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.

January 2019

Tue
22

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - Identification Techniques, Scarcer birds including buntings by Pete Findley

Location: The ATTIC room, Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road, Broadstairs
Postcode: CT10 1NU (Google map)

Part of a series of illustrated talks by Pete Findley on bird identification for beginners to improvers.
Please bring your Field Guide, it will be your best friend throughout. All are welcome.

Time: 1 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Tue
29

Visiting RSPB Reserves by Bicycle by Gary Prescott - The Birding Biker

Location: The Portland Centre, Hopeville Ave, St Peters, Broadstairs.
Postcode: CT10 2TR (Google map)

Gary is now well known for his talks on Biking Birding. He has visited all the RSPB Reserves on round-Britain cycling expeditions. Do come and hear about these and some of the birds he has seen.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Tue
29

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - Grassland Birds, Coming to your local golf course by Pete Findley

Location: The ATTIC room, Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road, Broadstairs
Postcode: CT10 1NU (Google map)

Part of a series of illustrated talks by Pete Findley on bird identification for beginners to improvers.
Please bring your Field Guide, it will be your best friend throughout. All are welcome.

Time: 1 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

February 2019

Tue
5

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - Woodland Birds, including woodpeckers & warblers by Pete Findley

Location: The ATTIC room, Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road, Broadstairs
Postcode: CT10 1NU (Google map)

Part of a series of illustrated talks by Pete Findley on bird identification for beginners to improvers.
Please bring your Field Guide, it will be your best friend throughout. All are welcome.

Time: 1 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Sat
9

Field Trip to Oare Marshes KWT Reserve

Location: Meet at the Reserve car park, at the end of Church Lane, Oare.
Postcode: ME13 0QD (Google map)

A field trip to a small wetland site where members can get close views of winter waterfowl and waders. There is a 1km circular walk on path and sea-wall which allows the observer to study the wildlife of the River Swale, Oare Creek and the East Flood with ease. The more adventurous could walk along the Swale.

Time: 2 pm

Price: £ 3 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Tue
12

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - National Nestbox Week, Our results so far & the future by Pete Findley

Location: The ATTIC room, Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road, Broadstairs
Postcode: CT10 1NU (Google map)

Part of a series of illustrated talks by Pete Findley on bird identification for beginners to improvers.
Please bring your Field Guide, it will be your best friend throughout. All are welcome.

Time: 1 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Tue
19

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - Local bird watching sites by Pete Findley

Location: The ATTIC room, Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road, Broadstairs
Postcode: CT10 1NU (Google map)

Part of a series of illustrated talks by Pete Findley on bird identification for beginners to improvers.
Please bring your Field Guide, it will be your best friend throughout. All are welcome.

Time: 1 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Tue
26

Following the River Stour by Michael Walters

Location: The Portland Centre, Hopeville Ave, St Peters, Broadstairs.
Postcode: CT10 2TR (Google map)

Michael Walter is the former Warden of RSPB East Blean Woods, one of our nearest Reserves. Michael has studied the River Stour for many years and regularly walks sections of the river's course. Come and find out about one of our important local rivers, its birdlife and other wildlife.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Tue
26

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - Seabirds & where to see them by Pete Findley

Location: The ATTIC room, Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road, Broadstairs
Postcode: CT10 1NU (Google map)

Part of a series of illustrated talks by Pete Findley on bird identification for beginners to improvers.
Please bring your Field Guide, it will be your best friend throughout. All are welcome.

Time: 1 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

March 2019

Tue
5

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - Spring Migration through Gibraltar by Pete Findley

Location: The ATTIC room, Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road, Broadstairs
Postcode: CT10 1NU (Google map)

Part of a series of illustrated talks by Pete Findley on bird identification for beginners to improvers.
Please bring your Field Guide, it will be your best friend throughout. All are welcome.

Time: 1 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Sat
9

Field Trip to Grove Ferry

Location: Meet in the Pay & Display car park next to the Grove Ferry Inn.
Postcode: CT3 4BP (Google map)

This field trip starts at the eastern end of the Stodmarsh NNR, near the Grove Ferry Inn. Walking is on the level and after a short walk you can watch from the mound, a raised area overlooking the largest open water at this end of the reserve.

Expect to see waterfowl, herons and egrets, and reed-bed species like reed bunting and bearded reedling.

Raptors are often seen and common buzzard, western marsh harrier and Eurasian sparrowhawk are frequently seen. Occasionally peregrine falcons or hen harriers appear.

Winter thrushes will be preparing for departure to their northern breeding grounds. Don't forget to listen for the deep throated booming of the Eurasian bittern, as the males will be thinking of seeking a mate.


Time: 10 am

Price: £ 3 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Tue
12

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - Spring Migration through Israel by Pete Findley

Location: The ATTIC room, Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road, Broadstairs
Postcode: CT10 1NU (Google map)

Part of a series of illustrated talks by Pete Findley on bird identification for beginners to improvers.
Please bring your Field Guide, it will be your best friend throughout. All are welcome.

Time: 1 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Tue
19

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - Warblers, greens and browns with beautiful song by Pete Findley

Location: The ATTIC room, Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road, Broadstairs
Postcode: CT10 1NU (Google map)

Part of a series of illustrated talks by Pete Findley on bird identification for beginners to improvers.
Please bring your Field Guide, it will be your best friend throughout. All are welcome.

Time: 1 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Tue
26

Wonderful Winter Wildlife By Ashley Grove

Location: The Portland Centre, Hopeville Avenue, St Peters, Broadstairs.
Postcode: CT10 2TR (Google map)

Whatever the British winter throws at us, we always have some incredible wildlife around us to help us through to the warmer months.

The British Isles plays host to many birds during this season, with huge numbers of wildfowl arriving and wading birds putting on spectacular shows with flocks of thousands filling the skies around the coast.

The winter thrushes, waxwings and other visitors add colour to chilly days and we can attract these and other visitors to the garden as the temperatures drop outside.

This talk will hopefully give a solution to the winter blues and encourage you out and about to explore what special wildlife we have close by.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Tue
26

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - Nesting, the most important part of a bird's life by Pete Findley

Location: The ATTIC room, Queens Road Baptist Church, Queens Road, Broadstairs
Postcode: CT10 1NU (Google map)

The concluding part of a series of illustrated talks by Pete Findley on bird identification for beginners to improvers.
Please bring your Field Guide, it will be your best friend throughout. All are welcome.

Time: 1 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

April 2019

Mon
8

Thanet Local Group AGM & Northern Lights, by Brian Short

Location: St Peters Church Hall, Hopeville Avenue, St Peters, Broadstairs
Postcode: CT10 2TR (Google map)

The Annual General Meeting where you can hear all the news of the Group's achievements in the past year. You will have the chance to apply for a post, vote for various appointments, scrutinise the accounts and generally have your say on the way the group is run and future projects. This is your time to be heard and we value your input.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: No fee

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Sat
13

Field Trip to Stodmarsh NNR

Location: Meet at Stodmarsh NNR car park, take the side road at the triangle, by the Red Lion PH.
Postcode: CT3 4BA (Google map)

This walk starts at the western end of Stodmarsh NNR. The walking is on level paths, boardwalk and cinder tracks through Alder wood, and freshwater reed-marsh. The first migrant warblers of the year can be expected so listen out for common chiffchaff, willow warblers, blackcaps and sedge warblers.

The first sand martins and swallows may have arrived - and perhaps, the first cuckoo!

Time: 10 am

Price: £ 3 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

May 2019

Sat
11

Field Trip to Dungeness RSPB Reserve.

Location: Meet at the Dungeness RSPB Reserve car park.
Postcode: TN29 9PN (Google map)

An all day visit to one of the RSPB's best loved reserves. The habitat is one of shingle ridges with water-filled gravel extraction workings, carefully managed with islands for breeding terns, cormorants, gulls and wildfowl.

There is a highly specialised maritime flora, with unique insects. A good range of butterflies and bumblebees can be found. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has been reintroducing the extinct short-haired bumblebee to this site - and the first emerging queens might be seen!

Time: 10 am

Price: £ 3 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Mon
13

RSPB Turtle Dove Conservation by Nicole Khan

Location: St Peters Church Main Hall, Hopeville Avenue, St Peters, Broadstairs.
Postcode: CT10 2TR (Google map)

Nicole is a resident of Canterbury and a former warden of Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve. She is currently Turtle Dove and Wader Habitat Adviser to the RSPB and best placed to inform us of the efforts made by the society to conserve this now endangered species.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

June 2019

Sat
8

Field Trip to King's Wood, Molash for nightjars

Location: Meet at the car park in White Hill Road.
Postcode: TN25 4DG (Google map)

An evening walk in search of heathland species and the largely nocturnal European nightjar and Eurasian woodcock. Don't forget to wear sturdy footwear and bring a torch.

Time: 9 pm

Price: £ 3 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Sun
16

Birding in Northern Tanzania by Brian Summerfield

Location: St Peters Church Main Hall, Hopeville Avenue, St Peters, Broadstairs.
Postcode: CT10 2TR (Google map)

Brian is a former leader of this Group who visited Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, the Ngorogoro Crater, the Olduvai Gorge and the Serengeti National Park last November. He will talk about the birds and wildlife that was seen during this trip.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

July 2019

Mon
8

South Africa - the easy way by Brendam Ryan

Location: St Peters Church Main Hall, Hopeville Avenue, St Peters, Broadstairs.
Postcode: CT10 2TR (Google map)

From a very young age Brendan has been interested in birds, later he became a teenage regular at Bough Beech Reservoir. Since moving to East Kent, he can regularly be found at Stodmarsh, Bockhill or wherever there is an interesting bird to be seen. More recently, Brendan has travelled widely in the quest for birds. He is currently the secretary of the Kent Ornithological Society and on the editorial team of the Kent Bird Report.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Sat
13

Field Trip to Stodmarsh NNR

Location: Meet at the Stodmarsh NNR car park.
Postcode: CT3 4BA (Google map)

A walk in a freshwater marshland which should look its best at this times of year.

Enjoy the flora and insects, in particular the damselflies and dragonflies - spectacular insects of ancient origins. In recent years the numbers of species recorded has increased, perhaps as a result of global warming. Two such immigrants are the green-eyed hawker and the blue-eyed hawker; now regularly seen.

At any rate, Eurasian hobbies should be around taking advantage of their bounty.

Time: 10 am

Price: £ 3 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

August 2019

Sat
10

Field Trip to Oare Marshes KWT Reserve

Location: Meet at the car park at the end of Church Road.
Postcode: ME13 0QB (Google map)

The first returning waders should be assembling at Oare Marshes and we shall try to locate as many species as possible. Your leaders will help you with the identification of the birds that will display confusing plumage at this time of year.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: £ 3 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Mon
12

Britain's Coastal Birds and Their Secret Lives by Simon Ginnaw

Location: St Peters Church Main Hall, Hopeville Avenue, St Peters, Broadstairs.
Postcode: CT10 2TR (Google map)

Once again, Simon is visiting to entertain us with another of his lavishly illustrated talks. Simon is an ecologist and Birdwatching & Wildlife Tour leader and guide, with over twenty years of experience. We have always enjoyed his talks and look forward to this event.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

September 2019

Mon
9

Butterflies by Ian Hodgson

Location: St Peters Church Main Hall, Hopeville Avenue, St Peters, Broadstairs.
Postcode: CT10 2TR (Google map)

Ian is the recently retired warden of Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory whose expertise covers many topics. Tonight he will entertain us with his knowledge of butterflies, which he has studied in many different countries.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Sat
14

A Field Trip to Stonelees KWT Reserve & Pegwell Bay - 'migration check'

Location: Meet in the car park opposite the Sportsman PH
Postcode: CT12 5JB (Google map)

An afternoon walk on level ground around this shallow estuarine bay should produce many migrant species at this time of year. Wader and wildfowl numbers should be building up and passage migrants will be foraging and sheltering in the scrub and wooded areas bordering the bay.

Time: 2 pm

Price: £ 3 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

October 2019

Sat
12

Field Trip to Dungeness RSPB Reserve.

Location: Meet at Dungeness RSPB Reserve car park.
Postcode: TN29 9PN (Google map)

Another visit to a premier RSPB Reserve. Autumn migration is well underway and members will hope to find something a little out of the ordinary, perhaps a common firecrest, a long-eared owl, a merlin or a tundra bean goose!

Time: 10 am

Price: £ 3 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Mon
14

A Birdwatching Trip to Spain by Paul Hale

Location: St Peters Church Main Hall, Hopeville Avenue, St Peters, Broadstairs.
Postcode: CT10 2TR (Google map)

Paul is a much respected former leader of this Group and a former teacher. Since his retirement, with his wife Yasuko, he has travelled around Spain in a camper-van bringing him into intimate contact with the countryside and its wildlife.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

November 2019

Sat
9

Field Trip to Oare Marshes KWT Reserve

Location: Meet at the car park at the end of Church Road, Oare.
Postcode: ME13 0QB (Google map)

A pleasant walk around this wetland reserve on the banks of the River Swale can be punctuated with excitement as a rarer visitor is picked out from the throng of massed waders. Oare Marshes has a reputation for rarities in the autumn!

Time: 10 am

Price: £ 3 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Mon
11

Birding Cadiz Province by John Cantelo

Location: St Peters Church Main Hall, Hopeville Avenue, St Peters, Broadstairs.
Postcode: CT10 2TR (Google map)

John is former leader of the Canterbury RSPB and a retired teacher. He owns a property in Spain and has over many years studied the birds and wildlife of the province. He has intimate knowledge of the area and the observed seasonal migrations.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

December 2019

Mon
9

RSP8 Thanet Christmas Supper - Social Evening

Location: St Peters Church Main Hall, Hopeville Avenue, St Peters, Broadstairs.
Postcode: CT10 2TR (Google map)

We would like to invite all RSPB Thanet Local Group members and their friends to our Christmas get together.

This will be based on an American Supper theme (ideally it is where you bring food to share, please prepare

food for eight, you choose whether starter, main or sweet). We will provide some non-alcoholic mulled wine

plus plates and cups. You are welcome to bring your own drink to share.

To help enjoy this Christmas time together we are planning a good fun quiz and to create a festive atmosphere.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 4 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Sat
14

Winter Field Trip to Grove Ferry

Location: Meet in the Public Car Park (pay and display), adjacent to the Grove Ferry Inn.
Postcode: CT3 4BP (Google map)

This walk is on level ground at the eastern end of the Stodmarsh NNR and winter visitors will be much in evidence with thrushes, finches and waterfowl all utilising the site to feed and roost. There is always the possibility of a foraging barn owl or hen harrier. Bearded reedlings and Cetti's warblers are sometimes heard in the reed scrub.

Time: 10 am

Price: £3 per head

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Sat
14

Field Trip to Grove Ferry

Location: Meet in the Pay & Display car park by the Grove Ferry Inn.
Postcode: CT3 4Bp (Google map)

A winter visit to this site can be a very rewarding experience. If it's not too windy there is every chance a common kingfisher may perch in front of the hide. If there is some ice, a water rail may venture out at the edge to forage for food. Winter visiting ducks, herons, green sandpipers and birds of prey are all commonly seen.

Time: 10 am

Price: £ 3 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net