Join Us For Bird Watching Walks and Wildlife Talks

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Programme of Activities

The links below take you to our A4 printed programme of activities. You can use these files to print your own handy copy of our programme.

UPDATE

The RSPB have told all local groups to suspend face-to-face activities until the end of the year. Outdoor meetings are all cancelled until further notice.

We are holding our autumn talks online using Zoom so that we can offer our planned talks to our members. We send all group members a link to each talk a few days beforehand.

We will hold the postponed AGM for the 2019/20 year by post / email during the autumn. Further details about this soon. Several members of the committee are standing down at this AGM. If you would like to get involved with the team running the group, please get in touch.  We are looking for new people and new ideas to be able to keep the group going and would love to hear from you. You don’t have to join the committee as you can be a group volunteer instead.


Next Events
 
Our next walk or outing:

Little Marlow Gravel Pits 2021
New Year's Day morning walk
Date: 1 January 2021

Full details of this event
 
Our next talk:

The Birds and Wildlife of Guyana
by Chris Collins
Date: 15 October 2020

Full details of this talk
 
 

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13/5/20 Arne coach trip 6 September Cancelled due to Covid-19 uncertainties.

16/3/20 All Group activities cancelled until September Due to the threat from Covid-19 disease.

12/3/20 Dorney Wetlands walk of 11 March 2020, report and photos.

3/3/20 March Indoor meeting Cancelled due to the threat from Covid-19 disease.

25/2/20 Report of the indoor meeting California from North to South given by Barry Oxley, 20 February 2020.

20/2/20 Walk at Bury Down Cancelled due to mud and forecast of more rain.

7/2/20 Coach trip to Arne Cancelled due to forecast of bad weather.

22/1/20 Report of the indoor meeting Otmoor: A Wetland Rediscovered given by David Wilding, 18 January 2020.

20/1/20 Moor Green Lakes walk of 18 January 2020, report and photos.

2/1/20 Little Marlow Gravel Pit walk of 1 January 2020, report and photos.

12/12/19 Windsor Great Park walk of 11 December 2019, report and photos.

 


Latest News

Saturday 19 September 2020

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We have held our first video talk.

Friday 29 May 2020

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The RSPB have announced how their nature reserves will reopen. This news item includes details from other wildlife organisations and sites.

[See older news...]

 

 

UPDATE

The RSPB have told all local groups to suspend face-to-face activities until the end of the year. Outdoor meetings are all cancelled until further notice.

We are holding our autumn talks online using Zoom so that we can offer our planned talks to our members. We send all group members a link to each talk a few days beforehand.

We will hold the postponed AGM for the 2019/20 year by post / email during the autumn. Further details about this soon. Several members of the committee are standing down at this AGM. If you would like to get involved with the team running the group, please get in touch.  We are looking for new people and new ideas to be able to keep the group going and would love to hear from you. You don’t have to join the committee as you can be a group volunteer instead.

Our next walk or outing:

Little Marlow Gravel Pits 2021
New Year's Day morning walk
Date: 1 January 2021

Full details of this event
Our next talk:

The Birds and Wildlife of Guyana
by Chris Collins
Date: 15 October 2020

Full details of this talk

Find us on Facebook logo

13/5/20 Arne coach trip 6 September Cancelled due to Covid-19 uncertainties.

16/3/20 All Group activities cancelled until September Due to the threat from Covid-19 disease.

12/3/20 Dorney Wetlands walk of 11 March 2020, report and photos.

3/3/20 March Indoor meeting Cancelled due to the threat from Covid-19 disease.

25/2/20 Report of the indoor meeting California from North to South given by Barry Oxley, 20 February 2020.

20/2/20 Walk at Bury Down Cancelled due to mud and forecast of more rain.

7/2/20 Coach trip to Arne Cancelled due to forecast of bad weather.

22/1/20 Report of the indoor meeting Otmoor: A Wetland Rediscovered given by David Wilding, 18 January 2020.

20/1/20 Moor Green Lakes walk of 18 January 2020, report and photos.

2/1/20 Little Marlow Gravel Pit walk of 1 January 2020, report and photos.

12/12/19 Windsor Great Park walk of 11 December 2019, report and photos.


Latest News

Saturday 19 September 2020

Laptop

We have held our first video talk.

Friday 29 May 2020

Open padlock

The RSPB have announced how their nature reserves will reopen. This news item includes details from other wildlife organisations and sites.

[See older news...]

 

Walks

We hold frequent bird watching walks, between September and June. Free, but a small donation is appreciated.

Spend a morning with us, exploring a local birding spot such as Dinton Pastures for waterfowl, Wishmoor Bottom for woodland birds, Steps Hill for Red Kites, or the Jubilee River and Dorney Wetlands for Hobby and Skylark.

While bird watching is our main focus, we also watch out for other wildlife such as deer, insects, weasels, amphibians, rodents and foxes. We even take a passing interest in plants and fungi.

Our outings are suitable for everyone, whether you are an experienced birder or just starting an interest in wildlife. Our walking pace is gentle and the distances are frequently short.

Full-day walks offer a change from local birds by visiting more distant destinations such as Keyhaven, Greenham Common, Moor Green Lakes, Langstone Harbour and RSPB Otmoor.

We also have a long-weekend away each October at Gibraltar Point, for autumn migrants.

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Coach Trips

We run weekend coach day-trips that go to important RSPB nature reserves such as Titchwell Marsh, Arne and Minsmere.

Coach trips depart from Braywick Park (Braywick Sports Ground), Braywick Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1BN, where there is free parking.

Departure time is typically 7am and we aim to return around 7pm.

Prices can vary by destination. Adults - £25; Under 16's and full‑time students - £15, plus a share of any destination coach entrance charges or donations.

Seats must be booked in advance.

Bring binoculars to get closer to the birds, bring a camera to record all the wildlife and bring your family - all welcome.

     

Talks

We organise Indoor talks, at the High Street Methodist Church hall, King Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1EA. There is easy parking nearby in West Street. The church hall is open from 7pm, with proceedings starting at 7.30pm and finishing around 9.30pm

Join us at our Thursday evening meetings and marvel at the birds of the Camargue, Madagascar, California, Guyana and even RSPB Otmoor.... and be amazed by the difficulties overcome by our intrepid presenters, bird watching in such far flung places.

We also have talks about conservation, talks about RSPB developments and a social evening with short talks and a quiz.

Admission (including refreshments) is £4 for RSPB East Berks Group members, £5 for non-members, £1 for any under 16's. For first-time visitors to our indoor meetings, there is No Charge for admission.

We also present details of our forthcoming events for the next month, hold a small raffle and give a rundown of recent local bird sightings.

News, social chat, biscuits and tea or coffee are always included.

Not sure what to put in your garden bird feeders? Need some advice on which bird guide book to buy? Heard a strange bird call? What bird built that nest in your ivy? Come to a meeting and ask around.

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Marsh Frog on leaf

All our events are open to all, particularly beginners and those new to our Thames Valley area. You are assured of a warm welcome and don't have to be a member - come along and we will open up a world of bird experiences to you.

We would be delighted to see you at one of our events. So don't hesitate, meet our friendly group soon and do something different in 2020.

Our website contains many of our Photos taken in local gardens, on our trips within England - and beyond. For news of our group's activities, local events, local planning, local environment, etc., see the In the News section. There are also Reports of past events.

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