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.

February 2021

Wed
10

Birdwatching in Northumberland Mark Eaton ZOOM TALK

Location: by ZOOM. To request to join mailing list please email watfordrspb@gmail.com

See the range of birds in this large county with very varied habitats

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

Wed
10

Bird Flight - Dr Edward Eastwood CANCELLED - hopefully to be rescheduled

Location: Stanborough Centre, Stanborough Park Church, 609 St Albans Rd, Watford
Postcode: WD25 9jl (Google map)

Dr Edward Eastwood is a Fellow of the University of Hertfordshire and the Curator of its Pinetum. He describes himself as a keen environmentalist and an active retiree having spent his career in higher education. His main teaching Interests have included Animal Behaviour, Bio-mechanics and Neurophysiology. His doctorate is in entomology. He has a particular interest in the use of film and video in teaching and served for eight years as a director on the British Universities Film and Video Council and has recently been involved in the production of a Promotional Video about the Pinetum. He has been heard on the radio talking about natural history topics and has worked with the BBC as scientific adviser on such television presentations as the 'Water Walkers' and 'Animal Olympians' PROVISIONAL PLEASE CHECK BEFORE ATTENDING

Time: 8pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
21

Elmley Marshes, Kent CANCELLED

Location: Meet at 10am in reserve car park at end of long track in. Grid Ref TQ938680

Provisional -please check before travelling

These very special remote wetlands on the Isle of Sheppey attract masses of wintering ducks, geese and waders, and a variety of birds of prey. We saw a merlin last time. It's over a mile to the first hide; 6 miles round trip to the furthest one. An entrance fee applies

Time: 10 am

Price: Travel costs

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

March 2021

Wed
10

Birds of Poole Harbour Osprey Project - Brittany Maxted ZOOM Talk

Location: Zoom meeting. To request to join our mailing list email watfordrspb@gmail.com

The progress of the exciting project to introduce Ospreys to Poole Harbour

Time: 8pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

Wed
10

The Algarve - Jono Forgham CANCELLED - hopefully to be rescheduled

Location: Stanborough Centre, Stanborough Park Church, 609 St Albans Rd., Watford
Postcode: WD25 9JL (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.
Provisional Please do not attend without checking

Time: 8pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
21

Titchfield Haven and Farlington Marshes, Hampshire Provisional

Location: Meet at 10am at coast roadside car parking 200 yds west of Titchfield reserve entrance Grid Ref SU535023

Please check before travelling

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 courtship season which usually includes a few Mediterraneans. Wintering brent geese should still be on the Marshes. Entrance fee at Titchfield which has a good little café

Time: 10 am

Price: Entry fee

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

April 2021

Sun
4

Scotland

Location: Travel arrangements to be arranged with participants

Seven-day trip led by Ashley Saunders and Nick Parsons of Oriole Birding Fully booked - waiting list only

Time: To be arranged with participants

Price: £1150 (fully booked)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

Wed
14

The Great Bear Rainforest - Home of the Spirit Bear - Matt Collis ZOOM Talk

Location: Zoom talk. To enquire about joining our mailing list email watfordrspb@gmail.com

Situated on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada lies one of the last great tracts of unspoilt wilderness left anywhere in the world; The Great Bear Rainforest. Rarely visited except for the fishermen and the First Nations who call it home, this continuous stretch of temperate rainforest holds many secrets but none more sacred than of Moksgm'ol, known colloquially as the Spirit Bear. Hear how a whole population of white bears went undiscovered for centuries, protected under the watchful eye of the local people and the ancestors. Discover how an entire oceanic ecosystem has become intrinsically intertwined with that of this rainforest and be awestruck by the magnificence of its complexity and beauty. Finally, learn how multiple threats have converged on this virgin land which not only threaten the bears but could intrinsically unpick the threads holding this web of beauty together.

Time: 8pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Sun
18

Summer Leys and Harrold Odell Country Park, Northants Provisional

Location: Meet at 10am in Summer Leys reserve car park Grid Ref SP885633

Please check before travelling

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

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

May 2021

Wed
12

In the spotlight- highlights Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust of a year on HMWT Nature Reserves. - Joshua Wells CANCELLED hopefully to be rescheduled Senior Reserves Manager HMWT.

Location: Standborough Centre, Standbourgh Park Church, 609 St Albans Rd Watford
Postcode: WD25 9JL (Google map)

Josh will tell us about some the projects they have undertaken on a select number of reserves recently, picking a couple nearby and a couple further afield.

Time: 8pm

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 01582 792843

Wed
12

Crane Spotting- Ashley Grove ZOOM talk

Location: Via ZOOM - to request to be added to our mailing list please email watfordrspb@gmail.com
Postcode: WD25 9JL (Google map)

The Lake Hornborga area of Sweden plays host to one of the most incredible bird spectacles to be seen in Europe, with over 25,000 Common Cranes stopping here to feed on their journey to more northerly breeding grounds. This talk centres around these birds but includes other wildlife that make this area so special to visit in the early Spring. All five European Grebe species can be seen at this time and top birds like White-tailed Eagle, Hawfinch and Capercaillie are other highlights.

Provisional Please do not attend without checking

Time: 8pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
16

Pulborough Brooks RSPB, West Sussex PROVISIONAL

Location: Coach departs Watford Central Library

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 2021

Wed
9

Annual General Meeting Followed by presentation PROVISIONAL

Location: Stanborough Centre Stanborough Park Church, 609, St AlbansRd, Watford,
Postcode: WD25 9JL (Google map)

The AGM will be followed by a presentation - details to follow

Provisional Please check before attending

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sat
19

Thursley Common, Surrey Provisional

Location: Meet at 3pm in Moat Car Park east of road running south from Elstead Grid Ref SU899416
Please check before travelling

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. If the 2020 fire damage on the Common is too great we'll visit an alternative area close by

Time: 3 pm

Price: Travel and supper costs

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

September 2021

Wed
8

Wildlife on Your Doorstep - Tom Way PROVISIONAL

Location: STanborough Centre, Stanborough Park Church, 609, St Alband Rd, Watford
Postcode: WD25 9JL (Google map)

A talk emphasising all the fantastic wildlife there is to see and photograph on our doorsteps, from Deer to Hedgehogs and from Owls to Foxes. Tom will not only be showing you his wildlife images from our local areas but also describing all the stories behind how he took the images. This talk also branches out to talk about our coastlines and the Northern areas of the UK showing images of the very charismatic Puffins and Red squirrel.

PLEASE check before attending

Time: 8pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843