2024 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 01424 211140.

February 2024

Fri 16

‘Countryside Through a Camera’ with Colin Page

Colin Page shares his interests and observations as a plantsman, naturalist and photographer, all captured in his camera around the local area of Rye and the district. Subjects include birds, insects, plants, and landscape.

Location: The Taplin Centre, 3 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea

Postcode: TN38 0LQ (Google Map)

Time: 7:30pm

Price: £3 for members, £5 for non-members, which includes refreshments and biscuits. A raffle will be held.

Membership £10 per annum

March 2024

Fri 15

‘Into Papua: A Journey in Search of Birds of Paradise’ with Ray Hale

In March 2021 just before the pandemic stopped the world, Ray Hale was fortunate enough to be invited on an expedition to follow in the footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace and set out to find the elusive bird of paradise on the remote islands of Indonesia.  As the forests were and still are being systematically destroyed, did Ray find them, and what does the future hold for them?

Location: The Taplin Centre, 3 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea

Postcode: TN38 0LQ (Google Map)

Time: 7:30pm

Price: £3 for members, £5 for non-members, which includes refreshments and biscuits. A raffle will be held.

Membership £10 per annum

April 2024

Fri 19

‘Rye Harbour Nature Reserve & it’s Wildlife’ with James Duncan

Rye Harbour’s 465 hectares have important international wildlife designations – SSSI, SPA, SAC & Ramsar. With a whopping total of over 4300 species, Rye Harbour has 44% of everything ever seen at a Sussex Wildlife Trust reserve. It has 1274 species that have been seen there and at no other SWT site. In total nearly 300 varieties of bird have been observed, of which 101 of those are breeding species. At this talk we will take a closer look at the reserve and the precious habitats that make it so important for a wide variety of flora and fauna. 

Location: The Taplin Centre, 3 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea

Postcode: TN38 0LQ (Google Map)

Time: 7:30pm

Price: £3 for members, £5 for non-members, which includes refreshments and biscuits. A raffle will be held.

Membership £10 per annum

May 2024

Fri 17

‘A Sussex Farm in the 1950’s’ with Ian Everest

To ‘make hay’ and ‘bring in the harvest’ sound like idyllic past times, but this talk shows just how tough life was on a South Down farm during the 1950’s. The war was over, but the battle was still being fought to feed the nation. This talk includes original cine film.

Location: The Taplin Centre, 3 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea

Postcode: TN38 0LQ (Google Map)

Time: 7:30pm

Price: £3 for members, £5 for non-members, which includes refreshments and biscuits. A raffle will be held.

Membership £10 per annum

June 2024

Fri 21

‘Birds of St Kilda’ with Ian Rumley-Dawson

During the summer months, the St Kilda archipelago which sits 102 miles out from the mainland coast of northwest Scotland, is the breeding place for some of the largest sea bird colonies in the whole of Europe. Although the islands are so remote, a few smaller land birds also mange to reach the area to breed. The massive sea cliffs of St Kilda are also incredibly spectacular, as Ian Rumley-Dawson will explore in this talk.

Location: The Taplin Centre, 3 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea

Postcode: TN38 0LQ (Google Map)

Time: 7:30pm

Price: £3 for members, £5 for non-members, which includes refreshments and biscuits. A raffle will be held.

Membership £10 per annum

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September 2024

TBC

October 2024

Fri 20

‘Kent – The Wildlife Garden of England’ with Andre Farrar

Three birds named after places in the county, two bird observations, an actual desert, and France just over the water – Kent is rich in wildlife. Growing up in the heart of the North Downs fortunately didn’t mean familiarity breeding contempt. What’s next for nature in this crowded and pressured corner of the UK is a mix of challenges and opportunities to ensure that the Garden of England is brimming with wildlife. 

Location: The Taplin Centre, 3 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea

Postcode: TN38 0LQ (Google Map)

Time: 7:30pm

Price: £3 for members, £5 for non-members, which includes refreshments and biscuits. A raffle will be held.

Membership £10 per annum

November 2024

Fri 15

‘History & Wildlife of West Australia’ with David Dennis

Location: The Taplin Centre, 3 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea

Postcode: TN38 0LQ (Google Map)

Time: 7:30pm

Price: £3 for members, £5 for non-members, which includes refreshments and biscuits. A raffle will be held.

Membership £10 per annum

December 2024

Fri 20

‘Wildlife of the English Woodland’ with Kim Parks

Location: The Taplin Centre, 3 Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards on Sea

Postcode: TN38 0LQ (Google Map)

Time: 7:30pm

Price: £3 for members, £5 for non-members, which includes refreshments and biscuits. A raffle will be held.

Membership £10 per annum