Events

You do not need to be a member of the RSPB or a local group to join us at our events.
For our nature walks, you don't need any birdwatching experience, as members are always very willing and ready to share their expertise with beginners. Remember your membership cards where necessary (or entrance fees may be charged), bring binoculars and packed lunches. Check the weather forecast and bring robust footwear and suitable clothes for the weather, to keep warm and dry, or cool and protected from the sun. You do need to book, so we can confirm numbers and meeting places.

PLEASE COMPLY with all government rules and guidance to minimise the spread of infections. In particular:
- stay away if you have any COVID symptoms, have recently tested positive for COVID or have been recently in contact with a possible COVID sufferer
- for nature walks, provide contact details to the organiser when booking
- for indoor talks, be ready to provide contact details on entry
- do not car share with anyone from a different household or bubble
- observe social distancing of 2 meters
- do not share optics or food and drink
- wear a mask at indoor talks or when using facilities such as birdwatching hides
- make donations by bank transfer if possible (details below)
- after the visit, notify the organiser if you develop COVID symptoms or are tested positive within a few days. The organiser will then notify the others.


Bank transfer details for donations:

To Lloyds Bank, sort code: 30-90-79
Account name: RSPB Tonbridge Local Group
Account number: 32874260
Ref: Initials of destination, date (dd/mm), and number of people it's for.

December 2021

Thu
9

Nature Walk at Haysden

Location: Haysden Country Park, Haysden Lane, Tonbridge
Postcode: TN11 9BB (Google map)

A mid-winter visit to our local Tonbridge park, which hosts some interesting water birds and has plenty of bushes to shelter the small birds. Unusual birds can crop up here in winter. Please note the earlier start time of 9.30, and we'll aim to finish around lunch time.

Beginners and experienced birders welcome. See our website https://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/tonbridge/events/ for what to bring etc.

Time: Meet at car park, 9.30 am

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00 (by bank transfer or cash)

Booking essential

Sat
11

Nature walk at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve

Location: Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve
Bradbourne Vale Road
Sevenoaks
Kent


Postcode: TN13 3DH (Google map)

A local Kent Wildlife Trust reserve just north of Sevenoaks, for a mid-winter visit. It boasts extensive pools for wildfowl and waders. Its scrubby vegetation is good for a variety of small birds, and it occasionally attracts scarce vagrants.

Beginners and experienced birders welcome. See our website https://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/tonbridge/events/ for what to bring etc.

Time: Meet at car park, 10 am

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00 (by bank transfer or cash), plus a parking charge.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
15

Nature talk by John Buckingham - The birds of Greece and its islands

Location: St Philip's Church, Salisbury Road, Tonbridge
Postcode: TN10 4PA (Google map)

An illustrated talk by one of our most popular speakers, a globe-trotting tour leader and former leader of Tonbridge Local Group about a beautiful sunny are to brighten up our December.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £4 for RSPB members, £5 for non-members and £3 for concessions (pensioners, students and under 16s).

Telephone: 0774 979 9329

E-mail: rspb.tonbridge@gmail.com

January 2022

Wed
19

Nature talk: Survival of the Weediest

Location: St Philip's Church, Salisbury Road, Tonbridge
Postcode: TN10 4PA (Google map)

Ben Sweeney of the charity Plantlife tells us about the fantastic wild flowers of their Ramscombe Farm nature reserve.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £4 for RSPB members, £5 for non-members and £3 for concessions (pensioners, students and under 16s).p

Telephone: 0774 979 9329

E-mail: rspb.tonbridge@gmail.com

Sat
22

Nature walk: Dungeness RSPB reserve

Location: Dungeness RSPB Nature Reserve, on the road from Lydd to Dungeness
Postcode: TN29 9PN (Google map)

This reserve on the strange shingle promontory of Dungeness, with excellent facilities, is a real favourite, with a wide variety of waders, waterfowl and small birds. It's also home to bitterns, often hard to see, and great white egrets, usually very prominent.

Beginners and experienced birders very welcome. See our website https://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/tonbridge/events/ for what to bring etc.

Time: 10 am at the destination

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00 (by bank transfer or cash)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Thu
27

Nature walk at Rainham Marshes

Location: RSPB Rainham Marshes, New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet, Essex.

It's the first exit after the Dartford Tunnel, so aim for the left hand lane.

What3Words: loudly.crush.hint
Postcode: RM19 1SZ (Google map)

An RSPB reserve with very good facilities, including a magnificent elevated hide. It's on the north bank of the Thames Estuary where the river is still relatively narrow. There are extensive pools, meadows and reed-beds and good views over the river. Expect to see a good variety of wintering wildfowl and waders, and it's a good place to see raptors like marsh harrier too.

Beginners and experienced birders welcome. See the top of our events page at https://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/tonbridge/events/ for what to bring etc.

Time: Meet at reserve car park, 10 am

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00 (by bank transfer or cash) plus entry fee if you're not an RSPB member

Booking essential

Telephone: 0774 979 9329

E-mail: rspb.tonbridge@gmail.com

February 2022

Wed
16

Illustrated nature talk: Bats in Kent, with Lynne Flower

Location: St Philip's Church, Salisbury Road, Tonbridge
Postcode: TN10 4PA (Google map)

Did you know that fourteen of Britain's eighteen resident bat species have been recorded in Kent? Being active at night, most of us know little about them. Lynne Flower, a long-time voluntary warden for Kent Wildlife Trust, will help us know more about these fascinating mammals.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £4 for RSPB members, £5 for non-members and £3 for concessions (pensioners, students and under 16s).

Telephone: 0774 979 9329

E-mail: rspb.tonbridge@gmail.com

Sat
19

Nature walk on the Isle of Sheppey

Location: Meet at the car park by Neptune's Beach cafe, Shellness Rd, Leysdown-on-Sea, Sheerness.
Postcode: ME12 4RH (Google map)

The north-east of the island looks out on a wide open part of the Thames Estuary, giving it a wilder feel than more sheltered places. Away from the shore the RSPB raptor viewpoint at Capel Fleet can offer good views of buzzards, marsh harriers and others. Hen harriers have been seen here recently.

Beginners and experienced birders welcome. See our website https://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/tonbridge/events/ for what to bring etc.

Time: Meet at car park, 10 am

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00 (by bank transfer or cash)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Thu
24

Nature walk at Oare Marshes

Location: Kent Wildlife Trust's Oare Marshes Nature Reserve, Church Road, Oare, near Faversham, Kent.

W3W: roughness.herring.watching
Postcode: ME13 0QD (Google map)

Oare Marshes has an open landscape of meadows and pools, next to the mud flats of the Thames Estuary. It supports large numbers of waders and waterfowl and a good smattering of smaller birds, which are usually very easy to see.
Beginners and experienced birders welcome. See top of page or our website https://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/tonbridge/events/ for what to bring etc.

Time: Meet at reserve car park, 10 am

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00 (by bank transfer or cash), plus a parking charge.

Booking essential

Telephone: 0774 979 9329

E-mail: rspb.tonbridge@gmail.com

March 2022

Wed
16

Illustrated nature talk: Wildlife in Winter in Northern Japan

Location: St Philip's Church, Salisbury Road, Tonbridge
Postcode: TN10 4PA (Google map)

From Japanese cranes and Steller's sea eagles to Japanese macaques bathing in hot springs, Paul Hale will also look at Japanese culture, including Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines together with trainee geishas and the three monkeys who see, hear and speak no evil.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £4 for RSPB members, £5 for non-members and £3 for concessions (pensioners, students and under 16s).

Telephone: 0774 979 9329

E-mail: rspb.tonbridge@gmail.com

Sat
19

Nature walk at Cliffe Pools

Location: Cliffe Pools RSPB Nature Reserve, Salt Ln, north of Rochester, Kent
Postcode: ME3 7SX (Google map)

Cliffe Pools is an RSPB reserve comprising extensive salt and fresh water pools on the Hoo peninsular between the Medway and Thames estuaries. We should see good numbers of waterfowl and waders while there are patches of scrub sheltering smaller birds.

Please note facilities are limited at this reserve, but there is an independently-run cafe not far from the entrance.

Beginners and experienced birders welcome. See our website https://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/tonbridge/events/ for what to bring etc.

Time: Meet at reserve car park, 10 am

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00 (by bank transfer or cash)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Thu
24

Nature walk to Broadwater Warren RSPB reserve

Location: Broadwater Warren Nature Reserve. The car park is on Broadwater Forest Lane, which is a right turn off the A26 2.1 miles south of Tunbridge Wells. What3Word: eventful.spill.soup

A half-day visit to one of our local reserves: RSPB Broadwater Warren Nature Reserve near Groombridge. The RSPB has restored it to a mixture of heathland, scrub and mixed woodland, so we hope to see birds like chiffchaff, whitethroat, woodlark, and if we're lucky, maybe a Dartford warbler!

Please note the earlier start time of 9.00 am.

Time: 9.00 am at the car park

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00 (by bank transfer or cash)

Booking essential

Telephone: 0774 979 9329

E-mail: rspb.tonbridge@gmail.com

April 2022

Wed
20

An East Anglian Wildlife Photographer's Year

Location: St Philip's Church, Salisbury Road, Tonbridge
Postcode: TN10 4PA (Google map)

Experience the flora and fauna of this nature-rich region through the seasons, with Kevin Sawford, a multi-award winning wildlife photographer based in the village of Woolpit, Suffolk.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £4 for RSPB members, £5 for non-members and £3 for concessions (pensioners, students and under 16s).

Telephone: 0774 979 9329

E-mail: rspb.tonbridge@gmail.com

Sat
23

Nature walk: Broadwater Warren RSPB reserve and the Ashdown Forest

Location: Broadwater Warren Nature Reserve. The car park is on Broadwater Forest Lane, which is a right turn off the A26 2.1 miles south of Tunbridge Wells. What3Word: eventful.spill.soup

A visit to one of our local reserves: RSPB Broadwater Warren Nature Reserve near Groombridge. The RSPB has restored it to a mixture of heathland, scrub and mixed woodland, so we hope to see birds like chiffchaff, whitethroat, woodlark, tree pipit and if we're lucky, maybe a Dartford warbler! We'll then move on to the nearby Ashdown Forest, for more heathland specialists.

Please note the earlier start time of 9.00 am.

Time: Meet at reserve car park, 9.00 am

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00 (by bank transfer or cash)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Thu
28

Nature walk at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Location: Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, near Rye, East Sussex
Postcode: TN31 7TX (Google map)

Rye Harbour is a lovely, diverse reserve on the Sussex coast with a mixture of beach, fresh and brackish pools, meadows and scrub, and we probably see a greater variety of birds here than anywhere else. It's plentifully provided with hides, too.

Time: Meet at car park, 10 am

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00 (by bank transfer or cash)

Booking essential

Telephone: 0774 979 9329

E-mail: rspb.tonbridge@gmail.com

May 2022

Sun
1

Dawn chorus walk

Location: Venue to be decided, but not far from Tonbridge.

It's International Dawn Chorus day, so join our experts to see how many songsters you already know, and maybe learn a few more. It's a very early start so that the we can pick up the first birds to start singing.

Time: Very early! 4.30 a.m. start.

Price: £4 for RSPB members, £5 for non-members

Telephone: 07989 476652

E-mail: lar123@virginmedia.com

Sat
21

Nature walk: Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve

Location: Meet in the reserve car park in Stodmarsh village. Once in Stodmarsh village take the narrow road to the right of the Red Lion pub. A narrow metalled track takes you, after c.400m, to a car park with several dedicated disabled bays and toilets including one accessible to wheelchairs.
Postcode: CT3 4BA (Google map)

An all day visit to Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve, which includes a huge area of freshwater marsh and reedbeds by the River Stour. It supports, as you might expect, plenty of reed and sedge warblers. It's a favourite place for hobbies, beautiful to watch in flight as they chase dragonflies. Turtle dove and nightingale are also possible.

Time: Meet at reserve car park, 10 am

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00 (by bank transfer or cash)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Thu
26

Nature Walk at Leybourne Lakes Country Park

Location: Leybourne Lakes Country Park, Leybourne, near Snodland
Postcode: ME20 6AA (Google map)

A morning visit to this inland area of flooded old gravel workings, with views of the North Downs. Summer migrants like reed and sedge warblers and blackcaps should be singing, and nightingales are regularly heard here.
Remember to bring appropriate clothing for the weather and binoculars. A packed lunch is optional as we will aim to finish by lunchtime.

Time: 9.30 am at the car park. (Note the earlier than usual time, as it's not far from Tonbridge)

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00, plus parking charge.

Booking essential

Telephone: 0774 979 9329

E-mail: rspb.tonbridge@gmail.com

June 2022

Sat
18

Nature walk to Seaford Head featuring Splash Point's kittiwake colony.

Location: Seaford Head Splash Point, Seaford, Sussex. It's the furthest point east along the promenade. There is parking along the sea front road.
Postcode: BN25 1BW (Google map)

An all day Saturday visit to Seaford, for the kittiwakes, and possibly fulmars, nesting on the chalk ledges. The grass and scrub above the cliffs support a variety of birds such as skylarks, meadow pipits, whitethroats and linnets. The flora of the chalk grassland is interesting too.

Beginners and experienced birders welcome. See the top of our events page at https://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/tonbridge/events/ for what to bring etc.

Time: 10 am at Splash Point

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00 (by bank transfer or cash)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Thu
23

Nature walk on Ashdown Forest including Old Lodge Nature Reserve

Location: Old Lodge Nature Reserve. The car park is just off the west side of the B2026 between Maresfield and Hartfield, Crowborough, East Sussex, a short distance north of the Kings Standing car park.
Latitude/longitude: 51.0557,0.0937 (Google map)

This beautiful Sussex Wildlife Trust reserve on the Ashdown Forest is noted for heathland specialists like stonechat, woodlark, tree pipit and redstart. Dartford warbler is possible, and we should hear, and if we're lucky see, a cuckoo or two.

Time: 10 am at the car park

Price: Recommended minimum donation £2.00 (by bank transfer or cash)

Booking essential

Telephone: 0774 979 9329

E-mail: rspb.tonbridge@gmail.com