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 2019

Sat
19

SOUTHEND ON SEA

Location: Southend on Sea.

A late edition to our overnight trips, this will be a 3 day budget outing to Southend using Premier Inn bargain rooms.
Having visited RSPB Rainham Marshes on the way, the remaining days will be spent covering the coast between Canvey Island and Shoeburyness. Depending on the operational requirements of the MOD, it MAY be possible to make a short foray in the direction of Foulness. The bird list for this short stretch of coastline is extensive.
The fare (no meals included) will be about £90 is sharing a room. Single rooms, if available, will be extra. Ring Lyndon on 01905 455222 by 7th Sept if interested.

Time: pick ups notified individually

Price: £90 if sharing, single rooms extra

Booking essential

Telephone: 01905 455222

February 2019

Sat
9

ATTENBOROUGH NATURE RESERVE

Location: Nottinghamshire

This Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust reserve is one of the most important nature conservation sites in the East Midlands. Flooded sand and gravel pits and islands provide habitats for a variety of birds and other wildlife. The winter brings waterfowl and bittern. We may also witness the starling murmuration.
Facilities: visitor centre with toilets, shop and cafe. Four hides and three nature trails.

Time: Pick up:Malvern 7.30am Priory Rd car park. Worcester 7.50am junction Hanbury Park/Malvern Rds

Price: £23

Booking essential

Telephone: 01684 575541

E-mail: a-chisholm@tiscali.co.uk

Wed
13

GREEN BIRDING, RSPB & TALES FROM THE BIKING BIRDER

Location: Powick Village Hall just off the A449 Worcester to Malvern Road
Postcode: WR2 4RT (Google map)

A talk given by Barry Prescott who has completed 3 years of birding around the UK on a bicycle. This popular talk covers birds, bird reserves and worldwide green birding, including personalities and their achievements.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £2.00, children free

Telephone: 01527 328238

E-mail: annvball@yahoo.co.uk

Sat
16

ISLE OF MULL

Location: Hebrides

A week on Mull. Currently fully booked, but ring Lyndon in case of cancellations and for details.

Time: pick ups notified individually

Price: ring Lyndon for details

Booking essential

Telephone: 01905 455222

Wed
20

BREDON HILL

Location: Meet at Overbury, parking on the main (Kemerton) road near the church. Grid ref. SO 957373

A 3 - 4 mile walk led by Sandy Saunders up to the top of Bredon Hill looking for farmland and game birds. We start from Overbury and follow the Double Hedges Road up the hill where there are farm tracks that are usually fairly dry. After exploring the farmland we proceed to the Iron Age hill fort which is an attractive place for migrants, although we will probably be too early for these. Should the weather be unsuitable for hill walking we will visit Kemerton Lake near Kinsham.

Time: 9.30am

Price: free, donation to RSPB welcome

Telephone: 07771848700

E-mail: vanessa.chaplin@yahoo.co.uk

March 2019

Sat
9

COLLEGE LAKE WILDLIFE CENTRE

Location: Buckinghamshire

A former chalk quarry, this is a flagship reserve of the BBO Wildlife Trust and one of Buckinghamshire's best sites for water birds. As well as the lake and marshland, the reserve's habitats include chalk grassland, scrub and woodland, presenting opportunities to see other birds and wildlife.
Facilities: visitor centre, 9 hides, toilets, shop cafe.

Time: pick up: Malvern 7am Priory Rd car park. Worcester 7.20am junction Hanbury Park/Malvern Rds

Price: £24 (includes £2 donation to BBO Wildlife Trust)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01684 575541

E-mail: a-chisholm@tiscali.co.uk

Wed
13

OUR FRIENDLY ROBIN

Location: Powick Village Hall just off the A449 Worcester to Malvern road.
Postcode: WR2 4RT (Google map)

A talk given by David Tideswell. David's interest in robins earned him the title 'Robin Man' from Bill Oddie when they filmed robins in David's garden for Springwatch. This talk covers natural and non- natural history of one of our favourite birds.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £2.00 children free

Telephone: 01527 328238

E-mail: annvball@yahoo.co.uk

Sat
23

ROSS-ON-WYE

Location: Meet at Homs Road car park in Ross-on-Wye. Grid ref: SO 598245

Nick Hopkinson will lead an easy morning walk in the Ross-on-Wye/Brampton area following the River Wye and the trackbed of the old Gloucester to Hereford railway line.

Time: 9.30am

Price: free, donation to RSPB welcome

Telephone: 07771 848700

E-mail: vanessa.chaplin@yahoo.co.uk

April 2019

Tue
9

GRIMLEY

Location: Meet at the T-junction on the way into Grimley. From the A443 going north turn right towards Grimley, then approx 200 yards on the left, park on the grass verge opposite the T-junction. Grid Ref: SO 830602

A 3 mile walk led by Mike Hails, around Camp Lane Pits and including a stretch of the River Severn. This is a favourite birding hotspot close to Worcester with always a good variety of waterfowl, waders and farmland birds.

Time: 9.30am

Price: free, donation to RSPB welcome

Telephone: 07771 848700

E-mail: vanessa.chaplin@yahoo.co.uk

Wed
10

MIDLAND NATURE RESERVES

Location: Powick Village Hall just off the A449 Worcester to Malvern road
Postcode: WR2 4RT (Google map)

Nick Droy is the Head of Nature reserves for the RSPB Midlands Region and will be telling us what is going on at our local RSPB reserves

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £2.00 children free

Telephone: 01527 328238

E-mail: annvball@yahoo.co.uk

Sat
13

RSPB OLD MOOR, DEARNE VALLEY

Location: Yorkshire

Habitats include lowland wet grassland, reedbeds, meadows and fen. This is an important site for passage and breeding birds, including rare reedbed specialists like bitterns and bearded tits. Some of the reserve satellite sites can be visited via trails from Old Moor offering opportunities to see kingfishers, yellowhammers and reed buntings.
Facilities: visitor centre with cafe, toilets anda shop. Hides/viewing screens on main and satellite sites. BRING RSPB CARDS TO ENSURE FREE ENTRY

Time: pick-up:Malvern 6.40am Priory Rd car park. Worcester 7am junction Hanbury Park/Malvern Road

Price: £26

Booking essential

Telephone: 01684 575541

E-mail: a-chisholm@tiscali.co.uk

Tue
23

DOWLES BROOK

Location: Meet at the car park at the bottom of Dry Mill Lane, accessed off the Lakes Road and the B4190 in Bewdley. Grid Ref: SO 772763

A morning walk led by Mike Sheridan and Brian Harding returning to Dowles Brook in the the Wyre Forest looking for the special birds of this area.

Time: 9.30am

Price: free, donation to RSPB welcome

Telephone: 07771 848700

E-mail: vanessa.chaplin@yahoo.co.uk

May 2019

Wed
8

ISLES OF SCILLY

Location: Isles of Scilly

A week on Scilly. Fully booked but ring Lyndon Knott for details in case of cancellations

Time: pick ups notified individually

Price: Details from Lyndon

Booking essential

Telephone: 01905 455222

Wed
8

AGM followed by Focus Optics Presentation

Location: Powick Village Hall just off the A449 Worcester to Malvern road
Postcode: WR2 4RT (Google map)

AGM followed by a presentation by Focus Optics with plenty of time to try the products displayed.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: AGM free, £2 for talk

Telephone: 01527 328238

E-mail: annvball@yahoo.co.uk

Sat
11

RSPB THE LODGE

Location: Bedfordshire

The Lodge nature reserve and gardens offer an exceptionally rich combination of wildlife and heritage experiences, with 220ha of woodland, heath and acid grassland.
Facilities: The Gatehouse has a visitor information centre and a shop with light refreshments and hot drinks. Toilets nearby. Hides and natural viewpoints along each of three trails. BRING YOUR RSPB CARD TO ENSURE FREE ENTRY.

Time: Pick-up: Malvern 6.50am Priory Rd car park. Worcester 7.10am junction Hanbury Park/Malvern Rd

Price: £24

Booking essential

Telephone: 01684 575541

E-mail: a-chisholm@tiscali.co.uk

Tue
14

CROOME COURT

Location: Meet in the National Trust car park. Grid Ref: SO 887453

A 3 mile walk led by Cherry Greenway on the Estate's public footpaths looking for migrant birds, particularly listening to and trying to recognise bird songs and calls.

Time: 10am

Price: free, donation to RSPB welcome

Telephone: 07771 848700

E-mail: vanessa.chaplin@yahoo.co.uk