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 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

Tue
14

Three Day Norfolk Trip

Location: Staying at Great Ryburgh

14th -16th September. It is self guided on day one and then two days guided by Oriole Birding staying at The Blue Boar Great Ryburgh
Fully booked - waiting list only

Time: To be arranged with participants

Price: £275

Booking essential

Telephone: 020 8950 2530

E-mail: prdraper@btinternet.com

Sun
19

Rainham Marshes PROVISIONAL

Location: Meet in reserve car park Grid ref TQ547788.

Back to the reserve bordering the upper Thames Estuary. It's a good walk round past their pools and reedbeds. Wildfowl and waders can attract peregrines and other birds of prey. Worth checking the estuary mudflats as well

Time: 10 am

Price: Travel costs

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

E-mail: jennyhill01@viginmedia.com

October 2021

Wed
13

In the spotlight- highlights Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust of a year on HMWT Nature Reserves - Josh Kalms PROVISIONAL

Location: Stanborough Centre, 609 St Albans Rd, Watford


Postcode: WD25 9JL (Google map)

Josh Kalms People and Wildlife Officer HMWT, will cover highlights from his roles at the Trust, to include aspects of the Affinity Biodiversity project and in particular the black necked grebes at Hilfield and water vole's reintroduction along the Ver.

Time: 8pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
17

Pulborough Brooks RSPB, West Sussex Provisional

Location: Coach departs Watford Central Library

Our First coach trip of the season to this familiar reserve with top notch facilities. Winter geese may be arriving. Look out for deer

Time: 7.30 am

Price: £25

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

E-mail: jennyhill01@viginmedia.com

November 2021

Wed
10

Iceland and Back - Brian Nobbs Provisional

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

Brian Nobbs takes us to Iceland to look at the birds and their habitats ranging from Brunnich's Guillemots and Puffins on the lava cliffs to Red-necked Phalaropes, divers and Slavonian Grebes on the lakes and Harlequin Ducks on the streams. Whooper Swans, Pink-footed Geese and many waders migrate to and from, or via, the UK (hence the "and back") and we can compare them on their breeding grounds and wintering grounds and examine their migration routes. Also, we cannot visit Iceland without looking at some of the outstanding geology

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
14

Aberton Reservoir PROVISIONAL

Location: Meet in the Visitor Centre Car Park Post Code CO2 0EU

The huge expanse of Essex & Suffolk Water's Abberton Reservoir is one of Europe's top wetland sites. Up to 40,000 ducks, swans and geese visit each year. Most winters you can see red necked grebes, long tailed ducks, smew, scaup, great white and cattle egrets and there is always a chance of a bittern. The Visitor Centre has toilets and refreshments. Both subject to Covid regulations.

Time: 10 am

Price: Travel costs

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

E-mail: jennyhill01@viginmedia.com

Wed
17

The Women Who Saved the Birds - Tessa Boase ZOOM Talk

Location: This talk will be delivered via Zoom. To be added to the distribution list for invitations please contact us via the contact page

When social historian Tessa Boase told the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, she wanted to write their early story, they refused to let her visit their archives. To a former investigative journalist, this was a challenge she could not resist . . . This talk shines a light on the intriguing story of women's love affair with plumage - and of the brave eco feminists who fought back on behalf of the birds. Moving from a polite Victorian tea party to an egret hunt in a Florida swamp; from a suffragette 'monster rally' to a feather girl's dusty workshop, you'll be taken back in time to a world where every woman, of every class wore a hat. Tessa is author of Etta Lemon - The Woman Who Saved the Birds.

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

E-mail: watfordrspb@gmail.com

December 2021

Wed
8

The Algarve - Jono Forgham Provisional

Location: Stanborough Centre, 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.

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
12

Tring Reservoirs PROVISIONAL

Location: Meet in car park below Wilstone Reservoir Grid ref SP904135

A local patch. Visits to all 4 reservoirs starting off with Wilstone. We can expect a good mix of waders as long as water levels aren't too high. Always the chance of a rarity passing through

Time: 10 am

Price: Travel costs

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

E-mail: jennyhill01@viginmedia.com

Mon
13

December Norfolk Trip

Location: North Norfolk. Meeting place will be arranged with participants

13th- 15th December Trip to Norfolk staying at Briarfields. Shared transport

Time: To be arranged with participants

Price: £235

Booking essential

Telephone: 020 8950 2530

E-mail: prdraper@btinternet.com