A Warm Welcome from the East Berks Local RSPB Group

Group members at RSPB Otmoor reserve with binoculars, telescopes and cameras

We are an active, lively and friendly local group that promotes the RSPB's objectives. Our local area is twelve miles radius centred on Maidenhead. This Thames Valley area covers parts of South Bucks and East Berks, with towns including Beaconsfield, Farnham, Henley, High Wycombe, Marlow, Slough, Twyford, Windsor and Wooburn Green. With around 200 members, we support local conservation issues while also aiming to enjoy ourselves.

Next walk or outing:

SUNDAY MORNING OUTING
to Otmoor RSPB Reserve

Date: 4 May 2014
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Next talk:

40th Annual General Meeting
and a talk by Brian Clews

Date: 24 April 2014
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We hold frequent bird spotting walks, between September and July. Spend a weekday morning with us, exploring a local birding hot spot such as Dinton Pastures for waterfowl, Burnham Beeches for woodland birds, the Jubilee River and Dorney Wetlands for Hobby and Skylark, or Aston Rowant for Red Kites. Our bird watching outings are suitable for everyone, whether you are an experienced birder or just starting an interest in wildlife. Weekend morning  walks are similar to the weekday walks, while full-day walks offer a change from Berkshire birds and visit more distant destinations such as Keyhaven, Pulborough, Pagham and Blashford Lakes.

We run Weekend coach trips that go to important UK nature reserves such as Minsmere, Radipole, Titchwell, Arne, Portland Bill and Rutland Water to see such spectacular sights as bird migration or thousands of wintering waterfowl.  Coach trips depart from Braywick Park (Braywick Sports Ground), Braywick Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1BN, where there is free parking.  Bring binoculars to get closer to the birds, bring a camera to record all the wildlife, and bring your family - all welcome.

We organise monthly Indoor talks, at the Methodist Church Hall, King Street, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1EA.  Join us at a Thursday evening talk and marvel at the birds of China, Brazil, Cyprus, Sri Lanka and even England....  and marvel at the difficulties overcome by our intrepid presenters, birdwatching in such far flung places.  News, tea, biscuits and social chat 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.

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 are available to give illustrated talks to local groups and schools. Advice is also available on conservation issues together with nest box construction and installation. Just call Mike Huddy on 01844 690571 for a preliminary discussion. Proceeds go to the RSPB.

Our website contains many of our photographs taken in local gardens, on our trips within England - and beyond. It also lists our future talkswalks and field trips and reports of past events. We also have a general news area.

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 2014.

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Latest News

Tuesday 15 April 2014

15/4/14 Titchfield Haven visit of 13 April 2014. Photos and report have been added, the Bird Spotting Record from January to date has been updated.

3/4/14 Aston Rowant visit of 2 April 2014. Photos and report have been added, the Bird Spotting Record from January to date has been updated.

1/4/14 The Big Garden Birdwatch results for England, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire have been added to this report.

26/3/14 A report has been added for the indoor social meeting The Wildlife of Brazil given by Ian Lloyd 20 March 2014.

24/3/14 Swinley Forest / Wishmoor visit of 22 March 2014. Photos and report have been added, the Bird Spotting Record from January to date has been updated.

Niki McCann, Education Officer – Waltham Place writes -There will be a Dawn Chorus Bird Walk at Waltham Place, White Waltham on Saturday 12th April 2014, 5.30am-7.30am. Brian Clews will be leading. Bacon rolls for those who would like to stay for breakfast. The walk is £5, bacon rolls £2.50. Ring 01628 825517 to book a place.

7/3/14 Penn Wood visit of 6 March 2014. Photos and report have been added, the Bird Spotting Record from January to date has been updated.

21/2/14 A report has been added for the indoor social meeting Taiwan – The Other China by Ann and Phil Farrer 20/2/14

18/2/14 More Photos By Members added.

6/2/14 Minsmere visit of 2 February 2014. Photos and report have been added, the Bird Spotting Record from January to date has been updated.

Thursday 6 March 2014

Happy children after muddy work
Photo - Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)

Sunday,  23rd March
Come dig in the park, plant trees and wildflowers!

Sunday 2 March 2014

Front page of the RBWM Borough Local Plan

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is asking for inputs to its Borough Local Plan, which sets strategy and policies for the area up to 2029.  You have until 21 March to ensure that wildlife policies are included.

Thursday 27 February 2014

Books in a shopping basket

The Reading Oxfam Bookshop has sent us a list of hundreds of bird books recently donated.

Sunday 19 January 2014

Piggy Bank with hammer

The RSPB runs many campaigns that request donations.  After discussion, your group's committee has recently given some of our money to these -