Events

Indoor Meetings:-

As from September 2013, Birmingham RSPB Members Group indoor meetings are to be held at The Nautical Club, Bishopsgate St., Birmingham B15 1ET.
There is parking for around 20 cars at The Nautical Club, also street parking is available nearby. Tea, coffee and other drinks may be purchased from The Nautical Club's bar.
Meetings will continue to be held on the 3rd Thusday of each month excepting December when the meeting is on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Admission is £3.00 (£1.50 for under-16s)
As an incentive to encourage new people to come to the meetings we are offering newcomers half price admission (£1.50, £0.75 for under-16s) for their first meeting.

Coach Trips:-

Coach trips (organised by Sutton Coldfield Local Group) start at the time stated, each trip will be by coach which will leave Upper Holland Road, Sutton Coldfield (opposite Plantsbrook School) at times shown.
Please book in advance via Paul Hobbs.
Home tel: 0121 382 7154. Mobile: 07796 187399
email: pshobbs66@hotmail.co.uk

"Out And About" Trips:-

These trips are informal local birding outings by own transport, usually meeting at 09.30am and ending with lunch at a public house or other eating establishment. Please take suitable footwear and clothing for the weather on the day. Trip venues may be changed at short notice due to adverse weather conditions or other complications. Most trips last until around 2pm but may last longer especially in summer months. (You may of course leave earlier but please let Linda Hobbs know if you do!) For more details contact Linda Hobbs.
Home tel: 0121 382 7154. Mobile: 07966 418301
email: lpmouse12@hotmail.com

Other Events:-

Please contact our Local Group Leader Sandra Bourne (by e-mail only please as Sandra is Deaf) on bhamlocalrspb@gmail.com (or Paul Hobbs by telephone on 0121 382 7154 / 07966 187399) for more information on our programme of events. We are always happy to welcome new members and would particularly welcome some "new blood" on our committee! Please contact us if you would like more information on available committee posts. We also need extra volunteers to enable us to arrange more fund-raising events, so please contact us if you feel you would be able to assist in this way - even if you could only help with an event in your own area.

December 2014

Wed
10

Out And About - Marsh Lane Nature Reserve (Packington Estates)

Location: Marsh Lane Nature Reserve, Marsh Lane, Meriden, Warwickshire

The reserve is just off the A452 some two miles north of Balsall Common. Travelling (southwards) between the A45 / Meriden and Balsall Common the reserve is on the right hand side off the A452 (through a signposted lorry park) Turn across the central reservation following signs for the lorry park / truck stop, then very shortly turn sharp right onto the old Birmingham Road where there is gated access leading to the reserve from outside a house on the right hand side. (OS sheet 139, Grid Ref: SP217804)
Details of annual/day permits and directions can be obtained from Packington Estate Enterprises on 01676 522020

Linda Hobbs has obtained access for Birmingham Local RSPB Group members to visit this private nature reserve (Day permit fee will be payable for non-permit holders)
Marsh Lane Nature Reserve at Berkswell (between Solihull and Coventry) lies adjacent to and in the flood plain of the River Blythe, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It opened to permit holders on the 1st of July 2001.
Two of the main pools have been shaped and include a number of islands which, since formation, have attracted a wide range of breeding and passage waders. Four hides have been constructed which, between them, give excellent views of all the pools and islands. The hides are linked by hard paths and there is a car park within the site's locked gates. Disabled visitors should find the site suitable for them although the paths are unbound. The paths are made of planings and are reasonably compact but wheelchair visitors may need some aid. Within the hides, seats can be unhinged or moved to allow wheelchair access to the blinds.

Up to March 2013, the site list stands at 195. Birds of note in this time include Hoopoe, Spotted Sandpiper, Grey Phalarope, Black Kite, Rough-legged Buzzard, Spoonbill, Stone Curlew, Lesser Yellowlegs and Beeater. Little Egrets occur annually, and Osprey is recorded in most years. Buzzards and Hobby are regular and Marsh and Hen Harrier have also been recorded. Most passage waders have been seen including Avocet, Knot, Spotted Redshank, Turnstone and Temminck's Stint. Up to three Black Necked Grebes were recorded in the spring of 2000 and again in 2012. In winter, up to 400 Wigeon, 300 Golden Plover and 750 Lapwing are regularly present, although Golden Plovers have become lss regular in recent winters.

There are two established feeding stations which attract a variety of species including Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Tree Sparrows and Bramblings have visited regularly over previous winters. A 5 acre field has been set aside to provide food and cover for finches and buntings in Winter with flocks of over 100 Yellowhammers and 60 Reed Buntings and up to 300 Linnets.

In May 2010, with help from Natural England, an area of some 16 acres of former arable ground was shaped into wet grassland with scrapes, suitable for breeding and feeding habitat for waders. Two hides have been constructed overlooking the field, linked by a series of paths through the 13 acre Siden Hill Wood. Small car parks are located at either end of this walk, which lies west of the River Blythe and can be reached, on foot, from the main Reserve.

There is a good network of footpaths linking the site with other attractive areas of countryside, including Bradnocks Marsh. For new site plan, see download box above.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Cost of getting there by "own transport"; cost of meal if required; day permit fee - Adults £4 / OAPs £3.50 - for non-permit holders.

Booking essential

Telephone: 07966 418301

E-mail: lpmouse12@hotmail.com

Thu
11

Indoor Meeting - Unfortunately our December meeting has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Location: The Nautical Club, Bishopsgate St., Birmingham
Postcode: B15 1ET (Google map)

We found out only on 20 November that a Christmas Disco was taking place on 11 December 2014 in the usual room where our meeting had been booked to take place. Because they could not honour our prior booking, The Nautical Club did offer us, as an alternative, use of seats and a projection screen in the members' bar area for our planned meeting.
We decided however that this was not a satisfactory arrangement - as the sound from the Disco in the adjacent room would no doubt overpower our meeting, making it impossible for members to enjoy the event.

So regrettably we had little option but to cancel our December meeting.

Martin Cross's talk will be carried forward to a future date, to be confirmed.

The committee of Birmingham RSPB Local Group wish all our members past and present, and their families a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year, and hope to see them at our meetings in 2015.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.00 (£1.50 for under-16s) Concession for newcomers' first meeting - £1.50 (£0.75 for under-16s)

Telephone: 0121 382 7154

E-mail: bhamlocalrspb@gmail.com

January 2015

Thu
15

Indoor Meeting - Peter Holden (RSPB) :- (Title of talk TBC)

Location: The Nautical Club, Bishopsgate St., Birmingham
Postcode: B15 1ET (Google map)

Illustrated talk

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.00 (£1.50 for under-16s) Concession for newcomers' first meeting - £1.50 (£0.75 for under-16s)

Telephone: 0121 382 7154

E-mail: bhamlocalrspb@gmail.com

Sun
25

Coach Trip to Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Rutland - 25 January 2015

Location: Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Habitat:- Reservoir, lagoons, scrape, woods, meadows, plantation and reed-bed.

Facilities:- VC. 27 bird hides, nature trails.

Key Birds: Up to 28 species of wildfowl, rare grebes, divers, smew, goldeneye, goosander,
and passerines.
Postcode: B72 1RB (Google map)

Full day coach trip on luxury coach with on-board toilet.
Coach departs at 7.30 am. Returns to Sutton approx. 6.00 pm
Short stops en route at services on outward and return journeys.

N.B. Trip Must be booked and paid for in advance, by 16 January 2015.
Contact Tony Green, 22 Milton Avenue, Tamworth, Staffs B79 8JQ
Cheques payable to "Sutton Coldfield RSPB Members Group"

1.All welcome, members and non-members alike.
2.All trips are by coach, leaving from South Parade car park, opposite Plantsbrook School.
3.Please book early and pay in advance. If you have to cancel please let us know as soon as possible.
4.Please arrive on time. Remember the car park is now pay and display, even on Sundays.
5.Don't forget your lunch, waterproofs and boots. Nature reserves can be cold and wet!!
6.Charges do not include donations. Additional entrance fees / permits may be required.
7.RSPB members should carry their membership cards when visiting RSPB reserves.

Time: 7.30 am

Price: £19.00 (accompanied children £2.50) Plus £3.80 permit fee (payable on day)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01807 750633 07531 329664

E-mail: tonygreen777@hotmail.co.uk

February 2015

Thu
19

Indoor Meeting - Mick Martin :- (Title of talk TBC)

Location: The Nautical Club, Bishopsgate St., Birmingham
Postcode: B15 1ET (Google map)

Illustrated talk.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.00 (£1.50 for under-16s) Concession for newcomers' first meeting - £1.50 (£0.75 for under-16s)

Telephone: 0121 382 7154

E-mail: bhamlocalrspb@gmail.com

March 2015

Sun
15

Coach Trip to RSPB Old Moor Reserve, South Yorkshire - 15 March 2015

Location: RSPB Old Moor Reserve, Dearne Valley (South Yorkshire)
Habitat: Lakes & flood meadows, wader scrape and reedbed..
Facilities: VC, feeding station, café, shop and toilets. Two trails with 7 hides. Easy walking path & 2 screens.
Key Birds: Barn Owl, large numbers of wildfowl, flocks of lapwing & golden plover, peregrine and tree sparrow.
Postcode: B72 1RB (Google map)

Full day coach trip on luxury coach with on-board toilet.
Coach departs at 7.00 am. Returns to Sutton approx. 7.00 pm
Short stops en route at services on outward and return journeys.

N.B. Trip Must be booked and paid for in advance, by 6 March 2015.
Contact Tony Green, 22 Milton Avenue, Tamworth, Staffs B79 8JQ
Cheques payable to "Sutton Coldfield RSPB Members Group"

1.All welcome, members and non-members alike.
2.All trips are by coach, leaving from South Parade car park, opposite Plantsbrook School.
3.Please book early and pay in advance. If you have to cancel please let us know as soon as possible.
4.Please arrive on time. Remember the car park is now pay and display, even on Sundays.
5.Don't forget your lunch, waterproofs and boots. Nature reserves can be cold and wet!!
6.Charges do not include donations. Additional entrance fees / permits may be required.
7.RSPB members should carry their membership cards when visiting RSPB reserves.

Time: 07.00

Price: £19.00 (accompanied children £2.50)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01807 750633 07531 329664

E-mail: tonygreen777@hotmail.co.uk

Thu
19

Indoor Meeting - Peter Coxhead :- (Title of talk TBC)

Location: The Nautical Club, Bishopsgate St., Birmingham
Postcode: B15 1ET (Google map)

Illustrated talk.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.00 (£1.50 for under-16s) Concession for newcomers' first meeting - £1.50 (£0.75 for under-16s)

Telephone: 0121 382 7154

E-mail: bhamlocalrspb@gmail.com

April 2015

Thu
16

Indoor Meeting - Sal Cooke:- (Title of talk TBC)

Location: The Nautical Club, Bishopsgate St., Birmingham
Postcode: B15 1ET (Google map)

Illustrated talk.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.00 (£1.50 for under-16s) Concession for newcomers' first meeting - £1.50 (£0.75 for under-16s)

Telephone: 0121 382 7154

E-mail: bhamlocalrspb@gmail.com

Sun
26

Coach Trip to RSPB Titchwell Reserve, Norfolk - 26 April 2015

Location: RSPB Titchwell Marsh, North Norfolk
Habitat: Intertidal mudflats, saltmarsh, shingle beach, brackish lagoons, grassland & scrub.
Facilities: VC, toilets, hides, screens and shop.
Key Birds: Waders, wildfowl, peregrine, harriers, merlin and owls
Postcode: B72 1RB (Google map)

Full day coach trip on luxury coach with on-board toilet.
Coach departs at 7.00 am. Returns to Sutton approx. 8.15 pm
Short stops en route at services on outward and return journeys.

N.B. Trip Must be booked and paid for in advance, by 15 April 2015.
Contact Tony Green, 22 Milton Avenue, Tamworth, Staffs B79 8JQ
Cheques payable to "Sutton Coldfield RSPB Members Group"

1.All welcome, members and non-members alike.
2.All trips are by coach, leaving from South Parade car park, opposite Plantsbrook School.
3.Please book early and pay in advance. If you have to cancel please let us know as soon as possible.
4.Please arrive on time. Remember the car park is now pay and display, even on Sundays.
5.Don't forget your lunch, waterproofs and boots. Nature reserves can be cold and wet!!
6.Charges do not include donations. Additional entrance fees / permits may be required.
7.RSPB members should carry their membership cards when visiting RSPB reserves.

Time: 07.00

Price: £19.00 (accompanied children £2.50)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01807 750633 07531 329664

E-mail: tonygreen777@hotmail.co.uk

May 2015

Sun
17

Coach Trip to RSPB Lake Vyrnwy Reserve, Eastern Wales - 15 March 2015

Location: RSPB Lake Vyrnwy, Eastern Wales
Habitat: Heather moorland, woodland, meadows, rocky streams & large reservoir.
Facilities: VC, toilets, hides & nature trails.
Key Birds: Dipper, pied flycatcher, redstart, wood warbler, siskin, buzzard.
Postcode: B72 1RB (Google map)

Full day coach trip on luxury coach with on-board toilet.
Coach departs at 7.00 am. Returns to Sutton approx. 7.45 pm
Short stops en route at services on outward and return journeys.

N.B. Trip Must be booked and paid for in advance, by 6 May 2015.
Contact Tony Green, 22 Milton Avenue, Tamworth, Staffs B79 8JQ
Cheques payable to "Sutton Coldfield RSPB Members Group"

1.All welcome, members and non-members alike.
2.All trips are by coach, leaving from South Parade car park, opposite Plantsbrook School.
3.Please book early and pay in advance. If you have to cancel please let us know as soon as possible.
4.Please arrive on time. Remember the car park is now pay and display, even on Sundays.
5.Don't forget your lunch, waterproofs and boots. Nature reserves can be cold and wet!!
6.Charges do not include donations. Additional entrance fees / permits may be required.
7.RSPB members should carry their membership cards when visiting RSPB reserves.

Time: 07.00

Price: £19.00 (accompanied children £2.50)

Booking essential

Telephone: 01807 750633 07531 329664

E-mail: tonygreen777@hotmail.co.uk

Thu
21

Indoor Meeting - (Speaker & talk title TBC)

Location: The Nautical Club, Bishopsgate St., Birmingham
Postcode: B15 1ET (Google map)

Illustrated talk

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £3.00 (£1.50 for under-16s) Concession for newcomers' first meeting - £1.50 (£0.75 for under-16s)

Telephone: 0121 382 7154

E-mail: bhamlocalrspb@gmail.com