Welcome! This is the website of the East Yorkshire Local Group.

RSPB Local Groups are a great way to meet friendly, like-minded people in your area while learning more about birds and wildlife.

Unless otherwise specified, you don’t need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us at our events and birdwatching experience is not necessary.

All field trips are free of charge. If you have any questions about field trips, especially if there is likely to be exceptionally bad weather, please call the contact numbers shown below.

For Field Trips call Gill Reid on 01262 422075 or 07789 062823 or Barry Smithson on 01262 488005.

PLEASE NOTE ‘CONTACT’ AND ‘JOIN OUR GROUP’ FORMS ARE STILL NOT WORKING.

Please email Sue Leyland at eastyorksrspb@yahoo.co.uk instead.

OUR 2024 EVENTS

All Indoor Meetings at North Bridlington Library, Martongate, Bridlington, YO16 6YD.
Ground floor room. Parking.
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Sunday 14 January Tophill Low 10.00

Meet in the reserve car park TA074485. There is an entrance fee for non members.

Walks in the south and north areas of this excellent reserve with large numbers of wintering waterfowl. There is often a huge gull roost nearing dusk or a starling roost at the south end.

Please bring packed lunches and wrap up warmly! Toilets available.

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Tuesday 23 January 7.30pm Indoor Meeting with Will Scott

Things that go Tweet in the Night’

A talk about nocturnal migration.

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Sunday 11 February North Cave Wetlands 10.00

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Reserve. Meet in the car park on Dryham Lane. SE885328

Many over wintering wildfowl, some waders and geese with small birds at the feeding station around this huge reserve. A great day out. Toilets. Cafe is usually open.

See Trip Report on our Facebook page and on the Blog.

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Beached Bird Survey 2024-POSTPONED

Due to staff capacity issues, the RSPB has made the difficult decision to postpone the Beached Bird Survey in 2024. They plan to use this pause to review how the survey is working and think ahead.

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Tuesday 27 February 7.30pm Indoor Meeting with ecologist Kim Leyland

Ring Ouzels in the Peak District (and beyond!)’

Kim talks about monitoring Ring Ouzels in the Peak District and his overland trip last Autumn, through France and Spain with his partner Hannah, to find them in their wintering grounds in Morocco. That was quite a trip!

(Kim was a founder member of the East Yorkshire Group … age 5!)

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Sunday 10 March Skerne Wetlands & Wansford 10.00

Take the minor road in Skerne to the left if entering from Wansford and follow it through farmland to the small car park at TA060540.

Depending on the state of the flooding, there may be many over wintering wildfowl, geese and swans. Plus farmland birds. After lunch we will move to Wansford riverside, where we might find water voles (maybe?).

No facilities. Bring packed lunch and wellies!

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Tuesday 26 March 7.30pm Indoor Meeting with Chrys Mellor

Moomins & Noggins

Scandi Birding Adventures in the Snow’

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Sunday 14 April: Change of Venue: Lower Derwent Valley 10.00

(Field Trip Report in News)

Due to extreme high tides Blacktoft Sands Reserve is closed into next week. We have moved our field trip for this Sunday April 14th to the Lower Derwent Valley. Meet at Bank Island, Ings Lane, Wheldrake YO19 6AX at 10am.
We will move to sites around the valley as conditions allow. Please wear wellies and bring a packed lunch. Plenty of birds in the valley!

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Tuesday 23 April 7.30pm AGM Quiz & Supper

The supper will be provided from group funds this year.

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Sunday 12 May Skipwith Common & North Duffield 10.00

Meet in the west car park off King Rudding Lane, from the A19 near Riccal. SE645374

A walk on the common for migrant warblers, displaying woodlarks and reptiles.

We will move to North Duffield Carr after lunch. Packed lunch required. No facilities.

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Tuesday 21 May Flamborough Lighthouse 19.00

Meet in the Lighthouse Car Park. No fee after 6pm. TA255706

A walk round the headland for returning birds.

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Tuesday 28 May Driffield Riverhead 19.00

Meet at Riverhead TA 029573.

An evening stroll along the canal and west beck for water birds and maybe water voles.

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Sunday 9 June Flamborough Lighthouse 10.00

Meet in the Lighthouse Car Park. Parking fee. TA255706

Walks in both directions looking for breeding birds. Toilets. Cafe.

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Tuesday 18 June Filey Country Park 19.00

Meet in the car park near the cafe. No fee after 6pm. TA120815

An evening walk in the park and along Carr Naze.

It should have a diversity of species: birds, butterflies and flowers.

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Tuesday 25 June Wykeham Nightjar Evening 19.00

Meet at the Raptor Viewpoint car park initially (SE936888)

We will then move to the cross roads SE 941879 as normal to wait for woodcock and nightjars, at dusk.

Could be midgy later on!

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Tuesday 9 July Wykeham Water Park 19.00

Meet in the main car park by the Water Sports Centre. SE988824

A walk around the large lake for singing warblers.

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Sunday 14 July Flixton and Fordon 10.00

Meet in North Street/Carr Lane, Flixton near the Yorkshire Water building, just off main street. TA040800

We will walk along the road towards the river, looking for farmland birds on the Carrs. After lunch we will move to Fordon Bank for butterflies and chalkland flowers. No facilities. Packed lunch needed.

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Sunday 25 August Seawatch Sunday Flamborough 08.00 to 12 noon

Meet at the Lighthouse Car Park and walk down to the Fog Station to set up chairs and scopes. TA255708

Bring a chair and we will be setting up telescopes to look for seabirds and maybe cetaceans. We will be showing non birders what there is to see.

Sea watching is usually more productive early on, but you may join us when you are ready.

We hope to stop for packed lunches around 12 noon.

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Sunday 15 September Filey Dams YWT Reserve and Filey Country Park 10.00

(Note this is the third Sunday to avoid Migfest at Spurn)

Meet in the car park at The Dams just off Wharfedale Road, Filey. TA106807

A wander around this small YWT reserve before moving on to The Country Park for autumn migrants.

Cafe and toilets at the Country Park, but also a parking fee.

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Tuesday 24 September 7.30pm Indoor Meeting with Keith Clarkson

Mind the Gap Part 2’ A Window on the Wildlife of Hunmanby Gap

Donations for the Great Christmas Raffle welcome tonight please.

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Sunday 13 October Barmston area 10.00

Meet at the cliff top car park TA172594

Walks both ways along the beach and cliff top for autumn migrants.

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Tuesday 22 October 7.30pm Indoor Meeting with Linda Jenkinson

A Year in the Life of the Swift’

Donations for the Great Christmas Raffle welcome tonight please.

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Sunday 10 November Hornsea Mere 10.00

Meet in Kirkholme Point car park. Cafe and toilets. TA198474

We will look for birds on the Mere then move on to Wassand Hall end for an out and back walk.

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Tuesday 26 November 7.30pm Indoor Meeting Social Evening & Quiz

Following the success and popularity of last year’s social evening, we will be providing a supper again and David will produce one of his infamous quizzes! The Great Christmas Raffle draw will also take place.

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Sunday 8 December Foston on the Wolds 10.00

Meet in Foston opposite the old pub at TA102559. Packed lunch required. No facilities.

Circular riverside and farmland walk moving to Brigham after lunch for a walk at the head waters of the River Hull.

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