What we're about

We are an RSPB Local Group, based in London, that promotes an interest in and understanding of birds in particular and wildlife in general, including their habitats and environment: we support the work of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Our principal activities are a programme of birdwatching trips, and a programme of indoor evening meetings. Money from our fundraising activities and profits from our events go toward supporting the work of the RSPB and its international partners.

If you're interested in birds and nature, and want to meet like-minded people, come on one of our birdwatching trips or to one of our meetings. We are a friendly group, who range from complete beginner to experienced birdwatcher, and most of us live or work in London. The annual membership fee is a bargain £5, for which you get: a discount of £2 on every one of our coach trip that you come on, and a newsletter twice a year. We have over 80 paid-up members and another 350 people or more have expressed interest in our activities and are notified of our events.

Upcoming events (3)

Come on a coach trip to Weeting Heath and Lakenheath for a great day's birding!

Our June coach trip takes us to the Brecklands and Fens on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. We will stop at the NWT Weeting Heath reserve for an hour or so where will hope to see the stone curlews that nest there. This is one of the finest remaining Breckland grass heaths. On previous visits we have also seen hobby, green woodpecker, little owl, spotted flycatcher and stoat there. Woodlark are also a possibility. There is an entry fee of £4.25 for non Norfolk Wildlife Trust members. Visitor centre with toilets. We will then move on to the RSPB's Lakenheath Fen reserve. The reserve comprises a mixture of seedbed, wet grassland and woodland alongside the Little Ouse river. We expect to see hirundines, hobby and marsh harriers. We might also see bittern feeding flights. Possible sightings may include bearded tit, turtle dove, spotted flycatcher, garganey, shelduck, lapwing, common tern, cuckoo, turtle dove, sedge, reed & grasshopper warblers,. Common cranes have bred here since 2007. There is a profusion of dragonflies and butterflies. There is a visitor centre with toilets. Entry £4 non-RSPB members. We are a RSPB members group who run coach trips to good birding sites most months. All are welcome to join us, from expert birders to complete beginners - if you are new to birding one of our more experienced members will show you whatever is around and provide explanations where necessary. Don't worry if you don't own a pair of binoculars - we can lend you a pair for the day if you let us know in advance. Dress for the weather with stout footwear, remembering that it may well be cooler at the coast or in the country than in central London, and bring a packed lunch. Paid up Central London Local Group members £20.00, non-members £22.00. Booking essential. For further information contact James Aylward on[masked], or email [masked]. Coach trip outings leave from bus stop 40B on the Embankment, which is adjacent to Embankment Tube. Leave the tube by the riverside exit, turn left along the pavement. The coach stop is about 50 metres along, just past the public toilets. The coach leaves promptly at 8am – aim to arrive at 7:45am to allow time to board. Image: Bob Hall (https://flic.kr/p/oSuxco)

Coach trip to Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve, Hampshire

Embankment (Stop 40B)

£22.00

The Reserve covers 369 acres of the Meon Valley, encompassing a mosaic of natural habitats. River, fen, pools, reedbed and meadow are carefully managed, giving protection to a range of special wildlife. Water Vole were re-introduced in 2013 and Ratty can now frequently be seen in the canal and ditches on the Reserve. Resident bird species include: bearded tit, cetti’s warbler; hobby, marsh harrier and osprey possible; spoonbill (near annual); little ringed plover, little stint, curlew sandpiper, whimbrel, spotted redshank, terns including roseate and black; yellow wagtail, whinchat, wheatear; dartford warbler, firecrest possible. Spring and summer bring a new interest to the Reserve with over 20 species of butterfly spotted each year. Delicate damsels and feisty dragons can be spotted throughout the summer. There is a Visitor Centre, (with café and loos) and hides. Entry £3.75 (group rate). We are a RSPB members group who run coach trips to good birding sites most months. All are welcome to join us, from expert birders to complete beginners - if you are new to birding one of our more experienced members will show you whatever is around and provide explanations where necessary. Don't worry if you don't own a pair of binoculars - we can lend you a pair for the day if you let us know in advance. Dress for the weather with stout footwear, remembering that it may well be cooler at the coast or in the country than in central London, and bring a packed lunch. Paid up Central London Local Group members £20.00, non-members £22.00. Booking essential. For further information contact James Aylward on[masked], or email [masked]. Coach trip outings leave from bus stop 40B on the Embankment, which is adjacent to Embankment Tube. Leave the tube by the riverside exit, turn left along the pavement. The coach stop is about 50 metres along, just past the public toilets. The coach leaves promptly at 8am – aim to arrive at 7:45am to allow time to board. Image: Jason Thompson (https://flic.kr/p/cYjfEs)

Coach trip to Rye Harbour National Nature Reserve (Sussex Wildlife Trust)

Rye Harbour – a fantastic place that’s difficult to sum up in a few words. The Nature Reserve lies within a large triangle of land which extends eastwards from Winchelsea Beach to the mouth of the River Rother and north to Rye. It includes many different habitats; intertidal saltmarsh, reclaimed saltmarsh, drainage ditches, shingle ridges, sand, marsh, pits and scrub which together make it one of the best birdwatching sites in Sussex. We can hope to see a wide variety of waders; little ringed plover, dunlin, greenshank and common, green and wood sandpipers are around at this time. Curlew sandpipers and little stints are also not unknown. Raptors include marsh harrier and possible osprey. The passerine species start to increase at this time of year and include yellow wagtail, wheatear, redstart, whinchat, spotted flycatcher and a wide variety of warblers, whilst hirundines – swifts, swallows and martins form large flocks which in turn attract hobbies and sparrowhawks. Information Centre, hides, two cafés and pub, WC. Entry: £2 donation to Sussex Wildlife Trust. We are a RSPB members group who run coach trips to good birding sites most months. All are welcome to join us, from expert birders to complete beginners - if you are new to birding one of our more experienced members will show you whatever is around and provide explanations where necessary. Don't worry if you don't own a pair of binoculars - we can lend you a pair for the day if you let us know in advance. Dress for the weather with stout footwear, remembering that it may well be cooler at the coast or in the country than in central London, and bring a packed lunch. Paid up Central London Local Group members £20.00, non-members £22.00. Booking essential. For further information contact James Aylward on[masked], or email [masked]. Coach trip outings leave from bus stop 40B on the Embankment, which is adjacent to Embankment Tube. Leave the tube by the riverside exit, turn left along the pavement. The coach stop is about 50 metres along, just past the public toilets. The coach leaves promptly at 8am – aim to arrive at 7:45am to allow time to board. Image: Small Copper by Tom Lee (https://flic.kr/p/HTEVTq)

Past events (161)

Come on a coach trip to Minsmere Nature Reserve, Suffolk

Meet outside Embankment Underground Station near riverside entrance. Coach leaves at 8am.

£22.00

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