Welcome

Welcome to Potters Bar and Barnet RSPB  Local Group.

We have been supporting RSPB since 1977.
We have many valued volunteers in Potters Bar, and the ‘three Barnets’(local neighbourhoods of East, New and High – those mostly in postcodes EN4 and 5); who give their valuable time organising various activities. They operate as our ‘committee’.

We’d love to welcome you to our friendly group of people who enjoy the many aspects of birdwatching, and care about the natural environment and its wildlife.We do not have a local group membership, so anyone with an interest in nature can come along.

You can find out more about Group’s activities in About Us.

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Upcoming events

 

 

Wednesday June 12th

Iain Boulton       The Thin Green Line – The Work of a local Government Ecologist

Iain Boulton has worked in local government, for the London Borough of Lambeth in South London, for 23 years as their borough ecologist. During that time Iain has dealt with a wide range of issues relating to the protection and conservation of both wildlife and public open spaces, including making the borough better for nature, which includes wild birds, invertebrates, mammals and trees. Iain will look at how attitudes towards wildlife have changed in those 23 years, and what are we doing – and not just in Lambeth but across Greater London as a whole – to secure a future for wildlife in the light of major challenges including climate change and an increasing human population.

2 pm St. John’s United Reformed Church, Mowbray Road, New Barnet. EN5 1RH
RSPB Members £4.50, non-members £5.00.

 

Friday 21st June

Richard Pople  – “Bears, Birds and Whales” (change to the programme)
We travel from Vancouver to Alaska to Vancouver Island in search of Black & Grizzly Bears and Humpback Whales, finding exceptional new birds and experiencing fantastic scenery including crashing ice.   finding exceptional new birds and experiencing fantastic scenery including crashing ice.  

 

7:30 pm Church hall at Our Lady and St Vincent Church, 243 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 2AT

RSPB Members £5.00, non-members £5.50.

No coach outing in June.

Sunday July 14th Coach outing to Lackford Lakes (near Bury St Edmunds)

In summer, the reserve is alive with damselflies and dragonflies. Swallows and martins sweep over the water’s surface feeding on small flies. The lakesides are busy with nesting great-crested grebe, kingfisher, tufted duck and water rail. Bright stems of purple-loosestrife, common fleabane and gipsywort create colour at the water’s edge.

Coach Pickup EC NB 8.30, HG B 8.40, PB St J 8.50, Cost £48

AUGUST, 18 Sunday Wicken Fen. National Trust reserve, on Cambs/Beds border

2024 marks 125 years since the National Trust acquired its first two acres of land at Wicken Fen. Since 1899, when it became the National Trust’s first nature reserve, Wicken Fen has now expanded to over 2,000 acres. Today, it is one of Europe’s most important wetlands and home to more than 9,000 species.

Coach Pickup EC NB 8.30 HG B 8.40 PB St J  8.50 Cost £43 Coach.  Entry payable by non-NT members

 

Wed September 11th      Claire Robinson   A Wilder Future for the Herts and Middx  Wildlife Trust   

How wildlife is doing in Hertfordshire and Middlesex; what the Trust is doing and what we can all do  to help

2 pm St. John’s United Reformed Church, Mowbray Road, New Barnet. EN5 1RH
RSPB Members £4.50, non-members £5.00.

 

SEPTEMBER, 18 Wednesday Hickling Broad and Marshes Reserve, including guided wildlife water trail, by boat.

More details to follow.

 

Friday 20 Sep Bill Coster ‘Australia Queensland’
A visit to the tropical north, Kakadu National Park, down to the South to visit Kangaroo Island and the most southerly state of Australia , Tasmania.

7:30 pm Church hall at Our Lady and St Vincent Church, 243 Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 2AT

RSPB Members £5.00, non-members £5.50.