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.

September 2021

Thu
23

Nature walk at Cliffe Pools

Location: Cliffe Pools RSPB Nature Reserve, 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 migrating waders while there are patches of scrub sheltering smaller birds.

Please note facilities are limited at this reserve, i.e. there is no cafe or toilet

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: 0774 979 9329

E-mail: rspb.tonbridge@gmail.com

October 2021

Wed
20

Illustrated nature talk: Iceland and back

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

RSPB volunteer Brian Nobbs, will give us a glimpse of the geology of Iceland while explaining how some bird species migrate from or through the UK to breed in this island nation.

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 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 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: 07745 180110

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Thu
28

Nature walk at Dungeness

Location: Dungeness RSPB Nature Reserve, Dungeness Rd, Lydd, Kent
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: 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

November 2021

Wed
17

Nature talk: Martin Garwood - Keeping swifts in our skies

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

An illustrated talk by our local swift specialist about this fascinating annual visitor to our skies

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
20

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 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
25

Nature walk on the Isle of Sheppey

Location: Meet at the car park by Neptune's Beach cafe, Shellness Rd, Leysdown-on-Sea, Sheerness. (This is beyond the Coastal Park Garden Cafe, which seems to share the same postcode).
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 raptor viewpoint can offer good views of buzzards, marsh harriers and others.

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: 0774 979 9329

E-mail: rspb.tonbridge@gmail.com

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.

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

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