Events

Everyone is welcome to join our Zoom events, for more information please use the contact details shown. At the moment our walks have to be for group members only, but why not consider becoming a member? Membership is £20 for the period until 31st August, 2022. See the "Join" section of the website for all the details.

August 2021

Wed
4

An osprey in a shopping bag - the return of the raptor- Alasdair McKee

Location: On Zoom

Alasdair McKee of the RSPB and Cumbria Wildlife Trust works closely with ospreys in south Cumbria. He will be talking about how this most charismatic bird of prey has returned from extinction in England in the last twenty years and also updating us on how the regular pair at Foulshaw Moss has fared in 2021 (three eggs being incubated as at 28 April!).

This entertaining illustrated talk will introduce you to these remarkable birds and tell the story of a remarkable conservation comeback in Cumbria and beyond. And explain where the shopping bag comes in.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Thu
5

Osterley Park - morning walk

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

A rare survival of a country estate in Greater London, owned by the National Trust. This walk will go through the parkland past the many lakes, avenues and shrubberies with chances to spot the birds and wildlife that live on the estate.

Time: 10am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

Tue
17

Bushy Park - morning walk

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

There is always an interesting variety of birds to be found in Bushy Park. The route taken will depend on what's around

Time: 9.30am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

Thu
26

Oare Marshes - all day outing

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

The autumn migration should be well under way by now, providing opportunities for us to test our identification skills with little stints, whimbrel and sandpipers as we explore this wonderful site overlooking the Swale.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

Booking essential

Tue
31

Richmond Park - morning walk

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

A walk through a range of habitat, looking particularly for migrants such as wheatear, which should have started to arrive after the breeding season.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

September 2021

Wed
1

Bird flight and cooperative aerodynamics - Steve Portugal

Location: On Zoom

In this fascinating and entertaining talk, Steve Portugal from Royal Holloway, University of London, will reveal how birds co-operate and the mechanisms they employ to save energy during flight.

The distinctive V-formation of bird flocks has long intrigued researchers and continues to attract both scientific and popular attention. Through the use of novel biologging technology, and by working with the reintroduction scheme of the critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis, studies have been performed on the relative positioning of individuals in a V-formation, and the co-operative aerodynamic interactions that take place, at a level and complexity not previously feasible. Which method works best for which birds: V-formation flying or cluster flying?

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Tue
7

Return of the Red Kite and Peregrine - Keith Betton

Location: Clarendon Room at York House at 2pm (or via Zoom at 7.30pm).
Final confirmation will be shown in News section of website and also posted on our Facebook page.

We are delighted to welcome back the founder of our RSPB Group, Keith Betton, to tell us about these two spectacular species, both of which have returned from near extinction in England and are now a regular sight for many of us. Keith has been a keen birder since childhood and is currently a Vice President of the British Trust for Ornithology. He is also Chairman of Hampshire Ornithological Society and the County Recorder for Hampshire, where he has studied both red kites and peregrines.

Time: 2pm (or 7.30pm)

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Thu
9

Dungeness RSPB - bring lunch!

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

The diverse habitats of this spectacular reserve always throw up a wide range of species including at this time of year many species of waders which stop to feed here before migrating elsewhere for the winter, migrating passerines and increasing numbers of wildfowl.

Time: 10am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

Sat
18

Staines Moor - morning walk

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

Staines Moor is one of the remaining pastures of Staines medieval manor and has been unploughed for at least 1000 years. At least 190 bird species have been recorded here. Search for Autumn passage migrants. Good site for raptors.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

Thu
23

Pagham Harbour RSPB - bring lunch!

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

One of the few undeveloped stretches of the Sussex coast. This peaceful reserve is an internationally important wetland site for wildlife. Mudflats, lagoons, shingle, hedgerows and other habitats often throw up surprises, including migrants at this time of year. Boots recommended.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

October 2021

Wed
6

Reintroducing white storks to southern England - Lucy Groves

Location: On Zoom

Lucy is a conservation biologist and White Storks Project Officer for the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, based at Knepp, the pioneering rewilding estate in West Sussex. With 7 nests and a total of 14 wild chicks at Knepp this year, who better to tell us all about the reintroduction, breeding and continuing conservation of these wonderful birds, after centuries of absence.

Lucy's role includes responsibility for coordinating partner organisations and release sites, post-release monitoring of the storks including movement data from GPS tracking and collation of sighting reports, as well as delivering public engagement using the emblematic white stork to drive nature connection in local and wider communities.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Sat
9

Farlington Marshes - bring lunch!

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

Grazing marshes and saline lagoons on the northern shore of Langstone Harbour. Internationally important for migratory wildfowl and wading birds. Walk follows the sea wall giving sweeping views of Langstone Harbour.

Time: 10am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

Tue
12

Birding Ecuador - John Lawrence

Location: Clarendon Room at York House at 2pm (or via Zoom at 7.30pm).
Final confirmation will be shown in News section of website and also posted on our Facebook page.

Ecuador is a biodiversity hotspot, with an amazing 15% of the world's known bird species, many of which can be found in the high-altitude rainforests of the Andes. John will give us an illustrated account of a journey he and his wife made along the Andean spine of the country from north to south, known as the "Avenue of Volcanoes". They were looking for hummingbirds, tanagers and rare ant pittas, as well as Inca remains and local culture and crafts. The itinerary will include Ecuador's capital, Quito and some well-known birding sites such as Bellavista, Yanacocha, Tapichalaca and Copalinga.

Time: 2pm (or 7.30pm)

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members £5

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Thu
21

Bedfont Lakes - morning walk

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

Country park created from a landfill site in 1988. It is now home to a wide range of managed habitats, including woodland, reedbeds, ponds and lakes and meadow which support a variety of birds, bats, insects, beetles, flora and other fauna.

Time: 10am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

Sun
31

Tice's Meadow - morning walk

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

Tice's Meadow is a nature reserve developed by volunteers on the site of the former Farnham Quarry. The habitats on site consist of a mosaic of open water, gravel islands and scrapes, reedbeds, scrub, woodland, ephemeral ponds and wet and dry grassland. Can be wet underfoot.

Time: 10am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

November 2021

Wed
3

Ancient Woodland and Tree - What is a Wood? - Andy Sands

Location: On Zoom

Andy will explore the history and importance of ancient trees and woodlands in the British Isles as well as of course the plants and wildlife that they support. There will be flower, bird, mammal and invertebrate photographs so not all just trees! He will also look at some of the fungi and slime moulds that are essential to the ecosystem of a wood.

Andy is an award-winning photographer who specialises in British wildlife, especially macro-photography, so we can expect some stunning images.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Sat
6

Rainham RSPB - bring lunch!

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

This superb reserve on the banks of the Thames teems with wildlife throughout the year. Returning wildfowl and winter migrants.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

Tue
9

Around the World in 80 Minutes - Chris Collins

Location: 2pm Clarendon Room at York House (or 7.30pm via Zoom)
Final confirmation will be shown in News section of website and also posted on our Facebook page.

In "Around the World in Eighty Days", Jules Verne's character, Phileas Fogg, took 80 days to circumnavigate the world. In this talk Chris will spend eighty minutes (or there abouts!) on a similar journey travelling around the world visiting some amazing destinations for birds and other wildlife. These include locations as diverse as Antarctica, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Pitcairn Island and Guyana, with some stunning shots of the incredible birdlife which inhabits these remote locations.

Chris is a freelance ornithologist and tour guide and for the last 15 years has been working on a wide range of bird and wildlife related projects around the world, often in the most remote regions.

Time: 2pm (or 7.30pm)

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Local Group members free, non-members suggested donation £5.

E-mail: claremillion@gmail.com

Sat
13

WWT London Wetland Centre - morning walk

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

LWC brings the countryside to London. The lakes, pools and gardens are home to a huge variety of wildlife. 180 bird species recorded each year including bitterns, winter ducks and waders.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

Thu
25

Pulborough Brooks RSPB - bring lunch!

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

Located within the Arun Valley with beautiful views across to the South Downs. A great variety of habitats inc. wet grassland, pools and scrapes provide feeding areas for wintering wildfowl. Arable fields are managed for winter finches. Good for raptors. May visit RSPB Rackham Viewpoint over Amberley Brooks afterwards.

Time: 10am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

December 2021

Sat
4

Kempton Nature Reserve - morning walk

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

A rare chance to visit this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Time: 9.45am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

Sat
11

Walthamstow Wetlands - bring lunch!

Location: Details in programme sent to members.

A return to this wonderful reserve where a cluster of 10 reservoirs in the Lee Valley have been transformed into Europe's largest urban wetland reserve.

Time: 10.15am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only

January 2022

Sat
1

Bushy Park - morning walk

Location: Details in programme sent to members,

Start the new year off with some fresh air, convivial company and feathered friends!

Time: 10am

Price: Richmond & Twickenham Group members only