Events

Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

September 2019

Thu
26

Indoor Meeting. The Long Spring- Laurence Rose

Location: Ossett Community Centre, Prospect Road, Ossett
Postcode: WF5 8AN (Google map)

Our first meeting after the summer break when we welcome Laurence Rose. Laurence is a writer, editor and nature conservationist with a passion for wildlife since childhood, and has worked for the RSPB in a variety of roles since 1983,including ten years as Director of Northern England. He is currently working as part of the "Back from the Brink" team on an ambitious species recovery project. Laurence's book "A Long Spring" was published in 2018 and is an account of a series of journeys he undertook tracking the arrival of spring in Europe, starting off in North Africa at the beginning of February and finishing in Arctic Norway at the end of May. His talk will feature some of the highlights he encountered on his travels and will look at the wildlife of Spain, France, the UK and Scandinavia, including migrating swallows, cranes, swans and eagles. It promises to be a fascinating evening so do come along to share it with us.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £2 group members £4 non-members

Telephone: 01924 266821

Sun
29

Outdoor Meeting- Frampton Marsh RSPB reserve

Location: Frampton Marsh RSPB reserve.

Our autumn coach trip takes in this fantastic RSPB reserve located on the edge of the Wash. It's one of the best places in the UK for waders and there should be a good variety to enjoy and possibly a rarity or two. The first returning brent geese should also have arrived for the winter and are always a pleasure to see. A trip not to be missed. The coach will depart Northgate car park in Wakefield at 8am. We expect to arrive back in Wakefield at about 7pm. Booking essential. £18 for group members. £20 for non-members. Contact Paul on 01924 456352 to reserve your place.

Time: 8.00am

Price: £18 for group members £20 for non-members

Booking essential

Telephone: 01924 456352

October 2019

Thu
24

Indoor Meeting. Iceland - Keith Clarkson

Location: Ossett Community Centre, Prospect Road, Ossett
Postcode: WF5 8AN (Google map)

Keith grew up in Sheffield where he developed a love of wildlife in the nearby Peak District. After studying in Sheffield and abroad he worked for Sheffield City Museum and the Peak District National Park Authority, before working for the RSPB in various roles, ending up as Site Manager at Bempton Cliffs, where he led the transformation of the reserve into Britain's most accessible seabird colony.Now retired Keith is able to spend more time on his passions for travel, bird migration, moths and wildlife gardening! His travels have taken him all over the world, including several trips to Iceland, and his talk, subtitled "A Land of Ice, Fire and Birds", will showcase the very best of Iceland through the seasons. Keith will tell us the best places to visit, the best birds to see, including breeding waders and wildfowl such as Harlequin duck and red-necked phalarope, all set against a stunning wilderness landscape and will even show us the Northern Lights. Please join us for what is bound to be an excellent evening.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £2 group members £4 non-members

Telephone: 01924 266821

Sat
26

Outdoor Meeting- Anglers Country Park

Location: Anglers Country Park- meet at the car park
Postcode: WF4 2EB (Google map)

The top birding site in the Wakefield district, Anglers always has something of interest at any time of year but an October visit increase the possibilities with migration still well underway. Woodpigeons and finches are often on the move at this time of year depending on the weather conditions, sometimes in big numbers. The wildfowl population will be swelled by the arrival of winter visitors.

Time: 9.00am

Price: Free but parking charges apply

Telephone: 01924 456352

November 2019

Thu
28

Indoor Meeting. Trinidad and Tobago - Ashley Grove

Location: Ossett Community Centre, Prospect Road, Ossett
Postcode: WF5 8AN (Google map)

Our meeting sees us welcome another new speaker to the group with a talk by Ashley Groves on "Trinidad and Tobago - Home of the Hummingbird". Ashley has really enjoyed nature and the great outdoors from an early age and has volunteered with the RSPB for many years. He has now set up his own company, "Experience Nature", running very successful wildlife and photography holidays both in the UK and overseas. His talk will show us the highlights of recent trips to these beautiful Caribbean Islands, where Ashley was able to fulfil his dream to photograph hummingbirds, which have fascinated him for many years. It will feature plenty of lovely images of these exquisite little jewels, along with some of the other wonderfully colourful birdlife of the islands, such as scarlet ibises, red-billed tropic birds and manakins, all set against the backdrop of the exotic local flora. The talk will also include some film with the sounds of some of the species featured, so it will be a real treat and a bit of very welcome escapism on a winter's evening - do join us!

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £2 group members £4 non-members

Telephone: 01924 266821