How much does it cost? £15.00 for adults & £7.50 for school children. (cheque or cash on the day)
Who can come? Everyone welcome, beginners, experts, non-members.
What should I bring? Packed lunch, a drink, suitable clothing and footwear essential. Why not bring a camera and binoculars if you have them?
Where and when? Depart 8.15am from Colchester North Station Forecourt, then 8.30am from Colchester War Memorial outside the Castle Park unless otherwise stated in the event description. Please let Carole Rogers know your preferred point so we don’t leave anyone behind.
When do we return? Typically between 5.00 pm and 6.00 pm unless bad weather dictates otherwise.
How much does it cost? Free of charge
How do I get to the event? You can travel in your own car but we encourage car shares. Please phone David Barnard (01206 825645) if you require a lift or would be willing to take someone else.
Where and when? We meet at the site at the time given in the event description below, usually 10.00 a.m. Most people bring a packed lunch and stay till mid afternoon.
What are the Tuesday meetings? Tuesday evening visits often have a botanical or survey element with experts on hand to guide beginners. We focus on important or threatened wildlife sites in and around Colchester.
RSPB Coach Outings
All bookings and other details about the trips, e.g. pick-up points, please ring
Mick Kenny on 01206 395366 at least two weeks prior to trip with a discretionary
charge of £5.00 for non-attendance after booking.
Sunday 29th September – Titchwell, Norfolk £22 + admission charges
Sunday 27th October
– Dungeness, Kent £24
Sunday 24th November – London Wetlands Centre £20 + admission
Sunday 13th October - 10.00am - High Woods Country Park - Fungi Forage (Ranger) Join fungi expert Ian Rose on this forage around the Park and discover the fascinating mushrooms and toadstools that grow there. Booking essential call: 01206 282920 Cost: £4 per adult, children free. Event lasts approx. 2hrs. Meet at the Visitor Centre off Turner Road. Sunday 20th October - Coach Field Trip to Santon Downham and Brandon Country Park - the Annual Fungus Foray - 8.15am North Station Forecourt / 8.30am War Memorial We visit Santon Downham in the morning and then Brandon Country Park in the afternoon for our annual fungus foray this year with our leading expert Ian Rose as our guide. Santon Downham, which we last visited in 2009, has been an excellent site for fungi and also for birdlife too. A flock of some 50 crossbills in varying stages of colours were found and they flew down to
drink and bathe, along with siskins, on the river bank right in front of the group last time we were there, it was quite a sight. Of course Brandon Country Park is an excellent site for fungi and birds too. Here’s hoping for early autumn rain and then warmth on the day for a bumper crop of fungi. Tuesday 22nd October - 8.00pm - Cardinal Bourne Hall - Mike Logan-Wood - The secret lives of garden birds Mike investigates their history, folk law connections and the intimacies of their private lives. Mike’s talks are always fascinating and audiences return home looking at their garden birds through new eyes. Some thoughts - which bird is the “KING” of all birds and which is the commonest bird in the UK? Just two of the questions to be answered.
Sunday 17th November - 10.00am - Car Trip to Lower Holbrook, Suffolk To get there turn off the B1080 after passing the Royal Hospital School and the Mill and meet in the public car park at 10.00am TM177350. This is a popular venue for waders, marshland and hedgerow birds with excellent view across the Stour estuary. Tuesday 19th November - 8.00pm - Cardinal Bourne Hall - Shirley Boyle - Gardening for Wildlife: Importance and methods Shirley Boyle, a horticulturist with 12 years experience, talks about why and how to garden for wildlife, with reference to RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden, of which she is the head gardener. Shirley says “I don’t think people realise how much potential their gardens have to help wildlife... Gardens in this country cover 3 times as much land as the RSPB’s nature reserves! They also have the potential to help create corridors and stepping-stones across a sometimes hostile landscape. So everyone has a genuine chance to help our struggling wildlife, and it’s my mission to teach them how to.”
Saturday 14th December - 7.30 pm - Cardinal Bourne Hall - CNHS Christmas Social Admission £4.00 (Please note our event is on Saturday again not Friday) This is the Society’s annual get together where members can catch up with old friends and perhaps make new ones along with something to eat and drink. The evening starts at 7.30pm finishing around 10.00pm. We hold a table ‘Dutch’ auction where members can bring along new or good second-hand donated items such as books, puzzles, gifts & paintings. Fresh vegetables & garden plants are acceptable too. All proceeds going towards Society funds. A raffle is also held and donated items for prizes would be very much appreciated. There is one free glass of wine or soft drink included in the £4.00 admission fee. Anyone wishing to donate food for the table, please contact Pam Wilson on 01206 766217. Also, this is a chance to bring along your photographic prints or slides’ being entered into the Society’s Rose Bowl Competition 2013 and give to Ted Benton last year’s winner. (Please see last page for further details.)
Sunday 12th January - 10.00am - Car Trip to Cudmore Grove Country Park Meet in main car park, there is a small charge for parking. A famous and favourite venue for prime winter bird watching, big flocks of waders, geese, duck and finches with usually a chance of snow buntings and possible twite. 190 species of birds has been recorded here over 18 years.
How much does it cost? Free of charge to members but donations are accepted for refreshments.
Where and when? Cardinal Bourne Hall, Priory Street, Colchester at 8.00 pm unless otherwise stated. The Hall is situated at the East Hill end of Priory Street with car parking almost opposite by the Roman Wall. CLICK HERE for an online map