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.

January 2018

Wed
17

KWT Oare Marshes Reserve

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)

A walk led by Anne McGregor looking for wildfowl, waders and raptors.
Bring lunch.
Please let Anne know if you are coming (01732 454304).

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 01732 454304

February 2018

Thu
1

Natural History of the Isles of Scilly - a talk by Andrew Cleave MBE

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)

The Isles of Scilly enjoy Britain's mildest climate and are home to a colourful array of native and introduced wild flowers and exotic trees, many found nowhere else in Britain. The lecture looks at the beautiful coastal scenery, the stunning wild flowers, and the many birds, mammals, insects and seashore life, which make these islands such an attraction for naturalists and photographers.
A RSPB Sevenoaks Local Group event. See www.rspb.org.uk/groups/sevenoaks

Time: 7.45 pm

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

Telephone: 01959 563530

E-mail: j.nobbs3@gmail.com

Wed
7

RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve

Location: From B2075 Rye to Romney road take Dungeness road to Lydd. After 1 mile, opposite Boulderwall Farm turn left and meet in the car park for the ARC pits.
OS Grid Ref: TR063196
Please let Anne know in advance if you are coming.
Postcode: TN29 9PN (Google map)

A walk around this popular RSPB reserve led by Anne McGregor, looking for waders, wildfowl and winter visitors.
Bring lunch & RSPB membership card.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 01732 454304

Sun
18

RSPB Dungeness Nature Reserve

Location: From B2075 Rye to Romney road take Dungeness road to Lydd. After 1 mile turn R at Boulderwall Farm onto gravel track leading to reserve centre.
OS Grid Ref: TR063196
For car sharing, weekend meetings will start from the car park of Mavala UK Ltd., Unit 4, Morewood Close, London Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 2HU. Turn off London Road into Morewood Close (by Fire Station), follow road round sharp right hand bend. Mavala is on right before Station Car park. For Arrival/Departure times see individual entry below.
Participants are of course free to travel directly to the meeting location if they prefer.
If you coming to a WEEKEND field meeting, please let JOHN WATERMAN know by phone or text [07935 206618], whether you are meeting at Mavala or travelling direct. Please note that John works on Saturdays until 7.30 pm - apologies for any missed or non-returned calls.
Postcode: TN29 9PN (Google map)

A walk led by John Waterman looking for waders, wildfowl and winter visitors.
Bring lunch and your RSPB membership card.

Time: 10.30 am If starting from Mavala: 8.45 for 9 am.

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618

March 2018

Thu
1

Red Kites & Peregrines - a talk by Keith Betton

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)

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.
A Sevenoaks RSPB Local Group event. See www.rspb.org.uk/groups/sevenoaks

Time: 7.45 pm

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

Telephone: 01959 563530

E-mail: j.nobbs3@gmail.com

Sun
18

North Foreland/Joss Bay

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

For car sharing, weekend meetings will start from the car park of Mavala UK Ltd., Unit 4, Morewood Close, London Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 2HU. Turn off London Road into Morewood Close (by Fire Station), follow road round sharp right hand bend. Mavala is on right before Station Car park. For Arrival/Departure times see individual entry below.
Participants are of course free to travel directly to the meeting location if they prefer.
If you coming to a WEEKEND field meeting, please let JOHN WATERMAN know by phone or text [07935 206618], whether you are meeting at Mavala or travelling direct. Please note that John works on Saturdays until 7.30 pm - apologies for any missed or non-returned calls.

Postcode: CT10 3QU (Google map)

A walk led by John Waterman looking for migrants, and perhaps Purple Sandpiper.
Bring Lunch.

Time: 10.30 am If starting from Mavala: 8.45 am departure

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618

Wed
28

Shellness followed by Harty Ferry and Raptor Viewpoint

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

A walk led by Anne McGregor looking for waders, wildfowl and raptors.
Bring lunch.
Please let Anne know in advance if you are coming.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 01732 454304

April 2018

Thu
5

RSPB Reserves around the country - a talk by Brian Nobbs

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)

With over 200 reserves, the RSPB supports wildlife in a wide range of habitats. Brian will look at examples from around the country, and some of the work required to maintain and develop them.
A RSPB Sevenoaks Local Group event. See www.rspb.org.uk/groups/sevenoaks

Time: 7.45 pm

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

Telephone: 01959 563530

E-mail: j.nobbs3@gmail.com

Wed
11

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

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)

A walk led by Anne McGregor looking for waterfowl and early summer migrants
Bring lunch.
Please let Anne know in advance if you are coming.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 01732 454304

Sun
15

St, Margaret's at Cliffe & Samphire Hoe

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

For car sharing, weekend meetings will start from the car park of Mavala UK Ltd., Unit 4, Morewood Close, London Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 2HU. Turn off London Road into Morewood Close (by Fire Station), follow road round sharp right hand bend. Mavala is on right before Station Car park. For Arrival/Departure times see individual entry below.
Participants are of course free to travel directly to the meeting location if they prefer.
If you coming to a WEEKEND field meeting, please let JOHN WATERMAN know by phone or text [07935 206618], whether you are meeting at Mavala or travelling direct. Please note that John works on Saturdays until 7.30 pm - apologies for any missed or non-returned calls.

Postcode: CT15 6DX (Google map)

A walk led by John Waterman looking for seabirds and migrants.
Bring lunch.

Time: 10.30 am If starting from Mavala: 8.45 for 9 am.

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618

May 2018

Thu
3

Sevenoaks Local Group AGM - followed by Broadwater Warren, How to make a nature reserve - a talk by Alan Loweth

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)

Alan is Volunteer Co-ordinator at the RSPB's Wealden Office, and will describe how this post-war conifer plantation is being returned to its original heathland habitat, for the benefit of species such as nightjar and woodlark.
Alan's talk will follow the group's Annual General Meeting.
A RSPB Sevenoaks Local Group event. See www.rspb.org.uk/groups/sevenoaks

Time: 7.45 pm

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

Telephone: 01959 563530

E-mail: j.nobbs3@gmail.com

Sun
20

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 (TR235631).
OS Grid Ref: TR235631

For car sharing, weekend meetings will start from the car park of Mavala UK Ltd., Unit 4, Morewood Close, London Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 2HU. Turn off London Road into Morewood Close (by Fire Station), follow road round sharp right hand bend. Mavala is on right before Station Car park. For Arrival/Departure times see individual entry below.
Participants are of course free to travel directly to the meeting location if they prefer.
If you coming to a WEEKEND field meeting, please let JOHN WATERMAN know by phone or text [07935 206618], whether you are meeting at Mavala or travelling direct. Please note that John works on Saturdays until 7.30 pm - apologies for any missed or non-returned calls.

Postcode: CT3 4BP (Google map)

A walk led by John Waterman looking for resident breeding birds and summer visitors, including warblers and Hobby.

Time: 10 am If starting from Mavala: 8.45 am departure

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618

Wed
23

Conyer Creek

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

A walk led by Anne McGregor looking for summer migrants including Cuckoo and Nightingale, plus warblers and waders.
Bring lunch.
Please let Anne know in advance if you are coming.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 01732 454304

June 2018

Sun
17

RSPB Broadwater Warren Reserve

Location: From A26 1 mile south of Tunbridge Wells, turn R into Broadwater Forest Lane (SP High Rocks, Groombridge). The car park is on the left after approx. a mile.
OS Grid Ref: TQ554372
Note - NOT starting from Mavala.
Postcode: TN3 9JP (Google map)

An evening walk led by John Waterman around this local RSPB reserve, looking for nightjar and woodcock.
Bring a torch and insect repellent.

Time: 6 pm

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618

Wed
20

Ashdown Forest

Location: From A22 at Forest Row, take B2110 Hartfield Road to Coleman's Hatch, then Kidd's Hill, continuing on to B2026 and car park at Old Lodge.
Grid Ref: TQ468305
Postcode: TN22 3JD (Google map)

A walk led by Anne McGregor looking for Woodlark, Tree Pipit, Redstart and other heathland and woodland birds.
Bring lunch.
Please let Anne know in advance if you are coming.

Time: 10.30 am

Price: No fee

Telephone: 01732 454304

July 2018

Sun
15

KWT Oare Marshes Reserve

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
For car sharing, weekend meetings will start from the car park of Mavala UK Ltd., Unit 4, Morewood Close, London Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 2HU. Turn off London Road into Morewood Close (by Fire Station), follow road round sharp right hand bend. Mavala is on right before Station Car park. For Arrival/Departure times see individual entry below.
Participants are of course free to travel directly to the meeting location if they prefer.
If you coming to a WEEKEND field meeting, please let JOHN WATERMAN know by phone or text [07935 206618], whether you are meeting at Mavala or travelling direct. Please note that John works on Saturdays until 7.30 pm - apologies for any missed or non-returned calls.
Postcode: ME13 0QD (Google map)

A walk led by John Waterman looking for waders and raptors.
Bring lunch.

Time: 10 am If starting from Mavala: 9 am departure

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07935 206618