Full programme of 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.

May 2022

Wed 25

Zoom meeting – Marcus Ward: The New Forest

Marcus Ward will be talking about the wildlife of the New Forest. Booking for this event is essential – please email the address below.

Location: Online

Time: 7.45pm

Price: Free, although donations are welcome

E-mail: bexleylocalrspbgroup@gmail.com

Tue 31

Local walk – Crossness Nature Reserve

In addition to the variety of summer visiting birds, we will be looking at the butterflies and dragonflies. The maximum number of people allowed is 20, so booking is essential.

Location: Meet within the reserve perimeter

Postcode: DA17 6JY (Google Map)

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free

E-mail: rbtodd@btinternet.com

June 2022

Sat 11

Car trip – New Hythe Gravel Pits / Leybourne Lakes

This is a great location for summer migrants, water birds, warblers and kingfishers. A maximum of 15 people will be allowed on this walk, so booking is essential. Please note that there are no facilities on site.

Location: Meet at Brookland Lake car park, Brook Street, Snodland

Postcode: ME6 5UD (Google Map)

Time: 9am

Price: Free

E-mail: rbtodd@btinternet.com

Sat 18

Butterfly walk – Holly Hill Open Space

The species on the wing will hopefully include marbled white as well as more common species such as large white, meadow brown, peacock, large and Essex skipper. Booking for this event is essential.

Location: Holly Hill Open Space, Brook Street (opposite Chapman Road)

Postcode: DA17 6NJ (Google Map)

Time: 10am

Price: Free

E-mail: rbtodd@btinternet.com

Coach trip – Paxton Pits Nature Reserve

This reserve is situated in the Great Ouse Valley. The reserve is home to many resident birds including kingfisher, reed bunting and Cetti’s warbler with plenty of summer visitors, hobby. nightingale, cuckoo, sedge and reed warbler, whitethroat and common tern. The small visitors centre has hot and cold drinks available along with ice cream. Booking for this event is essential.

Location: Paxton Pits Local Nature Reserve

Postcode: PE19 6ET (Google Map)

Time: 7.30am

Price: £20 plus entrance fee (suggested donation of £2.50)

Telephone: 07957 776686

E-mail: deborahfrances@aol.com

July 2022

Sat 9

Car trip – Stodmarsh NNR

A fabulous reserve in the Stour Valley consisting of reed beds, ferns, ditches and wet grassland. Bittern, marsh harrier, terns, cuckoo, warblers and bearded tit can all be encountered. Please bring your own lunch / refreshments. Booking is essential as there are only 20 places available on this walk. Toilets are available in the car park.

Location: Meet in the small car park off Stodmarsh Village, located between the Red Lion Pub and the church

Postcode: CT3 4BA (Google Map)

Time: 10am

Price: Free

E-mail: rbtodd@btinternet.com

Sat 16

Butterfly walk – East Wickham Open Space

Here, we hope to find a variety of skippers, marbled white, brown argus and other more common species. Booking is essential as there are only 20 places available.

Location: Meet at the entrance to the open space in Camdale Road

Postcode: SE18 2DR (Google Map)

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free

E-mail: rbtodd@btinternet.com