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

February 2018

Mon
26

Twilight Walk at Hixberry Lane, St Albans

Location: Meet outside the Plough Inn, Tyttenhanger Green. AL4 0RW.
Leader: Rob Blythe
Contact: 07512 704744

Postcode: AL4 0RW (Google map)

A walk through mixed farmland and parkland to see mixed finch and winter thrush flocks and timed in the hope of hearing owls as the light fades. Wear good footwear and bring a torch to light your way back to the warmth (and optional supper) in the pub.

Time: 03:00 pm

Price: Free

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

March 2018

Sat
10

All Day Walk to Santon Downham & Lynford Arboretum. Suffolk.

Location: Meet in Santon Downham village car park near bridge, nearest post code IP27 0TQ

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

Postcode: IP27 0TQ (Google map)

This walk is on two sites. The morning riverside walk is where we hope to see mandarin duck and lesser spotted woodpecker, followed by a visit to Lynford Arboretum, one of the best woodland sites for Hawfinch, Crossbills and Firecrest.

Time: 10:00 am

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

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

Tue
27

Midweek Walk to Purwell Meadows and Purwell Nine Springs, near Hitchin

Location: Meet in the car park of the Anchor Inn, Cambridge Road, SG4 0JH.
Leader: Rob Blythe
Contact: 07512704744

Postcode: SG4 0JH (Google map)

Come and explore this interesting area with us as we venture across Purwell Meadow to a small HMWT reserve. This is a three mile walk with no inclines or obstacles but may be wet underfoot in places. It is one of the best places in north Hertfordshire for water voles.

Time: 9:30 am

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

April 2018

Sun
8

Morning Walk to College Lake

Location: Meet in the College Lake 'donate and display' car park, off the B488, two miles north of Tring, Grid ref. SP934137.

Latitude/longitude: 51.816344,-0.642884 (Google map)

Once a chalk quarry now lakes, marshland and chalk grassland, it is one of BBOWT flagship reserves. It has attracts passage waders, kingfisher and summer migrants.


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

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

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

Mon
23

Morning Walk to Colne Valley and Bricket Wood.

Location: Meet in the car park /outside The Gate, Station Road, Bricket Wood, AL2 3PW
Optional pub lunch.
Leader: Rob Blythe
Contact: 07512704744

Postcode: AL2 3PW (Google map)

This walk takes in the confluence of the Colne and Ver rivers. We should see spring migrants and woodland birds.

You can book via https://rspbwalk2304.eventbrite.co.uk to help us know how many will be attending.

Part of Sustainable St Albans Week 2018 see http://www.sustainablestalbans.org

Time: 9.30 am.

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

Telephone: 07512704744

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

May 2018

Sat
5

All Day Walk to Cliffe Pools RSPB. Near Strood, Kent

Location: Meet in reserve car park ME3 7ST


Postcode: ME3 7ST (Google map)

Sited alongside the Thames this is a reserve of a number of large, shallow saline lagoons, big skies and breeding wetland birds. We should hear Nightingales singing along the Saxon Shore Way. There are no facilities but there is a cafe nearby outside the reserve.

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

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

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

Tue
22

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.

June 2018

Sun
10

Morning Walk to Fowlmere RSPB reserve

Location: Meet at the reserve car park. OS map ref TL406461, postcode SG8 6EZ.
Latitude/longitude: 52.095822,0.051800 (Google map)

A small fenland reserve surrounded by agricultural land. There is a mix of habitats. Water Rails and warblers nest in the reedbeds. If they return this year we hope to see Turtle Dove and Corn Bunting.

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

Time: 09:30 am

Price: Free for RSPB members, Donation requested from non-members.

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

Thu
21

Evening Walk to Mardley Heath. Welwyn & Hatfield District Council Wood

Location: Meet in reserve car park, Heath Road. AL6 0TP
Leader: Christine Hood.


Postcode: AL6 0TP (Google map)

Large woodland covering 37 hectares with a mix of old gravel workings, remnant heathland and pond. We hope to see a variety of wildlife particularly butterflies and woodland birds.
Followed by an optional pub supper.

Time: 6:30pm

Price: Free but suggested voluntary donation of £1

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