Monday, 6 September 2021

September News

After such a long time without Group activities we are pleased to announce that Outdoor trips scheduled for the remainder of this year will go ahead, subject to Covid 19 regulations.
Own transport trips will operate as normal but coach trips with the Hitchin and Letchworth Group will be organised differently. Unfortunately, the coach company providing transport for trips has significantly increased their cost and as a result a fare of £20.00 for adults and £10.00 for juniors will now apply and be paid at least 14 days in advance (with NO REFUND to the individual if they cannot go for any reason). The minimum number for a coach trip to run will vary between 30 and 50 passengers according to distance. Should there be less than the required number, the trip will be cancelled and monies returned. Graham Beevor will hold the money from Stevenage members. Cash or cheques should be made payable to Hitchin & Letchworth rspb Local Group.

Unfortunately there will be no Indoor meetings in 2021 due to difficulties in obtaining speakers and implementing Covid restrictions in an enclosed hall. We will keep this under review as the season progresses and hope to get started as soon as practical.

Meanwhile, here are the Outdoor meetings planned so far - hope you can come along, it would be good to meet up again.

Thursday 23th September 2021
Amwell NR. A morning visit to this perennial favourite site in the Lea Valley. Meet at 9.30 AM at the viewpoint. Grid Ref 166/TL 376128. Post Code SG12 8ED. Leader Trevor Storey.

Sunday 24th October 2021
Stocker's Lake. A morning car trip to look for early wintering wildfowl and passerines. Meet at 9.30 AM at the Bury Lake car park (The Aquadrome) off Frogmoor Lane, Rickmansworth, WD3 1NB. Grid Ref 176/TQ 055 938. Leader Graham Beevor.

Thursday 28th October 2021
Panshanger Park. A morning visit to this H&MWT site which has held Osprey at this time of year. Meet at 9.30 AM in the car park off Thieves Lane Hertford SG14 2WN where a £2.50 charge applies. Grid Ref 166 TL/307124. Leader Graham Beevor.

Sunday 21nd November 2021
Frampton Marsh. A coach trip with the Hitchin and Letchworth Group to this excellent rspb reserve in South Lincolnshire for waders, wildfowl and scarce wintering raptors. Meet at 7.50 AM at the rear of the former Waitrose in Primett Road. Cost Adults £20.00, Juniors £10.00 payable at least 14 days in advance.

Thursday 25th November 2021
Oughtenhead Common. A morning visit to another H&MWT site just North of Hitchin where hopefully wintering passerines will be settling in. Meet at 9.30 in the playing field car park at the end of the first turning right off Burford Way Hitchin SG5 2UZ. Grid Ref166/TL 176308. Leader Trevor Storey.

Sunday 12th December 2021
Marston Vale Millenium CP. A morning car trip to this wetland nature reserve SW of Bedford. NB car park £3 for three hours, reserve £2.50. Meet at 9.30 in the car park off Station Road Marston Moretaine MK43 0PS. Grid Ref 153/TL 004417. Leader Graham Beevor.