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

September 2018

Mon
24

Mid week outing to Barton Hills Nature Reserve

Location: Park and meet near St Nicholas Church, Church Road, Barton-Le-Clay, MK45 4LA. Part of this walk has a steep slope.

Mid-week walk leader: Robert Blythe 07512 704744
Postcode: MK45 4LA (Google map)

Barton Hills nature reserve is situated south east of Barton-Le- Clay in Bedfordshire. A large part of the area is managed by Natural England and is a SSSI. As part of the Chilterns these steep well grazed slopes are classic downland habitat.

Time: 9.30 am.

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

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

October 2018

Mon
15

Midweek walk to Walthamstow Wetlands. London Wildlife Trust

Location: The main entrance is at 2, Forest Road London N17 9NH, a 7 minute walk from Tottenham Hale Tube station on the Victoria Line. Meet in the visitor centre situated in the Engine House where there is a cafe and facilities.

Mid-week walk leader: Robert Blythe 07512 704744
Postcode: N17 9NH (Google map)

Walthamstow Wetlands is London's newest and biggest wetland covering 211 hectares and is only 20 minutes from central London. The rural landscape of rivers, marshes and farmland was transformed by the creation of 10 reservoirs between 1863 and 1904. Having been closed to the public for 150 years the reserve was opened in 2017 following several years of restoration and habitat enhancement. The wetlands are now a haven for wildlife.

Time: 11:00 am

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

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

Sun
21

All Day outing to Elmley Marshes, Isle of Sheppey

Location: Meet in reserve car park, ME12 3RW. There are facilities but no cafe. This was once an RSPB site but is now managed by Natural England.

Please bring a packed lunch.

Weekend walk leaders: Colin Rose 07870 672699, Andrew Steele 07480 415189

Postcode: ME12 3RW (Google map)

Situated on the mouth of the Thames Estuary Elmley is a National Nature Reserve and family run farm. A huge effort has been made to improve the visitor's experience with new facilities, viewing screens, perching posts on the way to the hides and new scrapes. This site is a real paradise for wildlife with a sense of endless space and wilderness. Internationally important fresh water grazing marsh alongside the vast expanses of salt marsh and mud flats of the Swale makes this area a gigantic feeding table for waders and wildfowl throughout the year. In late autumn there is the possibility of late migrants, owls and even owlets and is wonderful for birds of prey.

Time: 9:30 am

Price: Free but a voluntarydonation to Natural England suggested

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

November 2018

Sat
10

Morning to Old Hall Marshes Nature Reserve, RSPB

Location: Meet at the reserve, Old Hall Lane, Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Maldon, Essex, CM9 8TP. There is limited parking for 12 vehicles at Old Hall Marshes so car sharing is strongly advised

Weekend walk leaders: Colin Rose 07870 672699, Andrew Steele 07480 415189
Postcode: CM9 8TP (Google map)

The site comprises extensive grazing marshes with brackish water fleets, reed beds and salt marsh. Brent geese can be seen in good numbers and if lucky short eared owl and various sea duck may be spotted.

Time: 9:30am

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

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