Get involved

There are various ways you can get involved with the RSPB Croydon Local Group.

The easiest way to get involved with the RSPB Croydon Local Group is to come along to one of our monthly meetings and meet other members, while enjoying a talk about a whole variety of topics. There is a link to a full list of our talks for 2024 and they are also listed below.

Or you could join us on one of our many outings. Even if you are a novice birdwatcher, there should be someone there who can help you to identify a whole host of birds (and other wildlife).

We are a friendly bunch and welcome newcomers. If you are thinking about coming along, why not have a look at our programme of events and, hopefully, something should stir your interest.

Talks for 2024:

Monday 8th January 2024Feathers” by Pat Morris

Monday 12th February 2024Birds of Morocco” by John Buckingham

Monday 11th March 2024Wild Scotland” by Gordon Small

Monday 8th April 2024The Role of a Council Ecologist” by Iain Boulton

Monday 13th May 2024 “Why Wilding is so Controversial” by Sam Thomas

June 2024 – no meeting.

Monday 8th July 2024City Nature Reserve” by Ian Alexander

Monday 12th August 2024Saving the Stone Curlew” by Keith Betton followed by AGM

Monday 9th September 2024Birds of the Horn of Africa” by John Caddick

Monday 14th October 2024Blackwater Valley Nature Walks” by Colin Wilson

Monday 11th November 2024BTO Plus, Plus – Updates” by Penny Williams

Monday 9th December 2024Wildlife on High Mountains” by Ian Rumley-Dawson



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Join in Our Survey of Croydon's Birds

The RSPB Croydon Local Group has run a survey of local birds since 1995. Anyone can take part and send us records from their garden or an open space in Croydon. To take part all you need do is to download the attached form and tick the appropriate box if a species is seen (or heard) in or from your garden during the month. Although we would appreciate further information about the maximum number of each species seen in your garden at any one time during the month you do not have to include this additional information, but a brief note about number and exact date for less common garden visitors would be most welcome.

Records from open spaces do not have to be collected on a regular basis or on special bird watching visits (although that would be most beneficial). Even if you only go somewhere once or twice a year, any information would be useful to us. The details can be recorded in the same way as for gardens. If you visit more than one site, please use a separate form for each one.
If you do decide to take part in the survey, the forms can be returned either directly to John Birkett, handed in at one of the group meetings or sent by e-mail.
Sightings can also be reported through the Croydon Birders website (see the Links page) or submitted by email, post or telephone. Any records of unusual species submitted to us, by whichever route, may be followed up for further details (possibly including a request for a description) as we share our records with the county bird recorders (for Surrey and London).
If you would like an electronic copy of the form please email

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Talks to Community Groups

We have a series of talks that we give to community groups.  The talks are generally about an hour long and usually include birdsong, but can be tailored to suit the occasion. If you belong to an organisation that has outside speakers why not see if we can give a talk to them? Over the years we have also given talks in various care homes around the area.

If you are interested, please do get in touch so we can spread the word about the birds and the bees (and other wildlife as well).