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.

January 2018

Thu
18

John Hurrell Walk Staines Moor

Location: Meet at Hithermore Road, Stanwell

Grid Ref TQ040746

contact
John Fisher 01582 792843 -07845 152570 john.fisher@btclick.com
OR Ian Bryant 07507 776 425 - ian.bryant57@yahoo.co.uk

Morning walk
Short eared owl, water pipit, and shrike all possible

Time: 10 am

Price: £1 voluntary donation requested

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
28

Cley Marshes, North Norfolk

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

A coach trip to Norfolk Wildlife Trust's star reserve. Great views from easily accessed hides overlooking the scrapes and pools. There should be marsh harriers, wintering Brent and pink-footed geese, avocets and lots more. Good facilities in the visitor centre

Time: 7.30 am

Price: £24

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

February 2018

Wed
14

Trinidad, Tobago and St Lucia by Brian Nobbs

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

Only a few miles from Venezuela, giving a flavour of South America but with a Caribbean beat. St Lucia is a volcanic island in the Lesser Antilles chain, with a fascinating range of birds, including 6 endemics

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3

Telephone: 01582 792843

Tue
20

John Hurrell Walk Stockers Lake

Location: Meet at Rickmansworth Aquadrome car park.
Grid Ref TQ055938

contact
John Fisher 01582 792843 -07845 152570 john.fisher@btclick.com
OR Ian Bryant 07507 776 425 - ian.bryant57@yahoo.co.uk

Morning Walk
Winter ducks, siskins, redpolls.
Good coffee shop.

Time: 10 am

Price: £1 voluntary donation requested

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
25

Oare Marshes, Kent Wildlife Trust

Location: Meet in car park at end of lane running north from Oare village. Grid ref TR013647 Contact Jenny Hill to arrange car shares
Latitude/longitude: 51.346154,-0.889833 (Google map)

On the Swale near Faversham. Tidal mudflats and creeks, along with well-sheltered marshes, give a wealth of ducks, geese and waders. We should find grey and golden plovers, and both sorts of godwits. Harriers and bearded tits are also possible

Time: 10 am

Price: Travel costs

Telephone: 01923 854509

March 2018

Wed
14

Confessions of a Bird Guide

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

Rick and Elis Simpson run Wader Quest but Rick was a bird guide previously and this will be a witty account of Rick's adventures in birding and a life that has taken him from England to Brazil and back again. If you have ever wondered what your bird guide thinks of you this is your chance to find out.

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3

Telephone: 01582 792843

Thu
15

John Hurrell Walk Cassiobury Park

Location: Meet at Gade Avenue car park
Grid Ref TQ092967


contact
John Fisher 01582 792843 -07845 152570 john.fisher@btclick.com
OR Ian Bryant 07507 776 425 - ian.bryant57@yahoo.co.uk

Morning Walk
Warblers, tits, and a good chance of a lesser spotted woodpecker.

Time: 10 am

Price: £1 voluntary donation requested

Telephone: 01582 792843

Tue
20

Morocco - Desert, Mountain and Coast

Location: Arrangements to be agreed with participants

20-31 March 2018 - 11 day birding trip with Oriole Birding approx £1700 pp - fully booked standby only

Time: To be arranged

Price: £1,700

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
25

Fowlmere RSPB, Cambs and Therfield, Herts

Location: Meet in Fowlmere reserve car park. Grid ref
TL406461 Contact Jenny Hill to arrange Car Shares
Latitude/longitude: 52.091884,0.051225 (Google map)

A trip to the reedbeds and pools of Fowlmere, with a good chance of recently arrived reed and sedge warblers. Then back to Therfield near Royston for woodland migrants and Pasque flowers.

Time: 10 am

Price: Travel Costs

Telephone: 01923 854509

April 2018

Wed
11

Birds of the Kent Reserves

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

Jonathan Forgham will take us on a clockwise tour from Cliffe Pools to Rye Harbour highlighting particular species from each as well as showing some of the rarer birds of the county.

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3

Telephone: 01582 792843

Thu
19

John Hurrell Walk Tyttenhanger

Location: Meet at Willows car park Grid Ref TL188041
contact
John Fisher 01582 792843 -07845 152570 john.fisher@btclick.com
OR Ian Bryant 07507 776 425 - ian.bryant57@yahoo.co.uk

Morning Walk
Warblers, wheatear, ring ouzel all possible plus nesting tree sparrows

Time: 10 am

Price: £1 voluntary donation requested

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
22

Frampton RSPB, Lincolnshire PE20 1AY

Location: Meet in the reserve car park Grid ref TF356392 Contact Jenny Hill to arrange car shares


Latitude/longitude: 52.933520,0.016805 (Google map)

Another first trip for us. Though a good 100 miles away on the Wash, the reserve comes highly recommended, with a mix of grassland, salt marsh and reedbed. It will be breeding time for lapwings, red shanks and little ringed plovers, and whimbrel could well be about

Time: 10 am

Price: Travel costs

Telephone: 01923 854509

May 2018

Wed
9

UK Birds of Prey - on a Wing and a Prayer

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

Jeff Knott is Head of Nature Policy at the RSPB. He has been working on bird of prey conservation for the last 10 years. His talk will cover the continuing and illegal persecution of hen harriers on grouse moors. Jeff grew up in East Kent and has been a birder since he was 3 years old

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
13

Rutland Water Nature Reserve

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

Ospreys are sure to be nesting, and there will be plenty more resident and migrant birds to see from the wealth of hides covered by their two visitor centres. Also a prime time of year for wild flowers and butterflies

Time: 7.30 am

Price: £24 and entrance fee

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

Tue
15

John Hurrell Walk Hilfield Reservoir

Location: Meet at Water Company gate Grid Ref TQ152959

contact
John Fisher 01582 792843 -07845 152570 john.fisher@btclick.com
OR Ian Bryant 07507 776 425 - ian.bryant57@yahoo.co.uk

Morning walk Grebes including black necked, terns and woodland birds.

Time: 10 am

Price: £1 voluntary donation requested

Telephone: 01582 792843

June 2018

Sat
2

Thursley Common, Surrey

Location: Meet in Moat Car Park east of road running south from Elstead. Grid ref SU899416 Contact Jenny Hill to arrnage car shares
Latitude/longitude: 51.167032,-0.714876 (Google map)

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

Time: 2 pm

Price: Travel costs (and meal)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

Wed
6

Our own member's presentation (Change of Date)

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 our own member's presentation about their birding travels at home and abroad Also annual photographic competition

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
24

Tring area butterflies

Location: To be arranged depending on weather

Birds, butterflies and dragonflies at 3 possible sites. Weather dependent so more info nearer the time

Time: 10 am

Price: Travel costs

Telephone: 01923 854509

September 2018

Wed
12

Inspired by Birds Part 2 by Peter Holden MBE

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

From Victorian Britain to the present day. Birds have been the subject for painters, composers, writers, poets and sculptors from earliest time's right up to the present day. In this presentation Peter will look at a wide variety of birds through the works of many different artists of 20th and 21st centuries and discover what inspired them and how they incorporated their observations into their art. For many artists their works were also an important contribution to the conservation movement that was slowly developing at the same time

Time: 8pm

Price: £3

Telephone: 01582 792843

Mon
17

North Norfolk Midweek Trip

Location: To be arranged with participants. Contact Peter Draper.

17-19th September. Our regular autumn trip. Shared transport birdwatching on the way up then 2 nights accommodation and 2 nights with a local guide

Time: To be arranged with participants

Price: £245

Booking essential

Telephone: 020 8950 2430

October 2018

Wed
10

Hoopoes in Our Pool

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

Melanie and Andrew Jardine who now live in Southern Spain return to Watford to show their garden birds and more

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3

Telephone: 01582 792843