Lincoln Local Group

Events

You do not need to be a member of the RSPB or have any great knowledge of birds to join our events, everyone is welcome. Coach outings and weekend holidays must be booked in advance - please see the 2018 Booking Form or the 2019 Booking Form. Nature reserve facilities are shown as follows: C = Café, H = Hides, NT = Nature Trail, S = Shop, VC = Visitor Centre, WC = Toilets.

Download a printable A4 version of the 2018 programme
Download a printable A4 version of the 2019 programme

Every month

On the first Sunday of every month Birdwatching For All. Free guided walks - everyone welcome. Meet outside the Information Centre in Hartsholme Country Park, Lincoln at 10.30 am. The walks around Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve and Hartsholme Country Park take between one and two hours. Warm clothing and stout footwear are recommended for the winter months. Watch a video of nature through the seasons in the Park and Nature Reserve.

October 2018

Thursday 11
INDOOR MEETING. The Farne Islands by Steve Magennis. Sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants. 7.30 pm in the Robert Hardy Building, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln LN1 3DY. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £3, for members of the public £4, please pay on the door.

Sunday 14
COACH TRIP to Filey Brigg and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Filey Dams Nature Reserve. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £19. C, WC.

Saturday 20
AGM AND MEMBERS’ DAY. See the winter issue of Nature’s Home magazine or contact RSPB HQ T: 01767 680551.

Monday 29 to Wednesday 31
THREE DAY to Lancashire's Fylde Coast visiting RSPB Marshside and other birdwatching sites in the area. The cost of £160 in a double or twin room or £180 in a single room includes all coach travel, two nights half board at the Chadwick Hotel, Lytham St Annes and the services of a local guide. Cancellation insurance is not included.

November 2018

Thursday 8
INDOOR MEETING. Falklands Feathers by Brian Anderson. Sponsored by Just Audi VW. 7.30 pm in the Robert Hardy Building, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln LN1 3DY. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £3, for members of the public £4, please pay on the door.

Sunday 18
COACH TRIP to Holkham Marsh, Bay and Park. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 4.30 pm. Adults £20. H, WC.

December 2018

Thursday 13
INDOOR MEETING. The (Wild Goose) Chase. Sponsored by Janette Marshall in memory of her parents Eileen and John White. 7.30 pm in the Robert Hardy Building, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln LN1 3DY. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £3, for members of the public £4, please pay on the door.

Sunday 16
COACH TRIP to Carsington Water, Derbyshire. Star species include buzzard, kingfisher, great crested grebe lapwing and tufted duck.. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 4 pm. Adults £17. H, VC, WC.

January 2019

Thursday 10
INDOOR MEETING Shetland to Scilly: Birds of the British Isles by Ashley Grove, Ashley will take you on a journey from Shetland, right down to The Isles of Scilly. Basically a good excuse to show you some of Britain's wonderful bird life. Over 130 species make an appearance during the lecture, which is rounded off by a montage of more images to music. Sponsored by Carol Harvey in memory of her husband Alan Harvey. 7.30 pm in the Robert Hardy Building, Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln LN1 3DY. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Saturday 12 to Monday 14
THREE DAYS in Northumberland visiting Druridge Bay Country Park, Chevington Marsh, NWT Hauxley and WWT Washington, £165 in a double or twin room or £205 in a single room. Cost includes all coach travel, entry to WWT and two nights half board at the White Swan Hotel, Alnwick. Cancellation insurance is not included.

Saturday 26 to Monday 28
BIG GARDEN BIRDWATCH The RSPB’s nationwide event. See the winter issue of Nature’s Home magazine or contact RSPB HQ T: 01767 680551.

February 2019

Thursday 14
INDOOR MEETING Varanger & Northern Finland in Summer by Graham Catley, one of Lincolnshire's best known birders and bird photographers. Sponsored by a Group member who wishes to remain anonymous. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 17
COACH TRIP to Brandon Marsh. Brandon Marsh Nature Centre is the Headquarters of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Set in 220 acres, the Reserve is a SSSI and consists of large pools created by gravel extraction. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 4 pm. Adults £23 including admission charge. C, H, NT, S, VC, WC.

March 2019

Thursday 14
INDOOR MEETING Action in Nature by Mike Wilkes, FRPS. A welcome return of this popular nature photographer and lecturer. Sponsored by London Camera Exchange, Lincoln. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 17
COACH TRIP to Yorkshire Water Tophill Low. The two reservoirs 'D' and 'O' dominate the reserve and have SSSI status for their massive wildfowl numbers. Around the perimeter a network of marshes, ponds, woodlands and grasslands result in an annual 160+ bird species, with over 60 readily visible even in mid winter. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £22 including admission charge. H, NT, WC.

April 2019

Thursday 11
INDOOR MEETING Birds Without Borders; the Challenge of Migration by Peter Holden. Sponsored by Michael Carter Travel. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 14
COACH TRIP to RSPB St Aiden’s Nature Park. Have your camera at the ready to take advantage of the amazing views and wonderful wildlife including bitterns, avocets, black-necked grebes, skylarks and meadow pipits. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £20. NT, VC, WC.

May 2019

Sunday 5
DAWN CHORUS at Whisby Nature Park. Meet in the car park at 4.30 am. The walk is free and need not be booked in advance. An optional breakfast at 8 am costs £5.50 but this must be booked and paid for in full by 25 April.

Thursday 9
INDOOR MEETING The Garden by Paul Hobson. A look at how successful Britain's gardens can be for wildlife. A sponsor is required for this talk. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The Group’s AGM will be held at 9 pm following the talk and break for refreshments. Free admission from 8.45 pm for people only attending the AGM.

Sunday 19
COACH TRIP to RSPB reserves at Fowlmere and Ouse Fen. Fowlmere is one of the best reserves in Eastern England to encounter breeding turtle doves. The small but beautiful River Shep is a fine example of a chalk stream, with brown trout and water voles. H, NT, VC, WC. Ouse Fen. Still in its early stages but when it is complete, Ouse Fen will be the biggest reedbed in the UK. Currently no on-site facilities but a toilet is available on the coach and we will have a comfort stop en route. Leave Lincoln 7.30 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £24.

June 2019

Saturday 1 to Saturday 8
ONE WEEK IN WALES visiting RSPB reserves at Conwy, Ynys Hir, South Stack, and Lake Vyrnwy and North Wales Wildlife Trust Cemlyn Bay, with a free day mid-week. The cost of £455 per person in a double or twin room or £595 in a single room includes all coach travel, 7 nights B&B and 7 evening meals each with a £20 allowance from the menu at the Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert. Cancellation insurance is not included.

Wednesday 12
AFTERNOON BIRDWATCH at RSPB Langford Lowfields. Meet at 1 pm in the reserve's car park.

Sunday 23
COACH TRIP to Bolton Abbey Strid Wood, Wharfedale. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £26 including admission charge. C, VC, WC.

July 2019

Sunday 14
COACH TRIP to Paxton Pits, a reserve famous for its nightingales. 77 hectares of lakes, meadow, grassland, scrub and woodland next to the River Great Ouse where you can enjoy a wealth of wildlife all year round. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £20. H, NT, VC, WC.

August 2019

Sunday 11
COACH TRIP to Cley Marsh, Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s oldest and best known nature reserve. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £29 including admission charge. C, H, NT, VC, WC.

Friday 16 - Sunday 18
BIRDFAIR 2019 at Rutland Water. Details from the Events Team at The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL. T: 01767 680551.

September 2019

Thursday 12
INDOOR MEETING Butterbumps, Thick-knees and Tanglepickers by Steve Rowland. Sponsored by Shirley Warner in memory of her husband Peter Warner. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 15
COACH TRIP to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Spurn Point. The new visitor centre is now open. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £19. C, H, NT, VC, WC.

October 2019

Thursday 10
INDOOR MEETING Shetland Isles: a Northern Gem by Danny Green. Sponsored by Streets Chartered Accountants in memory of Carol Curtis, one of the Tax Partners who passed away recently. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 13
COACH TRIP to Suffolk Wildlife Trust Lackford Lakes. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £29 including admission charge. C, H, NT, S, VC, WC.

November 2019

Thursday 14
INDOOR MEETING Spring in Poland by Peter Dunn. Sponsored by Just Audi VW. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 17
COACH TRIP to Rutland Water. Leave Lincoln 8.30 am. Leave reserve 4 pm. Adults £22 including admission charge. H, NT, S, VC, WC.

December 2019

Sunday 1
AFTERNOON BIRDWATCH at Woodland Waters, Ancaster. Set in a beautiful wooded valley covering 72 acres. Meet at 10 am. Entrance fee £2 payable on entry. C, NT, WC.

Thursday 12
INDOOR MEETING The Biking Birder. Gary Prescott has visited every RSPB nature reserve travelling entirely by bike. This evening he recalls some of his adventures, the people he has met and the wildlife he has seen. Sponsored by Janette Marshall in memory of her parents, Eileen and John White. Admission charge for RSPB members and students £4, for members of the public £5, please pay on the door.

Sunday 15
COACH TRIP to RSPB Blacktoft Sands, East Riding of Yorkshire. At this time of the year there will be plenty of winter wildfowl to see. Leave Lincoln 9 am. Leave reserve 4 pm. Adults £17. H, VC. WC.

Programme Archive

Programmes from 2010 to 2017 are available on Dropbox. You do not need a Dropbox account to view them.

To view a list of events from previous programmes since the Group's formation in 1974 click on the following link: Programme Archive If you are aware of any events missing from the list please let us know.

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