All face to face meetings and events are suspended until April 2021 when the situation will be reviewed again.
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. Nature reserve facilities are shown as follows: C = Café, H = Hides, NT = Nature Trail, S = Shop, VC = Visitor Centre, WC = Toilets.
On-line Presentations 2020
Tackling Environmental Challenges
A recording of the University of Lincoln's Live Lounge event with Chis Packham and Bailey Marchant. Click here to watch a recording of the discussion.
ON-LINE MEETING. 'The Birds of the Medway Estuary' an illustrated Zoom presentation by Edward Towne at 7.30 pm. The talk features habitats and resident and migratory summer and wintering birds. Edward is a volunteer and member of the RSPB Medway Local Group.
LIVE WEBINAR at 7.30pm. Hosted by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and sponsored by the Hathersage Swift Group and Peak Boxes. Edward Meyer, who is internationally renowned as an authority on Swifts, will speak about these amazing birds. Swifts grace our summer skies for a brief twelve weeks in which time they breed. The talk is free of charge but you must book in advance. Please register as soon as possible by connecting with the link: https://www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2021-03-10-live-webinar-swifts-bird-you-can-help
ON-LINE MEETING. 'Is the Globe Still Working? The Wonder of Migration' an illustrated Zoom presentation by Andre Farrar at 7.30 pm. Our islands are a hub for bird migration. As Arctic migrants head north in spring our summer visitors pour in from the south. Breeding grounds, wintering haunts and staging posts are all vital to their survival and scientists are using the latest technology to unravel their amazing stories.
ON-LINE MEETING. Borneo - The Land Below the Wind an illustrated Zoom presentation by John Medlock at 7.30 pm. John and his wife have spent some considerable time on the island and the first part of the talk visits both the Malaysian and Indonesian sectors detailing the flora and fauna (including birds) to be found there. Much of the second half discusses the threats to the island's wildlife especially from the growth of palm oil plantations and the effect that that is having on the native species.
Unfortunately, we are unable to hold any outdoor events in April.
ON-LINE MEETING. The Group's AGM followed by an illustrated talk. Details to follow
All the following events have been rescheduled from the 2020 programme and all details are subject to change. It will depend on the situation nearer the time of the event as to whether it goes ahead or not. Please keep checking this website for updates.
Sunday 9 to Wednesday 12
FOUR DAYS IN SOMERSET visiting National Nature Reserve Shapwick Heath, RSPB Ham Wall, National Trust Horner Wood and Wildfowl and Wetland Trust Slimbridge. The cost of £295 per person in a double or twin room or £390 in a single room includes all coach travel, entry to Slimbridge and 3 nights half board at The Walnut Tree Hotel, North Petherton. Deduct £10 from the above costs if you will have a valid Wildfowl and Wetland Trust membership card at the time of travel. Cancellation insurance is not included.
It is clear from the Government announcement on 22 February that hotels will not be open for normal business at the proposed time of this event. Following discussion with the hotel, they have agreed to transfer our booking and deposits to 8 May 2022. This is our preferred option as May is the very best time to visit these reserves. If you have booked and paid a deposit for this holiday and are unable to go on 8 May 2022 you will get a full refund.
COACH TRIP to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Potteric Carr. A reserve where all three species of woodpecker can be seen. Leave Lincoln 8.30 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. C, H, NT, VC, WC. Adults £21. Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust members £17.50. Government restrictions in place at the time of this coach trip mean that it cannot take place.
AFTERNOON VISIT to Chambers Farm Wood. Meet at 1 pm in the car park.
COACH TRIP to RSPB Strumpshaw Fen. A good reserve to see swallowtail butterflies. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £26. H, NT, VC, WC. Government restrictions in place at the time of this coach trip mean that it cannot take place.
EVENING VISIT to Riseholme College. A pleasant evening stroll through the grounds. Meet at 7 pm in the main building car park.
Free Guided Walks
Birdwatching For All. We are hoping to re-start the free monthly walks at Hartsholme Country Park at some point in 2021. Until then the Country Park and Nature Reserve remain open for you to visit on your own for exercise. Watch a video of nature through the seasons in the Park and Nature Reserve.
COACH TRIP to RSPB Bempton Cliffs and Flamborough Head. Up to a quarter of a million seabirds could be on the cliffs including some puffins. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £23. C, VC, WC.
COACH TRIP to RSPB Frampton Marsh. There should be plenty of waders including avocets on the marsh. Leave Lincoln 9 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £16. H, VC, WC.
Friday 20 to Sunday 22
BIRDFAIR 2020 at Rutland Water. Details from the Events Team at The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 2DL. T: 01767 680551.
INDOOR MEETING. Hungarian Wildlife by Geoff Trinder. Sponsored by Shirley Warner in memory of her husband Peter Warner. 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.
COACH TRIP to RSPB Titchwell Marsh. Autumn migration will be well underway at this time of the year. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £23. C, H, VC, WC.
AGM AND MEMBERS’ DAY. See the winter issue of Nature’s Home magazine for date and time or contact RSPB HQ T: 01767 680551.
COACH TRIP to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Filey Dams and Filey Brigg. Date to be confirmed. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 5 pm. Adults £23. C, WC.
INDOOR MEETING Details to be confirmed. Meeting sponsored by Sue Stevenson, Richard and Trevor Jones in memory of Christine.
INDOOR MEETING. A Fish with Feathers by Michael Leach DSc, FLS, FRGS, FZS (www.michael-leach.co.uk). A talk about penguins. Michael is a well known wildlife author, speaker and photographer. Sponsored by Just Audi VW. 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.
COACH TRIP to Anglian Water Rutland Water. Leave Lincoln 8.30 am. Leave reserve 4 pm. Adults £23 including the admission charge. H, NT, S, VC, WC.
INDOOR MEETING End of the Year Show. Details available in September. Sponsored by Janette Marshall in memory of her parents, Eileen and John White.
COACH TRIP to Pitsford Reservoir. At this time of the year there will be plenty of winter wildfowl to see. Leave Lincoln 8 am. Leave reserve 4 pm. Adults £25, which includes the permit cost. H, WC.
Programmes from 2010 to the present year 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.
To find out more about the RSPB click on the RSPB logo or visit www.rspb.org.uk