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.

October 2021

Thu
7

Birds of Greece and its Islands - a Zoom talk by John Buckingham

Location: The location is your own room.
The meeting will be open from 7.15 pm and the talk will start promptly at 7.30. There will be two 30 minute sessions, with a break of around 10 minutes between, when you can socialise with other participants or make a cup of tea!

To register for the meeting, contact the Group website 7oaksrspb@gmail.com.
Before the meeting you will then be contacted with the meeting ID and Passcode.
Once you have registered, you will automatically receive invitations and links for subsequent presentations.
You can cancel at any time.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, it is a very user-friendly way of having meetings using the internet, and you can use a PC, Laptop, I-pad or smart phone. You can download the application for free. For guidance, 'Goggle' Zoom. There are also some good simple tutorials on 'You Tube'.

One of our most popular speakers, John Buckingham will get our season underway with his presentation on Greece and its islands, one of the best places in Europe to observe spring migrant birds, as well as wildflowers and butterflies.

Due to continuing uncertainty regarding the logistics of safely returning to indoor meetings at Otford Village Memorial Hall, the committee has decided that in the interests of our members and speakers, it will be best to continue with Zoom talks up to an including December this year.
We will be keeping the situation under review and hope to be able to resume normal indoor meetings in January 2022. This will be clarified in the December issue of the Newsletter and on our website.

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: No fee but a donation would be gratefully received. Details will be sent when registering acknowledged.

Booking essential

E-mail: 7oaksrspb@gmail.com

Sun
10

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
Postcode: ME12 4RJ (Google map)

A visit to this area of Sheppey, looking for waders, waterfowl and raptors.
Bring lunch.
YOU MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE with the leader, ANNE McGREGOR phone [01732 454304] AND BE PREPARED TO COMPLY WITH ANY SOCIAL GUIDANCE CURRENT AT THE TIME.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 454304

Wed
20

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.
Note that there is now a parking charge.
OS Grid Ref: TR013648

Postcode: ME13 0QD (Google map)

A popular KWT reserve on the banks of the Swale looking for wildfowl and waders.
Bring lunch.
YOU MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE with the leader, ANNE McGREGOR phone [01732 454304] AND BE PREPARED TO COMPLY WITH ANY SOCIAL GUIDANCE CURRENT AT THE TIME.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 454304

November 2021

Thu
4

St Kilda, Sailing to the Edge of the World - a Zoom talk by Sarah Frost of Naturetrek

Location: The location is your own room.
The meeting will be open from 7.15 pm and the talk will start promptly at 7.30. There will be two 30 minute sessions, with a break of around 10 minutes between, when you can socialise with other participants or make a cup of tea!
To register for the meeting, contact the Group website 7oaksrspb@gmail.com.
Before the meeting you will then be contacted with the meeting ID and Passcode.
Once you have registered, you will automatically receive invitations and links for subsequent presentations.
You can cancel at any time.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, it is a very user-friendly way of having meetings using the internet, and you can use a PC, Laptop, I-pad or smart phone. You can download the application for free. For guidance, 'Goggle' Zoom. There are also some good simple tutorials on 'You Tube'.

With its clear waters and craggy sea cliffs (including one that ranks as Europe's highest) it is not surprising that St Kilda is home to the continent's largest colony of seabirds including gannets and puffins. The islands also support species unique to St Kilda including sheep, field mice and wrens, making it a fascinating natural island environment unmatched anywhere on earth.

Due to continuing uncertainty regarding the logistics of safely returning to indoor meetings at Otford Village Memorial Hall, the committee has decided that in the interests of our members and speakers, it will be best to continue with Zoom talks up to an including December this year.
We will be keeping the situation under review and hope to be able to resume normal indoor meetings in January 2022. This will be clarified in the December issue of the Newsletter and on our website.

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: No fee but a donation would be gratefully received. Details will be sent when registering acknowledged.

Booking essential

E-mail: 7oaksrspb@gmail.com

Sun
21

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. Bring lunch.
OS Grid Ref: TQ962648
Postcode: ME9 9HL (Google map)

A walk at this interesting location looking for wildfowl, waders, etc.
Bring lunch.
YOU MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE with the leader, ANNE McGREGOR phone [01732 454304] AND BE PREPARED TO COMPLY WITH ANY SOCIAL GUIDANCE CURRENT AT THE TIME.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 454304

Wed
24

Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve - a walk led by Anne McGregor

Location: Exit M25 at J30. Follow signs to Dagenham, London, on west bound A13. Exit A13 at the A1306 (first junction signposted Wennington, Aveley and Purfleet). From junction follow signs to Purfleet along A1306 for half mile. At traffic lights, take R, signposted A1090 to Purfleet onto New Tank Hill Road flyover. The entrance is 300m along this road, on R just after bottom of the flyover.
OS Grid Ref: TQ552792


Postcode: RM19 1SX (Google map)

A visit to this popular RSPB Reserve beside the Thames in Essex.
Bring lunch & RSPB Membership card.
Also remember there is a charge for the Dartford Crossing.
YOU MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE with the leader, ANNE McGREGOR phone [01732 454304] AND BE PREPARED TO COMPLY WITH ANY SOCIAL GUIDANCE CURRENT AT THE TIME

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 454304

December 2021

Thu
2

Exploring Britain's Mammals - a talk by Simon Ginnaw

Location: The location is your own room.
The meeting will be open from 7.15 pm and the talk will start promptly at 7.30. There will be two 30 minute sessions, with a break of around 10 minutes between, when you can socialise with other participants or make a cup of tea!
To register for the meeting, contact the Group website 7oaksrspb@gmail.com.
Before the meeting you will then be contacted with the meeting ID and Passcode.
Once you have registered, you will automatically receive invitations and links for subsequent presentations.
You can cancel at any time.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, it is a very user-friendly way of having meetings using the internet, and you can use a PC, Laptop, I-pad or smart phone. You can download the application for free. For guidance, 'Goggle' Zoom. There are also some good simple tutorials on 'You Tube'.

Join Simon as he takes us across the UK introducing our special mammal species and sharing their life stories. The majority of our mammals keep themselves hidden, but, and many that can seem very alien. Delve into the secret lives of our furry friends that we share many common traits.

Due to continuing uncertainty regarding the logistics of safely returning to indoor meetings at Otford Village Memorial Hall, the committee has decided that in the interests of our members and speakers, it will be best to continue with Zoom talks up to an including December this year.
We will be keeping the situation under review and hope to be able to resume normal indoor meetings in January 2022. This will be clarified in the December issue of the Newsletter and on our website.

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: No fee but a donation would be gratefully received. Details will be sent when registration acknowledged.

Booking essential

E-mail: 7oaksrspb@gmail.com

Wed
8

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
Postcode: ME12 4RJ (Google map)

A walk looking for waders, waterfowl and raptors in this interesting part of Sheppey.
Bring lunch.
YOU MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE with the leader, ANNE McGREGOR phone [01732 454304] AND BE PREPARED TO COMPLY WITH ANY SOCIAL GUIDANCE CURRENT AT THE TIME

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 454304