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.

October 2021

Sat
9

RSPB MIDDLETON LAKES

Location: Middleton Lakes, Staffs.

A beautiful and tranquil mosaic of wetlands, meadow and woodlands in the heart of the River Tame valley. Several kilometres of trails pass through a variety of rich habitats, alive with a variety of birds including grey herons, kingfishers and lapwings. In autumn young herons will be hanging around the wetlands hoping for easy meals, and kingfishers are regularly seen particularly following a good breeding season. Winter wildfowl begin to return to the lakes and migrant waders drop in for a rest and feed, before continuing to their wintering grounds.

FACILITIES No visitor centre but there is a hut offering light snacks. Cafe serving hot and cold snacks and lunches in the courtyard of Middleton Hall - 250 metres from the car park. Open 10 am to 5 pm, also toilets.
Viewing facilities include the Lookout Hide overlooking the northern scrapes as well as three purpose built viewing platforms and three viewing screens on the Wetland Trail.

ACCESS Four sign-posted trails, mostly flat with various surfaces including rough grass, compacted earth, boardwalk and gravel. Can get uneven and boggy in wet weather especially on the Wetland Trail.

PLEASE BRING YOUR RSPB CARD TO ENSURE FREE ENTRY.

Departure approx. 4.30 pm

COVID INFORMATION Face covering required in hide and cafe.

Time: Pick-up: Malvern 8.10am at Priory Rd car park. Worcester 8.30am at junction of Malvern & Hanbury Park roads.

Price: £21

Booking essential

Telephone: 01684 575541

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

Wed
13

MYSTERY OF MIGRATION

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

This lecture, given by Dr Tim Seller, explores the phenomenon of migration and how birds manage their amazing feats of navigation and endurance.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Adults £2.50; students £1; children free

Wed
13

Hayley Dingle

Location: Meet at Alfrick Community Shop and cafe and park behind the Village Hall (Grid Ref: SO748532).

PLEASE NOTE: It is advisable to contact the Walks Coordinator, Vanessa Chaplin, to reserve a place. Many of the venues have restricted parking and so numbers may need to be limited in order to enable safe parking. Please try and share transport wherever possible.

Garth Lowe will take us on a 2-3 mile morning walk across fields to Hayley Dingle returning by way of Lulsley Pool if time permits. Terrain is mostly flat and easy for walking but there are some steep steps around the dingle.

Time: 10am

Price: free, but donation to RSPB welcome

Telephone: 07771 848700

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

November 2021

Wed
10

ONE GOOD TERN DESERVES ANOTHER

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

Although principally about the life history of roseate terns, this illustrated talk given by Andy Warren, also looks at three other species; sandwich, common and arctic which share the islands. Andy will give us tips on tern identification and share his experiences as a young RSPB Summer Warden in the early 1980's

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Adults £2.50; students £1; children free

Sat
13

RSPB NEWPORT WETLANDS

Location: South Wales Coast

Newport Wetlands NNR is an area of wetland, reedbed and estuary which lies between the Severn Estuary and the River Usk on the South Wales Coast. We will start our visit at the Wetlands reserve where we should see curlew, redshank, dunlin and oystercatcher feeding on the estuary with the possibility of also seeing bittern. We will also visit the nearby Goldcliff Lagoons, home to a number of waders including avocet, lapwing and ringed plover. At the end of the day we will stay on to watch as up to 50,000 starlings gather over the reserve for their murmuration, before they go to roost in the reedbeds.

FACILITIES: The Reserve has a visitor centre, cafe and toilets; one hide, a number of viewing screens and several natural viewing points along a series of trails ranging from 1 - 3 miles. At Goldcliff Lagoons there is a series of hides and viewing platforms overlooking the three lagoons.

COVID INFORMATION: Face coverings required in the visitor centre except when seated at cafe tables. The cafe has limited, socially distanced indoor seating and a takeaway service. Mandatory track and trace details required from cafe table users only.

ACCESS: All trails at Newport Wetlands are level on compacted gravel and dust.

PLEASE BRING RSPB CARD TO ENSURE FREE ENTRY

Leave approx. 5.30pm


Time: Pick-up: Worcester 8am at junction of Malvern & Hanbury Park roads. Malvern 8.20am at Priory Rd car park

Price: £23

Booking essential

Telephone: 01684 575541

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

Fri
19

Wild Goose Rural Training Centre

Location: Meet at the Wild Goose Centre, Old Quarry Drive, Main Road, Hallow, Worcester. Grid Ref: SO833612

PLEASE NOTE It is advisable to contact the Walks Coordinator, Vanessa Chaplin, to reserve a place as many of the venues have restricted car parking so numbers may need to be limited in order to enable safe parking. Please try and share transport whenever possible.
Postcode: WR2 6LS (Google map)

You will have heard about the Wild Goose Project at Group meetings, so here's your opportunity to visit and find out all about it. Walk led by Nick Skilbeck and starts in the Wild Goose reserve, then goes on to the Wagon Wheel pits nearby. If there is sufficient time, the Camp Lane Pits will be visited as well. Terrain is mostly flat but could be muddy, so wearing of boots is advised.

Time: 9.30am

Price: free, but donation to RSPB welcome.

Telephone: 07771 848700

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

December 2021

Wed
8

CHRISTMAS

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

As we prepare for Christmas do we ever wonder where these customs come from? Here we discover the natural history of the holly and the ivy, the pre Christian roots of hanging up mistletoe, and that turkeys never did come from Turkey.
This illustrated talk given by Dr Michael Leach, reveals why the robin is our favourite Christmas bird and looks at the origin of the yule log. Best of all, it reveals just why we think reindeer can fly!

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Adults £2.50; students £1; children free

January 2022

Sat
8

WWT SLIMBRIDGE WETLAND CENTRE

Location: Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

WWT Slimbridge with its variety of wetland habitats, numerous hides and excellent facilities is a great place to visit at any time of year. Winter is a great time to go, with the opportunity to see large numbers of white-fronted geese, and Bewick's swans. During January winter bird numbers are usually at their peak with up to 30,000 wild ducks, geese, swans and waders. At the end of our visit we will have the opportunity to attend the commentated wild bird feed which offers fascinating insight into the lives of some of the birds.

FACILITIES: Visitor centre, cafe, shop, toilets and twelve hides.

COVID INFORMATION: Hides are fully open though some will have limited capacity and masks should be worn unless exempt. There may be some early closures possible depending on staff capacity so please check the board on entrance.

ACCESS; Level access to all parts of the site and step-free entry to all hides, most of which are fully wheelchair accessible. Manual wheelchairs available and mobility scooters available to hire if booked in advance.

PLEASE BRING WWT CARD TO ENSURE FREE ENTRY. For non-members an admission fee is payable on the day. Depending on numbers of non-members, this will be either £14.50 (£12.27 concessions), or the discounted group rate of £12.33 (£10.43 concessions)

Leave approx. 5pm

Time: Pick-up: Worcester 8.10am at junction of Malvern & Hanbury Park Rd. Malvern 8.20am at Priory Rd car park

Price: £21

Booking essential

Telephone: 01684 575541

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

Wed
12

RABBITS

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

Rabbits have a fascinating ecology and play a crucial role in the British landscape. This presentation, given by Dr John Dutton, will explore the history of the rabbit in the UK, it's ecology and the role it plays.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Adults £2.50; students £1; children free

February 2022

Wed
9

HONEY BUZZARDS

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

Steve Roberts has studied honey buzzards in the UK for over 30 years, publishing several landmark papers in 'British Birds'. He has worked on Springwatch for the last 11 years as their nest finder and tree climber.

Time: 7.30pm

Price: Adults £2.50; students £1; children free