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.

October 2019

Wed
23

Nature walk: Oare Marshes

Location: Oare marshes nature reserve, Church Rd, Faversham

Postcode: ME13 0QD (Google map)

Join us at this Kent Wildlife Trust (KWT) reserve, next to the mudflats of the Thames Estuary. It supports large numbers of waders and waterfowl and a good smattering of smaller birds.
See the notes at the top of the page or at
rspb.org.uk/groups/tonbridge/events.

Time: 10 am

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon107@gmail.com

November 2019

Wed
20

Trinidad, Tobago and St Lucia

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

Brian Nobbs takes us on a natural history tour around this trio of Caribbean islands.
Preceded by a brief AGM.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

E-mail: RSPB.tonbridge@gmail.com

Sat
23

Nature walk: Isle of Sheppey

Location: Isle of Sheppey, on the North Kent coast.

Join us on our nature walk to the Isle of Sheppey.
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.
See the notes at the top of the page or at
rspb.org.uk/groups/tonbridge/events.

Time: 10 am at the destination

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
27

Nature walk: Isle of Sheppey

Location: Isle of Sheppey, on the North Kent coast. Get in touch for meeting point details.

Join us on our nature walk to the Isle of Sheppey.
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.
See the notes at the top of the page or at
rspb.org.uk/groups/tonbridge/events.

Time: 10 am at the destination

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon107@gmail.com

December 2019

Wed
11

The National Parks of North America

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

A talk about many of the iconic 'mid-west' desert and Rocky Mountains National Parks. Hugely varied and
exciting wildlife, living in the extraordinary landscapes of Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. From black bears to mountain bluebirds and beyond, with Chris Ward.

Time: 7.30 pm

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

E-mail: RSPB.tonbridge@gmail.com

Sat
14

Nature walk: Riverside Country Park, Gillingham

Location: Riverside Country Park, Lower Rainham Rd, Rainham, Gillingham
Postcode: ME7 2XH (Google map)

Riverside Park is situated where the Medway widens dramatically, dotted with islands before it joins the Thames. We hope to find large groups of wintering waterfowl and waders. At this time of year we aim for a relatively close location, and a short visit. The state of the tide is crucial here, so make sure to check the start time with the leader.
See the notes at the top of the page or at rspb.org.uk/groups/tonbridge/events.

Time: Check with leader

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
18

Nature walk: Riverside Country Park, Gillingham

Location: Riverside Country Park, Lower Rainham Rd, Rainham, Gillingham
Postcode: ME7 2XH (Google map)

Riverside Park is situated where the Medway widens dramatically, dotted with islands before it joins the Thames. We hope to find large groups of wintering waterfowl and waders. At this time of year we aim for a relatively close location, and a short visit. The state of the tide is crucial here, so make sure to check the start time with the leader.
See the notes at the top of the page or at rspb.org.uk/groups/tonbridge/events.

Time: Check with leader

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon107@gmail.com

January 2020

Tue
14

Eh? What? Pardon? What's that noise? - Bird songs and calls

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

Popular returning speaker David Darrell-Lambert will explain the different methods of learning songs and calls, and suggest a top ten of vocalisations to learn.

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: Dungeness RSPB Reserve

Location: RSPB Dungeness Reserve
Latitude/longitude: 50.93980,0.93364 (Google map)

All day visit. Another favourite with excellent facilities, built on one of the largest areas of shingle in the country. We should expect a good variety of ducks including goldeneye, pintail and maybe smew. Some of the rarer grebes are always possible, great white egret is a regular, and there's plenty of scrub for the smaller birds.

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: Dungeness RSPB Reserve

Location: RSPB Dungeness Reserve
Latitude/longitude: 50.93980,0.93364 (Google map)

All day visit. Another favourite with excellent facilities, built on one of the largest areas of shingle in the country. We should expect a good variety of ducks including goldeneye, pintail and maybe smew. Some of the rarer grebes are always possible, great white egret is a regular, and there's plenty of scrub for the smaller birds.

Time: 10 am at the destination to about 4pm

Price: Recommended minimum donation: £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon107@gmail.com

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

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

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