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.

April 2019

Mon
8

Highlands and Islands - Steve Lovell

Location: Stockport Masonic Guildhall
169 Wellington Road South
Stockport
Postcode: SK1 3UA (Google map)

A look at some wildlife hotspots of Scotland. Whether it is on the surface of the lochs, in the deepest glens, on the highest peaks or in the surrounding seas, Scotland has a wealth of wildlife all waiting to be discovered. This talk will hopefully show you the very best of those from a variety of locations and from a confirmed 'Scotophile'. It will feature a selection of Fur, Fins and Feathers.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Members: £1.00, Non-Members: £4.00

Sat
27

Car Trip - Trough of Bowland

Location: Meet at 10 am in the car park by the bridge over the river, Chapel Street, Slaidburn BB7 3ES

Booking essential - If you plan to join one of our car field trips, please contact Peter Hugo in advance.
Postcode: BB7 3ES (Google map)

We are very lucky today to have the services of James Bray, RSPB Project Officer for the Trough of Bowland, to show us around the area and hopefully to see some of its special and iconic birds. Above all, we will hope to see a glimpse of a Hen Harrier in its last stronghold in England, where just a handful of pairs still breed. Even if we are unsuccessful, there are lots of other exciting birds to see in the area such as Common Sandpiper, Ring Ouzel, Whinchat and raptors such as Peregrine and Merlin. Nothing is guaranteed of course but an exciting day is in prospect.

Time: 10 am

Price: -

Booking essential

Telephone: 0161 485 4024 07880 701321

E-mail: phugo@sky.com

May 2019

Wed
8

Evening Walk - Chorlton Water Park

Location: Meet in car park, Maitland Avenue, M21 7WH

Booking essential - please contact Peter Hugo.
Postcode: M21 7WH (Google map)

Summer migrants should now have arrived in force so we will look for some of these such as Blackcap and Sand Martins and keep an eye open for resident birds such as Kingfisher and Ring-necked Parakeets. A nice selection of water birds should also be around including breeding Great Crested Grebes.

Time: 7 pm

Price: -

Booking essential

Telephone: 0161 485 4024 07880 701321

E-mail: phugo@sky.com

Sun
12

Coach Trip - Spurn Point

Location: Depart: 7.30 a.m. from Mercian Way, Edgeley,
Stockport, SK3 9DF (pickup at bus stop by Worral Street)
Return: Approx. 7.30 pm.

Booking essential - a copy of the booking form for each trip can be printed off from the RSPB Local Group website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/stockport
or follow the link from the RSPB website.

Please complete the Booking Form and send it, together with full payment, to the address given on the form. Alternatively, completed booking forms can be handed in at indoor meetings with full payment.



Postcode: SK3 9DF (Google map)

This is a very exciting trip to a migration hotspot where we should see a lot of interesting species and who knows, maybe even a rarity or two. Almost anything is possible but we have a chance of seeing migrating cuckoos, a range of exciting waders and a fine selection of warblers. A new visitor centre has been built since our last trip, so there is now a nice café on site too. Yellow Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat and Temminck's Stint were all seen on my last May visit there, which gives a flavour of the sort of birds that we might encounter if we are very lucky.

Time: 7.30 am

Price: £20.00

Booking essential

Telephone: 0161 485 4024 07880 701321

E-mail: phugo@sky.com

Mon
13

AGM followed by a talk 'Goshawks' - Steve Watson

Location: Stockport Masonic Guildhall
169 Wellington Road South
Stockport
Postcode: SK1 3UA (Google map)

The AGM will be followed by an illustrated talk about Goshawks in the Forest of Dean, hunting methods, population dynamics, ecology and breeding information. It will include some video footage and high quality images.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Members: £1.00, Non-Members: £4.00

Tue
21

Evening Walk - Styal Woods

Location: Twinnies Bridge car park, off Styal Road, SK9 4HW

Booking essential - please contact Peter Hugo
Postcode: SK9 4HW (Google map)

If we have a nice evening, we should be hearing lots of singing warblers which we will try and find. Great Spotted Woodpecker will be busy feeding its young so we may well encounter this species too. As evening draws to a close, we may see some bats flying as we did on our last visit here.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: -

Booking essential

Telephone: 0161 485 4024 07880 701321

E-mail: phugo@sky.com

June 2019

Sun
30

Coach Trip - RSPB South Stack and RSPB Conwy

Location: Depart: 8 am from Mercian Way, Edgeley,
Stockport, SK3 9DF (pickup at bus stop by Worral Street)
Return: Approx. 6 pm

Booking essential - a copy of the booking form for each trip can be printed off from the RSPB Local Group website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/stockport
or follow the link from the RSPB website.

Please complete the Booking Form and send it, together with full payment, to the address given on the form. Alternatively, completed booking forms can be handed in at indoor meetings with full payment.

Postcode: SK3 9DF (Google map)

Starting at South Stack, we will be hoping to see Puffins as well as lots of Guillemots and Razorbills on this trip. Choughs are another speciality of the area and we will be keeping a watchful eye open for these charismatic birds, although we may hear them before we see them. In the afternoon we move on to Conwy to look at some of the breeding birds of the reserve which should include a range of waders and hopefully some warblers. Excellent cafes are to be found on both of these reserves.

Time: 8 am

Price: £20.00

Booking essential

Telephone: 0161 485 4024 07880 701321

E-mail: phugo@sky.com

September 2019

Mon
9

'Skydancers' - Keith Offord

Location: Stockport Masonic Guildhall
169 Wellington Road South
Stockport
Postcode: SK1 3UA (Google map)

Sixteen species of harrier are found throughout the world, and are spread as far apart as Australia and South America. They are arguably one on the most elegant groups of raptors and, typically, they sail low over open country on wings held in a shallow V shape as they search out their prey. They are also known for their spectacular display flights early in the breeding season. This talk explores this fascinating group of birds with particular emphasis on our own Hen Harrier which I have studied and monitored on the uplands of Wales since 1974.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Members: £1.00, Non-Members: £4.00

Sun
29

Coach Trip - RSPB Blacktoft Sands

Location: Depart: 8.15 am from Mercian Way, Edgeley,
Stockport, SK3 9DF (pickup at bus stop by Worral Street)
Return: Approx. 6.15 pm.

Booking essential - a copy of the booking form for each trip can be printed off from the RSPB Local Group website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/stockport
or follow the link from the RSPB website.

Please complete the Booking Form and send it, together with full payment, to the address given on the form. Alternatively, completed booking forms can be handed in at indoor meetings with full payment.

Please book early for this trip, as our first meeting of next season is less than 3 weeks before we go.
Postcode: SK3 9DF (Google map)

This reserve is a haven for wading birds at this time of year and if we are lucky, we may see many different species on their autumn migration. There is also an excellent chance of seeing Marsh Harrier and if we are lucky, Bearded Tits and Water Rail.

Time: 8.15 am

Price: £20.00

Booking essential

Telephone: 0161 485 4024 07880 701321

E-mail: phugo@sky.com