Time: 7.30am

Price: Members £25, non-members £28

Booking essential

E-mail: rodrtbirds@btinternet.com

Sun
29

Morning Walk: Join us for a guided walk in Bushy Park

Location: Meet at the Pheasantry café car park. Buses 111, 216, 441 and 461 stop near Hampton Court Gate (20 mins). Teddington and Hampton Court stations 25-30 mins.
Postcode: TW11 0EW (Google map)

A walk through the varied habitats of this royal park.
Walk usually lasts around 2.5 hours, bring binoculars if you have them.

Please wear footwear and clothing appropriate to the location, prevailing weather and insect activity.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Members free, non-members suggested £2 donation

Telephone: 07794 835571

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

October 2019

Wed
2

Talk - John Buckingham - How Birds Work

Location: The Hyde Room, York House, York Street, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 3BZ (Google map)

John Buckingham makes the anatomy of birds accessible, based on detailed and fascinating photographs taken over a lifetime of teaching ornithology and bird ringing.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Members free, non-members £4

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Wed
9

40th Anniversary Dinner at The Crown, St Margaret's

Location: The Crown, St Margaret's
Postcode: TW1 2NH (Google map)

A dinner to celebrate Richmond & Twickenham Local Group's 40th anniversary.

The cost for a 3-course meal including coffee is £28.95 (plus drinks and service).
Please contact Clare by email to book. Once your place is confirmed a £10 deposit per place will be required with the balance being payable on the night. We will be asked to choose our dishes nearer the time. Guests are limited to one per group member and places are limited so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Time: 7pm

Price: £10+

Booking essential

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Thu
17

40th Anniversary Talk - David Lindo - How to be an urban birder

Location: The Clarendon Room, York House, York Street, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 3BZ (Google map)

Want to know how to have the most fun with your clothes on? David Lindo, aka the Urban Birder, explains the intricacies of looking good whilst watching birds in urban areas.

David is a broadcaster, write, naturalist, photographer and tour leader. He regularly contributes to Nature's Home magazine and has written many books.

This is one of a series of special events for our 40th anniversary and will be in the larger Clarendon Room at York House and there will be a small additional charge to cover the cost.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Members £2, non-members £6

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Sat
19

Car sharing trip - Rainham Marshes

Location: Rainham Marshes
Postcode: RM19 1SZ (Google map)

This superb reserve teems with wildlife throughout the year. Please contact Clare Million if you require or can offer a lift. We hope to have drivers leaving from different points in our area.

Or use public transport and meet at the visitor centre - see RSPB website for further information and directions www.rspb.org.uk/rainham

Time: 10am

Price: RSPB members free, adults £6, children £3. Donation of £1 for car parking.

Telephone: 07794 835571

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Sun
27

Group trip to North Norfolk - 27th-30th October

Location: Norfolk

Based in Hunstanton, our itinerary will include the splendid reserves of Titchwell and Cley, as well as other locations around this birding Mecca. Contact Debbie Williams for more details.

Time: 9am

Price: Contact Debbie Williams

Booking essential

E-mail: debbiewilliams10@aol.com

November 2019

Sun
3

Morning Walk: Join us for a guided morning walk in Richmond Park

Location: Meet at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park near the refreshment kiosk.
Postcode: TW10 5HX (Google map)

There is always an interesting variety of birds to be seen in the varied habitats of London's largest royal park, including, hopefully, some autumn migrants such as winter thrushes. Walks usually last around 2.5 hours, bring binoculars if you have them.

Please wear footwear & clothing appropriate to the location, prevailing weather & insect activity.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Members free, non-members suggested £2 donation

Telephone: 07794 835571

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Wed
6

40th Anniversary Talk - An RSPB director's view

Location: The Hyde Room, York House, York Street, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 3BZ (Google map)

Either Beccy Speight, the RSPB's new CEO or Rebecca Munro, Director of Fundraising and Communications, will give us a view from the top.

This is one of a series of special events for our 40th anniversary.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Members free, non-members £4

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Tue
12

Talk - Nathalie Matthieu - Fulham and Barnes Peregrines

Location: The Hyde Room, York House, York Street, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 3BZ (Google map)

Avid peregrine-watcher Nathalie Mathieu returns to update us on the goings-on in the lives of local peregrines Tom and Charlie over the past year (are they still together?).

Time: 2pm

Price: Members free, non-members £4

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Sun
17

Coach trip to RSPB Arne in Dorset

Location: Coach picks up at Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington from 7.30am. Location details for the pick-up points are in the Events Programme which is in the News Section.

This flagship reserve is noted for heathland and fabulous views across Poole Harbour. It supports a wide range of wildlife throughout the year including spoonbills and avocets in winter.

Bring a packed lunch.

Time: 7.30am

Price: £20 for both members and non-members

Booking essential

E-mail: rodrtbirds@btinternet.com

Tue
19

40th Anniversary Talk - Dominic Couzens - Birds Behaving Badly

Location: The Clarendon Room, York House, York Street, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 3BZ (Google map)

Well known author and bird behaviour expert Dominic Couzens reveals some of the things birds get up to in this entertaining and thoroughly informative talk which takes in a year in the life of a bird.

Dominic has written over 30 books and has been leading bird watching trips for over 30 years, as well as many many magazine articles and television appearances.

The final of our series of 40th anniversary events, please note this talk will be in the larger Clarendon Room at York House and there will be a small additional charge to cover the cost.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Members £2, non-members £6

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Sat
30

Morning Walk: Join us for a walk at WWT London Wetland Centre

Location: Meet at entrance, Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes. Barnes station take bus 33 to Red Lion stop or 15 mins walk.
Postcode: SW13 9WT (Google map)

We should see a range of winter wildfowl, bittern and perhaps snipe and water rail.

Time: 9.30am

Price: WWT members free, non-WWT members usual WWT entrance fee.

Telephone: 07794 835571

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

December 2019

Wed
4

Talk - Sean McCormack - Ealing Wildlife Group

Location: The Hyde Room, York House, York Street, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 3BZ (Google map)

Local vet Sean McCormack will talk about this fledgling wildlife conservation group, including their work on garden ponds and great crested newts. Plus festive nibbles & wine.

Time: 7.15pm

Price: Members free, non-members £4

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Tue
10

Day trip: Walthamstow Wetlands

Location: Walthamstow Wetlands

A return to this wonderful reserve, with its 10 reservoirs, easily accessible by Victoria Line. Contact Clare Million for details.

Time: 10am

Price: Members free, non-members suggested £2 donation

Telephone: 07794 835571

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Sun
15

Minibus trip to Elmley, Isle of Sheppey

Location: Pick-up points at Richmond, Teddington and Twickenham. Details of exact pick-up location are in the Events Programme. First pick-up at 7.30am

We will visit the Elmley reserve for waders and ducks, moving as dusk falls to a viewpoint for roosting harriers and other raptors.

Please bring a packed lunch.

Time: 7.30am

Price: Members £25, non-members £28

Booking essential

E-mail: rodrtbirds@btinternet.com

January 2020

Wed
1

Morning Walk: Join us for a guided walk in Bushy Park

Location: Meet at the Pheasantry Café car park. Buses 111, 216, 441 and 461 stop near Hampton Court Gate (20 mins). Teddington and Hampton Court stations 25-30 mins.
Postcode: TW11 0EW (Google map)

Start the new year off with some fresh air, convivial company and feathered friends. A walk through the varied habitats of this royal park.

Time: 10am

Price: Members free, non-members suggested £2 donation.

Telephone: 07794 835571

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Wed
8

Talk: Glenda Law - Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies

Location: The Hyde Room, York House, York Street, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 3BZ (Google map)

Weds 8th 7.30pm TALK Wildlife of the Canadian Rockies
Glenda Law will tell us more about the land of maple leaves, moose, bears and beavers.

Please note date!

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Members free, non-members £4

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Tue
14

Talk: Perivale Wood Nature Reserve

Location: The Hyde Room, York House, York Street, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 3BZ (Google map)

Andy Pedley of the Selbourne Society tells us about this area of ancient oak woodland run as a reserve by the society since 1902 as a memorial to the naturalist Gilbert White.

Time: 2pm

Price: Members free, non-members £4

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Sat
18

Minibus trip to Hayling Island/ Farlington

Location: Pick-up points at Richmond, Teddington and Twickenham. Exact location details are shown in Events Programme. First pick-up will be at 7.30am.

Expect sweeping views over Langstone Harbour and vast numbers of overwintering wildfowl and waders.

Please bring a packed lunch.

Time: 7.30am

Price: Members £25, non-members £28

Booking essential

E-mail: rodrtbirds@btinternet.com

Sun
26

Morning Walk: Join us for a guided walk at Wraysbury Gravel Pits

Location: Meet at Feathers Lane off Wraysbury Road B376, near M25 Junction 13. Bus 61 from Wraysbury Station. No Toilets.
Postcode: TW19 5AJ (Google map)

A mosaic of open water, scrub and woodland. Walks usually last around 2.5 hours, bring binoculars if you have them.

Please wear footwear and clothing appropriate to the location, prevailing weather and insect activity.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Members free, non-members suggested £2 donation

Telephone: 07794 835571

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

February 2020

Wed
5

Talk: Andre Farrar - Birds of moor and mountains

Location: The Hyde Room, York House, York Street, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 3BZ (Google map)

After 36 years at the RSPB, including as Campaigns Manager, Andre Farrar is still highly motivated to protect raptors and other wildlife in our countryside. We'll hear his perspective.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Members free, non-members £4

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Sun
9

Minibus trip to Blashford Lakes & New Forest

Location: Pick-up points at Richmond, Teddington and Twickenham. Location details of pick-up points are given in the Events Programme. Earliest pick-up is 7.30am. Location details for the pick-up are in the Events Programme which is in the News section.

Target species include redpoll, brambling and rarer gulls, and, in the New Forest, firecrest, Dartford warbler and hawfinch.

Please bring a packed lunch.

Time: 7.30am

Price: Members £25, non-members £28

Booking essential

E-mail: rodrtbirds@btinternet.com

Tue
11

Talk: Mike Grimshaw - Return to Zimbabwe

Location: The Hyde Room, York House, York Street, Twickenham
Postcode: TW1 3BZ (Google map)

Lecturer, naturalist and photographer Mike Grimshaw, will talk about the birds and other wildlife of Zimbabwe, where he has close personal connections.

Time: 2pm

Price: Members free, non-members £4

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk

Sat
22

Morning Walk: Join us for a guided walk on Thursley Common

Location: Meet in the Moat car park, south of Elstead, on the minor road between Elstead and Thursley.
Postcode: GU8 6LW (Google map)

We should see grey shrike, Dartford warbler and other heathland species. Walks usually last around 2.5 hours, bring binoculars if you have them.

Please wear footwear and clothing appropriate to the location, prevailing weather and insect activity.

Time: 10am

Price: Members free, non-members suggested £2 donation

Telephone: 07794 835571

E-mail: richmondrspb@yahoo.co.uk