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 the contact number shown with the event details.

October 2017

Wed
11

Indoor Meeting and RSPB Local Group AGM

Location: Broughton Suite at the
Grange Banqueting Suite,
457, Burton Road,
Littleover,
Derby
Postcode: DE23 6XX (Google map)

The AGM commences at 7:00 pm followed by David Lingard with a talk entitled 'The Wildlife of Italy and the Work of Lipu'

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB Members: £2 adults, £1 Juniors. Non-Members: £2.50 adults, £1 Juniors

Telephone: 01332 511825

E-mail: rspblocalgroupderby@gmail.com

Sat
14

Coach Outing- LWT Gibraltar Point

Location: The coach will leave Full Street, Derby outside the Silk Mill Pub at 7.30am, to return in the evening between 7.30 and 8.00pm.

Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve covers over 1,000 acres along three miles of the coast from Skegness to The Wash. Habitats include sandy and muddy sea-shore, sand dunes, saltmarsh, foreshore, beach and freshwater marsh with ponds and lagoons. There are paths and a number of hides which enable you to see the major habitats.

October is a good time to look out for passing migrants.

There is a visitor's centre, café and toilets.

Time: 7.30 am

Price: Open to everyone at £17 adults, £8 juniors. (under 16's free if accompanied by full fare paying adult).

Booking essential

Telephone: 07977663032

E-mail: d.birdman60@gmail.com

Sun
22

Birdwatching Walk- Shipley Country Park

Location: Meet at 9.30 am in the Mapperley Reservoir car park -access from Mapperley village DE75 7GX (pay and display £2.60, 4 hrs).

Postcode: DE75 7GX (Google map)

A variety of woodland and water birds.

There are toilets.

Walk should finish at about 12.30 pm

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free to everyone.

Telephone: 01332 511825

E-mail: rspblocalgroupderby@gmail.com

November 2017

Wed
8

Indoor Meeting- 'Jordan, more than just Petra'

Location: Broughton Suite
at the Grange Banqueting Suite,
457, Burton Road,
Littleover,
Derby
Postcode: DE23 6XX (Google map)

We welcome Julian Sykes from Speyside Wildlife for an informative talk.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB Members: £2 adults, £1 Juniors. Non-Members: £2.50 adults, £1 Juniors.

Telephone: 01332 511825

E-mail: rspblocalgroupderby@gmail.com

Sat
18

Coach Outing- RSPB Titchwell Marsh

Location: The coach will leave Full Street, Derby outside the Silk Mill Pub at 7.30 am, to return in the evening between 7.30 and 8.00 pm.

The reserve contains freshwater, brackish and saltwater marsh. There are also sand dunes and shingle beach. Between the wetland habitats and the road there is a small area of scrub and drier vegetation with some trees.

There is a visitor centre with a shop selling RSPB goods and a tea room for snacks and drinks. There is a separate toilet block in the car park.

We will be stopping at the Farm Shop on the way down and on the return journey.

Birds to look out for include Reed Buntings in the reed beds; also Water Rail at the edge of the reeds near the hides. Titchwell is usually good for waders and waterfowl, check both sides of the path as you walk down to the beach. Look out for Marsh Harrier, Red kite, wheatear, Little gulls, Ring ouzel, Red crested pochard.

Places can be booked by contacting Dave Manning on 07977663032.

Time: 7.30 am

Price: Open to everyone at £17 adults, £8 juniors. (under 16's free if accompanied by full fare paying adult).

Booking essential

Telephone: 07977663032

E-mail: d.birdman60@gmail.com

Sun
26

Birdwatching Walk- Doxey Marshes, Stafford

Location: Meet in the pay and display car park (free on Sundays) adjacent to Sainsburys in Stafford at 9.30 am. The walk will finish at about 12.30 pm.

Toilets and café in Sainsburys.

Directions:

A50 to Uttoxeter, then
A518 into Stafford
Follow signs for town centre - straight on at 1st roundabout into Western Road
At next roundabout turn right - A34, onto Queensway
At next roundabout turn left onto A518
Straight on (past Sainsburys on right) to next roundabout
Turn right into Doxey Road
At mini-roundabout turn right and park in long stay car park on the right (free on Sundays)

Postcode: ST16 1PU (Google map)

A wetland oasis near the centre of Stafford and one of the county's best bird watching sites!

Birds Galore!

Doxey Marshes is a fantastic place to discover birds with over 200 species recorded and over 80 breeding species. The reserve is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its nationally important populations of Lapwing, Snipe and Redshank.

The reserve forms part of the River Sow floodplain so is naturally a wet area and will occasionally flood. Most of the large pools on the reserve, known locally as flashes, have formed as a result of subsidence from brine extraction in the 1950s. These flashes are a great place to find many species of water bird including Tufted Duck, Goosander and Great Crested Grebe.

Across the reserve are numerous muddy depressions known as scrapes. These were created to encourage wetland birds such as Lapwing and Redshank to breed, as well as providing feeding points for migrating birds.

We should see a good variety of water birds, some waders and we have in the past had Kingfisher and Peregrine.

Time: 9:30 am

Price: Free to everyone.

Telephone: 01332 511825

E-mail: rspblocalgroupderby@gmail.com

December 2017

Wed
13

Indoor Meeting- 'Biking Birder Adventures'

Location: Broughton Suite
at the Grange Banqueting Suite,
457, Burton Road,
Littleover,
Derby
Postcode: DE23 6XX (Google map)

We welcome the Biking Birder Gary Prescott for an interesting talk.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: RSPB Members: £2 adults, £1 Juniors. Non-Members: £2.50 adults, £1 Juniors.

Telephone: 01332 511825

E-mail: rspblocalgroupderby@gmail.com

Sun
17

Birdwatching Walk- Attenborough Nature Reserve, Notts.

Location: Meet at 9.30 am in the car park at Barton Lane next to the Visitor Centre - where there are toilets and café.

This complex of flooded gravel pits and islands covers 145 hectares and provides an ideal habitat for a wide range of plants, birds and other wildlife. The nature reserve is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

We hope to see a variety of wetland birds, both on the pits and on the River Trent - with a possibility of Bittern.

Walk should finish at about 12.30 pm.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free to everyone.

Telephone: 01332 511825

E-mail: rspblocalgroupderby@gmail.com