Events

OWN TRANSPORT FIELD TRIPS are open to everyone and are perfectly suitable for beginners as well as experienced birders. Make your own way to the trip location OR, if you would like a lift (on a shared cost basis and only for full day duration on optional am/pm trips) meet at Salisbury Coach Park at the end of Millstream Approach off Castle Street. The meeting place is the 30 minute parking area by the Public Toilets. To have a lift, you MUST book in advance via Mike Crow (Field Trips Bookings) on 01722 717833.

MINIBUS FIELD TRIPS and other trips marked BOOKING ESSENTIAL are booked via the Booking Form in the Newsletter. All minibus trips are on a shared cost basis payable at the end of the trip. Unless otherwise stated, minibus trips depart at 8.00am from BRITFORD PARK AND RIDE car park on the A338, Downton Road, and at 8.15am from Salisbury Coach Park located at the end of Millstream Approach off Castle Street, returning by 6.15pm. If you have to cancel a booked place, notify Mike Crow on 01722 717833 as soon as possible, or if on the morning of a minibus trip, notify Steve Oakes on 07851 199601 after 7am.

All field trips are graded: "A" generally level walking: "B" some gradients: "C" steep in places. Approximate distance is given and "WC" indicates that toilet facilities are available at or near the start point of the trip. Waterproof clothing and strong, waterproof footwear are strongly recommended. We hope you will not object to making a small contribution towards RSPB funds. We are suggesting £2 per trip, payable on the day to the trip leader.

INDOOR MEETINGS are held on TUESDAY evenings at the Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street. The SAC is a fabulous, deconsecrated church building with excellent audio-visual facilities including a huge 6m x 5m screen, and café/bar areas (open during our meetings).

June 2020

Tue
2

Somerset Levels - Minibus Field Trip - Booking essential - CANCELLED

Location: Meet Salisbury

To comply with the government announcement on Monday 16 March, and advice from RSPB HQ, we have now cancelled all our events, indoor and outdoor, until 1 September. Events after that date will be kept under review. We will post updates on our website on a regular basis. Members will be kept informed by email where we have consent to do so.

We will continue to post news and updates on our website and facebook page in an attempt to keep us all sane! In the meantime, stay well look after those closest to you. We all need to do what we can to enable our wonderful NHS to treat not only those with serious Covid-19 symptoms but all the other patients as well.


Shapwick Heath NNR and RSPB Ham Wall will be visited to enjoy summer visitors, including cuckoo, hobby and a wide range of warblers, plus the chance of seeing breeding bittern, great white egret and marsh harrier.
3.5 miles, A, WC


Time: Meet at 8am at Britford Park and Ride (off Downton Road, FREE PARKING) OR at 8.15am Salisbury Coach Park (end of Millstream Approach off Castle Street). Expect a slightly later than usual return to Salisbury.

Price: Suggested RSPB donation £2, in addition to the shared cost of the minibus

Booking essential

Telephone: 01725 510497

E-mail: steve31oakes@btinternet.com

Tue
9

Members' evening and AGM - CANCELLED

Location: United Reformed Church, Fisherton Street, Salisbury.
Postcode: SP1 3BU (Google map)

To comply with the government announcement on Monday 16 March, and advice from RSPB HQ, we have now cancelled all our events, indoor and outdoor, until 1 September. Events after that date will be kept under review. We will post updates on our website on a regular basis. Members will be kept informed by email where we have consent to do so.

We will continue to post news and updates on our website and facebook page in an attempt to keep us all sane! In the meantime, stay well look after those closest to you. We all need to do what we can to enable our wonderful NHS to treat not only those with serious Covid-19 symptoms but all the other patients as well.


Following the formalities of the AGM, Heather Dixon, the RSPB's newly appointed conservation officer for Wiltshire's Chalk Country, will give an outline of her work locally. Please bring a contribution to a cold finger buffet for the interval - drinks will be on sale.

There will be a raffle in the interval.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: FREE

Telephone: 01722712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

Wed
17

Marlborough Downs - Minibus Field Trip - BOOKING ESSENTIAL - CANCELLED

Location: A farmland area that is part of the Marlborough Downs Nature Improvement Area (NIA) - which covers just over 10,000 hectares (25,000 acres) south of Swindon down towards Marlborough on one side and Avebury to the other.

To comply with the government announcement on Monday 16 March, and advice from RSPB HQ, we have now cancelled all our events, indoor and outdoor, until 1 September. Events after that date will be kept under review. We will post updates on our website on a regular basis. Members will be kept informed by email where we have consent to do so.

We will continue to post news and updates on our website and facebook page in an attempt to keep us all sane! In the meantime, stay well look after those closest to you. We all need to do what we can to enable our wonderful NHS to treat not only those with serious Covid-19 symptoms but all the other patients as well.


A morning walk in the company of bird guide Nick Adams, to see tree sparrow, yellow wagtail, corn bunting and other farmland and chalk downland birds.

Numbers are limited to 14 so booking is essential.
2 miles, B/C

Time: Meet at 8am at Britford Park and Ride (off Downton Road, FREE PARKING) OR at 8.15am Salisbury Coach Park (end of Millstream Approach off Castle Street). Expect a slightly later than usual return to Salisbury.

Price: Suggested RSPB donation £2, in addition to the shared cost of the minibus.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01725 510497

E-mail: steve31oakes@btinternet.com

July 2020

Sun
5

WIMBORNE ST GILES - CREAM TEAS AFTERNOON - CANCELLED

Location: Wimborne St Giles Village Hall.
Postcode: BH21 5LX (Google map)

To comply with the government announcement on Monday 16 March, and advice from RSPB HQ we have now cancelled all our events, indoor and outdoor, until 1 September. Events after that date will be kept under review. We will post updates on our website on a regular basis. Members will be kept informed by email where we have consent to do so.

We will continue to post news and updates on our website and facebook page in an attempt to keep us all sane! In the meantime, stay well look after those closest to you. We all need to do what we can to enable our wonderful NHS to treat not only those with serious Covid-19 symptoms but all the other patients as well.

A very nice summer event in Wimborne St Giles where we have gained a very good reputation for our afternoon teas. It is held in the village hall and its lovely garden so there is ample room.

RSPB sales goods, home produce, preserves and plants will be available.

We serve sandwiches, cream scones and a wide range of delicious home-made cakes.

If you'd like to volunteer to make cakes in advance or to help on the day we'd love to hear from you, just contact Tony Goddard or Barbara Crow. This is a major fundraiser for us and we really appreciate the support you give us.

If you can't volunteer then do come along for a splendid cream tea at the Village Hall.

Leave yourself time to look at the village and the beautiful church as well.

Time: 3 pm to 5 pm

Price: Tea, coffee, home-made sandwiches, cakes and scones at very reasonable prices

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

Mon
6

Foxbury Plantation, New Forest, for Nightjars - Own Transport EVENING ONLY - Booking Essential, CANCELLED

Location: National Trust Foxbury Plantation.
Postcode: SO51 6AQ (Google map)

To comply with the government announcement on Monday 16 March, and advice from RSPB HQ, we have now cancelled all our events, indoor and outdoor, until 1 September. Events after that date will be kept under review. We will post updates on our website on a regular basis. Members will be kept informed by email where we have consent to do so.

We will continue to post news and updates on our website and facebook page in an attempt to keep us all sane! In the meantime, stay well look after those closest to you. We all need to do what we can to enable our wonderful NHS to treat not only those with serious Covid-19 symptoms but all the other patients as well.


A guided walk on National Trust land, to look for and listen to the mysterious nightjar.
Bring a torch and insect repellent.

Numbers are limited to 25 so booking is essential.
Successful applicants will be sent details of meeting time and place.
1.5 miles, A

Time: Successful applicants will be sent details of meeting time and place.

Price: Suggested donation £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01725 510497

E-mail: steve31oakes@btinternet.com

Fri
17

Bentley Wood - am/optional pm extension - Own Transport Field Trip - CANCELLED

Location: Start at Bentley Wood (SU234288)

If using a sat nav the postcode SP5 1AG is near to the Howe Farm Track entrance but isn't right at the entrance so use caution!
Latitude/longitude: 51.065705,-1.660722 (Google map)

To comply with the government announcement on Monday 16 March, and advice from RSPB HQ, we have now cancelled all our events, indoor and outdoor, until 1 September. Events after that date will be kept under review. We will post updates on our website on a regular basis. Members will be kept informed by email where we have consent to do so.

We will continue to post news and updates on our website and facebook page in an attempt to keep us all sane! In the meantime, stay well look after those closest to you. We all need to do what we can to enable our wonderful NHS to treat not only those with serious Covid-19 symptoms but all the other patients as well.


Not just for birds (eg tree pipit, raptors etc) but also butterflies and dragonflies in this extensive local woodland.
3 miles, A

Time: Meet at 9am Salisbury coach park for a PRE-BOOKED lift (see Events Introduction for full instructions) OR at 9.30am Howe Farm Track into Bentley Wood, where the roads from Farley, East Grimstead and Winterslow meet (SU234288)

Price: Suggested RSPB donation £2

Telephone: 01722 712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

August 2020

Sat
1

Pagham Harbour - Minibus Field Trip - Booking essential - CANCELLED

Location: Pagham Harbour, a natural harbour in West Sussex, south of the city of Chichester and near the towns of Pagham and Selsey. Geographically it is the smallest and most easterly of the harbours of the Solent.

To comply with the government announcement on Monday 16 March, and advice from RSPB HQ, we have now cancelled all our events, indoor and outdoor, until 1 September. Events after that date will be kept under review. We will post updates on our website on a regular basis. Members will be kept informed by email where we have consent to do so.

We will continue to post news and updates on our website and facebook page in an attempt to keep us all sane! In the meantime, stay well look after those closest to you. We all need to do what we can to enable our wonderful NHS to treat not only those with serious Covid-19 symptoms but all the other patients as well.


Breeding terns, gulls and early autumn migrants at this favourite West Sussex reserve.
Distance 2.5 miles, A, WC

Time: Meet at 8am at Britford Park and Ride (off Downton Road, FREE PARKING) OR at 8.15am Salisbury Coach Park (end of Millstream Approach off Castle Street)

Price: Suggested RSPB donation £2, in addition to the shared cost of the minibus

Booking essential

Telephone: 01725 510497

E-mail: steve31oakes@btinternet.com

September 2020

Tue
8

"Saving Nature - Birds at the Heart of Conservation" by Andre Farrar

Location: Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street, Salisbury.
Postcode: SP1 3UT (Google map)

RSPB Campaigns Manager Andre Farrar has had a long career with the RSPB where his work included the issues facing three of our most vulnerable species - hen harriers, turtle doves and nightjars. We can still see all three species locally and tonight we find out the issues facing them and the measures being taken to ensure their continued survival.

There will also be refreshments and the usual Raffle, RSPB Sales Goods, Bird Foods, Books and Tombola with proceeds to RSPB Conservation Projects.

Time: Doors open at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start

Price: Local Group Members £5, others £6, under 16s free

Telephone: 01722712713

E-mail: goddard543@hotmail.com

Thu
10

Farlington Marshes - am/optional pm extension - Own Transport Field Trip

Location: Farlington Marshes
Latitude/longitude: 50.834942,-1.038671 (Google map)

A gentle wander around this excellent coastal reserve owned and managed by Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust to see autumn migrants and residents which may include bearded tits.
3.5miles, A

Time: Meet at 8.15 am at Salisbury Coach Park for a PRE-BOOKED lift (See Events Intro for instructions) OR 9.30am Reserve car park (SU680044). From the M27 (eastbound) take the A2030 Southsea turn-off. The Reserve's access track is off this roundabout just beyond the westbound M27 exit slip road. Take care!

Price: Suggested RSPB donation £2

Telephone: 01725 510497

E-mail: steve31oakes@btinternet.com

Wed
23

Normanton Down, near Amesbury - Minibus Field Trip - BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Location: Local chalk downland

A late afternoon walk with an RSPB warden with the chance to see a pre-migration gathering of stone-curlews. Please note that there is a charge of £5 per person, payable on the day. Numbers are limited to 14, so booking is essential. Travel by minibus is due to restricted parking at the site.

Time: Meet Britford Park and Ride at 2.45 pm or at Salisbury Coach Park at 3 pm, return to Salisbury by 7pm.

Price: Please note that there is a charge of £5 per person, payable on the day.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01725 510497

E-mail: steve31oakes@btinternet.com