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.
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.
Price: Free, although donations are welcome
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)
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)
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)
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)
Price: £20 plus entrance fee (suggested donation of £2.50)
Telephone: 07957 776686
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)
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)