Events

Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB or a local group to join us at our events. Birdwatching experience is not necessary, as members are always very willing and ready to share their expertise with beginners, but please bear in mind that we are a small local volunteer group. If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details. For our field trips take RSPB membership cards (or entrance fees may be charged), warm waterproof clothes and footwear, binoculars and packed lunches.
Our events are now listed on http://www.wherecanwego.com/

January 2018

Wed
17

Indoor meeting - Rolf Williams: Space for Nature

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

Rolf has recently (2016) completed an artist residency at Durlston Country Park, Swanage, Dorset. Find out how the Jurassic Coast, its wildlife and the marinescape, inspired his life in art and science. Learn about 'Nicole', a great white shark that revealed something extraordinary about her species thanks to the use of space satellites. This story led to the creation of Rolf's unique art exhibition that, like this presentation, extols the use of satellites to explore animal behaviour... but, how on Earth did a numbat make it all happen?!

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB Members £3.50 RSPB Concession £2.50 Non-members £4.50

Telephone: 01732 362177

E-mail: lar123@virginmedia.com

Sat
20

Field trip - RSPB Dungeness reserve

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

All day Saturday visit - a favourite destination for the great white egret, rarer grebes and good numbers of wintering ducks.
Remember to bring membership cards (where relevant), appropriate clothing, binoculars and a packed lunch. For meeting place and transport arrangements check with Geoff Shoebridge, email or phone a week ahead or ask at an indoor meeting.

Time: 10 am to about 4 pm

Price: £2 minimum donation

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
24

Field trip - RSPB Dungeness reserve

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

All day Wednesday visit - a favourite destination for the great white egret, rarer grebes and good numbers of wintering ducks.
Remember to bring membership cards (where relevant), appropriate clothing, binoculars and a packed lunch. For meeting place and transport arrangements check with Doreen Dixon, email or phone a week ahead or ask at an indoor meeting.

Time: 10 am to about 4 pm

Price: £2 minimum donation

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon@talktalk.net

February 2018

Wed
21

Indoor meeting - Paul Laurie: Birdwatching on Blakeney Point

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

The migration story on Blakeney Point during 2017, as seen by Paul, together with a little history and geography.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB Members £3.50 RSPB Concessions £2.50 Non-members £4.50

Telephone: 01732 362177

E-mail: lar123@virginmedia.com

Sat
24

Field trip - Isle of Sheppey

Location: Isle of Sheppey
Postcode: ME12 3RW (Google map)

All day Saturday visit. Shellness & raptor viewpoint - for lots of waders on the mud, brent geese, and possible red-breasted mergansers or snow buntings. From the viewpoint we may see marsh and hen harriers, peregrine, rough-legged buzzard and/or merlin.

Remember to bring membership cards (where relevant), appropriate clothing, binoculars and a packed lunch. For meeting place and transport arrangements check with Geoff Shoebridge, email or phone a week ahead or ask at an indoor meeting.

Time: 10 am to about 4 pm

Price: £2 minimum donation plus parking

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
28

Field trip - Isle of Sheppey

Location: Isle of Sheppey: Shellness & raptor viewpoint

All day Wednesday visit. Shellness & raptor viewpoint - for lots of waders on the mud, brent geese, and possible red-breasted mergansers or snow buntings. From the viewpoint we may see marsh and hen harriers, peregrine, rough-legged buzzard and/or merlin.

Remember to bring membership cards (where relevant), appropriate clothing, binoculars and a packed lunch. For meeting place and transport arrangements check with Doreen Dixon, email or phone a week ahead or ask at an indoor meeting.

Time: 10 am to about 4 pm

Price: £2 minimum donation plus parking

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon@talktalk.net

March 2018

Wed
21

Indoor meeting - Simon Ginnaw: Kent's Wild Year

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

Local nature expert Simon makes a welcome return to talk about the stunning landscapes and beautiful wildlife of the county of Kent through the seasons.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB Members £3.50 RSPB Concessions £2.50 Non-members £4.50

Telephone: 01732 362177

E-mail: lar123@virginmedia.com

Sat
24

Field trip - Pegwell Bay

Location: Pegwell Bay Country Park, Sandwich Road, Ramsgate, Kent
Postcode: CT12 5JB (Google map)

All day Saturday visit - its mixture of salt-marsh and mudflats attracts flocks of sanderling, grey plovers, curlews, knot and brent geese.
Remember to bring membership cards (where relevant), appropriate clothing, binoculars and a packed lunch. For meeting place and transport arrangements, contact Geoff Shoebridge, email or phone a week ahead or ask at an indoor meeting.

Time: 10 am

Price: £2 minimum donation plus parking

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
28

Field trip - Pegwell Bay

Location: Pegwell Bay Country Park, Sandwich Road, Ramsgate, Kent
Postcode: CT12 5JB (Google map)

All day Wednesday visit - its mixture of salt-marsh and mudflats attracts flocks of sanderling, grey plovers, curlews, knot and brent geese.
Remember to bring membership cards (where relevant), appropriate clothing, binoculars and a packed lunch. For meeting place and transport arrangements contact Doreen Dixon, email or phone a week ahead or ask at an indoor meeting.

Time: 10 am

Price: £2 minimum donation plus parking

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon@talktalk.net

April 2018

Sat
14

Tonbridge Local Group Annual Fundraising Quiz

Location: Hadlow College
Postcode: TN11 0AL (Google map)

Teams of six people are recommended.
Ample free parking.
Bring your own drinks and glasses.
Strictly no bird questions.
Book by 31st January.
This is our major fundraising event of the year - all proceeds go to support RSPB giving nature a home.

Time: 7pm for 7:30pm start

Price: £15 per person including fish and chips or ploughman's supper

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 350732

E-mail: GeoffMason66@outlook.com

Wed
18

Indoor meeting - Ralph & Brenda Todd: Where Yee-Haa meets Ole

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

A winter wildlife tour round the Southern States of New Mexico and Southern California into Texas.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB Members £3.50 RSPB Concessions £2.50 Non-members £4.50

Telephone: 01732 362177

E-mail: lar123@virginmedia.com

Sat
21

Field trip to Rye Harbour

Location: Rye Harbour, Rye
Latitude/longitude: 50.936878,0.762879 (Google map)

All day Saturday visit - with its tapestry of habitats, a great variety of species is expected including perhaps garganey, Mediterranean gull, Sandwich tern and a selection of warblers.
Remember to bring membership cards (where relevant), appropriate clothing, binoculars and a packed lunch. For meeting place and transport arrangements, contact Geoff Shoebridge, email or phone a week ahead or ask at an indoor meeting.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Minimum charge £2

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
25

Field trip to Rye Harbour

Location: Rye Harbour, Rye
Latitude/longitude: 50.936878,0.762879 (Google map)

All day Wednesday visit - with its tapestry of habitats, a great variety of species is expected including perhaps garganey, Mediterranean gull, Sandwich terns and a selection of warblers.
Remember to bring membership cards (where relevant), appropriate clothing, binoculars and a packed lunch. For meeting place and transport arrangements, contact Doreen Dixon, email or phone a week ahead or ask at an indoor meeting.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: £2 minimum donation plus parking

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon@talktalk.net

May 2018

Sat
12

Annual coach outing - RSPB Lakenheath Fen reserve with optional visit to Weeting Heath

Location: RSPB Lakenheath Fen reserve

RSPB Lakenheath Fen reserve with optional visit to Weeting Heath.

Time: 8 am

Price: Expected cost around £20

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon@talktalk.net

Sat
19

Field trip - RSPB Rainham Marshes reserve

Location: RSPB Rainham Marshes, Purfleet Environmental and Educational Centre, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex RM19 1SZ
Latitude/longitude: 51.49040,0.23413 (Google map)

All day Saturday visit - just across the Thames for a variety of warblers, swallows and martins, wheatears, snipe, and raptors.
Remember to bring membership cards (where relevant), appropriate clothing, binoculars and a packed lunch. For meeting place and transport arrangements, contact Geoff Shoebridge, email or phone a week ahead or ask at an indoor meeting.

Time: 10 am to about 4 pm

Price: £2 minimum donation

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
23

Field trip - RSPB Rainham Marshes reserve

Location: RSPB Rainham Marshes, Purfleet Environmental and Educational Centre, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex RM19 1SZ
Latitude/longitude: 51.49040,0.23413 (Google map)

All day Wednesday field trip - just across the Thames for a variety of warblers, swallows and martins, wheatears, snipe, and raptors.
Remember to bring membership cards (where relevant), appropriate clothing, binoculars and a packed lunch. For meeting place and transport arrangements, contact Doreen Dixon, email or phone a week ahead or ask at an indoor meeting.

Time: 10 am to about 4 pm

Price: £2 minimum donation

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon@talktalk.net

June 2018

Sat
16

Field Trip - Seaford Head & Newhaven Tide Mills

Location: Seaford Head Splash Point, Seaford, Sussex
Postcode: BN25 1BW (Google map)

All day Saturday visit - for kittiwakes nesting on chalk ledges, skylarks, meadow pipits, whitethroats and linnets.
Remember to bring membership cards (where relevant), appropriate clothing, binoculars and a packed lunch. For meeting place and transport arrangements contact Geoff Shoebridge, email or phone a week ahead or ask at an indoor meeting.

Time: 10 am

Price: £2 minimum donation plus parking

Booking essential

Telephone: 01732 771464

E-mail: g.shoebridge@btinternet.com

Wed
20

Field Trip - Seaford Head & Newhaven Tide Mills

Location: Seaford Head Splash Point, Seaford, Sussex
Postcode: BN25 1BW (Google map)

All day Wednesday visit - for kittiwakes nesting on chalk ledges, skylarks, meadow pipits, whitethroats and linnets.
Remember to bring membership cards (where relevant), appropriate clothing, binoculars and a packed lunch. For meeting place and transport arrangements contact Doreen Dixon, email or phone a week ahead or ask at an indoor meeting.

Time: 10 am

Price: Minimum charge £2 plus parking

Booking essential

Telephone: 01892 832130

E-mail: doreendixon@talktalk.net