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

Thu
5

AGM

Location: Bentley Heath Community Hall, Widney Road, Bentley Heath, Solihull
Postcode: B93 9BQ (Google map)

The Annual General Meeting of the Solihull RSPB Members' Group

Time: 7.15 pm

Price: No charge

Telephone: 0121 707 3101

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net

Thu
5

Evening meeting

Location: Bentley Heath Community Hall, Widney Road, Bentley Heath, Solihull.
Postcode: B93 9BQ (Google map)

A talk entitled "A Woodland Year" Our speaker is Simon Ginnaw and his talk will cover birds, butterflies and creatures of the night

Our talk is kindly sponsored by Shirley Aquatics

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB members £3.50, non-members £4, children under 16 Free, Season tickets £17.50

Telephone: 0121 707 3101

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net

Sun
8

Morning Walk

Location: Meet in the reserve car park at 10.00 am. This walk is likely to last up to 3 hours. Walking boots or stout shoes are recommended.
Please access the reserve via the new entrance road off Bodymoor Heath Lane. (By the Aston villa training ground)

A morning walk at the RSPB's magnificent reserve at Middleton Lakes.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: A donation of £1 is requested and there is a parking charge for non RSPB members

Telephone: 07341 828054 0121 707 3101

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net

October 2019

Thu
3

Evening Meeting

Location: Bentley Heath Community Hall, Widney Road, Bentley Heath, Solihull.
Postcode: B93 9BQ (Google map)

A talk entitled "Our friends outside - encouraging wildlife into our garden" Our speaker is Steve Lovell

Our evening is kindly sponsored by "The Garden Birdlovers"

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB members £3.50, non-members £4, children under 16 Free, Season tickets £17.50

Telephone: 0121 707 3101

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net

Sat
5

Morning walk

Location: Brandon Marsh, Brandon Lane, Coventry. Meet in the reserve car park at 10.00 am. Walking boots or stout shoes are recommended.
Brandon Marsh is the HQ of Warwickshire Wildlife and full details of the reserve and how to get there can be found on the Trust's website. The reserve does have a restaurant.

Morning walk at Brandon Marsh, Coventry, looking at wildfowl and other birds.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: A donation of £1 is requested and there is an entrance fee to the reservee for non-members of the Wildlife Trust

Telephone: 07341 828054 0121 707 3101

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net

November 2019

Thu
7

Evening meeting

Location: Bentley Heath Community Hall, Widney Road, Bentley Heath, Solihull
Postcode: B93 9BQ (Google map)

"An Artist at Work" Chis Rose

Tonight's meeting is very special and quite different from our normal format, We have been very lucky to secure a visit from internationally acclaimed wildlife artist Chris Rose. Chris has not only produced many stunning paintings over the years, but has been the chief illustrator for various bird field guides.
Instead of the usual type of talk he will actually be painting a large canvass for us live from scratch. Welcoming questions throughout and describing his technique this interactive demonstration will be great fun and you'll be amazed as you watch the painting come to life. The evening ends with the finished original being auctioned to the highest bidder, with the funds raised being split between the RSPB and Chris's chosen charity 'Artists for Albatrosses'.

The event is kindly sponsored by Focus Optics

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB members £3.50, non-members £4, children under 16 free, Season tickets £17.50

Telephone: 0121 707 3101

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net

Thu
28

Morning Walk

Location: Kingsbury Water Park. Meet at 10.00 am. in the park's Broomey Croft car park.
Walking boots or stout shoes are recommended

Please note that the entrance to the Broomey Croft car park is not through the main entrance but is north of the M42 (signposted to the childrens' farm)

Morning walk to look for birds

Time: 10.00 am

Price: A donation of £1 is requested and there is an entry fee for the car park (currently £3)

Telephone: 07341 828054

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net

Sat
30

street collection

Location: Central Solihull, Knowle, Balsall Common, Dovehouse Parade and Sharman's Cross

Volunteers to collect at all these locations are needed

The group's annual street collection to raise funds for the Society

Time: 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Price: N/A

Telephone: 0121 707 3101 07341 828054

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net

December 2019

Thu
5

Evening meeting

Location: Bentley Heath Community Hall, Widney Road, Bentley Heath, Solihull
Postcode: B93 9BQ (Google map)

Talk entitled "Wader Quest" with speakers Rick and Ellis Simpson. Their talk will cover species of wading birds from around the world

Our meeting is kindly sponsored by Whale Tankers in memory of Brian Newsome

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB members £3.50, non-members £4, children under 16 Free, Season tickets £17.50

Telephone: 0121 707 3101

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net

January 2020

Thu
2

Evening meeting

Location: Bentley Heath Community Hall, Widney Lane, Bentley Heath, Solihull
Postcode: B93 3BQ (Google map)

A talk entitled "Poles apart". Our speaker is Michael Leach, who will explore with us the fragile domains of polar bears, seals, snowy owls, penguins and other wildlife found in the wild landscapes at both ends of our world.

Our evening is kindly sponsored by HV Skan

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB members £3.50, non-members £4, children under 16 free

Telephone: 0121 707 3101

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net

Fri
3

Walk in Elmdon Park

Location: Elmdon Park. Meet in the car park at the end of Tanhouse Farm Road. (alternatively park in the car park by Elmdon church and walk down the hill to meet us by the lake)

Walking boots or wellingtons are recommended.

A morning walk in one of Solihull's lovely parks.

A year ago we recorded 35 species in Solihull's Brueton Park. Can we match that number this year in Elmdon Park? Our walk will include the Warwickshire Wildlife reserve - Elmdon Manor

Time: 10.00 am

Price: A donation of £1 is requested

Telephone: 07341 828054 0121 707 3101

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net

February 2020

Thu
6

Evening meeting

Location: Bentley Heath Community Hall, Widney Lane, Bentley Heath, Solihull
Postcode: B93 3BQ (Google map)

A talk entitled "Wildlife of Bhutan". Our speaker is Jeff Blincow
Bhutan is a small, little known country to the north of India and nestling below the Himalayas and where 70% of the native forest still remains.
Our evening is kindly sponsored by "Birdzone" in memory of Harry Howell

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB members £3.50, non-members £4, children under 16 free

Telephone: 0121 707 3101

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net

Wed
12

Morning Walk

Location: Draycote Water - south-east of Rugby. Park in the reservoir car park. Allow an hour to drive from Solihull.

The path around the reservoir is tarmacked and so stout footwear is not needed. However warm clothing is recommended as the winds off the water can be icy.
There is a restaurant where your leader will be hoping for hot chocolate and a scone!!

A walk at Draycote Water.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: A donation of £1 is requested and there is a charge for the car park

Telephone: 07341 828054 0121 707 3101

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net

March 2020

Thu
5

Evening meeting

Location: Bentley Heath Community Hall, Widney Lane, Bentley Heath, Solihull
Postcode: B93 9BQ (Google map)

We usually try to have one non-bird evening per season and our speaker tonight is local moth expert David Brown. His talk is simply entitled "Warwickshire moths" and will cover the changes in distribution and species in response to climate change.

Our meeting is kindly sponsored by "Experience Nature"

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB members £3.50, non-members £4, children under 16 free.

Telephone: 0121 707 3101

E-mail: johnbirder@care4free.net