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.

September 2019

Sun
1

Shoreham Heavy Horse Show

Location: Held just off the A225 between Sevenoaks and Swanley, TN14 7RT (near Shoreham Rail Station).
Follow signs to designated parking area.
Postcode: TN14 7RT (Google map)

The annual Heavy Horse and Rural Crafts Show, organised by the Lions Club of Sevenoaks, is always a highlight of the year, with all sorts of displays and demonstrations including working horses, falconry and classic vehicles, together with a range of trade and charity stands - including Sevenoaks RSPB Group!

During your visit, make sure you come and say hello, have a go at the Tombola or stock up on bird food, feeders, and other RSPB goods.

Time: 10 am

Price: Show entry charges apply.

Telephone: 01959563530

E-mail: nobbsbrian@gmail.com

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.

Please contact Anne in advance on 01732 454304 if coming.

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.

Please contact John in advance on 07935 206618 if coming.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618

E-mail: anneanddave.chapman@outlook.com

October 2019

Wed
2

Conyer Creek - a walk led by Anne McGregor

Location: From the A2 in Teynham take Station Road north. Turn right into Lower Road, then turn north onto Conyer Road. Park near Ship Inn in Conyer Village.
OS Grid ref: TQ962648
Meet outside the Ship Inn.
Bring lunch.
Postcode: ME9 9HL (Google map)

A walk looking for late summer migrants, waders and raptors.

Please contact Anne in advance on 01732 454304 if coming.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 01732 454304

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

Sun
27

Shellness - a walk led by John Waterman

Location: On the Isle of Sheppey. Meet at start of sea wall just outside Leysdown-on-Sea, at end of B2231. (Approx. 1 mile after passing the toilet block).
OS Grid Ref: TR042699
Bring lunch.
Remember - end of BST : clocks back.

Postcode: ME12 4RJ (Google map)

A walk in search of migrants and seabirds.

Please contact John in advance on 07935 206618 if coming.

Time: 10 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618

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

Wed
13

Oare Marshes KWT Reserve - a walk led by Anne McGregor

Location: Off A2 before Faversham. Continue on from B2045 along Harty Ferry Road to car park by Kent Wildlife Trust information centre. Signposted from Oare Village.
OS Grid ref: TR013648

Postcode: ME13 0QD (Google map)

Looking for waterfowl, waders, raptors and winter migrants.

Please contact Anne in advance on 01732 454304 if coming.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 01732 454304

Sun
17

North Foreland and Joss Bay - a walk led by John Waterman

Location: Take B2052 east then south to lighthouse. Meet at Joss Bay Car Park.
OS Grid ref: TR399700
Bring lunch.

Postcode: CT10 3QU (Google map)

Looking for migrants, possibly including Purple Sandpiper.

Please contact John in advance on 07935 206618 if coming.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618

December 2019

Wed
4

Shellness and Harty - a walk led by Anne McGregor

Location: On the Isle of Sheppey. Meet at start of sea wall just outside Leysdown-on-Sea, at end of B2231. (Approx. 1 mile after passing the toilet block).
OS Grid ref: TR042699
Bring lunch.
Postcode: ME12 4RJ (Google map)

Looking for waders, waterfowl, raptors and perhaps owls.

Please contact Anne in advance on 01732 454304 if coming.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 01732 454304

Thu
5

Britain's Coastal Birds and their Secret Lives - a talk by Simon Ginnaw

Location: 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)

Enjoy a scenic journey around the British coastline discovering the lives of our fascinating coastal birds, from Puffins to Purple Sandpipers, Guillemots to Gulls, Razorbills to Redshanks. Our coastal birds are some of the most specialised & nomadic species on this planet. Each species adapted to life in some of our wildest habitats.

Time: 7.45 pm

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

Telephone: 01959563530

E-mail: nobbsbrian@gmail.com

Sun
15

Cliffe Pools RSPB Reserve - walk led by John Waterman

Location: Take the A289 off the A2 near Strood. From the A289 follow the B2000. For Salt Lane turn 2nd L after the round stone "Cliffe" village sign (into Rectory Road). Turn R at the next T junction and Salt Lane is next L. Continue along Salt Lane until the road bends sharply to the right - the car park is situated on the left hand side just past the bend.
OS Grid ref: TQ722757
Bring lunch.
Postcode: ME3 7SU (Google map)

A walk around this RSPB reserve on the banks of the Thames, looking for waders and waterfowl.

Please contact John in advance on 07935 206618 if coming.

Time: 10 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618

Wed
18

Sevenoaks KWT Wildlife Reserve - a walk - led by Anne McGregor

Location: Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve is signposted off A25 (Bradbourne Vale Road), between Riverhead and Bat & Ball. Meet at the visitor centre car park.
OS Grid ref: TQ520566
Postcode: TN13 3DH (Google map)

A local walk for waterfowl, winter thrushes and woodland birds.
Bring lunch if you want to stay all day, or just come for the morning.

Time: 10 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 01732 454304