Events

We are always happy to see new faces (young and not so young) on our friendly, easy-paced walks. Advice is always on hand with identifying birds, flowers, butterflies and other wildlife. Many of the walks are suitable for the whole family and the less-abled. Walks typically last 3-4 hours and are conducted at a leisurely pace. We recommend bringing a packed lunch with you so that you can enjoy light refreshments during or after the walk. Please remember to bring your RSPB membership card with you to gain free entry to RSPB reserves (otherwise a nominal fee will be charged by the reserve). Occasionally a walk may have to be cancelled at short notice because of adverse weather conditions. If you have any questions regarding the walks then please contact the walk leader or Sue Carter (medwayrspb.walk@btinternet.com or 01795 427 854) in advance.

November 2017

Sun
19

Hampton Pier and Clowes Wood (Sue Carter and Steve Goodrich)

Location: Take the old A299 past Whitstable and at the Greenhill turn off take the road to Herne Bay but at the first junction turn left onto the B2205 then turn right (north) into Hampton Avenue and continue on to the pier car park. Clowes Wood car park is reached via Chestfield on the minor road to Tyler Hill.
Postcode: CT5 1AB (Google map)

Two walks to new locations for the group. At Hampton Pier (CT5 1AB) we will look for turnstone and purple sandpiper on the shoreline off Swalecliffe before heading to Clowes Wood (CT5 3ER) near to Chestfield. At the latter site we will look for redpoll and crests as well as possible crossbills and lesser-spotted woodpecker. There are toilets at Hampton Pier but no facilities at Clowes Wood.

Time: 9.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07745 343 072

E-mail: medwayrspb.walk@btinternet.com

Tue
21

Behind the scenes at RSPB Minsmere - Adam Rowlands

Location: Parkwood Community Centre, Gillingham, ME8 9PN.
Postcode: ME8 9PN (Google map)

Adam is a warden at RSPB's flagship reserve at Minsmere which was also home to BBC Springwatch for several years. Tonight Adam will take us through the many changes that have been implemented on the reserve over the years to help establish Minsmere as a firm favourite with many birders.

Time: 7.30pm to 9.45pm (doors open at 7pm)

Price: £3.00 RSPB Medway Local Group Members; £3.50 non-members

E-mail: medwayRSPB.leader@outlook.com

Wed
22

RSPB Cliffe Pools (Adrian Olsen)

Location: Meet in the Salt Lane car park. There are no facilities or hides but the paths are level making walking easy. As there is no shelter please dress accordingly.
Postcode: ME3 7SU (Google map)

A return visit to this special site which had the threat of a major airport hanging over it. This time we'll be looking for wild swans, geese and wintering thrushes.

Time: 9.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07505 464 114

E-mail: medwayrspb.walk@btinternet.com

December 2017

Sun
3

Elmley National Nature Reserve (Richard Hanman)

Location: Meet in the reserve car park where there is an honesty box for a suggested donation of £5 per car with all proceeds going towards conservation efforts.
Postcode: ME12 3RW (Google map)

Possibly the best time to visit, looking for wintering wildfowl, owls and birds of prey. The sound of thousands of wigeon is amazing!

Time: 9.00am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07785 707 797

E-mail: medwayrspb.walk@btinternet.com

Sun
17

Conyer Creek (Giuseppe Raffa)

Location: Park on the left-hand side of the road immediately before the Ship Inn. The walk is easy and circular though it can be very muddy in places.
Postcode: ME9 9HR (Google map)

Our final visit of the year to a site which produces good birds all year round. Now we will hope to see mistle thrushes, redwings and fieldfares and possibly a long-eared owl. Failing that, there is always plenty to see on the Swale and we can round the trip off with a warming drink at the Ship Inn!

Time: 8.30am

Price: Free

Telephone: 07776 331 210

E-mail: medwayrspb.walk@btinternet.com

Tue
19

Birds beyond the boughs - Simon Ginnaw

Location: Parkwood Community Centre, Gillingham, ME8 9PN.
Postcode: ME8 9PN (Google map)

Many of you will know Simon as the local lad from Maidstone who has quickly establishing himself on the birding circuit through his enthusiastic and knowledgeable talks, field classes and birding tours with Bargain Birding Club, Naturetrek and Explore the Wild.
Tonight Simon will delight us with his illustrated talk about the secret lives behind our best loved-garden and woodland birds.

Time: 7.30pm to 9.45pm (doors open at 7pm)

Price: £3.00 RSPB Medway Local Group Members; £3.50 non-members

E-mail: medwayRSPB.leader@outlook.com