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.

November 2020

Wed
11

The Wild Sea is my Home - Andre Farrar by Zoom

Location: Via Zoom contact watfordrspb@gmail.com for further details

Our nation of islands and our Overseas Territories mean we host a rich world of seabirds and marine life. From Bempton's gannets to Gough Island's Tristan albatrosses the challenges are the same-keeping nesting areas safe and ensuring there is abundant food that they can catch without the risk of getting caught themselves. Add to this the impact of climate change, planning developments at sea and the increasingly visible tide of plastic waste and it's clear that saving our seabirds will be a measure of how we treat our planet

Time: 8 pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

December 2020

Wed
9

Recovering UK's Most Threatened Birds - Gwyn Williams Zoom Talk

Location: Virtual meeting Via Zoom Contact us via WatfordRSPB@gmail.com fordetails

Gwyn has been involved in conservation work over four decades, helping our most threatened species, including bittern, black tailed godwits, stone curlew and cirl bunting, through species recovery projects, reserve management and protection of special sites.

Time: 8pm

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 01582 792843

January 2021

Sun
3

Fishers Green and Amwell, Lee Valley PROVISIONAL

Location: Meet at 10am in Fishers Green car park at bottom of Stubbins Hall Lane GRID REF TL377032

This event is provisional Please do not attend without checking with organiser

Hoping for a return to normality with our traditional new year trip, looking out for smew, goosander, waders, bittern if we're lucky. We had a fantastic view of a perched sparrowhawk last time. We'll call in at Amwell afterwards for any extras we can find. There are usually siskins in the alders there

Time: 10 am

Price: Travel costs

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

Wed
13

Highlights of Spain Duncan MacDonald Zoom Talk

Location: Via Zoom for details please contact rspbwatford@gmail.com
Postcode: WD25 9JL (Google map)

With over 16 years' experience of leading wildlife watching groups Duncan has recently returned to us full time after several years working as a countryside ranger within the Highlands. He has a background in environmental education and conservation as well as being an expert and friendly guide. Spain is one of the top birding destinations in the Western Palearctic. With a range of habitats from high alpine to the only desert in Europe. Spain is rich in birdlife, with many sought after species.

Time: 8pm

Price: £3.50

Booking essential

Telephone: 01582 792843

Sun
24

Frampton Marsh RSPB, Lincolnshire CANCELLED

Location: Coach departs from Watford Dentral Library

Please check before travel

Our first coach trip after lockdown - we hope. Frampton Marsh is the newish coastal reserve to the west of the Wash. In winter its freshwater scrapes and wet grassland attract 1000s of wigeon, teal, brent geese, lapwings and golden plovers. Whooper swans roost in the reedbeds. Always the chance of a rarity or two. Visitor centre with refreshments, and loo

Time: 7.30 am

Price: £25

Booking essential

Telephone: 01923 854509

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 PROVISIONAL

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 - Britanny 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

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
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 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.

PROVISIONAL Please do not attend without checking

Time: 8pm

Price: £3.50

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