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.

The postcode information is given to help SATNAV users and can be approximate. Please call the event contact number if you need more details. In order to cover the running costs of the group we suggest a voluntary donation of £1 for attending the guided walks

December 2018

Sat
8

Morning walk to Fishers Green Nature Reserve. Waltham Abbey

Location: Meet in the car park at the end of Stubbings Hall Lane, north of Waltham Abbey EN9 2EE. OS Landranger map ref TL377031. Car park £2:50

Postcode: EN9 2EF (Google map)

Fishers' Green in the valley of the River Lee is good for birds all year round. This site can offer good chances to see goldeneye, smew and goosander, especially if the winter has been cold further north. The watch point might give sightings of bittern and water rail and the surrounding areas can add redwing, fieldfare and wintering geese to our list.
Weekend walk leaders: Colin Rose 07870 672699, Andrew Steele 07480 415189

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free with a suggested voluntary donation of £1 in addition to car park charge.

January 2019

Fri
4

Early morning walk to Park Street Pits and How Wood

Location: Park on the road by the playing fields on Park Street Lane AL2 2NE
Postcode: AL2 2NE (Google map)

The flooded sand and gravel excavation pits provide four fishing lakes, wooded areas and open fields making a varied habitat.
Optional brunch
Walk leader: Robert Blythe

Time: 8:00am

Price: Free with optional donation of £1

Telephone: 07512 704744

Sun
13

Bird watching outing to RSPB Rye Meads Nature Reserve

Location: RSPB Rye Meads Nature Reserve, Rye road, Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, SG12 8JS
Postcode: SG12 8JS (Google map)

Our nearest RSPB reserve is a delightful wetland beside the river Lee. With its many trails and hides close views of wintering birds should include snipe, green sandpiper, shoveler and teal.
In the afternoon there is an optional visit to Amwell Gravel Pits, HMWT. Park in Amwell Lane, Stanstead Abbotts SG12 9SU.
Walk leaders: Colin Rose 07870 672699, Andrew Steele 07480 415189

Time: 09.30 am

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

February 2019

Sun
3

Morning walk to Stockers Lake HMWT, Rickmansworth

Location: Meet in Springwell Lane car park.
Postcode: WD3 8UX (Google map)

A series of lakes in the Colne Valley with nationally important numbers of wintering birds including Goldeneye Smew, Red Crested Pochard and Siskin.

Leaders: Colin Rose/Andrew Steele
Contact: 07870 672699/07480 415189

Time: 09:30am

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

E-mail: st-albans-rspb@hotmail.co.uk

Mon
18

Mid-week walk at Tewin

Location: Meet at the Rose and Crown pub car park, Upper Green Road, Tewin, AL6 0LE
Postcode: AL6 0LE (Google map)

A walk along footpaths through farmland and woods to the chalk stream at Tewinbury Nature Reserve (HMWT) On the way back there is a chance of spotting owls.

Late afternoon walk with optional pub supper.

Mid-week walk leader: Robert Blythe

Time: 3:30 pm

Price: The walk is free with a suggested voluntary donation of £1.

Telephone: 07512 704744

March 2019

Sun
10

Morning walk to Denham Country Park Nature Reserve

Location: Meet in visitor pay and display car park. Off Denham Court Drive. Grid ref: TQ047864.
Postcode: UB9 5PG (Google map)

With the rivers Colne and Misborne flowing through the park and the Grand Union canal close by, water is a key feature of this park. Farmland and woodland add to the diversity of habitats.

Colin Rose 07870672699, Andrew Steele 07480415189

Time: 9:30am

Price: Free with a voluntary contribution of £1. There is a £4.50 car park charge.

E-mail: st-albans-rspb@hotmail.co.uk

Wed
27

Mid week walk to Kensworth, Bedfordshire

Location: Meet in the car park of the Farmer's Boy pub, 216, Common Road, Kensworth.
Postcode: LU6 2PJ (Google map)

A walk across the dry valleys of the Chiltern Hills where we should get good sightings of red kites and buzzards as they use the valley thermals to gain height. Optional lunch.
Walk leader: Robert Blythe 07512 704744

Time: 9

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

E-mail: st-albans-rspb@hotmail.co.uk

April 2019

Sat
13

Morning walk to Ivinghoe Beacon

Location: Meet in the National Trust car park, Beacon Avenue,
Postcode: LU6 2EG (Google map)

A prominent landmark in the Chiltern Hills standing 233m above sea level it is a good stopping off point for migrating birds. The Beacon and the Pitstone Hills are designated a SSSI and comprise one of the largest rich chalk grasslands surviving in the Chilterns with many of the plants found unique to chalk grassland. The National Trust are working alongside tenant farmers to reverse the decline of farmland birds, yellow hammers, corn bunting and linnet.
Walk Leaders: Colin Rose 07870 672699, Andrew Steele 07480 415189

Time: 9:30 pm

Price: Free with a suggested voluntary donation of £1.

Tue
30

Morning Walk to Panshanger Park, a HMWT reserve

Location: Meet in the car park in Thieves lane off the A414 near Hertford.
Postcode: SG14 2WN (Google map)

Situated between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford, Panshanger Park comprises a mosaic of habitats such as lakes, river, woodland and reedbed.
Walk leader: Robert Blythe 07512 704744

Time: 9:30am

Price: The walk is free with a suggested voluntary donation of £1.

May 2019

Sun
12

All day Bird Watching Outing to Paxton pits

Location: Access from A1 at Little Paxton, 2 miles North of St Neots. Meet in the reserve car park. OS Map ref TL197629.
Postcode: PE19 6ET (Google map)

Paxton Pits lies up the A1 a few miles north of the RSPB headquarters at Sandy. Alongside the River Great Ouse, the area comprises three separate areas: a nature reserve managed by Huntingdonshire District Council, a water sports zone and a working quarry. There are three nature trails offering good bird watching opportunities of the rich variety of habitats. The visitor centre might provide a welcome lunch time resting place for this all day outing.

Walk leaders: Colin Rose 07870 672699, Andrew Steele 07480 415189
Bring lunch if staying for the afternoon.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

June 2019

Sun
2

Morning Bird Watching Outing to HWMT Kings Meads, Hertford

Location: Meet in the industrial units car park on the Ware side of the A10 flyover on the A119 Ware Road, Hertford. Grid ref TL349136 postcode SG13 7EW.

Postcode: SG13 7EW (Google map)

One of the largest remaining grazed riverside flood meadows in Hertfordshire with a rich wetland habitat. In summer warblers breed here and there are good numbers of reed bunting, meadow pipit and skylark.
Walk leaders: Colin Rose 07870672699, Andrew Steele 07480415189

Time: Walk starts at 9.30 am.

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

Wed
5

Evening Bird Watching Outing to Ayot St Lawrence

Location: Meet at the Brockett Arms pub, Ayot St Lawrence, Welwyn, . Park in pub car park or on the road opposite the pub.
Postcode: AL6 9BT (Google map)

A short evening walk along tracks and paths circling the village and finishing in the Brockett Arms where good food and drink are served.
Walk leader: Robert Blythe 07512 704744

Time: 6:30pm

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

Tue
25

AGM followed by a guided evening walk at Heartwood Forest

Location: Park in the Village Hall car park, 39 High Street, Sandridge.
Postcode: AL4 9DD (Google map)

AGM at Sandridge Village Hall, followed by guided evening walk around Heartwood Forest. Woodland Trust.
Heartwood Forest is a Woodland Trust project to convert former rapeseed fields into native deciduous woodland. Since 2009 over 500,000 trees have been planted. Numbers and varieties of wildlife attracted to the area increases yearly

Time: 7:00pm

Price: The walk is free with a suggested voluntary donation of £1.