Events

We are a very dynamic and active local group. We organise a variety of events each year.

Walks

We organise around 50 walks throughout the year. These are usually held on Thursdays or at the weekend. Non-members are welcome to try them out.

Mar
7
Thu
Wey Navigation @ Wey Navigation
Mar 7 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Post Code: GU23 6AN Duration: Half day walk Leader: Brian Directions: From centre of Ripley Village turn into lane leading to Ripley Green; cricket pavilion is on right. Park as far along the lane as possible. Habitat: Canal side and meadows. Firm paths but can be very muddy if wet. Attractions: Winter thrushes, water birds. Amenities: No facilities Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear for conditions on the day which can be subject to change at any time. You will be expected to use the walk in such a way as not to place yourselves or others at risk and to follow all requirements set by the walk leader.

See our Walks page for more

Talks

We generally meet twice a month (Sept.-May) on the first Thursday at 2pm or the fourth Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Feb
28
Wed
Springtime in New England @ Online via Zoom
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm

Speaker: Jim Almond

We accompany Jim on a tour of New England during May  –  the very best time to be there.  Warblers, herons and other birds aplenty, but interesting native plants and other wildlife to be seen as well.

Cost: Members free, optional donation for non-members

See our Talks page for more

Other

We also arrange various other events throughout the year.

Coach trips

In severe weather, a trip may be cancelled. Check with Trish Watts.

Non-members can book coach trips but will have to pay an extra £10. This includes membership of our Local Group until the end of the year. 

A few seats are available free of charge for accompanied young people (age 12-18). Contact Trish Watts to book a free seat.

Mar
17
Sun
Keyhaven – Coach Trip @ Guildford Spectrum Park & Ride
Mar 17 @ 7:30 am

This outstanding reserve, managed by Hampshire Wildlife Trust, is situated just west of Lymington. Due to the unique blend of habitats, the entire area is particularly fruitful for wildfowl and during the winter months can hold most species of duck that are found regularly in the United Kingdom. The waters of Keyhaven are sheltered by the Isle of Wight and usually hold a small flock of eider and a few longtailed ducks. Common scoters are occasional visitors.

The coach and entrance is competitively priced at £29.50, the price includes a £2 donation to the Hampshire Wild Life Trust.

Non-members are welcome to book but have to pay an additional £10 to cover the annual membership of our Local Group.

A limited number of places on our coach trips are available free of charge for accompanied young people aged 12-18. If you would like to book one of these places, please contact Trish Watts

To book please contact Trish Watts, our events organiser.

Please note that the coach leaves from Guildford Spectrum Park & Ride (GU1 1UP) at 07.30hrs and will return around 18.00hrs.

Email Trish Watts (or complete the form under coach trips on the Contact page for more information

Fundraising events

Each year our group raises large sums for the RSPB. These range from stalls at local events, jumble sales, plant sale and more.

Mar
8
Fri
Quiz @ Onslow Village Hall
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Spring Fundraising ‘Pub’ Quiz

The doors open at 7 pm for a prompt 7.30 pm start.

Once again Ian and Jan Honeysett have kindly offered to host for us.

All are very welcome, friends as well as members.  Entries can be for full teams of up to 8, or enter as a single, pair, or small group and we will put full teams together.

Please contact Margo to book your place (even if you use the online payment option).

The cost is £10.00 per person. Please remember to put your name as a reference so we can track payments.

Bring your own Food and Drink.

Social events

We arrange several social events each year. This is a way for people to get to know each other better and are usually only open to members of our local group.

Holidays

Two holiday trips are organised each year.  Usually we have one longer one in the spring and a shorter one in the autumn.  Participation in holiday trips is restricted to our members.

Special events

We sometimes arrange bird ID sessions and other special events. See individual event for details.

External events

When possible we will include events at local RSPB reserves