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. We will try to help if you need a lift, please let us know if you can offer one.
If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

February 2020

Wed
19

'The Smoke that Thunders' - Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.

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

Brian Gallop will speak about animals, birds and other natural history of the National Parks in the area as well as the Victoria Falls themselves.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.50 for RSPB members, £4.50 for non-members and £2.50 for concessions (pensioners, students and under 16s).

E-mail: RSPB.tonbridge@gmail.com

Sun
23

Nature walk: Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve

Location: RSPB Rainham Marshes, New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet, Essex
Postcode: RM19 1SZ (Google map)

A reserve with an RSPB shop and café and one of the largest hides you're likely to see anywhere. It's on the north bank of the Thames Estuary just over the Dartford crossing.There are extensive pools, meadows and reed-beds and good views over the river. Even on a cold winter day there are exciting species about.
Note the change of date. This walk will be on Sunday, not the usual Saturday.

Time: 10 am at the destination to about 4 pm

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
26

Nature walk: Rainham Marshes RSPB Reserve

Location: RSPB Rainham Marshes, New Tank Hill Rd, Purfleet, Essex
Postcode: RM19 1SZ (Google map)

A reserve with an RSPB shop and café and one of the largest hides you're likely to see anywhere. It's on the north bank of the Thames Estuary just over the Dartford crossing There are extensive pools, meadows and reed-beds and good views over the river. Even on a cold winter day there are exciting species about.

Time: 10 am at the destination to about 4pm

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon107@gmail.com

March 2020

Wed
18

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.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.50 for RSPB members, £4.50 for non-members and £2.50 for concessions (pensioners, students and under 16s).

E-mail: RSPB.tonbridge@gmail.com

Sat
21

Nature walk: Elmley Marshes

Location: Elmley National Nature Reserve, Elmley, Isle of Sheppey, Kent

Postcode: ME12 3RW (Google map)

On the south of the Isle of Sheppey, a huge wide open landscape of low-lying fields that feels remote from civilization, and from disturbance. Expect to stop on the long access road and use the car as a hide. We'll be in the midst of spring migration so what we see will be weather dependent, but Elmley rarely disappoints

Time: 10 am at the destination to about 4pm

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
25

Nature walk: Elmley Marshes

Location: Elmley National Nature Reserve, Elmley, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Postcode: ME12 3RW (Google map)

On the south of the Isle of Sheppey, a huge wide open landscape of low-lying fields that feels remote from civilization, and from disturbance. Expect to stop on the long access road and use the car as a hide. We'll be in the midst of spring migration so what we see will be weather dependent, but Elmley rarely disappoints

Time: 10 am at the destination to about 4pm

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon107@gmail.com

April 2020

Sat
4

Annual Fundraising Quiz - no bird questions!

Location: Hadlow College,just south of Hadlow village on the road towards Tonbridge.
Postcode: TN11 0AL (Google map)

COME AND TEST YOUR GENERAL KNOWLEDGE WHILST RAISING MONEY FOR THE RSPB AND ENJOYING A FISH & CHIP OR PLOUGHMAN'S SUPPER!
We guarantee NO bird questions. It's a fun Saturday night, there's a super prize raffle, and food is included in the ticket price, provided by Hadlow College's in-house catering team.

We recommend teams of 6.This event usually sells out so reserve your places early.

To book, please download the booking form from the news item for October 2019. (At the top of this page click news - news archive - October 2019).

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £15 per person

Booking essential

Wed
15

Operation Turtle Dove

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

The RSPB's Nicole Khan talks about the turtle dove's breeding season in the UK, its migration and wintering quarters plus what help is being provided to help tackle its dramatic decline.
This is our last talk of the season, but nature walks continue in May and June. We start talks again in September.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.50 for RSPB members, £4.50 for non-members and £2.50 for concessions (pensioners, students and under 16s).

E-mail: RSPB.tonbridge@gmail.com

Sat
18

Nature walk: Rye Harbour

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

A real favourite destination, which has been expanded in recent years. There's a mix of seashore, fresh and salt water pools, shingle, meadows, scrub and trees, producing one of the best varieties of species in the south-east. By now good numbers of common and Sandwich terns, and Mediterranean and black-headed gulls, should have arrived to breed.

Time: 10 am at the destination to about 4pm

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
22

Nature walk: Rye Harbour

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

A real favourite destination, which has been expanded in recent years. There's a mix of seashore, fresh and salt water pools, shingle, meadows, scrub and trees, producing one of the best varieties of species in the south-east. By now good numbers of common and Sandwich terns, and Mediterranean and black-headed gulls, should have arrived to breed.

Time: 10 am at the destination to about 4pm

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon107@gmail.com

May 2020

Sat
16

London Wetland Centre

Location: Our coach will pick up at various places in Tonbridge, destination London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, London

Annual coach trip to the London Wetland Centre, an urban oasis for wildlife and people, close to central London, run by the WWT.
All welcome.

Time: 8.00 from Tonbridge

Price: £30, including entrance fee. £20 for members of WWT.

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

Sat
23

Nature walk: Stodmarsh

Location: Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve, Stodmarsh, Canterbury, Kent
Postcode: CT3 4BA (Google map)

An inland site with the largest reed-beds in the south-east, watered by the Great Stour. Variety is provided by areas of woodland and scrub, and a number of pools overlooked by hides. It's a great place to see or hear a good variety of warblers, and watch aerobatic displays by hobbies, swifts, swallows and martins.

Time: 10 am at the destination to about 4pm

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
27

Nature walk: Stodmarsh

Location: Stodmarsh National Nature Reserve, Stodmarsh, Canterbury, Kent
Postcode: CT3 4BA (Google map)

An inland site with the largest reed-beds in the south-east, watered by the Great Stour. Variety is provided by areas of woodland and scrub, and a number of pools overlooked by hides. It's a great place to see or hear a good variety of warblers, and watch aerobatic displays by hobbies, swifts, swallows and martins.

Time: 10 am at the destination to about 4pm

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon107@gmail.com

June 2020

Sat
20

Nature walk: Queendown Warren

Location: Queendown Warren Nature Reserve
Warren Lane, Hartlip, Sittingbourne, Kent

Postcode: ME9 7XH (Google map)

We're not just about birds! This SSSI in the North Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Beauty hosts an internationally important community of grassland orchids, many of which should be in bloom at this time. We'll be looking for birds as well, though. On our previous visit a few years ago we had good views of the endangered turtle dove.

Time: 10 am at the destination to about 4pm

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
24

Nature walk: Queendown Warren

Location: Queendown Warren Nature Reserve
Warren Lane, Hartlip, Sittingbourne, Kent
Postcode: ME9 7XH (Google map)

We're not just about birds! This SSSI in the North Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Beauty hosts an internationally important community of grassland orchids, many of which should be in bloom at this time. We'll be looking for birds as well, though. On our previous visit a few years ago we had good views of the endangered turtle dove.

Time: 10 am at the destination to about 4pm

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon107@gmail.com

August 2020

Thu
27

Bat boat trip

Location: The boat will cast off from Tonbridge Big Bridge, near the Castle, at 7.50 pm. Please get there 5-10 minutes in advance.
Postcode: TN9 1DR (Google map)

An evening boat ride along to Medway to look for and to listen for them by means of a bat detector. How many species will we find? Places on the boat will be limited, so don't leave it too late!
Wear warm enough clothes, as we'll be sitting down for the ride. You may want to bring insect repellent.

Time: 7.45 pm

Price: £20 per person, including hot chocolate

Booking essential

Telephone: 07989 476652

E-mail: lar123@virginmedia.com

September 2020

Wed
16

There's a Tapir at the Door!

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

Gary Prescott, the Biking Birder, will describe the birds, reserves and people seen and met during his Biking Birder years, when he became the 2016 UK, European and World Green Birding Champion.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.50 for RSPB members, £4.50 for non-members and £2.50 for concessions (pensioners, students and under 16s).

E-mail: RSPB.tonbridge@gmail.com

Sat
19

Nature walk

Location: Not decided yet

A guided walk to a local nature reserve

Time: 10 am at the destination to about 4pm

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential