Events

We're a friendly group who run a programme of evening talks from September to June, with a Quiz Night in October. Talks are at Bishop's Park Community Centre on the second Tuesday in each month.
We also have a walks programme, including local morning walks, day trips a bit further afield, and usually a weekend of birding once a year.
Everyone is welcome; you don't have to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to come along, although it is a good idea to confirm outdoor walks prior to the event. See below for more details.

February 2018

Sat
10

Walk - Amwell Nature Reserve

Location: Meet at Amwell Viewpoint at 10.00 am
Postcode: SG12 9SS (Google map)

A local favourite of ours, can even take in Rspb Rye Meads just down the road if you are not too tired!
Run by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, Amwell Nature Reserve is a former gravel pit in the Lee Valley near Ware. It supports internationally important numbers of wintering wildfowl, along with outstanding communities of breeding birds and of dragonflies and damselflies.
Really good views are to be had from the Viewpoint of the large lake, and there are many other habitats with some hides. Walking easy.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: donations to Local Group welcome

Telephone: 07454801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

Tue
13

Evening Talk - Amazing Birds of Queensland, Australia - Bill Coster

Location: Bishop's Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Park, Bishop's Stortford (next to Tesco)
Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

This is a brand new Talk from Bill. He last presented us with The Shetland Islands - which had some outstanding photography and knowledge. He is very thorough and professional in the way he presents and drew many very favourable comments from our group - one even sais he had never seen a better presentation!
Bill's description of the Talk -
The subtropical state of Queensland contains some of Australia's most colourful and iconic birds, including several species of Bowerbirds. We also see two species of Birds of Paradise and a wealth of other forest birds photographed at many different locations within the state. We even make a visit to the world famous Great Barrier Reef.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £ 3.00 for Stort Valley Members, £ 5.00 for Visitors

Telephone: 07808684723

E-mail: simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com

March 2018

Tue
13

Evening Talk - Wildlife and Landscapes of the Brecks - Alexander Bass

Location: Bishop's Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Park, Bishop's Stortford (next to Tesco)
Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

Explores the conservation history and wildlife rich habitats of the Brecks and Thetford Forest with
examples of how the landscape here is so valuable to certain species of flora & fauna, especially due to
grazing rabbits that shape this unique landscape. Areas covered include Lynford Arboretum, Santon
Downham, Thetford and Kings forest and the reserves of RSPB Lakenheath Fen and Weeting Heath NWT.
An area we may know only a little about and is not far away to visit!

Alex has been a speaker since 2006 delivering wildlife talks in East Anglia. He now also leads guided wildlife tours along the Suffolk coast to a range of sites including RSPB Minsmere and Dunwich Heath NT. Also runs tours for Coastal Leisure Learning, based in North Suffolk and tutor in bio-diversity for the WEA Eastern Region. Extremely knowledgeable about the area and an entertaining speaker.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £ 3.00 for Stort Valley Members, £ 5.00 for Visitors

Telephone: 07808684723

E-mail: simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com

Sun
18

Walk - Rspb Rainham Marshes

Location: Meet at BS Waitrose Car Park at 9.00 am
Postcode: RM19 1SZ (Google map)

One of those places which is always worth going to, any time of year, and see many species. Probably the best run Rspb Reserve around, staff excellent, easy access and good cake!

One of very few ancient landscapes remaining in London, these medieval marshes right next to the River Thames were closed to the public for over 100 years and used as a military firing range.
The Rspb managed to acquire the site in 2000 and set about transforming it into an important place for nature and a great place for people to visit. Now you can expect to see breeding wading birds in spring and summer, and large flocks of wild ducks in winter.

Birds of prey and rare birds are regularly seen too. Should see Short-Eared Owls that often spend the Winter here.

Time: 9.00 am

Price: donations to Local Group welcome

Telephone: 07454801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

April 2018

Tue
10

Evening Talk - "Birds of Southern Portugal and Aviero" by Jonathan Forgham

Location: Bishop's Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Park, Bishop's Stortford (next to Tesco)
Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

A good friend of ours and local Naturalist is very welcome back to give us his latest Talk.

Jonathan has visited areas of Portugal for over 20 years. From The Algarve in the south, Peniche in the west and Aviero in the north. With a bird list of over 200 for the country he brings a fair amount of knowledge to the meeting, pointing out great birding areas that are less than 3 hours away and cost less than £100 return to visit.

Always informative and entertaining, will be a good evening. Look out for his Nature page twice a month, in the local paper, The Bishop's Stortford Independent.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 3.00 for Stort Valley Members, £ 5.00 for Visitors

Telephone: 07808684723

E-mail: simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com

Sun
22

Walk - Fingringhoe Wick EWT

Location: Meet at Fingeringhoe EWT Car Park at 10.00 am
Postcode: CO5 7DN (Google map)

One of those place worth going to any time of year, but Spring is probably the best!
Look out for Cuckoo and Nightingale!
There are some new trails and hides since our last visit as a group. It is testimony to the site that a lot of us go back regularly every year.
Essex Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve and visitor centre, set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary, even on the dullest of days the views are fantastic. It offers the visitor real peace and quiet and a chance to escape from it all. A wide range of habitats are on view here, including; grassland, heathland, lakes, ponds and the recent reserve expansion and creation of a nationally important intertidal area

Time: 10.00 am

Price: donations to Local Group

Telephone: 07454801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

May 2018

Tue
8

Evening Talk - A birds-eye view of the RSPB in the Thames Estuary - Rolf Williams

Location: Bishop's Park Community Centre, Lancaster Way, Bishop's Park, Bishop's Stortford (next to Tesco)
Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

Postcode: CM23 4DA (Google map)

A fascinating and really different talk.
Rolf introduces the wildlife, management and surprising history of the North Kent Marshes
- presented from a bird's eye view!
For 5 years, Rolf took a microlight flight over the marshes, recording the landscape for the Rspb.
Stretching from Gravesend to Whitstable, the marshes were created by the Romans, farmed by the Saxons, written about by Dickens and echoed to the voice of Roosevelt!
Today the marshes and other parts of the estuaries accommodate 300,000 wintering wildfowl and waders, breeding marsh harriers etc.
But change is afoot and what does the future hold?

Message from Rolf; I am a science communicator with a passion for natural history and technology. I have enjoyed many adventures and I enjoy sharing these with a hope of enthusing others. I tailor the over-arching messages of my presentations to meet the interests or curricular focus of the audience and all share a common message about human vision and achievement.

My voluntary education programme began in 1993 since when I have continued to offer presentations in my spare time to interest groups, schools and colleges (see below); this has proven immensely popular.

I have a lively, upbeat style of delivery and illustrate the content with my images, sketches, props and sounds where relevant. I look forward to meeting you and your audience; it will be an entertaining occasion.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 3.00 for Stort Valley Members, £ 5.00 for Visitors

Telephone: 07808684723

E-mail: simon.hurwitz@ntlworld.com

Sat
12

Group Weekend Trip 12/13th May- North West, Dee Estuary

Location: Dee Estuary

Weekend 12th and 13th May, visiting various sites on and near the Dee Estuary.

Sat 12th Meet at 10.30am @ RSPB BURTON MERE Like a mini Minsmere on the Dee estuary with a mix of woodlands and marshland scrapes. Later in the afternoon we move north up the estuary to the village of Parkgate. Parking on the seafront we can have an ice cream while birding the salt marsh, saw Hen Harrier and Great White Egret, last time I was there!
Sun 13th. Meeting at the wonderful WWT MARTIN MERE at 10.30am. A large reserve with many hides and a great cafe!

Make your own accommodation arrangements, add on days before or after, come for one day - very flexible.
Ask Lee Jaques for more info.

Time: 10.30am

Price: donations to Local Group welcome

Booking essential

Telephone: 074548018940

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk

June 2018

Sun
3

Walk - Bishop's Stortford Birding Day

Location: Meet at Waitrose Car Park, Bishop's Stortford 7.30 am

We are going to count how many bird species we can see in the Bishop's Stortford area!
Bit of fun with a serious aspect. We will probably roll this idea out at different times of the year on a yearly basis.
Not a competition, but....

Time: 7.30 am

Price: donations to Group welcome

Telephone: 07454801894

E-mail: l.jaques@yahoo.co.uk