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.

March 2020

Wed
11

Hertfordshire Birds - Mike Illet

Location: The Stanborough Centre at Stanborough Park Church, 609, St Albans Rd, Watford
Latitude/longitude: 51.683504,-0.392282 (Google map)

Mike Illet was one of the four joint authors of the widely acclaimed "Birds of Hertfordshire" and is a committee member of the Herts Bird Club. The first half will be all about raptors in Herts and the second half about rarer species in our county. HBC publications will be on sale and you will be able join this excellent organisation for only £12 per annum

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
22

Titchfield Haven and Farlington Marshes, Hampshire

Location: Meet at coast roadside car parking 200 yds west of Titchfield Haven reserve entrance Grid Ref SU535023
Latitude/longitude: 50.818228,-1.241201 (Google map)

Two contrasting sites on either side of Portsmouth. A mix of birds in coastal and riverside habitats at the Haven reserve, including the start of gull nesting season which usually includes a few Mediterraneans. Wintering Brent geese should still be on the Marshes

Time: 10 am

Price: Travel costs

Telephone: 01923 854509

Sun
29

Frampton Marsh

Location: Join us on this coach trip - a bonus one after flooding forced cancellation of another plan. A great opportunity to visit a well respected reserve where anything can turn up. Coach departs Watford Central Library as usual
Latitude/longitude: 51.660627,-0.403415 (Google map)

This reserve near The Wash has a variety of freshwater habitats. A haven for wintering duck and waders ..

Time: 7.30 am

Price: £25

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

April 2020

Wed
8

The Trials of Life of Butterflies- Richard Revels

Location: The Stanborough Centre at Stanborough Park Church, 609, St Albans Rd, Watford


Latitude/longitude: 51.683504,-0.392282 (Google map)

Richard Revels FRPS started photographing wildlife in the mid 1960's, concentrating at that time mostly on butterflies and moths. So, this is very much a return to his first love with a detailed look at the Life cycles, predators and other hazards these beautiful insects are subjected to. The habitats of different species are shown ranging from the uplands of Scotland to local woods and downs.

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 01582 792843

Fri
17

Scotland Trip

Location: For further details contact John Fisher although trip is fully booked

17-23 April Seven-day trip led by Ashley Saunders and Jason Moss of Oriole Birding - approx. £1100 per person - fully booked so standby list only

Time: To be arranged with participants

Price: £1100 approx

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
26

Summer Leys and Harrold Odell Country Park, Northants

Location: Meet in Summer Leys reserve car park Grid Ref SP885633
Latitude/longitude: 52.261198,-0.704000 (Google map)

A great little reserve near Wellingborough with extensive open water and a sand martin colony. Grebes, lapwings and oystercatchers should be displaying, and terns and warblers back for the summer. Harrold Odell is more manicured but still worth a visit while we're in the area

Time: 10 am

Price: Travel costs

Telephone: 01923 854509

May 2020

Wed
13

The Algarve - Jono Forgham

Location: The Stanborough Centre at Stanborough Park Church, 609, St Albans Rd, Watford
Latitude/longitude: 51.683504,-0.392282 (Google map)

Jono Forgham, has visited the Algarve on 6 occasions in the last 10 years, travelling the entire length of this fabulous birding area. Staying in Tavira in the East, he spent time on the extensive saltpans and the beach which can only be reached by boat. To the West he stayed in Lagos and travelled by bus to Sagres and the most westerly point in mainland Europe, Cabo de Sao Vincente, where blue rock thrush and chough can easily be noted.

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
31

Pulborough Brooks RSPB, West Sussex

Location: Coach departs Watford Central Library
Latitude/longitude: 51.660627,-0.403415 (Google map)

Our last coach trip of the season to this familiar reserve with top notch facilities. A good time of year for nightingales, warblers and hirundines. Owls and other raptors could be hunting, and butterflies and dragonflies should be on the go

Time: 7.30 am

Price: £25

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

June 2020

Wed
10

Annual General Meeting followed by talk by Ian Bennell

Location: The Stanborough Centre at Stanborough Park Church, 609, St Albans Rd, Watford


Latitude/longitude: 51.683504,-0.392282 (Google map)

Annual General Meeting followed by a presentation by our own member Ian Bennell who was born and bred in Watford. He started birding when he was just 8 years old and first went to the Watford RSPB group at 15. He was on the Herts Bird Club committee for 3 years, started twitching in 2001 and now has seen over 450 species in the UK and 250 in Hertfordshire. He takes picture of most of the rare birds he sees. May also show us a moth or two!

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sat
13

Thursley Common, Surrey

Location: Meet in Moat Car Park east of road running south from Elstead.

Grid Ref SU899416
Latitude/longitude: 51.167032,-0.714876 (Google map)

Our yearly Saturday outing. An afternoon walk in search of woodlarks, tree pipits, common redstarts and Dartford warblers, followed by pub grub, then nightjars as daylight goes

Time: 3 pm

Price: Travel costs

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

July 2020

Wed
15

Evening Walk and Supper

Location: Shenley Park Further details nearer the time

Our traditional round-off to the season. A local walk, followed by lasagne and salad supper (with veggie alternative).

Time: 7 pm

Price: £9 - to be confirmed

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

September 2020

Wed
9

Ben's Special Pictures - Ben Andrew

Location: The Stanborough Centre at Stanborough Park Church, 609, St Albans Rd, Watford
Latitude/longitude: 51.683504,-0.392282 (Google map)

Ben Andrew manages the RSPB's photographic library - RSPB Images but is also an award-winning wildlife photographer himself, winning the 2015 BBC Countryfile calendar competition and the "British Seasons" category of the 2017 British Wildlife Photography Awards.

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 01582 792843

Tue
15

North Norfolk Mid-Week Trip

Location: For further details contact Peter Draper

15-17 September Our regular autumn trip. Shared transport birdwatching on the way up, then 2 nights accommodation and 2 days with a local guide

Time: To be arranged with participants

Price: £275

Booking essential

Telephone: 020 8950 2430