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.

November 2018

Tue
20

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - Identification Techiques, Waders 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
27

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - Helping Birds throughout the year 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
27

The Arctic v Antarctica by Pete Findley

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

This evening talk is given by a stalwart of the RSPB Thanet Local Group, Pete Findley, who is responsible for our very popular afternoon Bird Identification Workshops. Here he contrasts the physical conditions and species of these superficially similar, and seemingly, now diminishing habitats.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £ 4 members £6 non-members

Telephone: 07768 086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

December 2018

Sat
1

Field Trip to Stodmarsh NNR

Location: Meet at Stodmarsh car park, via Lambkin Wall, Stodmarsh
Postcode: CT3 4BA (Google map)

An easy walk in one of our premier wetland reserves, almost on our doorstep. This National Nature Reserve (NNR) has seen a considerable amount of refurbishment in the last couple of years with flood damage repaired, bridge replacement and path resurfacing. It has breeding western marsh harriers, Eurasian bittern and Cetti's warblers - all of which can also be seen in the winter months. Bearded reedling may be "pinging" in the reeds, fieldfare and redwing could be resting in the tree tops and lesser redpoll and Eurasian siskin may be feeding on the alder cones.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: £3 per person

Telephone: 07768 086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Tue
4

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - Thrushes & Chats, To finish off the year 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

Mon
10

RSPB Thanet Christmas Supper - Social Evening

Location: The Portland Centre, 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: Free

Telephone: 07768 086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

January 2019

Tue
8

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - The Owl Family, New year favourites 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
12

Field Trip to Dungeness RSPB Reserve.

Location: We meet at 10am in the RSPB Dungeness car park. Here there are the usual facilities and you can shop within the Reserve Centre. Don't forget to bring your membership card to gain free entry.
Postcode: TN29 9PN (Google map)

An all day visit to the RSPB's first-ever Bird Reserve. Here there are many hides in which can sit to observe the birds. The group's leaders will assist you to locate and identify the birds. There is circular walk of about a mile on shingle paths between the various freshwater pools.

Expect to see many winter ducks and waterfowl. At this time of year common mergansers (goosanders), common goldeneye, northern pintail and smew are likely. Occasional visitors include the divers (loons), black-necked and Slavonian grebes, long-tailed duck, tundra and whooper swans and a variety of geese.


In recent years long-eared owls have roosted and Eurasian bittern have joined with a variety of egrets by the pools; the bird feeders may attract Eurasian siskins or bramblings.

Time: 10 am

Price: £ 3 per person

Telephone: 07768086318

E-mail: therspbthanetlocalgroup@talktalk.net

Tue
15

RSPB Thanet - Bird Identification Workshop - The Finch Family, Seed-eating passerines 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
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

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

Fri
29

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

April 2019

Mon
8

Thanet Local Members 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

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

July 2019

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

September 2019

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)

A 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

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