Birding events in the East Midlands

April 2015

7th

Rutland Water Bugs, Birds and Boats. 10am-4pm. For 7-14 year olds. Join us for our birds, bugs and boats bonanza! We will explore the reservoir and look for signs of wildlife on a boat! Meets at Whitwell Harbour on the North Shore of Rutland Water.

8th

Rutland Water Easter Explorers for 7-14 Year olds. 10am-4pm. Join our nature egg hunt! Learn to identify birds, enjoy craft activities and make an Easter Egg basket to take home!Booking Essential. Children to be dropped off at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton, for a 10am start. Collection is at 4pm. £30 per child.

10th

Loughborough RSPB Local Group present a talk entitled Langford Lowlands & Beckenham Marshes by Paul Bennett who is the Warden of both reserves. Both of these reserves sit within the Trent and Tame River Valleys Futurescape and are recent additions to the RSPB Midlands Region's nature reserves portfolio. Both sites are still developing, but have already made significant improvements to the regions biodiversity. Langford is a reedbed site and Beckingham is a wet grassland. The talk will be held in Lecture Theatre U020 in the Brockington Building Loughborough University at 7.30pm. Price: £3 Group Members, £3.50 Non members, LU Students with SU card gratis. Full details of the speaker and venue can be found on the group’s website - http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/loughborough/events/

11th

Rutland Water Birdwatching Walk with a Warden. 9.30am-12pm. £8pp. For beginners and enthusiasts alike! Take a walk around the Egleton reserve and learn all about the birds we have here, the work we are doing, and anything else we bump in to along the way! The Egleton reserve is on the west shore of Rutland Water and with 8 lagoons it is the best place to see a huge variety of birds. At this time of year we would expect to see large numbers of Wildfowl arriving such as Wigeon, Pintail, Pochard and more. The staff members that will take you around have the expertise to answer any of the burning questions you might have about the birds and the nature reserve! Please bring appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather as although we will spend a lot of time in the bird hides, we will also be walking between the lagoons.

13th

Derbyshire Ornithological Society Bakewell Bird Study Group/Derbyshire Ornithological Society joint Indoor Meeting David Cromack presents "Birds of Sri Lanka" an illustrated talk at The Friends Meeting House, Chapel Row, Matlock Street, Bakewell, DE45 1EL. 7.30pm Monday 13 April 2015. All welcome. £2 members, £2.50 non-members, includes refreshments. Further details of this and all indoor meetings on our website, www.derbyshireos.org.uk or email p.bingham@clara.net

16th

Loughborough RSPB Local Group have a Wildlife Walk at Watermead Park at 10am until 12 noon. Meet at the car park – SK607113. All details are on their website - http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/loughborough/events/

21st

Eyebrook Reservoir Rutland Birds in Spring with Terry Mitcham. 5 session course. 6.45pm-9pm. Join the ever popular Terry Mitcham for his upcoming Rutland Birds in Spring Course! Terry is an expert birder and author and on this course he will take you round the best birding sites in Rutland across 5 Spring evenings. April 21st : Eyebrook Reservoir (Meet at Stoke Dry car park, SP852964) April 28th : Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton village May 5th : Fort Henry Ponds and Tunneley Wood. May 12th: Rutland Water, Lyndon Reserve. May 26th : Eyebrook Reservoir (Meet at Stoke Dry car park, SP852964). Access details and directions for the field trips will be given at the first meeting. There is a group limit of twenty for this course so book early to avoid disappointment. The fee is £25 for the course, or £18 for concessions (Adults over 60 or children of 16 and under).

25th

Rutland Water Bird Ringing Demo and Osprey Viewing. 7am-10am. THIS EVENT IS AT THE LYNDON NATURE RESERVE, LE15 8RN. Join our resident bird ringers and osprey experts for this exciting event! You will meet at the Lyndon Visitor Centre on the South Shore of Rutland Water at 7am. The ringers by the centre will be netting, ringing and releasing a variety of song birds. This is a great opportunity for those interested in birds to see several species up close while they are being ringed and released. We will show you how we identify, age and sex the birds. After the demonstration we will take a walk through the beautiful reserve to see the Osprey nest in Manton Bay and view these magnificent raptors from the hide with the experts! Ospreys are a highly protected fish eating bird of prey with a wing span of more than 5 feet. After a re-introduction programme in the 1990s they have gone on to breed successfully in the area and Manton Bay is the only nest in the area that is viewable by the public. After the event is finished you are welcome to spend the day on the nature reserve.

26th

Loughborough RSPB Local Group invite you to join them on a coach trip to Potteric Carr YWT reserve near Doncaster. Depart from Loughborough University at 8.00 am, fare £20 plus admission to the reserve. Booking is essential for this trip, for all contact and other details, please look at the group’s website - http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/loughborough/events/

 

May 2015

3rd

Rutland Water Dawn Chorus Walk and Breakfast. 5am-8am. £15pp (includes cooked breakfast). THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE AT LYNDON NATURE RESERVE, LE15 8RN. The dawn chorus is triggered by a combination of longer days and the breeding season, culminating in this wonderful display of birdsong! First to sing are birds like blackbirds and robins who will sing while it is still dark, but as the sun rises from 5am the chorus builds to its crescendo as the other birds join in. We will take a walk on the reserve, overlooking the water, to enjoy the chorus and see what’s about before returning to the centre to enjoy a well earned breakfast while looking out over the water. Ticket price includes entry to the Lyndon Nature reserve for the day, parking at the reserve and breakfast. Booking essential. 2014′s dawn chorus sold out fast so early booking is recommended. For more information contact Sarah on 01572 653024 or sarahproud@rutlandwater.org.uk Breakfast will consist of egg, bacon and mushrooms in a roll. Gluten free bread or vegetarian sausages are available on request, but must be ordered at booking. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements on booking.

3rd

Rutland Water Willow Bird Houses. 10am-4pm. £50pp (includes lunch and all materials). During this day session we will create an adorable bird house for your garden birds!

8th

Loughborough RSPB Local Group present a talk entitled Magic Queensland & the Red Hot Centre by Gianpiero Ferrari. Gianpiero has been interested in nature all his life, and has been taking photographs of every aspect of Natural History for many years.. He is now a successful photographer having won several national competitions. He is a member of many natural history organisations including Lipu UK and Giros Italia. This presentation is about a six week trip to Queensland and central Australia, to photograph local wildlife, especially the native birds. Other subjects included are landscapes, flowers, a few insects, marsupials, and the Great Barrier Reef.. The talk will be held in Lecture Theatre U020 in the Brockington Building Loughborough University at 7.45pm. Price: £3 Group Members, £3.50 Non members, LU Students with SU card gratis. Full details of the speaker and venue can be found on the group’s website - http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/loughborough/events/

15th

Loughborough RSPB Local Group have a Wildlife Walk at Attenborough Nature reserve at 10am until 12 noon. Meet at the car park – SK516339. All details are on their website - http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/loughborough/events/

17th

Loughborough RSPB Local Group invite you to join them on a coach trip to Elan Valley in Powys. Depart from Loughborough University at 7.30 am, fare £20 plus admission to the reserve. Booking is essential for this trip, for all contact and other details, please look at the group’s website - http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/loughborough/events/

28th

Rutland Water Spring Wader Workshop. 1.30pm-8.30pm. £10pp. If you want to get better at identifying waders, this is the course for you! An introductory session of slides will be followed by afternoon and evening visits to the hides on the Egleton reserve to check out breeding waders and those on passage further north. Bring a packed tea. There is a group limit of 15 so book early to avoid disappointment.

 

June 2015

3rd

Rutland Water Evening Walk with Tim Mackrill. £8pp. 5.30pm-8pm. THIS EVENT IS AT LYNDON NATURE RESERVE, LE15 8RN. Join Tim Mackrill, Senior Reserve Officer (Projects), head of the Osprey Project and author of The Rutland Water Ospreys for an evening walk at the Lyndon Nature Reserve. Meeting at the Lyndon Visitor Centre, Tim will take you for a relaxing stroll through the reserve while guiding you through all the different signs of nature, from birds to bumblebees that you come across. Walk down to Waderscrape or Shallow Water hide to view the famous Osprey nest in Manton Bay and learn all about the project from the expert

6th

Rutland Water 9.30am-12pm. £8pp. Birdwatching Walk with a Warden. Meet Egleton Visitor Centre, LE15 8BT. For beginners and enthusiasts alike! Take a walk around the Egleton reserve and learn all about the birds we have here, the work we are doing, and anything else we bump in to along the way! The staff members that will take you around have the expertise to answer any of the burning questions you might have about the birds and the nature reserve!

6th

Rutland Water Osprey Cruise. 3.45pm-6.45pm. £20 per adult, £12 for under 16s. One of the most exciting ways of seeing Ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the project team aboard the Rutland Belle. The idea is simple; we sail to the parts of the reservoir where we stand the best chance of seeing fishing Ospreys and, with a bit of luck, are rewarded with spectacular views. On many occasions we have enjoyed breathtaking views of the birds diving for fish very close to the boat, making it a trip to remember for those lucky enough to be on board. Even on those rare occasions when Ospreys prove elusive, there is always a good range of the reservoir’s other wildlife on view. Recent highlights have included Arctic Tern, Fulmar, Sanderling and even foxes playing on the shoreline. In addition to your cruise ticket you are also entitled to a 20% discount on entrance to the Lyndon and Egleton nature reserves (normal price £5.65 per adult). You can do this on the day of the cruise, or the day after. Manton Bay is the location of the nest on our live webcam on www.ospreys.org.uk and is situated on the Lyndon nature reserve. The nest can be viewed from Waderscrape or Shallow Water hides. Please see www.rutlandwater.org.uk for more information about the reserves.

13th

Rutland Water Willow Bird Sculptures. 10am-4pm. £50pp (includes lunch and materials). This day session will cover the basics from a simple small wren to a larger bird of your choice.

13th

Rutland Water 5pm-8pm. £12pp. Evening Photography Walk. Meet Lyndon Visitor Centre, LE15 8RN. This 3hr guided photo walk will take you onto the Lyndon reserve so you can take pictures of a variety of subjects on a summer evening. After an introduction in the Visitors centre, the walk will take you through the wildflower meadows on the south shore of the reserve, with the opportunity to take landscape pictures as well portraits of plants or animals we see along the way. Guidance is on hand to point out good photo vantage points and to offer tips on how to take a variety of different types of pictures in outdoor situations. Suitable for any type of digital camera

13th

Rutland Water Dawn Osprey Cruise. 6am-9.30am. £20 per adult, £12 for under 16s. We run 3 dawn osprey cruises a year and they meet at Whitwell Harbour at 6am for an hour and a half cruise after which we all drive around to the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton for a well earned cooked breakfast. It is vital anyone lets us know of special dietary requirements on booking.

17th

Rutland Water Guided Summer Walk, 9.30am-12pm. £8 per person. THIS EVENT IS AT LYNDON NATURE RESERVE, LE15 8RN. Come to the wonderful Lyndon reserve, home of the famous Ospreys for a tour with our expert staff.

15th

Loughborough RSPB Local Group have a Wildlife Walk at Middleton lakes RSPB Reserve at 10am until 12 noon. Meet at the car park – SP193982. All details are on their website - http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/loughborough/events/

20th

Rutland Water Osprey Cruise. 3.45pm-6.45pm. £20 per adult, £12 for under 16s. One of the most exciting ways of seeing Ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the project team aboard the Rutland Belle. The idea is simple; we sail to the parts of the reservoir where we stand the best chance of seeing fishing Ospreys and, with a bit of luck, are rewarded with spectacular views. On many occasions we have enjoyed breathtaking views of the birds diving for fish very close to the boat, making it a trip to remember for those lucky enough to be on board. Even on those rare occasions when Ospreys prove elusive, there is always a good range of the reservoir’s other wildlife on view. Recent highlights have included Arctic Tern, Fulmar, Sanderling and even foxes playing on the shoreline. In addition to your cruise ticket you are also entitled to a 20% discount on entrance to the Lyndon and Egleton nature reserves (normal price £5.65 per adult). You can do this on the day of the cruise, or the day after. Manton Bay is the location of the nest on our live webcam on www.ospreys.org.uk and is situated on the Lyndon nature reserve. The nest can be viewed from Waderscrape or Shallow Water hides. Please see www.rutlandwater.org.uk for more information about the reserves.

27th

Rutland Water Osprey Cruise. 3.45pm-6.45pm. £20 per adult, £12 for under 16s. One of the most exciting ways of seeing Ospreys at Rutland Water is to take a guided trip with members of the project team aboard the Rutland Belle. The idea is simple; we sail to the parts of the reservoir where we stand the best chance of seeing fishing Ospreys and, with a bit of luck, are rewarded with spectacular views. On many occasions we have enjoyed breathtaking views of the birds diving for fish very close to the boat, making it a trip to remember for those lucky enough to be on board. Even on those rare occasions when Ospreys prove elusive, there is always a good range of the reservoir’s other wildlife on view. Recent highlights have included Arctic Tern, Fulmar, Sanderling and even foxes playing on the shoreline. In addition to your cruise ticket you are also entitled to a 20% discount on entrance to the Lyndon and Egleton nature reserves (normal price £5.65 per adult). You can do this on the day of the cruise, or the day after. Manton Bay is the location of the nest on our live webcam on www.ospreys.org.uk and is situated on the Lyndon nature reserve. The nest can be viewed from Waderscrape or Shallow Water hides. Please see www.rutlandwater.org.uk for more information about the reserves.

27th

Rutland Water 9am-5pm. £5.65 per adult, £4.45 concession, £3.30 under 16s. Under 6 go free. Wild Rutland Day. Join us at the nature reserve for this wonderful celebration of Rutland’s wildlife!! For the price of a permit you can drop in at any time and enjoy a vast array of guided walks, workshops and tours!! We will have experts in birds, moths, butterflies, bird ringing, lichens, plants, hoverflies and much more to teach you lots on the day-the perfect opportunity to take advantage of otherwise expensive workshops! We will also be showcasing out brand new, lottery funded Volunteer Training Centre and talking about the opportunities we have at the reserve.