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.

June 2019

Sun
9

Grove Ferry/Stodmarsh Nature Reserve

Location: Take the A299 from the A2 to the A28, turn S towards Canterbury. Take Grove Ferry turn off. Meet at car park next to Grove Ferry Inn.
OS Grid ref: TR235631
Postcode: CT3 4BP (Google map)

A walk led by John Waterman looking for summer visitors.
All day, bring lunch.

If you coming to a WEEKEND field meeting, please let JOHN WATERMAN know by phone or text [07935 206618], also if you wish to arrange a car share. Please note that John works on Saturdays until 7.30 pm - apologies for any missed or non-returned calls.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618

July 2019

Wed
17

Stodmarsh - a walk led by Anne McGregor

Location: From A257 east of Canterbury, take Stodmarsh Road. The reserve car park is a few hundred yards after Stodmarsh village, signposted from the main street next to the Red Lion pub.
Note this is the southern entrance to the reserve, NOT the Grove Ferry entry.
OS Grid Ref: TR221609
Postcode: CT3 4BB (Google map)

A walk around this popular reedbed reserve, looking for bittern, raptors, warblers. If sunny - butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. Bring lunch.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 01732 454304

E-mail: anneanddave.chapman@outlook.com

Sun
21

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve - walk led by John Waterman

Location: From A259 towards Hastings, turn L, after Rye Town on minor road to Rye Harbour. Meet in car park.
OS Grid ref: TQ942188
Postcode: TN31 7TY (Google map)

Looking for waders and summer visitors including terns. Possible bittern, bearded tits, marsh harrier.
Bring lunch.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618

E-mail: anneanddave.chapman@outlook.com

August 2019

Sun
18

Dungeness Point - a walk led by John Waterman

Location: From Lydd, drive past the RSPB reserve and road to the power stations on the right. Then turn right onto the private Dungeness Estate Road and head for the Old Lighthouse. Meet in the car park. In case of a visit to the RSPB reserve later, bring Membership Card.
OS Grid Ref: TR088169
Postcode: TN29 9NB (Google map)

A visit to the largest shingle bank in Europe, an unusual habitat, plus some sea-watching. Looking for seabirds, summer visitors, early autumn migrants.
All day, bring lunch.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618

E-mail: anneanddave.chapman@outlook.com

Wed
21

Samphire Hoe Country Park - a walk led by Anne McGregor

Location: Access to Samphire Hoe is via a tunnel through the cliffs, reached from the A20 (Dover to Folkestone direction only). Meet by the Tea Kiosk.
OS Grid Ref: TR295392. Note that the Postcode given below is the nearest available, observe signposts.
Postcode: CT17 9FL (Google map)

A visit to this relatively new area, created from the spoil from the Channel Tunnel, looking for raven, peregrine, early migrants, butterflies, adder and wasp spiders.
Bring lunch.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 01732 454304

E-mail: anneanddave.chapman@outlook.com

September 2019

Wed
4

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve - Castle Water - a walk led by Anne McGregor

Location: From A259 towards Hastings, turn L, after Rye Town on minor road to Rye Harbour. Meet in car park, then walk across past reedbeds and pits to Castle Water hide.
OS Grid Ref: TQ942188
Postcode: TN31 7TY (Google map)

Looking for migrants, reed bed residents, possible ring ouzel.
Bring lunch.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 01732 454304

E-mail: anneanddave.chapman@outlook.com

Thu
5

Colour Magic in La Brenne - a talk by Mary Braddock

Location: We meet on the first Thursday of the month, at OTFORD VILLAGE MEMORIAL HALL, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. The car park is adjacent to the hall, and is free after 6 pm.
Postcode: TN14 5PQ (Google map)

Our new season starts with a visit to this rural part of France, cluttered only by the 2.000 lakes that help create a haven for colourful orchids, butterflies, dragonflies and birds.
Mary is a naturalist and superb photographer.

Time: 7.45 pm

Price: Group Members £2.50, non-members £3.50.

Telephone: 01959563530

E-mail: nobbsbrian@gmail.com

Sun
15

St Margarets-at-Cliffe & Samphire Hoe - led by John Waterman

Location: From A2, take A258 (Deal), turn right for St. Margaret's, then turn right down High Street, leading into Sea Street. At roundabout, go over into Bay Road to the beach and car park.
OS Grid Ref: TR368445
Postcode: CT15 6DX (Google map)

Looking out for seabirds and migrants.
Bring lunch.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618

E-mail: anneanddave.chapman@outlook.com

October 2019

Thu
3

Red Kites & Peregrines - a talk by Keith Betton

Location: We meet on the first Thursday of the month, at OTFORD VILLAGE MEMORIAL HALL, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. The car park is adjacent to the hall, and is free after 6 pm.
Postcode: TN14 5PQ (Google map)

The fascinating story of how the Red Kite and Peregrine Falcon were brought back from the brink in the UK. Keith Betton is vice president of the British Trust for Ornithology.

Time: 7.45 pm

Price: Group Members £2.50, non-members £3.50.

Telephone: 01959563530

E-mail: nobbsbrian@gmail.com

November 2019

Thu
7

Kerala - Brids of SW India - a talk by John Buckingham

Location: We meet on the first Thursday of the month, at OTFORD VILLAGE MEMORIAL HALL, High Street, Otford, TN14 5PQ. The car park is adjacent to the hall, and is free after 6 pm.
Postcode: TN14 5PQ (Google map)

Sandwiched between the lofty green-shrouded Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea lies Kerala, the quiet mystic - Gods Own Country. Kerala is well endowed with avifauna as nearly 500 species of resident and migratory birds abound in this area. Lush green tropical forests, numerous freshwater and brackish lakes and waterlogged paddy fields form the major birding habitats of this region.

Time: 7.45 pm

Price: Group Members £2.50, non-members £3.50.

Telephone: 01959563530

E-mail: nobbsbrian@gmail.com